Skin care routines can always be improved, because learning how to cater to your skin’s ever-changing needs is a constant learning process.
While you may think that you are already aware of all there is to know about caring for your skin, here are some skin care tips from around the world that you have likely not heard of yet, and each one can really boost the health of your skin.
Bulgaria – Rose Water as Facial Cleanser
Did you know that Bulgaria is one of the largest producers of rose oil in the world?
The majority of these roses are grown in an area known as the Rose Valley, which stretches out for around 1200 square miles.
With rose oil being so commonplace in Bulgaria, it only makes sense that locals have experimented with so many different ways in which they can use this fragrant oil.
One of these ways is as a facial cleanser, which can be used in the same way as a regular cleanser. Whether you boil up some rose petals yourself, or purchase a diluted rose oil, this botanical has so many properties that really benefit the skin.
Research has shown that rose oil, when compared to other commonly used oils, contains some of the strongest bactericidal compounds, while also being able to destroy acne-causing bacteria in just a few minutes.
Rose oil has also been proven to increase the skin’s permeability.
What does this mean?
It basically means that, when you apply rose oil to your skin, it is able to ‘open’ your skin up, so that other ingredients will penetrate into your skin at a much faster rate.
Germany – Water Treading
The water treading method was originally conceived by a Bavarian priest, known as Father Sebastian Kneipp, in the 1800’s.
Never heard of this before?
It involves applications of cold water to the skin, and has quite a few benefits:
- Increases blood circulation, meaning that your skin receives more nutrients and oxygen
- Strengthens veins
- Tightens the skin
- Strengthens the immune system
- Promotes quality sleep
So, how exactly can you go about trying this at home?
All you need to do is fill your bathtub with cold water, to a level that reaches just below the back of your knees. Then, step into the tub and walk on the spot. Each time you lift a leg, make sure that you bring it completely out of the water, while bending the tip of your foot downwards.
Once you really start to feel the cold, it is time to stop. Step out of the tub and use your hands to brush any excess water off of your legs. Then, put on some socks and shoes and do a few foot and leg exercises, until you are feeling warm again.
Don’t have a bathtub?
Even a small stream or creek would do, but make sure that the water is no warmer than 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and does not reach over your knees.
Korea – Double Cleansing
If you have ever looked into Korean skin care routines, then you likely already know that these contain so many more steps than the average Western routine, usually incorporating between 10 and 15 different products.
Just like with any skin care routine, the Korean ones begin with cleansing.
However, the difference here is that Koreans tend to make use of the double cleansing technique.
Wondering what this is?
Simply put, it requires you to first cleanse your face with an oil-based cleanser, before rinsing this off and following it up with a water-based cleanser.
Why would you do this?
Because the first round of cleansing is what removes any sweat, bacteria and dead skin cells from your skin, meaning that your water-based cleanser in the second round will be able to travel much deeper into your pores, clearing them of any toxins or impurities.
However, do not forget that over-cleansing can be just as bad for your skin as not cleansing at all…
While the double cleansing method is extremely effective, this is best carried out at night, when your skin will contain dust, pollutants and sweat from the day. In the mornings, you would still be best off opting for a single cleanse, or even just a rinse with some water.
Brazil – Bespoke Skin Care Products
In many countries around the world, dermatologists produce their own skin care lines, recommending these products to their clients.
However, this is not allowed in Brazil…
Instead, dermatologists put together a specific recipe, based on your skin’s needs, which is then taken to the pharmacy, where it is mixed together.
No matter what your skin care issues may be, dermatologists in Brazil will be able to create a formula that will likely be able to help, whether this may be a serum or a thick moisturizer.
The concept of bespoke skin care products is slowly starting to catch on, and, while it may be quite pricey, you are likely to be able to find a company in your country that is able to do this too.
France – Micellar Water for Cleansing and Removing Makeup
Just a few years ago, it would have been very rare for someone outside of France to know what micellar water is. However, thanks to all of its benefits, this is now changing, and micellar water can be purchased all over the world.
So, what exactly is it?
Micellar water consists of micelles, which are tiny balls of oil molecules, suspended in soft water. These micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, meaning that they are able to remove impurities from the skin without drying it out in the way that many traditional cleansers do.
This makes it perfect for those who have dry or sensitive skin, because micellar water is incredibly hydrating, and does not contain any alcohol.
