Asian Skin

Dear Miss Beauty Nerd,

I just came across your blog, love it! I was wondering what skincare regime you utilize? You have such nice skin! I am korean and find it hard to relate to other beauty blogs that focus just on western skin. Also have you ever tried an BB creams before? Thanks!


Dear M,

Well I’m happy you stopped by! Let me answer your question in 2 parts: first, let’s look at what makes Asian skin unique and second, let me give you some general health & beauty tips that should be universal to all skin types and ethnicities.

Asian skin. In many respects, Asian skin has a slew of advantages. First of all, due to the yellow undertones in our skin, we tend to have higher melanin content (natural pigments in our skin that gives our skin its color) compared to the average Caucasian. What this means is that our skin tans more easily (rather than burn) and we have a stronger natural defence against harmful UV rays. It also means (yes, you guessed it), that we age particularly well :)! However, we should not be overly confident about our inherently robust skin superpowers (lol, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). We still do need to religiously apply our SPF and make smart skin care choices to properly protect our skin. Now to the not so good news – the most common problems with Asian skin. Our skin tends to be more reactive to sudden changes in temperatures or wind. Skin protection is therefore essential – invest in a good moisturizer which will help reinforce your natural skin barrier. I particularly like Biotherm’s Multi Recharge SPF 15. Asians are also particularly susceptible to hyperpigmentation – i.e. age spots, sun spots, etc. This can be caused by some aggressive dermatological procedures such as acne spot treatments or laser treatments. Therefore, I would always try to select skin care treatments that are more gentle. Personally, I refrain from using any kind of chemical peels, and I opt for more gentle physical exfoliants. My favorite is the Bliss Pore Perfecting Facial Polish.
And as for my current skin care regimen? I am using Bliss The Youth As We Know It Cleanser (cream cleansers are generally more gentle), Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist, Biotherm Multi Recharge with SPF 15 during the day and Biotherm Reminerale at night.

All skin colors. And here are a couple good wholesome beauty tips that should be taken regardless of skin color or type:
1. Always protect your skin with at least an SPF 15 daily
2. Don’t be lazy about your skin care regimen. It will only take a couple minutes to cleanse, tone, and moisturize!
3. Eat healthy (fill your plates with fruits and vegetables)
4. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and add in a couple nice cups of tea to make it a little more interesting
5. Last but most certainly not least, BE HAPPY. A sunny disposition on life will make your true beauty shine from the inside out, I promise!

Now, regarding the most coveted Asian beauty product – BB Creams! Yes, I have first tried BB Creams last year during my trip to Asia. They are a great mix between a primer and a tinted moisturizer, creating this wonderful illusion of flawless skin. Currently I am using the BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream. To read more about BB creams, click here to read my post on these products.

I hope this helps!

Yours truly,

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