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Have you ever wondered what the beauty / skincare routines are from around the world and how it compares to what we currently do? I’m certainly not one to talk about my beauty routine … aside from regularly washing my face in the morning and evening, moisturizing, and doing the occasional face mask, I’ve got nothing. Anywho, moving on…
The goal of this post is not to get too detailed but to rather briefly cover the general beauty routine of people from different countries, as well as adding a bit of commentary about my own experience with some products. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Despite France being the home of many great beauty products like moisturizers and fragrances, this country is known for minimalist makeup and the “effortless” look, not heavily focused on anti-aging products. Micellar water, which has gained popularity worldwide as a makeup remover and cleanser, was developed in France in the 90’s and was aimed to counteract hard water, which stripped the skin of moisture and caused flaking and itching. If you don’t know what micellar water is, it’s a very gentle formula that looks just like water but contains tiny micelles, particles that lift dirt and makeup from your skin without drying it! Micellar water is affordable and can be bought in the form of wipes, gel cleansers, or just as the plain cleansing water. Some popular brands are from Garnier, Simple, and more.
Surely, South Korea is one of the countries when you think of beauty products and skincare routines?! From South Korea come thousands of different products for your skin, such as various sheet masks, moisturizers, essences, serums, toners, water-based cleansers, and more. Heck, South Korea has a 10 step skincare routine! I’ve always been curious to try it but I don’t think I have enough money allotted for all the products for a 10-step routine…!
- Makeup remover and oil cleanser
- Water based cleanser
- Treatments (boosters, serums, ampoules)
- Sheet masks
- Eye cream
- Sun protection
Essences hydrate your skin and contain anti-aging and complexion enhancing ingredients, such as rice extract, hyaluronic acid, and more. Boosters, serums, and ampoules are great. Like the name, they boost the skin and target specific problem areas such as areas of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and acne. Ingredients commonly seen in these products are Vitamin C and tea tree.
I’ve just recently become a fan of Korean beauty products and have tried a few things but I will say this – if you get cracked and dry lips, the Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask will be your SAVIOR! It is seriously such a game changer. You probably have seen other Lifestyle bloggers praise this product, and for good reason! It stays on all night and in the morning your lips feel hydrated and look nice and plump and smooth! I’m slowly running out of my trial size and I know I’ll end up buying the larger version of it because it is just that wonderful. Definitely give it a try, you won’t regret it! In case you’re not sure of getting the regular size (20g), Laniege packages the lip sleeping mask in a smaller size (3g), as well as a mini sleeping kit that includes their water sleeping mask for the face and eyes! I actually did a small review about that goodnight kit in my December Favorites post, so check that out if you’re interested!
I was also given a free product from a Korean beauty company based in Canada called Aspire Cosmetics (their shop will be officially opening soon), an active gel serum. It is SOO refreshing and makes my skin feel so nice. I talked about it a while ago on one of my Instagram posts but I’ll be following up with a more in depth review about it soon!
China and Japan
China and Japan are both the same in that they focus on anti-aging and achieving a “pore-less”, light complexion. This means including high SPF products as well as Vitamin C serums and facial peels into their beauty routine. Since pollution levels are high in China, routine thorough cleansing and exfoliating is vital.
Turkey and Morocco
Hot water baths, or “hammam”, is big in countries like Turkey and Morocco. Before indoor plumbing existed, people attended huge public baths like these in their village. Hammams were not only for relaxation and hygiene, but a place to be social. You sit in a sauna-like environment which helps with detoxification, in which afterwards you would exfoliate and do a full body clay mask and lastly, moisturize! In addition, you can use different healing herbs to make your bath more exciting and healing! Morocco likewise has been using Argan oil for centuries. Argan oil can give your skin a boost and makes for an amazing natural moisturizer. It can also be used for your hair and provide several benefits such as enhancing volume and thickness, as well as stimulate new hair growth!
OGX is an example that has an excellent Moroccan argan oil shampoo. I’ve tried it myself and I definitely remember having smoother, silkier, as well as more voluminous hair then. The only reason why I’m not currently using it is because I like venturing out and trying new things, otherwise that shampoo would be one of my top picks. For about $10 USD, it’s a really great product! What’s nice is that OGX also offers an extra strength penetrating argan oil for dry or coarse hair, so pairing those two would most likely do wonders!
It’s always beach weather in Brazil! In this country, full body exfoliation is very common, especially with the feet. It’s said that Brazilians see their dermatologists more than other people. Full body exfoliation, regular visits to their dermatologist, as well as a healthy diet with plenty of juices and smoothies high in antioxidants and ingredients to boost collagen and more are what make up their three-pronged approach to beauty.
If you’re interested in reading more, here are a few articles out there that also cover even more of what other countries do:
Skincare Secrets From Around the World – Refinery 29
5 Beauty Routines – Prevention
What is your current beauty routine? Definitely give your thoughts below. Thanks for reading! ♡