Beauty Routines Around the World

Traditions and Practices From Around the Globe

Traditions and beauty secrets from around the world explored.

What do different countries value as beautiful and how do they achieve it?

Asia: Prevention is Key for a Smooth White Complexion

Japan: Chasing a Youthful Glow

Japan focuses on restorative products that fight signs of aging. The main goal of Japanese skin care is to create a creamy light-skinned smooth and even complexion. In order to achieve this, young women learn about prevention from an early age. Women will always have sunscreen on, and even in the hottest weather, they can be seen wearing long sleeve UV reflective shirts or carrying lightweight parasols. There is a lot of care put into avoiding sun damage so they can achieve their poreless milk-white complexion.

South Korea: Less is Not More

South Koreans are known for their intense beauty routines, which can feature more than ten steps. The process involves extensive pore care, intense hydration, and their famous double-cleansing. Gentle water and oil-based cleansers dominate the market, but the Koreans have perfected many add on products. Sheet masks, sleeping masks, essences, and more all focus on delivering moisture and botanical benefits to the skin. If you are looking for a lightweight sunscreen, then Korean products are perfect for you. They have developed water-based sunscreens that they incorporate into their everyday routine to help prevent skin darkening and sun damage.

China: Preventing Pollution Damage

The same pigmentation that creates a yellow undertone in Asian skin types is also a natural anti-aging protection. This benefit fades later in life, and that's why Asian nations focus on prevention while they're young and the signs of aging show. To get the ideal luminous white skin, the Chinese focus on whitening treatments as well as vitamin c serums and face peels that resurface the skin and get rid of pigmentation. China has the additional problem of fighting environmental stressors from pollution. To combat these problems, there is a focus on thorough cleansing.

Europe: Simple Curated Routines

France: Natural Beauty

The French have simple tailored routines that usually don't include more than three steps. France focuses on natural beauty, which means the skin is glowing, soft, and clean. To achieve this, they have created gentle cleansing methods and powerful moisturizers. Micellar water, which has micelle particles instead of soap or alcohol, has recently become internationally popular as a makeup remover and skin cleanser. The French are not distraught at the idea of aging, and there is not a big focus on powerful anti-aging products. French products are full of healthy botanical benefits that act as light anti-agers in their everyday products.

UK: Products for Rain and Shine

The United Kingdom faces a wide range of skin concerns with the passing seasons. The harsh winters mixed with their summer heatwaves means they take a hardier approach to their skin routine. Because of the frequent overcast and rain, there is a habit of not wearing any UV protection in their everyday routines. This means that there is a big focus on targeting pigmentation issues later in life. The sun damage and spots as a result of their lack of prevention means anti-aging treatments and products for an even complexion are frequently used later in life.

South America: Embrace the Sun

Brazil: Sunbaked Skincare

Brazilians face heavy sun exposure year-round, and that means it's always bathing suit season. This year-long sunshine means there are more full-body treatments and moisturizing. Full body exfoliation, especially the feet, is popular countrywide. The country goes to the dermatologist more frequently than most others. These regular visits are also fueled by the fact that dermatologists can mix up individual personalized medications that you can later pick up at your pharmacy. Massages are also frequently used to get rid of bloating and water retention, which slim down the body in a healthy natural way.

Africa: Using Your Surrounding Environment

Ghana: Clear Skin and Healthy Hair

The use of African black soap, which originated in West Africa, is not country-specific but is commonly used across the continent. This soap made up of plant ash and oils can help fight bacteria, acne, eczema, and other skin concerns. This helps nourish the skin with vitamins, improve your skin tone, and combats redness by reducing irritation. Shea butter is also found in this soap and is commonly used as a staple of African beauty routines. This deep moisturizer is used to fight the sun and can soften skin and natural hair. Rooibos tea is also very popular both as a drink and skin product. Rich in antioxidants and enzymes, it can help fight acne and skin discoloration. While there is little concern for anti-aging products, there is a big market for skin bleaching creams, which are dangerous and damaging.

Morocco: Community Meets Skin Care

Morocco is a large producer of beauty products that they export all over the world. Argan oil has recently become popular but has been a large part of their beauty routine for centuries. As large producers of roses as well as Argan tree products, there is a large market of rose oil and water products. Moroccan mint tea, which is full of green tea antioxidants and mint, promotes health inside and out as a skin-replenishing drink, anti-ager, and scar treatment. Hammams are also an essential part of Morocco as both a skin care treatment and community activity. These steam rooms, similar to Turkish baths, help refresh the skin and get out toxins. At the Hammam, you sit in the sauna-like room to sweat out your pores, exfoliate, do a full-body clay mask, and deep moisturizing. Clay is also a huge local product to get tighter pores and get healthy botanicals to the skin.

