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Skin care trends from around the world
Trend: Facial massage
Country of origin: Korea
The buzz: Korean women never skimp on their skincare routines. Not only do they use a dozen or more products daily, but they also have a precise protocol of how they massage the products on. They work s
erums, treatments and moisturizers in to the skin with a series of pinches, pulls and upward strokes to get a coveted, contoured v-shape, slim silhouette. Why it’s so popular: Not only do the upward strokes defy gravity, but they increase
skin’s glow and help to detoxify the skin since it stimulates lymphatic drainage for gives a subtle lifting effect.
Coming to a vanity near you: This facial massage trend means that there’s a surge of sculpting products hitting the market.
ELLE Canada Pick: Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum
Trend: Facial cleansing powders
Country of origin: Japan
The buzz: Facial cleansing powders are the perfect mix of effective cleansing and exfoliating. The super-fine grain, silky powders are usually made from a combination of granular rice bran, plant-based exfoliators and botanical enzymes and since they’re so gentle they can be use daily. How to use: Rub a nickel-sized of the powder amount in to wet palms until it forms into an paste and massage on to face to buff away dirt and oil – not to worry about scratching the skin since granules will melt away.
Coming to a vanity near you: While Dermalogica’s Microfoliant continues to be a cult favourite, expect this trend to gain momentum especially in North America where microbead cleansers are being phased out due to environmental concerns. These exfoliating powders are ideal for travel since they’re liquid-free.
ELLE Canada Pick: Rodin Facial Cleansing Powder
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Country of origin: Japan
The buzz: These liquid assets from brands like SK-II are a huge hit in Japan because they give skin a surge of moisture and anti-aging benefits.
How to use: Apply this on clean skin – unlike traditional toners that are laden with alcohol and hydration stealers, skin drinks in these ultra fluid formulas to add softness and hydration.
Coming to a vanity near you: These alcohol-free formulas are a no-brainer for Canadian beauty buffs since they add much needed hydration to moisture-robbed skin in frigid winters.
ELLE Canada pick: Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion
Trend: Glowing skin from inside out
Country of origin: Brazil
The Buzz: While plastic surgery is commonplace in Brazil, their day-to-day
beauty routines are decidedly low-key – and have remained so for decades. Brazilian stunners from Adriana Lima to Gisele Bündchen to Camilla Alves employ the power of nature from native Brazilian plants like acai berry, avocado and coconut oil to enhance their skin.
Coming to a vanity near you: If it works for Gisele – we’re not ones to argue. A multi-purpose coconut oil for face, hands and body will nourish skin and give it a healthy glow.
ELLE Canada pick: Dr. Bronner Magic All-One Coconut Oil
Trend: Black Tea
Country of origin: China
The buzz: The
potent antioxidant power of black tea ferment, or Kombucha, helps to ward off free radicals and add a lit-from-within radiance, and has done so for hundreds of years in China, and in Russia.
Coming to a vanity near you: Warding off the signs of aging is really all about prevention- consider black tea your first line of defense against wrinkles.
ELLE Canada pick: Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream