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Asian skin care secrets have been exploding in the U.S. since Americans started learning about Asian and Korean beauty products (affectionately called K Beauty). Taking care of the face is a long-standing tradition in Asian countries, like Korea and Japan, and the results show! Spending time pampering your skin—and with the right products—can truly bring out your skin’s natural radiance. So, beauty junkies unite! It’s time to uncover tips and tricks from around the globe and learn how you can implement them into your daily routine.
Asian beauty gurus swear by the benefits of cleaning your face twice in a row, both in the morning and night, to remove the dirt and grime of the day. While this might sound like it would immediately dry out your skin (especially if you tend to deal with dry flakiness), that’s is not necessarily the case. Asian skin rituals begin with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, sunscreen or any pollutants that the skin may have collected. Then, the oil-based cleanser is followed by a traditional water-based cream or foam cleanser to remove excess oil, sweat and any remaining dirt from the face. Both types of cleansers serve a dual purpose in eliminating impurities from the skin and prepping the skin to be open to absorb the next products applied. Additionally, they will leave the face completely clean and help minimize pores.
For Western audiences, the idea of adding an essence into a skin care routine may be a novel idea. However, it’s truly the most essential part of any routine using Asian beauty products! An essence is a lightweight, hydrating boost to the skin with a consistency that feels like a toner or water. Packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, an essence is more easily absorbed by the skin than a thick cream. It is typically applied after a cleanser and toner, but before a serum and moisturizer.
SK-II’s signature Facial Treatment Essence is a fan favorite in Japanese beauty circles. The product was developed in the 1970s when scientists observed the beautiful, youthful hands of sake brewers. Through research, they discovered the secret lay within a yeast strain derived during sake fermentation. The strain, named Pitera™, became the foundation of SK-II’s entire beauty line. Facial Treatment Essence contains 90% Pitera™ and helps improve skin texture and uneven skin tone. With two weeks of use, dark spots on skin are less visible, appearance of wrinkles is reduced, and firmness is improved—showcasing your radiant skin.
Asian skin care masks come in a different form than the standard clay mask you might be used to painting on. Popular Japanese face masks come pre-saturated on a thin cotton sheet with eye and mouth cutouts. Very wet to the touch, these sheets rest on the face for between 10 and 15 minutes and pack a big punch of hydration to the skin. And, they make for a pretty great selfie!
Like the Facial Treatment Essence, the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask also comes loaded with a hearty dose of Pitera™. In 15 minutes, this face mask brightens skin and boosts radiance—perfect if you find yourself in need of a quick fix.
Now that the secrets have been revealed, try incorporating some into your skin care routine to boost your results and unveil glowing skin.