Glamour Magazine published in its June’s issue an interesting article combining skincare and beauty tips and tricks by women from all over the world. They covered France, China, Brazil, U.K., and South Africa. Surprisingly, Russia (FYI, the world’s largest country) was not mentioned on this map of beauty secrets. I felt this oversight needed to be rectified, and prepared my version of the Russian Great Skin Guide (I followed the format proposed by Glamour).
What Russian women want: The women there love taking care of their skin and use facial masks to hydrate, clean, and exfoliate their skin. Those products are not necessarily very expensive or high-tech; facial masks from the fridge are perhaps the most popular ones. Cottage cheese, honey, strawberry, egg, and olive oil are used in all kind of combinations to address all of the possible skincare issues. Many women attend saunas (or ‘banyas’) regularly, where body masks are among the top priorities. Russians believe that there is no such thing as unaffordable skincare, with the proper research and dedication you can create DIY products that will work as good (or even better!) than products by the expensive brands.
Their hydrating facial mask solution: Combine one egg yolk with two teaspoons of olive oil. Apply two layers and keep on your face until dry. For the best results, use this mask two to three times a week for a period of two months.
Their treat-yourself tip: Russian women believe that massaging their skin regularly helps to prevent wrinkles and nourish the skin. Some women use the help of the professional cosmetologist, while others choose at-home facial massage techniques. Since the climate is so harsh in Russia, thermal water is a necessity not an indulgence for locals. Many prefer French skincare brands producing healing spring water such as Vichy and Avène.
Their top beauty export: Clay masks are very popular in Russia due to their healing benefits for oily and acne-prone skin. There are different kinds of clay masks available, including those that you can pre-mix before using and more luxurious versions that are ready to use. Another important trick that I recommend borrowing from Russian women is the regular usage of hair masks. Whether you choose DIY versions or pre-packaged ones, consistency is the key. Use your hair mask weekly, and you will definitely notice the difference.