Asianification of Skin Care


Have you even wondered how Korean women maintain seemingly ageless skin? While shopping at an H-Mart Korean supermarket this weekend I went into the beauty products boutique and had an interesting conversation with two South Korean women about skin care. I was told that there is a major difference between the Korean and the western approach to beauty. Women in the west typically follow a three-step facial regime whereas in South Korea there are 10 different steps. I was then shown all of the products that are used in this typical 10-step approach. No wonder South Korea is increasingly regarded as the holy ground of skin care innovation.

South Korean women spend more of their money on cosmetics than those in any other country and spend twice as much of their income on beauty products as do their American counterparts. Because of this South Korea is at the forefront of research into new skincare products, and its exports of skincare products are soaring. In 2015 South Korea exported more than $2.6 billion in cosmetics. Two of the products at the forefront of global skin care, for example, are Korean face masks (often made from seaweed) and Korean face cream (often made from snail slime). If western women find it too time consuming and expensive to use 10 plus beauty products a day as they do in South Korea, cherry picking these products will still result in a noticeable difference in their skin.

Shopping for Korean skincare products in retail stores can currently be difficult unless you live in a city with a large Asian population. It is great to have a knowledgeable sales person explain the benefits of all of the different products and how to fit them into a daily skin care routine. You can, however, purchase a wide range of Korean skincare products online. I found many websites that sell beauty products from South Korea. Two of the best were and Imomoko has a huge selection of masks and Gmarket has numerous skincare pads, creams and other products. Both sites are in multiple languages.

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3 Secrets to Maintaining Beautiful Asian Hair


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What is the secret to maintaining beautiful, long, thick, bouncy Asian hair? Naturally part of the secret is lifestyle and diet.  There are, however, actions you can take to maintain beautiful Asian hair.  The results of interviews with those with especially attractive hair and research with hairdressers have revealed three secrets that seem to help in keeping Asian hair healthy and shiny and full of life.

Proper Hair Cutting – Beautiful Asian hair can be enhanced by the way it is cut. .  Since most Asian hair types are very straight, layered cuts can be helpful to those who have facial shapes that call for layered cuts to add or remove volume in different areas of the head. The texture of Asian hair means that most of these layered cuts will need specific styling to help boost the volume in the desired areas. Those with fine thin hair should consider hair styles that are blunted with cleaner, sharer cut lines.

Proper Brushing – With long Asian hair you have to brush properly to keep your hair healthy and looking its best. Make sure to choose the correct brush that suits your hair. Choose the one with the largest head you are comfortable using.  Natural boar bristles on a narrow brush is ideal for short or fine Asian hair. A hairbrush with durable nylon bristles is a good brush for thicker Asian hair or for hair that often gets tangled. There is even an ionic hairbrush that keeps soft Asian hair static free. There is a wide selection of hairbrushes available on the online store selected specifically for Asian hair.

Camellia Oil – One of the secrets to maintaining beautiful Asian hair for many people is camellia oil. This oil includes a wealth of necessary vitamins like A, B, C and E.  It also has an enticing herbal aroma.  In China this is called tea seed oil and is used as a scalp conditioner and healthy hair growth promoter.  In Japan some people believe camellia oil can put color back into gray hair.

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One of the Secrets of Beautiful Asian Skin

Beautiful Asian Women

Women from many of the countries in Asia enjoy beautiful skin. Part of this is because of their healthy diet which includes a lot of fruits and vegetables. Another part of this is because they often use beauty secrets that are only now beginning to show up in the West. One of the secrets that help many Asian women look great is the tissue mask. A tissue mask is a sheet of paper, fabric or gel that is saturated with hydrating and other ingredients that brighten the skin. These comforting masks often include skincare ingredients such as retinol, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and hyaluronic acid which give an intensive boost to the skin.

Using a tissue mask is quite simple. You simply place the mask over your face, let it sit as directed and you effectively get a facial without leaving your house. The mask provides a moist environment that aids in rapid and complete absorption of the skin care components that are included in the mask.  Most Asian women use the masks in the evening on freshly cleansed skin.  This helps the ingredients totally penetrate the skin.  The masks are generally used about once a week.  Because this Asian beauty secret is becoming more well known in the Unites States there are now many brands now on the market.  The prices range from $2 each to $169 for a box of 6 so it pays to shop around.

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