Skin Care Tips From Around the World

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Global Skin Care Tips

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Each region of the world and each country has its own skin care secrets and tips.  Once these skin care practices were only shared by women who lived in the same area of the world, but luckily today this skin care advise is available to all.  Keep reading to learn how to get your skin healthy and glowing with skin care recommendations from all over the world. 

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India: Turmeric for Beautiful Skin

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Indian women have been using the spice turmeric for centuries to achieve beautiful skin.  A turmeric paste is rubbed on the face and arms of brides before their wedding, and it is also incorporated into DIY masks and skin treatments.  Just make sure you don't stain your skin yellow from using too much turmeric in your homemade skin care products.

Not only it is an essential part of Indian cooking, it is an integral part of Indian beauty. Turmeric is so beloved by Indian women for their skin care needs because it is anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and antiseptic.  It can brighten skin and also treat acne and breakouts.  If you don't want to risk temporarily turning your skin yellow from this spice in DIY skin care products, use ​ready-made products instead that contain turmeric like ​Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream.​

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Finland: Head To The Sauna

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The weather in Finland can be quite extreme - very cold in the winter and then 18 hours of light in the summer.  Finnish women seek skin care products that will hydrate and rejuvenate their skin.  Saunas are a traditional way to cleanse the skin and relax the mind used in Finland to rejuvenate both body and spirit especially during the harsh winters.  So take a tip from these ladies and relax in a steamy sauna to clear your head and pores.  Swedish women also follow this beauty tradition.

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Nigeria: Moisturize with Shea Butter

Women spend their days elbow deep in shea butter, trying to make ends meet while immersed in smoke-riddled air wafting from the boiling pots.

Shea butter isn't actually butter at all. Instead it is derived from the nut of the karite tree that is native to West Africa. Rich in both Vitamin E and A and fatty acids, this skin care ingredient is used by Nigerian women to moisturize and as part of the famous black soap that is used to treat everything from acne to eczema. Shea butter is also anti-aging.  

You can easily purchase your own shea butter and mix up body moisturizers if you want right in the comfort of your home. You can also purchase numerous products that have shea butter in them such as Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bar or Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter Body Wash.

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China: Shun The Sun

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Chinese women take their sun protection extremely seriously.  Not only do the slather on sun protection, wear hats, and walk around with parasols and umbrellas when outside, they also wear face masks at the beach. ​Yes, face masks.​​

Staying out the sun not only keeps Chinese women's skin looking young, but it also helps their skin stay even toned. Chinese women are also concerned with the effects of pollution on their skin since pollution can quickly age skin. Protect your skin both from the sun and from pollution with Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen Multi-Protection SPF 50/PA++++.

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Bulgaria: Rose Water For Beautiful Skin

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There is a part of Bulgaria called "rose valley" so it should come as no surprise that Bulgarian women incorporate rose water into their skincare routine. Bulgaria is one of the world's largest producers of rose oil, and they also hold an annual rose festival.  

Rose water is wonderful for our skin.  It can reduce redness and soothe the skin while also reducing inflammation. It can be used as a toner or a mist throughout the day to freshen and hydrate skin. If you like to take baths rose water can be a wonderful addition to your bath water. It's great both for the skin on your body and face. Try products such as Heritage Store Rosewater or Teak Natural Rose Water Toner.  

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Australi: Papaya to Heal Skin

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Papaya is excellent for your health when eaten and can be fantastic for your skin when applied topically. One of the best known Australian skin care products sold worldwide, Lucas Papaw Ointment, contains papaya to heal and soothe skin. Papaya contains Vitamins A, C, and E, and the enzyme peptin found in papaya can smooth skin.  In addition, this fruit can help hydrate dry skin.  Lastly, Lucas Papaw Ointment is excellent for moisturizing dry lips.