Typically, I am the dealer of beauty intel at the GRAZIA offices, but our resident Fashion Features Editor/Greek Goddess Chrisanthi Kaliviotis is absolutely my oracle when it comes to Grecian grooming tips. Hailing from the Cyclades herself, Chrisanthi touts the benefits of olive oil, honey and other Aegean elixirs (wine) for her honeyed limbs, thick mane and glowing complexion – a true Koukla if there ever was one this side of the equator.
From our outpost in Sydney, our team has been dreaming of a sun-soaked holiday to the islands; of tiny white villages and unfathomable rocky peaks; of black sand and crystalline waters. But instead, we face the prospect of Australian winter, mild by global standards but a far cry from the sunny spoils of Santorini. But to help quell the pain, Chrisanthi has kindly shared some Greek beauty tips with me so that elusive Mediterranean glow can be mine, with or without a plane ticket.
Discover them yourself below.
Korres is a Greek skincare brand that encapsulates the laissez-faire Grecian approach to beauty perfectly. Enriched with ingredients like shea, almond oil, grapes and rosemary, this milk will leave limbs glowy and silken. It truly is Santorini in a bottle.
Korres Santorini Body Milk, $25. SHOP NOW
Ah, the sweet fig. A fruit synonymous with Greece and as fate would have it, supremely delicious. Diptyque have managed to capture all the best parts of it in Philosykos: lightness, creaminess and just a subtle amount of sweetness. Spritz liberally over the skin whilst mixing up an Ouzo Spritz, as per Chrisanthi’s recommendation.
Diptyque Philosykos, $187. SHOP NOW
A Mediterranean Tan
Carroten tanning gel was a staple when I partied in Mykonos as an early-twenty-something-year-old, but thank goodness, I’ve come to learn the virtues of proper sun protection. Thankfully, Chrisanthi alerted me to the fact the brand also produces SPF, namely this milky, hydrating one. A friendly reminder that all skin is subject to sun damage, even the olive, Grecian variety.
Carroten Aquavelvet Moisturising Sunscreen Milk, $18. SHOP NOW
It’s no secret the Greeks love their olive oil. The golden elixir is poured onto everything, skin included. But Korres have one-up’ed the humble olive oil in the skincare stakes with this rose-spiked apricot and sunflower version. Nourishing and full of fatty acids, it’s the perfect fast track to holiday skin (without the holiday).
Korres Wild Rose Brightening Absolute Oil, $86. SHOP NOW
Hair LIKE A goddess
Honey and olives prove as staples in the Mediterranean diet, but their benefits can be extended to one’s beauty routine. Greek brand Apivita draws inspiration from Hippocratic philosophy of medicine, looking to plants and natural extracts to cure certain ailments. This sweet, rich shampoo is the perfect antidote to salty, sun-bleached strands.
Apivita Nourish and Repair Honey and Olive Shampoo. SHOP NOW