11 International Beauty Items To Make You Feel Like You're On Vacation All Year Round
While trying to nail skincare during long travel is no easy feat, the result is always worth it for a little time on a beach or exploring new city streets somewhere. Sometimes summer travel isn't just in the cards, though. Hey, there's nothing wrong with spending the summer at home, saving money, building your career, or taking some courses — but it doesn't mean that you can't take your beauty regimen on a bit of a vacation.
One of the best parts of traveling is finding great beauty buys in international drugstores and trying out new spa treatments using local products. When traveling, I sometimes "forget" certain skincare essentials on purpose, so that I have to explore my options and find some new favorites.
Whether you're looking to expand your beauty arsenal to protect your skin and hair from the summer elements or looking for a special treat for a spa night in, even the most splurge-worthy beauty item is still cheaper than a one-way ticket or a night in a decent hotel. Even if you can't see the world, there's no reason why you can't envelop yourself in the scents and botanicals of far-off places to satisfy your desire for a weekend getaway. Plus, you can do this with a glass of rosé in hand and your pants off. I'm in. Here are 11 brands from around the world to take you on a little beauty vaca:
1. Grown Alchemist From Melbourne, Australia
Detox Serum Antioxidant +3, $49, b-glowing.com
This Australian line is made with certified organic botanicals and natural ingredients, is vegan and cruelty free, and is made using sustainable practices. If you think this makes it any less effective, you're wrong: it's formulated by chemists in Paris to repair and restore skin. This antioxidant serum is formulated to protect against a spectrum of free radicals and should be in your summer skincare regime for sure.
2. Sachajuan From Sweden
Sachajuan Hair After The Sun, $29, jcrew.com
This Swedish line is hugely popular in its homeland, mostly thanks to its "keep it simple" strategy. Using minimalist packaging and straightforward product names, Sachajuan wants to make getting incredible hair as easy as possible. I can handle that. Your sun-parched hair will thank you for this after-sun hair conditioner made with a blend of proteins and sea vegetable minerals.
3. Skyn Iceland From Iceland
Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths, $15, ulta.com
This paraben, petroleum, mineral oil, and sulfate-free skincare line is infused with Icelandic glacial waters and other native botanicals. With the aim of reducing stress on your skin, these vegan and cruelty-free products will instantly transport you to an Icelandic thermal spring. Toss these cleansing cloths in your bag for a quick refresh and de-stress whenever and wherever you need it this summer.
4. Bath House From Cumbria, England
Bucks Fizz Lip Balm, $7, smallflower.com
Made in the English countryside, this natural perfume and body products brand specializes in unique scents like Patchouli and Black Pepper. Made with natural essential oils, sustainable palm oil, and with a heavy focus on natural ingredients, this line's eye-catching packaging is just as fun and playful as its scents and flavors. Get your lips snog-ready with this Bucks Fizz lip balm.
5. Antipodes From New Zealand
Grapeseed Butter Cleanser, $50, antipodesnature.us
Antipodes is a results-oriented, certified organic line formulated from native New Zealand botanicals. With a respect for its gorgeous natural environment and completely recyclable packaging, this line will make you feel virtuous while making you glow like Arwen. Get on board the oil cleansing train with this Grapeseed Butter Cleanser.
6. David Mallett Hair Care From Paris, France
David Mallett Mask No. 1, $75, theline.com
Formulated by one of Paris' hottest hairdressers (Karl Lagerfeld personally chose him to work on a campaign), this line is meant to channel the easygoing luxury that people are completely obsessed with channeling. While I would not recommend pulling a Frances Ha and flying to Paris for the weekend, you can splurge on this mask to give your locks a vaca.
7. Coqui Coqui From Mexico
Coqui Coqui Mosquito Repellent, $14, net-a-porter.com
Is there anything more romantic than the idea of spritzing yourself with a fragrance hand-blended in the tropical paradise of The Yucatan Peninsula? I'm not sure there is and Coqui Coqui can give you that experience right at home with its luxurious fragrance blends and bathing oils. Add a little luxury to one of the most dreaded parts of summer with its mosquito repellent that doubles as a citrus-tinged perfume spray.
8. The Beauty Chef From Sydney, Australia
The Beauty Chef Collagen Inner Beauty Boost, $50, capbeauty.com
This Australian line is focused on enhancing your beauty from the inside out with supplements and tonics that are created by an Australian naturalist. Carla Oates has enlisted chemists, naturopaths, and nutritionists to create formulas that work at creating balance and health. Hey — healthy is beautiful, right?! This collagen beauty boost repairs your skin, fights free radicals, and supports skin health. Definitely useful after one too many patio margaritas.
9. Dr. Jart From Korea
Dr. Jart Pore Medic Derma @ Home Peeling, $42, sephora.com
While Korean beauty products are totally trending right now, Dr. Jart is the one that originally brought us the beauty of BB Cream and fully started the craze. This forward-thinking brand not only works with a team of dermatologists, but it's also cruelty-free and formulated without parabens and sulfates. Get rid of your summer sun damage's evidence and make your skin silky-soft while catching up with Orange is the New Black from the comfort of your own couch.
10. Jura Skincare From Indonesia
Coffee & Creme Skin Smoothing Body Ritual, $49, juraskincare.com
Indonesia is known for its incredible skincare rituals using all of the unique botanicals found on the nation's islands. There's no need to book a spa vacation to Bali this summer to have the glowiest skin on your block — just use Juara. It was founded by Indonesian women who wanted modern skincare that embraced the rituals and ingredients of their homeland. This scrub and butter combo formulated with Indonesian coffee and candlenut oil is just what you need to smooth away scaly legs and rough elbows.
11. Hadali Skincare From St. Barth
Hadali Fine Oil For Beauty And Hair, $60, beautyhabit.com
Formulated with the plants and other botanicals from St. Barth, this organic skincare line is about a luxurious product that gives you the feeling of warm sun and sandy beaches. Use this coconut and cashew oil blend to nourish your hair and body this summer, even if your version of a tropical escape is sneaking onto a rooftop pool in the middle of the city.
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