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.
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.