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Why Do Scandinavian Women have such Great Skin?

After New York, London, and Milan, we look to Paris for the final week of the fashion month whirlwind. Though we still have much to take in (Céline! Chanel! Dior!), there have been some standout beauty trends that have already defined the season. We've seen plenty of wet comb-overs and just-bitten lip stains, but it's not the hair and makeup that have truly taken center stage. Spring 2015 has been all about skin: dewy, glowing, healthy skin.            

Scandinavian women, models or not, seem to have that enviable youthful glow at all ages (just look at Helena Christensen!). What is it about these Nordic locations that result in such clear, firm skin? We reached out to Dr. Miguel Stanley, who oversees the White Clinic, one of Europe's largest anti-aging clinics, to find out. Apparently, there really is something in the (Arctic) water.

"The Arctic represents one of the harshest and most unfriendly climate conditions on the planet, and as a result, nature has gradually developed extreme protection mechanisms," explains Stanley. "The indigenous people of the North have, through generations, explored these mechanisms in their everyday use. Scientists have been fascinated by this phenomenon, and have proven some of these extracts to hold unique properties when applied to the skin."

Stanley believes Scandinavia currently represents the most exciting part of the world when it comes to skincare and beauty, so it makes sense that brands from this area are becoming more available and gaining popularity in the United States.

Why do Scandinavian women have such great skin?

In my work I always focus on the holistic approach to good health, and when you're healthy, your skin looks great. My experience is that Scandinavian women have found balance in all the important aspects of health: what to eat, how to exercise, what to apply to their skin, and last but not least, how to live a happy life. Balance is key, and if balance is disturbed then the largest organ of the body, the skin, will show visible signs. It is as easy, and as complicated, as that.

What is their common skincare regimen?

Scandinavian women are, due to their bright skin type, very concerned about protecting their skin from damaging UV-rays. Beside UVA and UVB protection, I have also noticed that Scandinavian women are knowledgeable on how strong antioxidants and fatty acids can increase the barrier functions of cells. A natural extract like salmon roe can contain a cocktail of important vitamins, fatty acids, and growth factors that is like food for the skin.​

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