The World Cup of Beauty: International Skincare
Written by Kelsey McGillis
On the heels of the world cup of soccer, everyone’s been especially patriotic this month. But whether your team won or lost, it’s hard not to feel inspired by all the national pride. Here at the Skiny, this celebration of so many different countries got us thinking about skincare around the world. From Mexico to Russia, we wondered which skincare and beauty trends are popular right now. Today we’re highlighting a few countries’ approaches to skincare routines. You could call it the world cup of beauty.
We’ve all heard of “French-girl beauty”. Though we can’t all be born in Paris (sadly), for years women around the world have been striving towards the effortless je ne sais quoi that seems to define French beauty. From their wind-swept hair to casual cool clothes, they seem to look amazing right out of bed. Equally as effortless is their skincare routine. Many French women swear by a quality over quantity approach, owning a few, very quality products. A few must-haves you’re likely to find in a French girl’s cupboard? A great micellar water for cleansing, a quality moisturizer and an eye cream. Add a bold lip and some sun protection, and you’re ready to go. One thing we can learn from France is certainly their “Laissez-fair” approach: less truly is more!
If France’s attitude to skincare is “less is more”, South Korea opts for a “more is more” approach! You’ve likely heard of the 10-step Korean skincare routine that’s been taking the internet by storm. That’s right, a 10-step routine to be completed every day. It includes: makeup remover & oil cleanser, water based cleanser, exfoliator, toner, essence, serum, sheet mask, eye cream, moisturizer, sun protection. whew! If you’re tired just thinking about doing all of that, you’re not alone. While there’s no denying that many Korean women’s faces look flawless and glowing, 10 products is likely overkill and too many ingredients for many people’s faces to handle.
Oh, Canada… land of freezing cold winters and sweltering summers. With all these extreme weather changes, skin protection is ultra-important. Moisturizer is especially crucial in the winter, with the cold temperatures and windy climate. We also advise adding hyaluronic acid to your skin routine in those below-zero months because it works on the surface of the skin and is good in makeup because it pulls water towards it plumping the skin. However, one product that shouldn’t be seasonal regardless of temperature is sunscreen! Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, SPF protects your skin from the sun’s UV rays, and helps slow down the old aging process.