Top Beauty Products From Around the World

A look-good, feel-good version of armchair travel.

By Michele Laufik

Thanks in part to social media, some of the best beauty products from around the world are becoming easier and easier to discover and buy without booking a flight. From French favorites to Japan’s best sellers, these products can help alleviate common winter problems such as dry skin or chapped lips. Bonus: They make great holiday gifts, too.

From France: Homeoplasmine
A multipurpose homeopathic ointment from France that could be your skin’s BFF this winter. It doubles as a facial moisturizer (a pea-size amount is plenty) and as a balm for chapped lips. You can apply some to the tip of a red, raw nose for relief during cold season or on windburn after skiing. Plus, the tube is easy to stash in your carry-on. $15 for 1.4 fl. oz.

From Japan: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
A cult favorite, this concentrated glycerin cream remains one of the best-selling skin-care products in Japan more than 60 years after it was invented. It quenches dry skin and can be applied to all areas of the body, including hands, feet, cuticles, calluses, face, and lips. And it makes for a practical yet worldly stocking stuffer. $16 for 1 fl. oz.

From South Korea: Clean It Zero
This seemingly magical makeup remover from Seoul-based brand Banila Co. has a sherbet-esque texture that melts into an oil balm as you massage it over your face. You need just a little scoop to gently remove makeup and dirt. Then follow it up with a water-based cleanser. The product’s papaya extract works as a natural exfoliant that can help get rid of the dead skin that often builds up during this time of year. $17 for 3.4 fl. oz.

From England: Elasticizer
Like skin, your hair can also lose moisture in the winter because of the dry indoor heat, hot showers, and cold air. This luxe preshampoo conditioning treatment from London brand Philip Kingsley helps restore elasticity and shine without weighing hair down, and it’s designed for all hair types. It’s also available in a new scent—pomegranate and cassis, with notes of ginger and nutmeg—and comes in festive packaging that’s great for the holidays. $30 for 2.5 fl. oz.

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  • Published: November 2018