If Tour Group's Heather Marianna loves anything as much as travel, it's beauty. In fact, the Beauty Kitchen founder is skilled at combining both her passions, and uses her trips to uncover beauty secrets from around the world. Here, she shares her favorite beauty finds from Morocco, Thailand, and more. Good news: some of these products may be in your kitchen cupboards (or bathroom cabinets) right now.
1. Red Clay From Morocco
The obvious thing I found in Morocco was the argon oil. However, my best find in Morocco was the clay! Red clay is absolutely amazing for treating dryness, removing surface oil, and enhancing overall skin texture. While shopping in the market, I made a great authentic connect for this. I'm actually using it in all of my Beauty Kitchen face masks now! Red clay can also be used as a hair treatment to remove impurities, such as product buildup or other day-to-day toxins, leaving your hair super bouncy and full of volume.
2. Shea Butter From Kenya
I've always used shea butter in all my Beauty Kitchen lotions and eye creams but seeing it straight from the source really opened my eyes to just how powerful of a moisturizer it really is! It has exceptional skin healing properties and can transform even the driest of skin. While in the Massai village in Africa I noticed the women’s skin just glowed and was full of so much radiance. They told me they use fat from animals they slaughter to create that beautiful red face paint, but it often dried out their skin. Their secret, remove it with water and shea butter. Funny how something like that made me feel an instant connection to the villagers.
3. Sea Salt Water From Maldives
I learned a really useful beauty tip here while getting my hair blown out at the salon. The hairstylist sprayed my hair with fresh sea-salt water after she flat-ironed it to give it texture and extra body. Since I've been home, I've been incorporating this into my daily beauty routine and love it. I've never been a fan of using a ton of hair products in my hair that ultimately just weigh it down, so this was right up my alley! I actually even created a Maldivian sea salt hair spray to my Beauty Kitchen product line.
4. Turmeric Oil From Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is known for its amazing essential oils such as sandalwood but also for turmeric powder. While on a day off, I roamed around to a few spas and found this little tip for an acne face mask using Sandalwood and Turmeric powder. Simply use some of your favorite face lotion and add a few drops of Sandalwood and a little bit of turmeric powder and apply to your face for a few minutes and rinse. I am planning a trip back to Sri Lanka to find this plant myself. I hear it is nature’s Botox!
5. Lemongrass From Thailand
I’ve traveled to Thailand quite a few times. It's one of my favorite countries to find hidden beauty secrets. My best Thailand beauty secret is, in fact, fresh lemongrass. Lemongrass is used in everything over there from food to beauty masks. Why? It fights acne, keeps you skin glowing, and is all-around good for your soul. Start adding it to your beauty routine—trust me on this one. One of the locals I met at our hotel bar said she swore by lemongrass tea to help detox, keep her complexion glowing, and to relieve stress. I love a product that has many uses.
6. Sheet Masks From Tokyo
The best beauty tip I can give you from Tokyo is to use a sheet mask once a week. I literally bought every sheet mask I could get my hands on and shipped them home. Beauty Kitchen's sheet masks all now come directly from the same suppliers as the ones I found in Tokyo. Japanese women [also] love sheet masks and use them for everything from whitening to tightening. It's no surprise because Japanese women are known for having perfect skin!
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