Asian beauty! We all know how the skin care routine in Asia is very well developed especially the East Asian skin care steps and how they are diligently taking care of their skin. Many believe that the key to a healthy skin is by taking care of the skin before applying make-up, to prevent damage instead covering up or repairing. Skin care in Asia starts in young age and the routine is not just a boring routine but a nice ritual and fun to do!
When we talk about Asian skin care, most will think about K-Beauty or maybe J-Beauty as they are more famous and well-known worldwide. But there is T-Beauty as well, even though not as popular as the others, it’s steadily gaining more popularity in particular with their sheet masks. As every country has a different culture, the beauty steps also have their own specialty: this may be in the steps, the philosophy or the special ingredients.
How they are similar but yet different? Let’s see it one by one!
Korean Beauty – the 10 steps skin care routine.
K-Beauty gained worldwide popularity rapidly, not only in Asia but also in the US and Europe. One of the famous goals is to be able to achieve beautiful glass skin using their method. K-Beauty products have a lot variety in every category in every step of the skincare routine and they typically have a cute, innovative and very trendy packaging.
One of the specialty ingredients from K-Beauty Is snail mucin: I know it’s sounds gross, but it is good for hydrating, preventing aging and improving wrinkles and scars. Many K-Beauty brands such as COSRX, Benton and TonyMoly using snail mucin on their beauty line of products like serums, moisturizers or sheet masks. And many K-Beauty lovers love what this ingredient does to their skin. Maybe this is something for you to try? ^ ^
Japanese Beauty – the longest history of beauty rituals.
Their philosophy is pure, simplistic and minimalist but yet very effective. Compared to Western skin care routine, Japanese routine might sound long and complicated, but to be honest: it is not nearly as much layering as in K-Beauty. J-Beauty somewhat is less popular than K-Beauty even though it’s equally good and brands like Shiseido, Sensai and Hada Labo already exist for a long time and are famous worldwide. With their simpler steps it might be easier for beauty lovers who just start or want to introduce themselves with Asian beauty products. Less is more: J-Beauty focuses on cleansing (yeah double cleansing!) and moisturizing. With only the minimal steps of the skin care routine it just gives what your skin needs with the same efficiency as the 10 steps skin care routine.
One of the special ingredients from Japan is the green tea, they use it a lot in the skin care products as it is a great anti-oxidant material and it strengthens the skin while it’s still mild enough for those with a sensitive skin. Green tea is a very common ingredient in Asia, not only for the skin but of course also for tea itself, as green tea has so many benefits. So, you can get the best out of it from within the body or on your face!
Taiwanese Beauty - the newest skin care of my skin care journey
I just learned about T-Beauty recently and have only be able try their sheet masks and face mask because most of the skincare products are not many available here in Europe. As you may know Taiwan is a country close to China and it has a different climate than Japan and South Korea, which is why their skin care products are lighter and very hydrating; think about their jelly masks which are very cooling and refreshing. Their skin care products are mostly a combination between natural ingredients and formulation expertise and it’s focusing a lot on health and TCM (Tradition Chinese Medicine).
Most of the ingredients in the Taiwanese skin care products are locally sourced ingredients, for example pearl barley / job’s tear, which is packed with vitamin c, anti-oxidant and mineral, might help with reducing spots and improving skin tone by using it regularly. And also with this natural ingredient you can reap the benefits by eating it, drinking it or with skin care.
Conclusion - There you are! All three beauties with different skincare philosophy and methods, they all are interesting to learn more about, so maybe next time I will talk about each of them individually in more depth. All of them share one big desire: to get a healthy and glowing skin! So, which one is suitable for you? There is no other better than the other; there is no magical skin care; it’s all about how diligent you are to taking care of your skin. You can always try to combine them depending on your skin condition or mood.