We may admire French women for their laissez-faire beauty approach (no one can master вЂњI woke up like thisвЂќ hair quite like them), but when it comes to looking sun-kissed and beach-ready, we look to our sisters in a certain southern, warmer climate for inspiration-Australia, where else? Yes, Australian women, with their sea-salt hair and glowing skin, perfectly capture laid-back, idyllic summer beauty-and the fact they're able to look that way year round only makes us more jealous of their sun goddess appeal.
To try and borrow some of their glow, we interviewed three Australian women-a model, beauty editor, and natural health guru-and asked them for their best beauty secrets. Because if we can't have blue skies and balmy temps allВ year, at least we can try to look like we do. Keep scrolling for 10 beauty tricks Australian women swear by!Getty
Who: Lara Bingle
What she does: Model, host, and founder ofВ The Base
Her take on Australian beauty: вЂњI think that what Australian women value most is what's around them, whether it's the fresh air or the ocean.вЂќ
Who: Sigourney Cantelo
What she does: Founder of beauty site Beauticate.com, former Vogue Australia Beauty & Health Director
Her take on Australian beauty: вЂњLooking healthy-and even somewhat outdoorsy-is seriously high on our radar. Burnished luminous skin, bronzed limbs and tousled beach hair is always in.вЂќ
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Who: Carla Oates
What she does: Health guru and founder of The Beauty Chef
Her take on Australian beauty: вЂњIn Australia we're blessed with lots of sunshine and spend a lot of time outdoors. Because of this, we have to be skin smart and most of our moisturizers and makeup contains sunscreen. Australian women also have a holistic approach to beauty, so there's also an emphasis on eating healthy and exercise.вЂќ
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Trick #1: Know Thy Oils
вЂњA lot of my Aussie friends add a few drops of Eucalyptus or tee tree oil to their shampoo to hydrate their scalp,вЂќ Bingle tells us. Cantelo agrees, saying that tea tree oil is antibacterial and actually can double as a natural astringent to cure pimples. Another oil to stock up on? Almond oil-BingleВ appliesВ it all over herself after taking a cold shower. вЂњIt's so good for the glandular system!вЂќ she says.
Trick #2: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Strands feeling stringy? Oates says she uses uses apple cider in between her shampoo and condition regimen, because вЂњit keeps the hair shiny and also balances the pH levels of the scalp.вЂќ (Click here for more DIY rinses that can help revive your hair color!)
Trick #3: DIY Lip Stain
This is a trick we've never heard before: Cantelo says she slices up beetroot and applies itВ to her lips and cheeks for a flush of color. Something to remember next time you're chopping a salad, no?
Trick #4: Embrace the Natural (Ingredients)
In general, Australian women believe that natural ingredients can yield the best results. вЂњIn Australia, we have access to a great range of native flora and fauna, which are exceptional effective when used in natural beauty,вЂќ Oates says. вЂњFor example, The Beauty Chef's Glow Powder contains Queen Garnet Plum from Australian state Queensland, which has high anthocyanin levels (a powerful antioxidant).вЂќ Cantelo swears by botanical ingredients too, favoring things like kakadu plum, eucalyptus, quandong, and lemon myrtle. вЂњThey smell like a bushwalk through my childhood!вЂќ she says.
Trick #5: Treat Acne with the Unexpected
Next time you get a breakout, head towards your refrigerator. вЂњBasil oils works well for clearing up pimples,вЂќ Cantelo says. вЂњI learned this at the Gwinganna Health Retreat in Queesnland-they have a massive organic garden and told us to scrunch fresh basil leaves and apply it to blemishes. It works like a charm!вЂќ
Trick #6: Treat Your HairвЂ¦ to Pantry Staples
To brighten and maintain a bright, blonde color, Cantelo says Australian women will use ingredients from their kitchen-chamomile tea and lemon juice, to name two. Also, to combat a greenish tint that comes from chlorine, Australian women will wash their hair with ketchup-yes, ketchup. Bingle, on the other hand, says mixing вЂњbicarb sodaвЂќ (or what we call baking soda) with a cleansing shampoo will get the green out of blonde hair in an instant. Whatever the method, we're just glad we have our pantry stocked.
Trick #7: DIY an Exfoliating Scrub
Out (or bored) of your daily exfoliator? Try DIY-ing your own, like Bingle does. вЂњI combine yogurt and sea salt together to exfoliate,вЂќ she says. вЂњIt leaves my skin so soft.вЂќ Another plus? Yogurt is full of probiotics, which can also help your acne problem.Lucas Papaw Ointment $12Shop
Trick #9: Harness the Sea
Ever wonder how Australian women get that just-emerged-from-the-sea texture to their hair? Well, turns out it's because they really did just emerge from the sea. вЂњIn Australia, if you want to feel good, all you have to do is swim in the ocean and let your hair dry naturally and have a glass of water, and you look great,вЂќ Bingle says. Cantelo agrees, saying that a lot of Aussies believe that salt water can cure all ills: вЂњIt's the panacea for acne, and the absolute best for achieving tousled beach hair,вЂќ she says. вЂњSome girls I know pour a liter of their local ocean into a spray bottle instead of buying commercial salt spray!вЂќ West coasters, take heed (and consider gifting this to non-coast dwelling friends).
Trick #10: Don't Forget Coconut Oil
2014 was the year of coconut oil, but lest you've chalked it up to a passing craze, remember this: Australian women love it and use it religiously still. Oates says she cleanses her face with NUI's coconut oil, while Cantelo swears it's the best body moisturizer and makeup remover. Need a refresher on all the ways you can use this fragrant oil? Click here for more ideas.
Which of these tips would you try? Sound off below!