The image of a holiday on the Greek islands… The whitewashed buildings decorating cliffs like pearls, the brilliant water, the beach hair that comes from sea air not from a bottle… Surely a dream! But maybe you’ve planned a different destination this summer, so we’ve talked to some locals in Mykonos and Santorini in order to find out some of their beauty secrets and the result is: use the region’s natural resources. Greek oilive oil, wine, figs, milk… all these ingredients are present in our hair and skin-care picks:
Apivita Wine Elixir Anti-Wrinkle & Restoring Face Oil
The ingredients in this anti-aging oil must sound like the ones for a wonderful Greek dinner: organic almond, olive, and sunflower oils (to provide moisture); lupine extract and grape oil (to plump fine lines); and sage essential oil (to tone skin). Massage it into your face, neck, and chest.
Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Elixir serum
One of the best antioxidant serums ever produced, this golden fluid is infused with antioxidant saffron, once known as the most expensive spice in the world. The red threads come from dried crocus flowers, grown in the Greek town of Kozani. It takes around 70,000 flowers to make one pound of saffron. The crocus flowers bloom only once a year and they’re handpicked just one day after they bloom. The protective power of the saffron—plus copper, peptides, and amino acids for a collagen and elastin boost—leaves your skin fresh and glowing.
Aphrodite Olive Oil & Donkey Milk Youth Elixir Anti-Wrinkle & Anti-Pollution Day Cream
Donkey milk surely doesn’t sound like a very elegant skin-care, but keep in mind that Cleopatra allegedly bathed in it for softer skin. The fact is that donkeys’ milk is very close in composition to human breast milk, according to a 2013 study by researchers at the University of Camerino in Italy. Antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory, it’s got vitamins and essential fatty acids. This cream calms the skin and protects it against environmental toxins.
Macrovita Olive & Argan Eye Cream
Fine lines can be avoided with this popular elixir composed of anti-aging plant oils, peptides, vitamin E, and moisturizers.
Mastic Spa Hair Treatment Shampoo
Another magical Greek ingredient is mastic, an aromatic resin extracted from a tree that only grows in the south of the island Chios. It has been used medicinally, in skin care, and in hair-loss remedies for thousands of years. This shampoo has mastic, wheat and milk proteins to make hair feel fuller and thicker.
HerbOlive Massage Soap Cretan Dittany with Loofah & Olive Stones
In a few words: essence of dittany. The healing shrub grows on the wild mountains of Crete. In this soap, it’s blended with moisturizing olive oil, exfoliating loofah, and olive stones. Then molded into a nubby bar that massages the body to kick up circulation.
Hommer Beard Grooming kit
Women aren’t the only ones who can benefit from with Mediterranean products. These woodsy-scented Beard Shampoo, Beard Oil, and Beard Wipes clean and control wild facial hair divinely. As they should. As the brand itself points out, the products are “made in Greece, the land of bearded gods.”
FrezyDerm AC-Norm Spot Care
This tinted spot treatment has salicylic acid to clear up zits while it covers them. Plus, it contains peptides, antibacterial camellia, and shea butter to prevent dryness.
Olivaloe After Sun Lotion
Even after carefully applying sunscreen, a day on the beach can leave you feeling scorched. That may happen to all of us! This après-sun lotion has organic olive oil and aloe vera, plus hydrating provitamin B5, allantoin, and soothing oat extract to help skin recover quickly.
Freshline Fig & Green Tea Fizzing Bath Ball
Freshline’s Fresh Bar concept is reminiscent of the British beauty brand Lush, offering playful colors and textures, and a shopping experience that reminds us of a farmer’s market. The handcrafted soaps, solid shampoos, and organic face masks are sold by weight. Many of the products use a base of antioxidant-rich tea infused with organic Cretan herbs instead of a water base. Freshline even has its own fizzing version of the Bath Bomb. This one has fig, green tea, and hydrating botanical oils.