International beauty

International beauty

Struggling to decide where to head on holiday this summer? Be inspired by seven powerful beauty ingredients from around the world…

International ingredient: Tropical Kukui Nut

Powerful properties: Known as Hawaii’s best-kept beauty secret, kukui nut oil is a natural moisturiser produced by pressing oil from the kukui nut (or candlenut) tree. With essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, it helps to soothe dry skin and heal wounds.

Hero product: Dermalogica PreCleanse – this lightweight olive and apricot kernel-based cleansing oil is fortified with kukui nut. It gently liquefies sebum and oil-based debris from the skin’s surface, without leaving behind any greasy residue. Follow with your prescribed Dermalogica cleanser for a thorough double cleansing.

International ingredient: African Birch Bark Extract

Powerful properties: African birch enhances the synthesis of collagen and prevents premature ageing due to oxidative stress.

Hero Product: Elemis Pro Collagen Super Serum Elixir  – also containing Padina Pavonica, red seaweed and tri-peptides, this super serum has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

International ingredient: Moroccan Rose

Powerful properties: Harvested at dawn from the lush Valley of the Roses in the Atlas Mountains, Moroccan roses have anti-inflammatory, highly moisturising qualities that soothe, smooth and de-stress skin, revealing a perfect glow.

Hero product: Ren Skincare Moroccan Rose Otto Firming Creme Riche – this rich yet soufflé-light body cream intensively hydrates and nourishes, visibly smoothing and strengthening the skin. Skin looks firmer and feels tauter with a dewy finish for that perfect sheen.

International ingredient: French Lavender

Powerful properties: Gorgeous French lavender is known for its healing powers as a natural antiseptic, mood-lifter, stress-reliever and detoxifier. It can also help to stimulate new cell growth.

Hero product: Spongelle Boxed Flower Body Wash Infused Buffer French Lavender – this luxurious buffer is designed to moisturise and rejuvenate your skin from neck to toe. Its unique surface changes from exfoliating to a ‘soft as silk’ texture – and it lasts for at least 14 washes, so it’s perfect for taking on holiday.

International ingredient: Japanese Camellia

Powerful properties: For centuries, camellia oil was the Japanese beauty secret for healthy nails, hair, scalp and skin, helping to soften and moisturise. With an exquisite scent, it’s also known for its relaxing and rejuvenating properties.

Hero product: Elemis Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend – a nourishing yet light oil, rich in plant collagen, this beautiful blend keeps skin supple, helping to combat stretch marks.

International ingredient: Tropical Spirulina

Powerful properties: Usually an ingredient that’s eaten, spirulina is a microscopic blue-green algae, grown in purpose-built freshwater pools in tropical climates. This powerful little ingredient is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium and iron, and it can energise and stimulate cell repair.

Hero product: Ren Skincare Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask – this detoxifying clay mask draws out impurities and helps reduce the appearance of oiliness, large pores, blackheads and whiteheads. As well as Tropical spirulina, it contains French clay to absorb excess sebum and impurities with a combination of essential oils to cleanse, purify and prevent the appearance of blemishes.

International ingredient: Indian Gentian

Powerful properties: Renowned in India for thousands of years for its’ detoxifying and anti-infectious properties, Indian gentian (also known as Himalyan gentian) has links to Ayurvedic medicine.

Hero product: Dermalogica Age Smart Nightly Lip Treatment – with Indian gentian extract and sesame seed extract, this overnight lip treat helps to restore volume and reduce the appearance of fine feather lines and wrinkles. Firming, hydrating and restoring, the rich overnight formula works with the skin’s natural circadian rhythm (biological clock) to reduce the appearance of lip ageing.