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Heading abroad this summer? As well as making space in your suitcase for the usual buys - handmade jewellery, local delicacies and cut-price technology - be sure to stock-up on some of the fantastic beauty products that can only be found in foreign climes.

From France to Japan, many countries across the world are home to cutting-edge beauty finds - a veritable Aladdin's Cave of creams, balms, ointments and more.

To help you stay ahead of the crowd, Stylist handpicks the very best beauty buys from across the globe:

Greece: Apivita Natural Products

For 30 years this Greek beauty brand have been creating pure, natural and effective holistic products. The propoline-based products are the ones to stock up on.

France: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre 24 Hour Miracle Cream

Available at most French pharmacies, this hydrating and repairing cream is a model skin-saver backstage at the fashion shows and will soothe even the most irritated skin.

France: Homeoplasmine

Another perennial backstage beauty must-have, Homeoplasmine is the insider’s alternative to Vaseline. An emollient that cures chapped and dry skin it softens lips with a matte velvety finish.

USA and Germany: Olay Pro X Anti-Ageing Cream

Currently available over in the States but rumoured to be arriving on British shores later this year this anti-ager is proven to be equally as effective at smoothing lines as dermatologist prescribed gold-standard Tretinoin.

Switzerland: Phytopharma Apricoderm Moisturiser

While Gwyneth Paltrow may favour the rich, heavy lip balm, the other lighter-textured moisturising creams in this range shouldn’t be overlooked for winter-proof skin protection.

France: Avibon Anti-Ageing Cream

A powerful anti-ageing ointment containing Vitamin A derivative and lanolin, regenerates skin and works a treat on blemishes.

USA: Crest Teeth Whitening Strips

The one-a-day-for-a-week teeth whitening strips have long been a beauty insider secret. The express versions have recently launched promising Hollywood-worthy pearly whites in just 2 hours.

Japan: Imju Fiberwig Mascara

Japan’s best-selling mascara is fast becoming a cult classic the world over. Micro-fine fibres coat each and every lash, building with each application to make lashes extra-long and clump-free.

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