We’ve all heard of French beauty products and how amazing they are.
But what if I told you that certain Greek beauty products were just as good (if not better) than the high flying ones?
Think La Mere or LaPrairie. These ‘cult favourite’ beauty brands cost will set you back several hundred dollars.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to look good. I always say you can have great skin even if you’re on a budget, no matter how old you are.
Greek women have long used natural products from the earth, plants and animals to beautify themselves and look at how immaculate their skin and beauty was.
Heck, one Greek woman launched a thousand ships! (You know her name)
These hand-picked items for skin-care are loaded with Greek olive oil, wine, figs…and donkey milk. (Tried and tested by me, GCT Lifestyle Writer Despina Karp)
1. Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser
This nourishing cream-to-foam cleanser is good enough to eat and leaves the skin feeling clean, not stripped of everything. It’s been formulated with incredible natural Greek Yoghurt and is gentle enough to be used on even the most sensitive of skin types, including psoriasis and acne-prone skin. It is super gentle, yet very effective at thoroughly cleaning the skin and removing daily impurities and makeup. After trying this cleanser, my skin was left feeling as smooth and supple as a babies bottom.
The key ingredients in this beauty are Greek yoghurt which delivers an almost instant dose of pre and probiotics to nourish the skin and kill surface bacteria.
Amaranth seed extract and honeysuckle: These two unique ingredients provide a soothing and calming comfort to the skin.
I always recommend using this twice per day, morning and night for the best results.
2. Korres Golden KRoCus Ageless Saffron Elixir Serum
Well, there are serums, and then there’s this serum! A little pricey, but wait till I explain what this jar of ageless beauty contains.
This is one of the best antioxidant serums I’ve tried and for good reason. For starters, its ingredients make it a high-end luxury antioxidant serum, but without the super costly price tag to match.
The heavenly golden fluid is infused with the famous antioxidant saffron, once known as the most expensive spice in the world.
The crimson threads of magic come from dried crocus flowers, grown in the Greek town of Kozani. It takes approximately 70,000 flowers to make one pound of saffron! Did I mention that they bloom only once a year? Plus they need to be picked exactly ONE day after they’ve bloomed! Talk about time-sensitive.
The protecting power of the saffron, combined with the copper, peptides, and amino acids combine to make an incredibly effective collagen and elastin boost.
With consistent use, this serum will leave the skin feeling bright and glowing. I often use this serum on my mature-skinned clients before moisturiser and I massage it into the skin until it has been completely absorbed.
I highly recommend paying a little extra and indulging in this serum, it works wonders for mature skin.
3. Aphrodite Olive Oil & Donkey Milk Youth Elixir Anti-Wrinkle & Anti-Pollution Day Cream
Here comes the donkey’s milk! Don’t worry I won’t make you drink it but it is a staple ingredient in this product.
It doesn’t sound very luxurious or fancy, but Cleopatra allegedly bathed in donkey’s milk for softer skin.
In 2013, a study by researchers at the University of Camerino discovered that donkeys’ milk is very close in structure and composition to human breast milk (Maybe that’s why babies skin is so soft!).
Even Pope Francis even drank it as a baby in his native Argentina.
Are you convinced yet?
This cream provides antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory moisturisation.
The best part of this incredible product are the key ingredients (which according to their website are 97.1% natural ingredients): donkey milk (obviously), aloe vera juice, St. John’s wort, Centella, carob, cotton stem cells, moringa peptides, red seaweed and cross-linked hyaluronic acid (a superacid for the skin).
The donkey milk and Cretan organic olive oil are rich in omega fatty acids, which the skin craves.
It also contains vitamins and trace elements, which deeply nourish and strengthen the skin’s natural defence against pollution and UVA/UVB light.
The St. John’s wort and Centella extract calm redness and skin irritations.
I highly recommend this daily moisturiser (as donkey’s milk is non-comedogenic) for any skin type, except very congested and cystic acne skin types.
It’s important to always apply SPF 30+ to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun (especially true if you live in Australia).
Buy here at aphroditeusa.com.
So, I’ve give you an entire skin routine worthy of Aphrodite herself.
These 3 products can be used one after the other as a bedtime skin routine for mature and dry skin types.
If you are using these products in the morning, be sure to apply an SPF 30+ after all your products to protect your skin.
You don’t have to use a large amount of the products too, a little goes a long way with these beauties.
My donkey’s milk day cream lasted me 3 months! So it turns out to be a very economical investment.
It’s worth investing in your skin as it’s the largest organ in your body and the amount of chemicals we are exposed to these days can leave our skin in terrible shape if not looked after.
Our skin is also the first thing people look at, healthy and hydrated skin can completely alter your appearance if you’ve had dehydrated skin for a while.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get radiant, and prepare to launch a thousand ships! (More like a thousand compliments)
Note: always ask a Dermatologist’s advice when in doubt, these products aren’t suitable for all skin types or skin conditions.