If you’re looking to set up a world-class beauty routine, why not go international? After all, each corner of the globe has its distinctive ingredients, influences, and traditions—and a diverse range of beauty benefits to go along with them. That’s why we’ve curated a lineup of beauty, health, and lifestyle staples sourced from or inspired by regions and cultural heritages all around the world, from a supplement that embodies the Mediterranean life to an eyeshadow inspired by Japanese pop art. Stock your medicine cabinet with these global goods that allow you to take flight—and get gorgeous—without leaving home.
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Italian beauty and wellness brand Bruno MD channels the Mediterranean lifestyle and reputation for longevity and vitality in its line of luxury products. These powdered collagen sachets (which come in three natural flavors: blood orange, dragon fruit, and strawberry acai) contain red orange complex, a vitamin C extract from blood oranges grown on Mt. Etna; algae-derived astaxanthin; and the brand’s signature specific collagen peptides. Continued use of these specially formulated collagen molecules, explains Dr. Steffen Oesser, the director of the Collagen Research Institute in Kiel, Germany, will support “wrinkle reduction, skin elasticity, skin hydration, and what we call trans-epidermal water loss—reduced water loss from your skin…along with improvement in hair and nails.”
To create her skincare brand, 54 Thrones, Nigerian-American founder Christina Tegbe tapped into her West African roots (and fond memories of her aunt’s frequent care packages, stocked with shea butter sent directly from Nigeria). She crafted products that showcase the beauty rituals and botanical ingredients so vital to her heritage. This five-piece set of velvety body butters (made with shea butter sourced from Nigeria) is like a sensorial journey through the continent, with layered scents such as vanilla and honey or hibiscus and rose that pay homage to Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, and Kenya.
Developed by Filipina mother-daughter pair Rosalina Tan and Mary Jane Tan-Ong, Pili Ani’s lineup of nourishing formulas centers around the antioxidant-packed pili nut, which is native to their home country. This rich face mask combines moisturizing pili oil and firming elemi oil with powerful exfoliants found in volcanic ash from Luzon’s Mayon volcano. It also packs in Amazonian clay and bamboo charcoal powder for a dynamic duo of detoxifiers. Bonus: The sculptural vessel that the potent formula comes in is like a piece of art for your vanity.
Nothing says classic French glamour like a red lip–so why not jet to La République for your new favorite? La Rouche Bouge offers a spectrum of crimson lip shades, all formulated with hydrating spring seaweed that’s hand-cultivated in northwestern France’s Saint Suliac region. This is no throwaway product, either—the brand sells elegant and refillable leather and vegan leather lipstick cases.
Vamigas founders and close friends Christina Kelmon and Ann Dunning are committed to honoring the true legacy of Latin American skincare ingredients that often get disconnected from their origins amid the buzz on the latest beauty trends. It’s a deeply personal mission for Kelmon, who has Mexican heritage, and Dunning, who is Chilean-American. The signature ingredient in their two-in-one makeup remover and facial cleanser is prickly pear, a cactus variety endemic to Mexico. The gentle, oil-based cleanser also features Mexican jojoba, Brazilian açaí, and chia sourced from several spots across Central America.
Each of the 18 vibrant shadows in this collection from Shiseido is inspired by a color found in Japanese art. The creamy, blendable powder shadows are also named after onomatopoeic expressions in the Japanese language—like this “waku waku,” pink which translates to “excited” or “happy,” a perfect fit for the cheerful pink color of this shade. The brand’s powder-gel technology ensures a brilliant finish whether applied with a brush or your finger, and the formula also contains nourishing wakame extract, derived from a Japanese seaweed variety.
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