Beauty and wellbeing secrets from around the world that will transform your routine and your confidence
While British women may be known for their sense of humour and individual style, there’s a lot we can learn from other nationalities – especially when it comes to beauty and wellbeing.
Women all over the world have a wealth of tricks that keep them looking young, bright-eyed and slim. Australian women for example know how to ensure that they always feel great in a swimsuit, while Indian women have the secret to beautiful, shiny hair.
Here are eight lessons we can learn from women around the world…
Spain was the first country to ban size zero models, with many high street stores like Mango and Zara using plus-size models in their campaigns instead, so it makes sense that Spanish women are generally happier with their bodies than us Brits. Some psychologists believe that positive reinforcement from birth is to thank. Spanish families openly promote self-worth in young girls by encouraging a strong mind and healthy body.
Try it...Be more positive about your body. Instead of focusing on 'problem areas' in the mirror, compliment the bits you like.
BB and CC creams, skin rollers - there's a reason why the latest beauty products are borrowed from Asian routines. Korean women especially are skincare obsessed, so their beauty bags are packed with highly-scientific, hard-working lotions and potions that smooth, plump and soften. But their real secret? Staying out of the sun as much as possible.
Try it...Our best beauty buys from around the world is packed with Korean beauty favourites.
If we're stealing our skincare from Asia, then our treatments are now heavily influenced by the Middle East. Eyebrow threading has been used in Iran for thousands of years to get the perfect arch without damaging the skin. Body oils that lock in moisture are an essential too.
Cosmetic dentistry might be growing in the UK, but in America there's always been a focus on dental aesthetics. Visiting the dentist every six months is a must, with most children being fitted with a brace once their baby teeth disappear to straighten out their smile. Regular trips to the hygienist are top of the to-do list too.
Try it...Something as simple as flossing every day can make all the difference to the appearance of your teeth.
When you regularly wear a swimsuit, staying in shape is a real confidence booster. Australian women tend to make time for exercise every day so it becomes habit rather than a chore. They'll do yoga in the morning or head to a spin class at lunchtime. Yes, we know it's much easier when the sun is shining!
Try it...Exercising early in the day not only frees up your evenings but also puts you in a good mood. Studies suggest early morning gym bunnies are more likely to enjoy exercising every day too. Give it a go.
New Yorkers love food, but yet most women who live in Manhattan still manage to fit in to sample sizes. Doesn't make sense really does it? NY-based Journalist Eileen Daspin wanted to know how they do it too, so she asked her friends to keep a food and exercise diary. It seems walking everywhere, keeping options to a minimum and checking the menu online before heading out for dinner really works.
Try it...Give The Manhattan Diet a go.
And it has nothing to do with coffee! According to Dior's new make-up designer, Violette, looking fresh-faced comes down to a healthy diet based on Japanese food, plenty of water (including kickstarting the day with a hot lemon) and learning to conceal flaws and dark shadows like a pro.
Try it...Always apply concealer under the eyes, and to cover problem areas, before your foundation. Our 5 beauty tips to stop you looking tired will have you looking bright-eyed in no time.
Want to know the secret to shiny, beautiful hair? It's as simple as swapping damaging chemical-based shampoos or synthetic styling products for something more natural. In India, Ayurvedic beauty, which is based on the power of plants and herbs, is big business. Henna is used as a dye while nut-based hair oils keep split ends at bay.