The French are famous for their diligent skincare, the Americans for a love of cosmetics and Italian women always look like they’ve left just the hairdressers with a glossy, bouncy blow-dry.
But before you start thinking that you need to whip out your passport to learn about these beauty tricks and treasures, we’ve done the travelling for you (and got the jetlag!) by compiling the best international beauty guide ever.
Australia: Paw Paw Papaya Gold, £5.99
This iconic product has had a mini make-over for 2014 and, after arriving in the UK in April, it’s been flying off the shelves ever since. A multi-purpose healing balm Paw Paw Papaya Gold is designed to soothe irritated skin, hydrate dryness, heal conditions like eczema, blitz blemishes and fix chapped lips.
If you’re wondering how it can tackle so many beauty ailments, it’s all thanks to the mix of tropical Paw Paw which is enriched with New Zealand’s Manuka honey. Sounds like magic? Well it probably is.
France: Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray, from £3.15
You probably wouldn’t believe us if we told you that 20 million bottles of Eau Thermale Spring Water Spray are sold around the globe every year – but we promise we are telling the truth!
A great multi-tasker we couldn’t live without, you can use this nifty spray to calm a flushed complexion, set make-up and to pep up tired, weary skin. Chuck it in your shopping basket next time you’re browsing the aisles in Boots and you won’t look back.
Greece: Korres Lip Butter, £8
When you think of Greece, you think of Korres. Developed in the 90s, the organic brand has enjoyed international success over the last few years as everyone clamours to get their hands on these lush-smelling products.
One of our favourite buys from the range is the Korres Lip Butters which have a delicious fruity quince extract to help you pucker up and smile. With six delectable shades to choose from these lip essentials have quickly become a Korres best-seller with one sold every minute throughout the world.
Germany: Weleda Skin Food, £9.95
Skin Food is one of the most talked about universal beauty products ever. Although its German origins began all the way back in 1926, the organic formulation has stayed exactly the same, so it’s no surprise to hear that the fascination with this product shows no signs of dwindling with one tube of Skin Food purchased on Amazon every hour.
Simply use as a moisturiser for very dry skin, or as a powerful hydrating treatment, and give your skin the hydrating boost it needs.
Italy: milk_shake conditioning whipped cream, £15.29
Founded by Italian Ivano Panzeri in 2003, milk_shake is a secret weapon for many celeb stylists who like the way the range can be customised to suit any hair type.
With a bouffant of volumised ‘dos still proving popular on and off the catwalk, the Conditioning Whipped Cream is one of the brand’s best-selling products due to the way it cuts down blow-drying time, fights frizz, detangles hair, reduces static and makes hair super-soft and shiny.
Singapore: Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel, £19.95
This has been the number-one selling product in Singapore for over 16 years - so it’s certainly won a place in beauty history.
Every beauty editor ranks it amongst the top exfoliators in the world and once you’ve used it, it’s easy to see why. Containing traditional Asian ingredients, you simply massage into dry skin and buff off with dry fingers.
If you want clear, bright skin without the hassle of pricey facials – this is the answer!
Switzerland: Selexir Peace Balm Capsules, £29
Where do we start with the story behind Selexir? Created by Elena Herdieckerhoff who wanted to create a healing product for her very problematic skin, Elena couldn’t find a solution to solve her eczema so out of desperation she started mixing natural ingredients into bespoke creams which she kept in her fridge at home.
By luck she created Peace Balm and her skin (and her eczema) haven’t looked back. Now an international best-selling beauty product, the latest addition to the Selexir range is the Peace Balm Capsules, £29, which are designed to heal itching and stressed out skin thanks to the blackcurrant and black cumin seed formula.
United States: Elf California Baked Eyeshadow Palette, £10
Launched in New York in 2004, ELF products first arrived on UK soil in 2007 and they quickly became the go-to-budget brand we’d been waiting for.
Fast-forward 10 years and they now have over 1,000 products in the collection and a big following of make-up fans.
One of their latest launches for 2014 is the California Baked Eyeshadow Palette which has tons of bright pigments and natural ingredients to add a summer vibe to your make-up bag.