Spanning the Globe: Our Favorite Beauty Products From Around the World

(Photos courtesy Joelle Ciocco, Jurlique and La Prairie; Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)We don't know about you, but our excitement for the Olympics is growing by the second. The Opening Ceremonies may or may not have been circled in our planner for the past six months. With the worldwide sporting event a mere 24 hours away, we're bringing the Olympic spirit to the StyleBistro offices. We've scoured the globe (and our vanities) to bring you our favorite international beauty products. Check out our top worldly picks:

Joelle Ciocco Lotion Hydrogel Plus, $116.45,
This is my only (er, one of my only) beauty splurges. This magnificent French product entered my life via girl talk with a friend. What better way? Her skin was radiant, and I was sold...well, after a few weeks of saving. It's not on the shelves in the States, so I get my fix from the joys of overseas shipping. (Ann Brady, Executive Editor)

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel Sensation, $15, Barneys

(Photo courtesy Rituals)No matter how jam-packed my day is, I know I can look forward to my morning shower as purely indulgent me time. I often light a scented candle and, much to the chagrin of my husband, stand under the running water for 20 minutes as I cycle through more products than is necessary. This aromatherapeutic shower gel from Eastern-inspired Netherlands brand Rituals helps complete my attempts to create a spa-like experience in my bathroom. Unlike wimpy cream formulas, one dollop of the thick gel produces a luxurious, foamy lather that covers you from head to toe. Organic ingredients including rice milk and sweet-almond oil naturally hydrate skin, while mood-boosting floral scents such as Indian Rose and Cherry Blossom will get you ready to tackle the day. (Cristina Velocci, Deputy Editor)

Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturizing Cream, $46,
(Photo courtesy Jurlique)

Jurlique is an Australian brand I heard about just recently, and now it has a permanent spot on my shelf. I'm obsessed with its Calendula Redness Rescue Line. I suffer from really dry, sensitive skin, which always seems to get rather red and unsightly in the winter. But when I apply this cream all over my face in the morning, any redness from the wind, dry skin, or acne is gone. I'm also a big fan of the Redness Rescue Calming Mist. I keep the jar at my desk for those days when I stroll in all blotchy from the wind. A couple of spritzes and poof, I'm back to my normal self. (Caitlin Miller, Associate Editor)

Couvent Des Minimes Gardner's Hand Healer, $27,

(Photo courtesy Le Couvent des Minimes)
Hands down (pun intended), this product has saved my paws this winter. I didn't hear about the French brand until I moved to New York, but I now swear by it. Made from 20 percent shea butter, this hand cream is thick but doesn't feel heavy when you rub it in. And with minimal application, it keeps skin hydrated throughout the day. It also offers a fresh lemony scent that doesn't linger or irritate my dry, sensitive skin. (Katie Davidson, Associate Editor)

Ahava Natural Dead Sea Mud Body Mask, $16,
(Photo courtesy Ahava)When I was growing up, I spent a year living in Israel with my family, and we took a little jaunt to The Dead Sea, which, at 1,300 feet below sea level, is the lowest point on Earth. Its unique climate creates a bevy of healing salts and minerals present in its mud, and a super high salt concentration in the sea itself, which, as anyone who has experienced this phenomenon knows, allows humans to float. That said, Dead Sea mud is magic for your skin, and thanks to Israeli beauty company Ahava, this mud is yours to enjoy via its luxury skincare products. I love the whole line, but specifically, the Natural Dead Sea Mud body mask is an exotic, healing treat full of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. You slather your body with this dark, thick mud, which exfoliates, absorbs excess oil, and removes dead skin and toxins. It also stimulates circulation. Sore muscles after a workout? Just heat up the mud and apply it to where there are aches for a quick healing, beautifying fix. (Simona Rabinovitch, Contributing Editor)

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, $300,
(Photo courtesy La Prairie)I don't typically like to splurge or go all out for beauty products, but after I received a sample of La Prairie's Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, I was hooked. This uber luxe oil hails from two tiny plants and an algae in the Swiss Alps that are resilient enough to withstand the area's harsh winters. La Prairie managed to extract ingredients from these cold-weather-surviving plants and infuse them into its Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal line. I like to use this incredibly light yet powerful product on the backs of my hands to hydrate and nuture my skin. Not only does it feel like silk, but its hydrating properties work to prevent moisture loss and keep skin supple. Basically, I feel like I'm giving my hands a facial every time I use it. (Caitlin Miller, Associate Editor)
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