Finland – Regular Sauna Visits
In Finland, as well as other Nordic countries, such as Sweden and Norway, saunas are an important part of daily life.
Saunas have long since been recognized for the way in which they are able to detox the body, as well as the skin, and can really make a huge difference to your complexion.
How exactly does this work?
For starters, sitting in a sauna will soon have you sweating quite a bit. Sweating is a way in which the body releases impurities, so increasing this process helps your skin to rid itself of any toxins.
Saunas are also a great way to relax and de-stress, with just 15 to 20 minutes in a hot sauna able to have this effect.
Why does this matter when it comes to your skin?
Because stress triggers your body to release cortisol, the stress hormone. This has some seriously detrimental effects on your skin, causing everything from dryness to acne to accelerated aging, which nobody wants to have to deal with.
Saunas also increase blood circulation, causing your pulse rate to speed up by around 30%. The majority of all of this extra blood flowing through your body ends up in your skin, giving you a healthy, rosy glow.
Of course, saunas need to be used with care, as there are a few downsides to this too…
One of the main negative impacts that a sauna can have is drying out the skin, due to the excess heat. However, if you use a sauna responsibly, you are unlikely to have any problems.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you have a healthy and happy sauna experience:
- Do not stay in a sauna for more than 20 minutes
- Do not take any medications that impair sweating, or any alcohol either
- Make sure that you drink a couple of glasses of cool water as soon as you exit the sauna
- Never use a sauna if you are feeling unwell, or recovering from an illness
Russia – Mesotherapy
While you may have never heard of mesotherapy before, this is actually an extremely popular treatment in Russia.
Wondering what it is?
It is a technique that makes use of fine needles to inject vitamins, botanicals, enzymes, hormones and more into the middle layer of your skin. Each injection places just a tiny amount of the chosen solution into your skin, and, in many places, a tiny gun is used to help deliver multiple injections in a row.
While it is an effective process, it does take several sessions before you notice an effect. At first, you will need to have this carried out every week or so, until your skin starts to improve. Once this happens, the injections will be spaced out to every two weeks, or even once a month, until your skin condition completely clears up.
Since this is a non-invasive procedure, there is no recovery time, and the majority of people that undergo it are able to return to regular activities straight away.
But what exactly does it do for your skin?
Quite a few different things, including:
- Minimizing wrinkles and fine lines
- Tightening loose skin
- Lightening any pigmentation
- Reducing cellulite
Keep in mind that the solutions used in mesotherapy vary greatly from doctor to doctor, so you need to ensure that you see a credible, licensed doctor if you are interested in giving mesotherapy a go.
Greece – Olive Oil
Olive oil, which is heavily produced in Greece, is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats, all of which are excellent for your skin.
In Greece, as well as other Mediterranean countries, olive oil is a regular part of the diet, and is used in just about every meal.
However, in addition to adding more olive oil to your diet, you can also use it topically on your skin…
Are you wondering why you would want to do this?
For several reasons, such as:
- It is an antioxidant, with high levels of squalene, which can help to prevent and reverse UV damage
- It is able to destroy acne-causing bacteria
- It hydrates and moisturizes the skin
- It is rich in vitamins A, D, E and K
Ready to apply some to your skin?
You can use olive oil straight from the bottle, making sure to blot off any excess oil with a clean cloth afterwards. Alternatively, there are now many skin care products out there that are formulated with olive oil, so you could look into purchasing one of these.
In addition to using olive oil on your skin, you can also use it on your hair…
In the Mediterranean, it is common for olive oil to be mixed with yoghurt, before being applied directly to the hair as a conditioner. It is usually left in the hair for five minutes or so, before being rinsed out, leaving you with locks that are so much softer and easier to manage.
Of course, the quality of olive oil you purchase makes a huge difference…
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure you purchase pure olive oil, rather than an oil blend
- A certification from the International Olive Council on the bottle of olive oil shows that it is good quality
- Be sure to store your olive oil away from excess heat, light or oxygen, as all of this will degrade its quality
- Always do a patch test on your skin first, even with a natural product such as olive oil, to ensure that you do not have any negative reactions to it
Every country will have its own rituals and habits when it comes to skin care, and it is always interesting to learn more about these, seeing how you can incorporate different ingredients and techniques into your own skin care routine. From water treading to mesotherapy, each of these skin care tips will help to boost the health of your skin in a number of different ways, making them well worth trying!