If you are visiting any of these places try out some of their local skin care traditions. You might find a product that changes your life!

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Casa Sauza

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La Cofradia

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To celebrate the arrival of the coldest season, we decided to highlight some of our favorite (and heartiest) recipes from HelloFresh that are perfect for the Holiday season. Here are five wholesome and balanced meals that will warm you up in no time.

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Winter Risotto

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8 of the Best Donut Spots In the United States

Celebrate National Donut Day with our favorite treats across the country.

November 5th marks one of 2020's two National Donut Days.

Occurring in both June and November, National Donut Day allows fans of those delectable yeasty treats to embrace their sweet tooth. But like any niche food group, people often take their donuts very, very seriously, and there are countless places to get your fix.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best donut spots across the country. From coast to coast, these bakeries are sure to impress even the pickiest donut-heads.

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop – Modesto, CA

Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop

If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's worth taking a short trek out east towards Modesto for some of California's best donuts. Mr. T.'s Delicate Donut Shop has remained family owned since its opening over 30 years ago, providing both tried-and-true classic donuts as well as experimental flavors and holiday specials. Even their 24-hour service doesn't diminish the line that trails out the door most mornings.

Dough — New York, NY

Dough \u2014 New York, NY

Donuts might not be the first circular, doughy treat you think of when it comes to New York City. If you've had your fair share of bagels, the Big Apple also boasts some spectacular donuts at Dough, a go-to spot for both tourists and locals alike. Here, you'll find a host of Latin American-inspired flavors that are hard to come by anywhere else; their Dulce de Leche flavor is a customer favorite, while the tangy Hibiscus donut is just as good for Instagramming as it is for eating.

Blackbird Doughnuts — Boston, MA

Blackbird Doughnuts \u2014 Boston, MA

Boston's Blackbird Doughnuts is a no-frills donut spot specializing in both brioche "raised" donuts and old-fashioned cake donuts. With a small menu of year-round donuts and a rotating cast of seasonal flavors, Blackbird keeps it simple and classic. Why mess around?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop — Brooklyn, NY

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop \u2014 Brooklyn, NY

For over 60 years, Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop has been calling the quaint Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint home. Since then, the bakery has remained a popular spot for both regulars and new visitors passing through the area. Here, you won't find uber-trendy decor or gimmicky recipes, just damn good donuts that prove the power of long-standing local businesses.

Pip’s Original — Portland, OR

Pip\u2019s Original \u2014 Portland, OR

In both their mobile catering van and brick-and-mortar locations, Pip's Original is a staple for small, sweet treats in Portland. They're known for their tiny donuts that come in inventive seasonal flavors like marionberry-lavender and mango ghost pepper. But even if you opt for one of the more traditional flavors, Pip's Original proves good things can come in small packages.

Round Rock Donuts — Round Rock, TX

Round Rock Donuts \u2014 Round Rock, TX

Founded in 1926, Round Rock Donuts—located just north of Austin—are impossible to miss. These donuts' distinct yellow-orange color, caused by fresh eggs in the original recipe, make them stand out among the crowd. While this classic outpost can easily churn out hundreds of dozens of donuts a day, they also offer Texas-Sized Donuts, which are just as ginormous as you'd imagine. Round Rock Donuts are not only delicious and easily recognizable, but they're a slice of Lone Star history.

The Holy Donut — Portland, ME

The Holy Donut \u2014 Portland, ME

In Maine's Portland, you might not find tiny donuts or a decked-out catering van, but you will find a slightly healthier alternative. The Holy Donut was founded on the premise of creating tasty donuts that used all-natural ingredients to make a treat you could feel good about eating. The secret ingredient is fresh, mashed Maine potatoes, which make these donuts delectably moist without sacrificing flavor.

Donut Friend — Los Angeles, CA

Donut Friend \u2014 Los Angeles, CA

As expected of a city so focused on entertainment, Los Angeles' Donut Friend puts an edgy spin on their inventive donut flavors. Their year-round menu features donut flavors with names like Green Teagan and Sara, Fudgegazi, and Bacon-182 that are sure to delight the rock music nerds. For everyone else, the delicious donuts speak for themselves.