Try These Beauty Trends From Around the World
Hopping on a plane and traveling somewhere new is one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences you can have. You get to soak in amazing views without scrolling through your Instagram, try delicious recipes, and learn a few things about a new culture.
Fortunately, you don’t have to endure a bout of jet lag to learn about the biggest fashion and beauty trends around the world. If you want to expand your knowledge of beauty to a global scale, have a scroll through these 10 international fads. You never know — you may pick up a new trick to add to your beauty routine.
1. Grape face mask in Chile
You’ve probably made some sort of yogurt face mask with your girlfriends back in middle school, but Chile takes the whole DIY spa idea to the next level. For years, Chilean women would mash grapes into a paste and slather it onto their faces. Unlike that dairy-fueled mix you made in your heyday, grapes are reportedly packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, so the logic checks out. Want to make a grape mask of your own? Free People has an incredibly easy recipe on their blog.
2. Rice exfoliators in Indonesia
Speaking of food groups we put on our faces, rice is a big-ticket item in Indonesia — and not just on the dinner table. Last year, Women’s Health Indonesia editor-in-chief Pangesti Bernardus said the grain can double as a great exfoliator. “As a formal ritual, it’s done 40 days before a wedding,” she suggests. Here’s how it works: Fine rice — which has usually been whittled down in a mortar and pestle — is combined with several spices, powder, and a dash of water. Smear it all over your body and once it hardens, slowly peel it off. If done correctly, you’ll notice some dead skin cells rubbing off as well.
3. Snail facial in Thailand
Were you not impressed by grapes and rice? It’s OK, there are always snails. According to Her Culture, Thailand spas are known for placing living, squirming snails on your face. Though it sounds cringeworthy at first, keep in mind that snail mucus is actually loaded with proteins, elastin, and acids that can firm and repair your skin. As for the crawling sensation on your face? Think of it as a subtle massage.
4. Self-tanning in Ireland
Ireland is known for a lot of things: Great beer, leprechauns, and very fair beauties. In 2017, there are tons of lotions and potions to make sure your artificial tan looks as healthy and natural as possible. As a result, this is one trend the Irish have welcomed with opened arms. The trend is so big that in 2014, Allure reported Ireland bought more self-tanning products per capita than any other country in Europe and have spent a lot of time designing the perfect formula.
5. Flushed eyes in Japan
You’d think looking healthy and radiant is a worldwide desire — in America, we’d do just about anything to tackle down that fountain of youth — but it’s not. Refinery29 reports recently, the Japanese culture has been fixated on a trend called “me no shita chiiku,” which is when women sweep bright colored blush below their eyes to give off a frail, sickly look. Weird? We’re just getting started. Me no shita chiiku is just a sliver of a small but mighty trend called “byojaku,” which roughly translates to sickly. Magazines, beauty blogs, and regular civilians actually want to have puffy eyes and incredibly pale skin. The next time you’re feeling under the weather and don’t think you look your best, just remember this trend.
6. Scalp Botox in the United Kingdom
For some, getting a quick Botox fix is as casual as going to the dentist for your teeth cleaning. It’s an easy, non-invasive way to eradicate wrinkles and appear younger. But in the U.K., scalp Botox is all the rage. Yes, this is actually a thing. According to Her Culture, injecting some of this toxin into your scalp can prevent perspiration and ultimately keep frizzy strands at bay — but it’ll cost you. Dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman tells beauty website Byrdie that stateside, it can cost $1,200 to $1,500 per session. It’s extreme and expensive, but after spending a few too many days with sebaceous, post-workout hair, we can at least understand the appeal.
7. Ombré lips in Korea
Step away from the shot glass, dear reader: There’s an easier way to achieve full lips than the Kylie Jenner challenge. Instead of trying every plumping formula on the market, many Korean women turn to ombré lips. And unlike getting ombré on your hair, it’s surprisingly easy to do yourself. Harper’s Bazaar reports you need to apply a darker color to the center of your pout and a gradually lighter color as you approach the edges. Just make sure you invest in long-lasting formulas — we imagine touching up this look won’t be easy.
8. Imperfect teeth in Japan
If you dropped a small fortune on transforming your flawed teeth into a set of immaculate chompers, this one may make you upset. According to Her Culture, Japanese women actually want to mess up their teeth. The process is called yaeba teeth, which is when someone adds a dental crown to elongate the canine tooth. Cringe. The Japanese culture claims this makes women appear young and innocent — but we can’t help but think of all the money we would’ve saved on braces.
9. White henna in United Arab Emirates
Some women want to look like they’re dripping in diamonds, but in the United Arab Emirates, lace is their texture of choice. Covering your body in a temporary henna tattoo is nothing new, but its white iteration has become really popular over the past few years. But the trend has received some raised eyebrows. In 2015, Dubai Municipality discouraged residents from getting the treatment until it was tested for harmful substances. While the trend has taken a backseat in recent months, it could be a fun finishing touch to your impending Halloween costume.
10. Dyed armpit hair in the United States
Let’s not forget the U.S. has some pretty weird beauty trends, too. Instead of lip kits or balayage, we’d like to introduce you to the world of dyed armpit hair. A lot of us like to wax and shave ourselves into looking like we were genetically blessed with no hair follicles by our armpits, but there’s actually a niche group of people who want to make a statement with their hair. And we’re talking about bright pinks, blues, and greens. It seems like another silly trend, right? Not so fast. According to PopSugar, there are blogs and instructional videos for scoring some colorful pits that date back to 2007 — that’s 10 years! While we shouldn’t expect the trend to fizzle out anytime soon, we can at least thank the beauty gods that it hasn’t become a mainstream fad.