Asians are the envy of the world when it comes to beautiful skin. Indeed, some of the biggest global beauty trends have come from Asia. From practicing the famed 10-step Korean skincare routine to using Asian cosmetics and beauty products, women (and some men, too) around the world seem to be so fascinated by the near-perfect Asian complexion and Asian beauty secrets.
So how do these women achieve their flawless looks? Here are some secrets that you should definitely know about and practice immediately.
Use Cleansing Oils
You might be doubtful about this, especially if you already have oily skin. However, oil-based products are actually highly popular in Asia. The reason is simple: oil dissolves oil. Whether it’s from makeup, sunscreen, or your own body, cleansing oils will melt it away. Cleansing oils also give your skin a smoother texture and some extra hydration. Look for products made with light, natural plant oils like camellia or sunflower, or mineral oils so that you won’t be left with any residues that may clog your pores.
Green Tea Everything
Asians don’t just love their tea to drink, they also love it in their beauty and personal care products. Green tea has several beauty benefits, especially for your skin. For example, the high levels of polyphenols in green tea can help counteract the effects of free radicals and prevent age spots, fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Green tea also contains catechins and tannins. The former fights acne-causing bacteria to prevent breakouts, while the latter can help reduce the production of excess sebum. Tannins can also help shrink blood vessels, especially those sensitive ones around the eyes, resulting in a lighter and less puffy under-eye area.
Green tea also helps cleanse and exfoliate the skin, removing impurities and dead skin cells that are responsible for making facial pores appear larger. It can also help soothe sunburns while at the same time protecting the skin from sun damage. Finally, green tea can also take care of your scalp, preventing hair loss and dandruff.
Put a Priority on Sun Protection
For Asian women, there are no ifs or buts when it comes to protecting their skin from the sun’s rays. Not only do they apply sunscreen every single day, no matter the weather, they are also often seen carrying and using umbrellas or wearing wide-brimmed hats. Actress Fan Bing Bing has even admitted that she wears sunblock even if she’s just going to use the computer.
Brush Your Face
Dry-brushing your face using a soft-bristled brush helps serums and creams get absorbed into your skin better. It also keeps the skin soft and smooth and improves blood circulation in the face for that natural-looking blush.
Remove Makeup COMPLETELY
This is one of the most important steps in many Asian skincare routines. In fact, there’s even a scene in a TV drama from Taiwan called In Time With You, where the leading man carefully (and lovingly, perhaps?) removed the heroine’s makeup for her, step by step, before she went to sleep. Removing all traces of makeup not only prevents clogged pores and unnecessary exposure to free radicals (makeup can hold on to these substances), a completely clean, fresh face also ensures that all the products you will apply afterward will be absorbed more effectively.
Slap, Don’t Rub
Follow this technique in applying moisturizer for your face: start from your chin, then go up and around your face, ending on your forehead. Gently slap — yes, slap not tap or pat or rub — the moisturizer on and allow it to sink into your skin naturally. Not only are you giving your face a massage, you will also avoid giving yourself premature wrinkles from rubbing motions.
Sounds simple enough, right? Apply these simple secrets in your skincare routine and you may very well be on your way to achieving that porcelain-smooth skin.
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