By Gina Mamouzelos
The Ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about beauty. Olives, honey, wild rose, and calendula are among the hero ingredients that have stood the test of time, and while Greeks have kept their beauty secrets close to their heart, 2020 has seen G-Beauty soar into the spotlight as Greek brands showcase how to rock beauty that looks great and is good for your skin.
Here is a curated collection of top Greek beauty products that will become an essential element of your travels. You’re welcome.
Stop, revive, and let your skin thrive. Doubling as a skin-sational serum and aromatherapy experience all at once, this morning and night revival oil duo is packed to the brim with ingredients such as prickly pear seed oil (from the seeds of the Opuntia Fica Indicus cactus) as the main ingredient, which contains more Vitamin E than any of the beauty oils and 150 times more than argan oil, red raspberry, geranium, neroli, Spanish sage, avocado, and wild carrot.
This pot of gold from Dokimon, an organic skincare brand from the Sacred land of Mount Athos, will be your saving grace everywhere you go. Not only does it rescue dehydrated skin with its potent skin conditioning, anti-inflammatory properties, but it will also soothe and treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, cuts, and wounds. Featuring calendula, which is naturally derived from the marigold flower, and infused with olive oil and beeswax this is a product unlike any other on the market.
It’s a brand that needs no introduction and is still leading the way when it comes to innovation in the beauty industry. Products that can multitask will be your saving grace when travelling and this is why Korres Lip Butter makes the cut, delivering hydration, colour and doubles as a blush. A moisturising blend of shea butter, guava extract and safflower seed oil will keep your lips supple and reduce the appearance of fine lines. There are 6 flavours to choose from, all offering a beautiful sheer pop of colour and subtle scent, from the sexy Wild Rose to the Pomegranate. Our pick for 2020: The universally flattering ‘Mango.’
This iconic Greek brand which has been creating trailblazing formulas for decades is still going strong and recently launched a Cleansing Micellar Water with Rose & Honey. Remove the make-up and impurities of the day from your face and eyes in one swift step while soothing your skin at the same time. Greek thyme honey and wild rose fruit extract leave the skin clean and comfortable while the rosehip infusion offers extra anti-pollution action.
This soothing and silky all-natural gel is perfect for adding an extra surge of moisture to your skin. Two weights of hyaluronic acid are suspended in Aloe to improve absorption rate and add nutrients for a smoother, plumper complexion. This can be applied under or over your moisturizer and even over your make-up for a dewy look.
No beauty haul would be complete without a touch of fragrance, and when it comes to luxury look nowhere else but Manos Gerakinis. His eponymous collections have been garnering attention for their heady notes and sillage (the French word for fragrance trail). ‘Immortelle’ is Gerakinis’ hymn to Greece’s nature, paying homage to the everlasting flower that grows on the rocky pastures of the Mediterranean coast and is associated with ancient Greek mythology. A floral oriental with top notes of clove and cinnamon, heart notes of immortelle and milk, and base notes of brown sugar, sandalwood and patchouli it is an intriguing blend and pleasantly addictive. The magnificent ‘Rose Poetique’, a floral oriental fragrance will stop you right in your tracks.