Mud Baths (Napa Valley, California) – Thanks to its volcanic soil and geothermal springs, Calistoga in California has been a wellness destination since the 1800s. Mud baths are still enjoyed today to soften and exfoliate the skin.
Pearl powder (China) – When ground into fine powder, pearls are believed to brighten, exfoliate and tighten the skin.
Turmeric powder (India) – Indians have been using turmeric masks to make skin soft and radiant. Soukya, a holistic health center in Bangalore, is one of the best places to get an authentic turmeric Ayurvedic facial.
Thanaka powder (Myanmar) – Thanaka powder, which comes from grinding the wood and bark of the thanaka tree, has been used as sunscreen by Burmese women for more than 2,000 years. It also shields skin against free radicals and polluted air.
Argan Oil (Morocco) – Argan oil is loaded with rich antioxidants, rejuvenating Vitamin E and fatty acids that are believed to improve the appearance of wrinkles and treat scars, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Berber women in southern Morocco are known to apply this golden oil regularly to their faces, nails, hair and body.
Green Tea (Costa Rica) – The Bribri and Cabécares, Costa Rica's indigenous people, use green tea as a beauty product. Green tea is believed to improve skin complexion, flush toxins from the skin, heal blemishes and scars and reduce inflammation and dark eye circles.
Lemon Myrtle (Australia) – Lemon Myrtle is a flowering plant that smells like sweet lemons. It's been used by aboriginal Australians as an antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
Monoi Oil (Tahiti) – Often used in offerings and burial ceremonies, the beautifully scented monoi oil is thought to date back 2,000 years to the indigenous Maohi people of Polynesia, who revered it as a skin and hair softener.
Temazcal (Mexico) – Temazcal is a combination of Mesoamerican chants, meditation and heated rocks doused with herb-infused water to create an aromatic, healing steam.