4 Skincare Practices Around the World You Can Replicate at Home
Over the last few years, interest in skincare has skyrocketed. According to Google’s 2020 Year in Search, skincare-related questions were among the most popular. A large portion was related to DIY and how to perfect a routine. Today, while makeup is slowly starting to regain its market, the demand for skincare hasn’t waned.
If you're one of the millions searching for skincare tips and tricks online, we’ve compiled some of the best beauty secrets from around the globe that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home:
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South Korea’s 10-step Skincare Routines
You can’t talk about skincare and not mention South Korea. In recent years, this tiny but mighty country has been setting the trends in music, TV shows, movies, and of course, beauty. Responsible for popularizing “glass skin”, snail mucin, and sheet masks, the South Korean skincare industry has also famously designed the 10-step skincare routines that millions of South Koreans swear by.
The extensive routine begins with a double-cleanse, followed by toners, serums, emulsions, essences, moisturizers, eye creams, masks, and usually ends with spot treatments. Typically done at night, this routine aims to fully cleanse, repair, and moisturize the skin. At home, you can do this routine using any products you already have on hand. If you’re just dipping into this extensive routine, start slowly and remember to layer products from thinnest to thickest consistency.
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Mexico’s Agave Masks
When you think of Mexico, Agave often comes to mind. A type of succulent native to semiarid regions like Mexico, the Agave plant is famously used for syrup and tequila. However, for Mexican women, Agave plants’ nectar is a vital ingredient for DIY face masks. The Agave plants’ natural humectant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties can help treat dry skin and irritations.
For a lightly moisturizing and exfoliating mask, mix some Agave nectar with oatmeal or cooked rice to make a thick paste. Leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water. As an added bonus, the rice grains and oats also act as a physical scrub to smooth texture.
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India’s Dry Brushing
Created in India over 5,000 years ago, dry brushing is derived from ancient Ayurveda medical systems. This long-practiced technique involves a wide firm-bristle brush which usually has a wooden base that can be held firmly in your palm. Dry brushing can be done any time of the day, though some experts suggest doing so before your morning showers to encourage blood circulation and beauty product penetration. The proper way to dry brush should be done on—you guessed it—dry product-free skin. Using firm strokes, you should begin brushing from your extremities towards your heart. Over time, dry brushing can help detoxify, lift, tone, soften, and brighten skin.
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Russia’s Ice Cube Massages
What do generations of Russian women—including Empress Catherine the Great and supermodel Irina Shayk—credit with helping slow the signs of aging? Ice cube facials! As mentioned in our post on skin aging, over time your skin’s collagen production and skin cell turnover slow down. This leads to decreased elasticity and plumpness, thereby causing wrinkles and discolouration. To combat this at home, aside from using skincare products with phytoglycogen and hyaluronic acid to promote rejuvenation, you can take a cue from Russian beauties who practice lymphatic facial massages using ice cubes. With upward motions, swipe the ice cubes (or an ice roller or ice globe) with gentle pressure across your cheekbones, jawline, and temples. This motion helps reduce swelling and perks you up for the day.
At the end of the day, don’t forget that skincare should also be relaxing and personal. Take your time trying out new things, and treat each skincare routine as your own well-deserved me-time.
Aileen Conner works as a full-time financial manager and loves to blog on the side. She's currently working on writing a book and hopes to publish it soon. And, of course, she has a nightly skincare routine that she follows religiously.
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