Personal care treatments

5 luxurious beauty treatments from around the world

Have you ever wondered if your hair and skincare regimens are the best? Beauty aficionados around the world have incredible secrets that help them achieve gorgeous skin and thick locks. These luxurious at-home beauty treatments, inspired by spas in the coldest corners of the world, will leave you feeling relaxed and breathtaking all winter long.

Iceland: Smooth wrinkles with a seaweed mask.

Many Icelanders use masks made with microalgae derived from the waters of the country’s Blue Lagoon to ensure their complexion remains line-free. Mode of action: The omega-3 fatty acids contained in the plant stimulate the production of collagen so that the skin appears smooth and firm.

To try it yourself, apply a thin layer of a microalgae mask to clean skin. Leave for 10 minutes before rinsing. We love the Blue Lagoon seaweed mask (buy from Blue Lagoon Skincare, $49). Enter code “WomensWorld” at checkout for 20% off!

Poland: Soothe irritated skin with a mineral bath.

Whether in natural springs or in wellness centers, Poles relieve skin irritations by bathing in the country’s thermal waters. They are rich in skin-repairing and barrier-strengthening minerals that heal and prevent breakouts. Get the benefits at home by adding hot springs bath salts to your bath water and soak for 15 minutes! (For more ideas, check out these tips on soothing baths.)

Looking for one to try? We love Kneipp’s Deep Breathe Pine & Fir Mineral Bath Salt (Buy from Ulta, $4). ]

Japan: Reverse thinning with a rubbing of the scalp.

Wondering what beauty treatments Japanese women use? They often turn to “head spas” for exfoliating scalp massages to help treat hair loss. How they work: The exfoliating scrub removes buildup that causes fallout, while the massage increases blood flow to the follicles, promoting healthy new hair growth.

For similar results, rub one palm of Scalp Scrub all over damp scalp using circular motions for 10 minutes, then rinse. For an invigorating experience, try Renpure Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub (Buy on iHerb, $7.68).

Canada: Soften rough areas with a maple scrub.

The top Canadian export used in spas across the country to target rough, flaky skin? Maple syrup! The sweet sap (its antioxidants locks in moisture in parched spots) is blended into a scrub with coconut oil (its lauric acid hydrates) and brown sugar (its granules exfoliate) to keep skin looking and feeling soft like a baby, stat.

To try it yourself, combine 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1⁄2 cup brown sugar and 1⁄2 cup coconut oil. Rub a quarter amount onto damp skin while showering for one minute, then rinse. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Switzerland: Shrink the ankles with a hot stone massage.

Swiss spas treat sore, swollen ankles by massaging the legs with heated stones. The heat soothes inflammation, while the massage helps move and expel accumulated fluids.

See for yourself! Run stones – like Bacaby Extra Large Hot Stones (Buy on Amazon, $21.90) — under hot water and let cool for two minutes. Place a rock on either side of the ankle and work your way up to the knee in long strokes, then from the heel to the back of the knee. Do this 10 times per leg.

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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, World Woman.