The best back-to-basics beauty tips from Thailand, Sweden, South Africa, and beyond.
As a makeup artist and natural beauty expert, Lina Hanson has made it her mission to seek skincare secrets from women around the world. She travels not only for inspiration, but to deepen her ever-expanding encyclopedia of beauty knowledge, taking care to get to know the ingredients and rituals unique to each place she visits.
Born and raised in Sweden, Hanson credits her native country with her love of all things nature, though she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in beauty and has since worked with celebs like Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, and Brooke Shields.
The idea that good skincare is a product of modern civilization is absurd to Hanson. Throughout time, women have had the same skin ailments we have today, but sought natural ways to deal with them, she says, using ingredients derived from the earth.
“Today, the Western world has come so far from (natural ingredients) that we are using beauty products that have been mass-produced in factories and often contain unnecessary fillers and toxins,” Hanson said.
To get back to basics, we asked Hanson to take us on a beauty tour of her favorite destinations by revealing the skincare secrets of the women who live there.