Whether you use a plain bar of soap or a face wash infused with 24K gold (that is a real thing!), everyone uses some kind of skincare. In Scandinavia, the winter months often bring about extremely dry and sometimes wind-burnt skin; it’s important to have good moisturisers for your face, hands and lips so that you don’t end up with painful cracking and peeling.
Combine this seasonal need with an interest in natural and organic local ingredients and you end up with a wide range of gentle skincare choices. For those less interested in the all-natural route and more invested in anti-aging or brightening skincare, Sweden has that too!
Here’s the best in Swedish beauty and skincare, whatever your skin needs:
Using Vitamin A complex Retinol 8, Verso Skincare has quickly become popular around the world for its aggressive anti-aging properties as well as its gorgeous minimalist packaging. Invest in the whole line for full face-hands-lips protection.
The height of cool-person skincare in Sweden, L:A Bruket actually delivers. With incredible scents (their Grapefruit candle is outstanding) and a focus on function-first recipes, this is a brand that transcends its brand-of-the-moment spotlight and is creating timeless skincare products.
With all organic ingredients, Estelle & Thild has become a darling of the natural skincare world. That’s in large part because their products work. The brand includes skincare, body care, baby care and even some Swedish beauty products like lip balms and tinted moisturizers. They’re also serious about ethical production and sustainability, with all products made in the Nordics.
A true spa brand, Kerstin Florian is well-known throughout Sweden as a brand that delivers a luxurious sensory experience as well as real results.
Although we’re not wild about the “for men” addendum here (almost all skincare is for everybody!), this is a brand made for people whose skin needs some serious care. Developed for intense hydration, the line has everything from cleansers to shaving balm and beard oil.
A range of hardworking unisex products makes True Organic of Sweden a great choice for any skincare needs. Their “All You Need is Me” cream has become a classic, a useful catch-all cream that’s as good on your face as hands or other rough patches (used similarly to Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream). If you’re looking for aluminium-free deodorant, check out their excellent “Undercover Agent.”