Your Passport to Gorgeous: 5 Beauty Ingredients from Around the World
By Mariam Jehangir
From India’s turmeric to Australia’s pawpaw, great beauty ingredients come from all around the world. While jet-setting across the globe to get our hands on these wonders isn’t exactly practical, we can still find them in products available right here in the US.
Check out a sampling of the best beauty ingredients from around the world.
MitoQ — Mitoquinol molecule, New Zealand This anti aging serum only launched in the US in the spring but it’s already making waves. I was lucky enough to receive a sample and after trying it, I understand what the buzz is about. The luxurious light yellow cream diffuses the look of fine lines and imperfection upon first application. After a week’s worth of use, there was a noticeable radiance in my skin and in about two week’s worth my stubborn, horizontal ‘forehead row’ was gone.
My favorite part is that it works double-duty. I’ve done away with my old face lotion and instead use MitoQ underneath my makeup as a daily moisturizer, all while improving the condition and look of my skin.
The secret here is the mitoquinol molecule, the product’s key ingredient, which was developed in New Zealand by Dr. Michael Murphy and Professor Rob Smith. Considered to be the most potent antioxidant to ever hit the market, MitoQ is proven to be a thousand times stronger than CoQ, a molecule used in the world’s best anti-aging products. MitoQ is also the world’s only topical cream proven to deliver ubiquinone to mitochondria at levels that show a huge improvement in cell rejuvenation and collagen and elastin production.
Meaningful Beauty — Melon, South of France The main ingredient in this celebrity-endorsed anti-aging product is a melon. But this isn’t just any old melon that you can pick from your backyard.
Known as one of Europe’s premier skin doctors, Jean Louis Sebaugh noticed a specific variation of this fruit in a remote region in the south of France seemed to decay at a much slower rate than normal.
The secret to its longevity is a powerful antioxidant calledsuperoxide dismutase or SOD. Following this discovery, Dr. Sebaugh helped create Meaningful Beauty, using extracts from this rare melon to make a powerful skin care product that gets rid of wrinkles and fine lines, adds radiance to your complexion, preserves skin’s youthful vibrancy and much more.
No wonder celebrities like supermodel Cindy Crawford stand behind Meaningful Beauty.
Suki’s Hair/Scalp Conditioning Oil — Lavender, Spain Boasting anti-bacterial and soothing properties, lavender from Spain’s Canary Island is the main ingredient in Suki’s Hair/Scalp Conditioning Oil. This 3-in-1 leave-in deep conditioner gets to the root of your problems by calming, soothing and improving scalp issues. It also gives your hair a health, natural shine without the greasiness of other products, and gives your hair a fuller, thicker look, all while controlling flyways and split ends.
If there ever was an all-inclusive hair health product, this is it.
Orogold Luminous Shea Butter – Shea Butter, West Africa Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter enjoys a reputation as one of the most moisturizing and conditioning ingredients in skin and hair care. Orogold Cosmetics combines this rich ingredient with another rich component: 24K Gold.
The result is a deeply softening body cream called Luminous Shea Butter. Slather some on your elbows, knees and wherever you’d like and enjoy deeply luxurious and hydrated skin all day long.
Moana Beauty — Monoi Oil, Tahiti Whether you desire a conditioning hair treatment, a skin moisturizer, sun protection or a great massage oil, look no further than the versatile Monoi Oil.
Located in French Polonysia, Tahiti is one of the most exotic islands in the world and is also the birth place of Monoi Oil. Made from the Tiare Tahiti flower and refined in Polynesian Coconut oil, Monoi has been used in the Tahitian culture for hundreds of years, according to Moana beauty.
You can use Monoi as a pre-shampoo hair treatment, a body moisturizer – either by applying it directly to the skin or by adding it to your tub for a tropical bath experience – or as a subtle but lovely perfume. The possibilities are endless with Monoi Oil.