4 Global Beauty Ingredients You Need to Know

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Beauty has no borders when it comes to quality ingredients. Brands search the globe for the best of the best and won’t stop until they find exactly what complements their product perfectly. Here are four countries that have a whole lot to offer.

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Morocco: Argan Oil

A powerful and time-tested ingredient in the world of beauty, pure argan oil is a rare and precious oil that is harvested and extracted from the nut of the argan tree. For centuries, women have used the indigenous ingredient in their beauty regimens for vibrant, healthy-looking skin and hair.

Product pick: The multitasking moisturizer

Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids, Moroccanoil’s Pure Argan Oil ($52) is a head-to-toe indulgence that nourishes skin as it hydrates with a lightweight, nongreasy finish.

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South Korea: Camellia Oil

This precious oil comes from the Island of Jeju—one of the Seven Wonders of Nature—situated to the west of Japan. Known for being rich in oleic acid and omegas 3, 6 and 9, this oil helps maintain skin’s elasticity and hydration.

Product pick: The potent skin healer

Perfect for calming irritation or dryness, Precious Elixir Soothing from Cinq Mōndes ($58) employs camellia and linseed oils—both are rich in soothing vitamin F—to protect and balance skin, as well as restore its suppleness. 

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China: Peony

Native to the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Gansu, this unique, beautiful plant has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years because of its medicinal purposes. With this in mind, Klorane harvests its own peony plants each fall to be used in its products that help soothe sensitive skin and irritations on the scalp.

Product pick: The scalp soother

Full of anti-inflammatory and soothing peony extract, which maintains an optimal scalp balance and brings immediate and 24-hour relief to an irritated scalp, Klorane SOS Serum with Peony ($20) is the ultimate seven-day treatment that you’ll wish you could use every day after. 

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Burkina Faso: Shea Butter

For the purest, most efficacious shea, René Furterer partnered with a women’s collective in Burkina Faso, Africa to establish the Karité Ethique (Ethical Shea). This ensures the purest, additive-free supply of this precious resource is ethically produced. 

Product pick: The strand savior

Hair has never been softer or bouncier than after using René Furterer’s new Karité Nutri Intense Nourishing Mask ($48). This cream is enriched with a high concentration of shea butter, making it a source of nourishment and regeneration for very dry, damaged hair. 

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