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When it comes to harsh weather skincare, Scandinavians are the experts.

Historically, Scandinavians boast polar-opposite gifts: They're experts when it comes to harsh, chilly weather, yet they're also brutally hot. But do they owe their legendary beauty to good genes or their skin care regimens? Maybe a little of both. To combat the elements and maintain youthful looks, Swedish and Icelandic men have led the charge in employing local, natural ingredients, such as arctic berries (known for their antioxidant properties), healing herbs, rejuvenating silica mud, and exfoliating lava sand and sea salt treatments. Now global brands are catching on.

Clockwise from top left: Glacial Face Wash by Skyn Iceland, 5 oz., $30, available at Ricky's NYC; KISStu Mig lip balm by Soley Organics, 0.5 fl. oz., $35, available at BUDIN; Flash Rinse 1-Minute Facial by Ren, 2.5 fl. oz., $48; Over Night Hair Repair by Sachajuan, 3.4 fl. oz., $60; Seaweed Salt Scrub by Neal's Yard Remedies, 7.06 oz., $29.50; Botanical D-tox by Sisley, 1.05 oz., $245; Age Rescue + Water-Charged Gel Cream by Lab Series, 1.7 fl. oz., $50.

Photography by Koji Yano

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