Little compares to that fresh-faced, stress-free, post-holiday glow – if only it wasn’t so fleeting. But fear not, SUITCASE has searched from South Africa to Morocco, Stockholm to Florida, for savvy beauty potions which promise that just-off-the-beach feeling on your home soil. Inspired by far-flung locations, these five miracle workers are infused with worldly ingredients to guarantee a luminous complexion.
Luxury skincare company African Botanics might be based in LA but its roots stem from South Africa‘s verdant Cape floral kingdom. The brand owes its cult status to the award winning Pure Marula Oil, renowned for its neutralising effects on ageing. But its latest launch, Fleurs d’Afrique, now looks set to steal the spotlight. An intensive recovery oil, Fleurs d’Afrique harmonises the healing, night-blooming baobab flower with jasmine grandiflorum – also known as The Queen of the Night because it must be hand-picked at dusk – and advanced marine biotechnology. Together, the potent blend restores luminosity, elasticity and clarity to hormonal, mature, unbalanced or sensitive skin.
Swedish beauty brand FOREO, perhaps best known for its LUNA skincare devices, uses meteorite powder in its beautifully scented night cleanser, the Celestial Melting Gel. Coupled with moringa extract, the ultra-fine particles act as a gentle exfoliant, detoxifying the skin by removing makeup, impurities and pollutants which build up throughout the day. Almond oil then replenishes and nourishes. The result? Silky-soft skin when you wake up in the morning.
The well-established British beauty and spa brand Elemental Herbology is perhaps best known for being stocked in some of the world’s most exclusive hotels and premium beauty retailers. For people with mature skin, its Cell Active Rejuvenation Facial Moisturiser is particularly noteworthy. It’s infused with exotic ingredients: sacha inchi oil hydrates and softens thirsty skin; liftonin and lanablue (taken from blue-green algae) reduces the appearance of wrinkles; kombuchka, derived from black tea ferment, improves the quality, texture and radiance of the skin. Elemental Herbology proves utilising exquisite plant oils such as these can counter a range of skin-damaging effects, leaving behind a beautiful, subtle glow.
Developed in Dr Goldfaden’s South Florida dermatology practice, Goldfaden MD shares a love and passion for skincare and a healthy lifestyle. Its secret to lit-within-skin is Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Oil, a pure blend of active botanicals, fruit extracts and natural oils including baobab, kalahari, marula, mongongo and rose-hip seed oils. The anti-ageing, golden elixir feels light on the skin but offers deep hydration with omega fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E which protect against environmental stressors, support cell renewal and promote overall elasticity without clogging the pores – all vital for healthy, luminous skin.
Kahina Giving Beauty strives to do things differently. The skin and body care brand develops products that are not only effective but that are also sourced ethically from around the world designed to nourish, repair and protect skin from harsh weather. The formula blends soothing ingredients such as calendula, blue tansy – a powerful anti-inflammatory – and immortelle, an essential oil that cures anything from headaches to bruising. Carrot seed, argan and sea buckthorn seed oils deliver essential fatty acids to deeply moisturise the skin without leaving it greasy. This multi-functional moisturiser can be used both on dry, chapped lips and skin in need of a little TLC. Small enough to be popped in your handbag, it’s perfect for a dose of skin-loving goodness while travelling.