First there was K-beauty, or Korean beauty, followed shortly by J-beauty, hailing from Japan, and now we take pleasure in introducing you to A-beauty, courtesy of Australia. The land down under is known for many wonderful things—beautiful coral reefs, BBQ’s, and kangaroos and koala bears among them. Another wonderful thing: The seemingly effortless, golden glow of Aussie sheilas (that’s Aussie speak for women). You may not realize that Australia is home to a myriad of amazing skin care trends (and native ingredients) that we think are about to explode in popularity here in the U.S. Not sure what we mean? Keep reading to learn about four Australian skin care trends and beauty tips to get on your radar ASAP.
AUSTRALIAN SKIN CARE TREND #1: EMBRACE AGING SKIN—AND KEEP IT MOISTURIZED
We all age—it’s just a fact of life! And unfortunately, so does our skin. Rather than shun aging skin, Australian women embrace it. That doesn’t mean, however, that they don’t take care of their skin. On the contrary, women down under accept aging skin for what it is: Skin that needs extra TLC since it naturally loses moisture as you get older. To replenish this lost moisture and keep aging skin healthy, Australian women emphasize using a quality moisturizer, which they slather on (at least) twice daily. If this inspires you to step up your own moisturizer game, here are some of our best options. Bonus: These are all formulated with manuka honey, which is derived from the Manuka tree, which are found in Australia and New Zealand.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream: Decadent and creamy, this facial moisturizer envelops the skin with long-lasting, non-greasy hydration.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm – Face/Neck/Chest/Hands: As its name implies, you can use this soothing all-over balm pretty much anywhere. What’s even better: It’s paraben and mineral oil free.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm: Slather this luxurious face moisturizer on before hitting the hay, and wake up to skin that’s hydrated, comforted, and strengthened.
AUSTRALIAN SKIN CARE TREND #2: BEAUTY WORKS FROM THE INSIDE OUT
That gorgeous Aussie glow? Sure, it probably has to do somewhat with the plentiful sunshine down under, but it’s also because Aussie women understand the importance of eating nutritious beauty foods that work from the inside out. Think: brightly colored berries, leafy green veggies, and sweet citrus. Of course, nobody—not even the beautiful Aussie sheilas—can eat clean all of the time, but this is certainly one beauty tip we can all take note of in our own lives.
AUSTRALIAN SKIN CARE TREND #3: INGREDIENTS FROM NATURE
Australia is home to some pretty incredible wildlife, so it only makes sense that their skin care routines would utilize these natural, native ingredients. One cool ingredient that you have probably never heard of is the Kakadu plum, which is native to the country. According to research published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this fruit contains antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Another potent Aussie ingredient is the desert lime, which is loaded with antioxidants, according to research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
Editor’s note: That’s not to say that we don’t have powerful nature-sourced ingredients here though. Some of our favorite ingredients from nature? Those would be kiwi (L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub), red algae (L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask), and eucalyptus (L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask).
AUSTRALIAN SKIN CARE TREND #4: SUNKISSED SKIN
When it comes to glowing, sun-tanned skin, Australian women certainly have it down. They never neglect sun protection (don’t ever skimp on SPF!), but they also understand the power of a good tan. Enter: Self-tanner. Without having to step foot on a beach you too can look like you just came back from the beachside, Aussie vacation of a lifetime. Here are some of our best self-tanners to choose from:
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse: This long-lasting mousse develops gradually, while the formula provides hydration (without a sticky feel). The result is a natural-looking tan with an even, streak-free finish.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum: The streak-free formula of this serum absorbs and dries quickly, for a foolproof tan application that looks radiant wherever you are.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium: If you prefer a more gradual tan, this sunless tanning lotion is for you. Bonus: It will also soften and nourish skin while gradually delivering an even, bronzed glow.
After learning about these Aussie beauty beliefs, you might be curious about other global skin care tips. In fact, there is a lot we can learn from the rest of the world! Here are 4 German Skin Care Trends and 7 Icelandic Skin Care Trends to get you started on expanding your global beauty knowledge.