The 8 best beauty secrets from around the world

Mark A. Carlson

Finding new beauty products is always a challenge. With shelves stacked with tons of products, many labeled with complicated lists of ingredients, it can be difficult to decide on what brands to trust.

Across the globe, however, there are beauty secrets that have been passed down for generations that provide fixes to issues ranging from dandruff to dry feet. Products from Asia to South America might have ingredients and formulas that are solutions to common beauty concerns.

To let you in on these beauty secrets, dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna to share her favorite products from around the world. Read on to shop anti-dandruff shampoo, exfoliators, color correcting treatments and more.


First Aid Beauty Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

This sulfate-free shampoo is formulated with one percent zinc pyrithione to fight flakes and dandruff. This formula is made to work with all hair types, including color-treated hair, and leave scalps smooth and hair soft.

Maxsoft Hair Scalp Massager

With over 80,000 ratings on Amazon, this scalp massager is a bestseller. In ancient China, hair combing to massage the head was used to maintain one’s health, said Engelman. This massager used with the above shampoo might help with dandruff, too.


NatureLab. Tokyo Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub

This sake-infused scalp scrub leans into the ancient Japanese tradition of scalp care, said Engelman. The exfoliating cubes are also made of sugar rather than salt to prevent hair damage while exfoliating.

Cure Aqua Gel Exfoliator

Formulated to help you say goodbye to dry, dull and blotchy skin, this Japanese exfoliator works to smooth and brighten skin for a more even-looking complexion. The brand also says this exfoliator works to improve pigmentation, has anti-aging benefits and can reduce the appearance of bumps and acne scars.

South Korea

Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

Best known for their BB cream, Dr. Jart+ has a product that uses tiger grass from the Asian wetlands to calm sensitive skin. This color correcting treatment is designed to cover blemishes, neutralize redness and restore skin.


Victoria Lanolin Agg Tval Egg White Facial Care Soap for Women

Made with lanolin, rosewater and egg whites, this Swedish facial soap works to cleanse and minimize pores. When exposed to water, the bar becomes frothy like a latte and makes skin appear fresh and tight, said Engelman.


Ctzn Cosmetics Nudiversal Lip Duo

This lip duo is made in Italy but is owned and founded by two Pakistani sisters. The brand has an inclusive shade range with 25 different shades of nude. The lipstick is dual ended with lip gloss and a matte lipstick. The formula is also vegan and cruelty free.


Sol de Janeiro Samba Foot Fetish Cream

If you are looking to keep your feet soft and smooth, this foot care kit could be helpful. With the smooth board, users should exfoliate their feet, then massage the cream into the skin. The main ingredient in this cream is coconut oil

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