As one of the global top ten beauty markets year after year, we all know that our obsession with Korean skincare isn’t dying down any time soon. But it’s not just South Korea that we keep looking up to – Asian countries have always been held in high regard by the beauty experts, and we crave to know the secrets Asian women use to look so good and stay so youthful despite their age.
From the foundation you’re supposed to choose, to how to get your hair to look thick and glossy, there are many beauty traditions coming from this vast continent, and we’re here to tell you about some of our favorites.
It all starts from the inside
Beside trimmer waists and shapelier muscles, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese women also happen to have much clearer skin on average. While the products they use are really important, what’s even more important is the fact that they simply eat a much better diet than we do. Junk food, dairy, and sugar are your skin’s biggest enemies, and to avoid premature wrinkles, excess sebum, and the loss of elasticity you really need to pay attention to what you put in your mouth. Eat better and you’ll look and feel better, particularly if your diet consists of veggies, fish, and fruit.
While the 10-step Korean beauty routine might be a bit much for the average busy woman, you can still pick up a valuable lesson from it: layer your products correctly. Cleanse with oil to remove your makeup, then cleanse again with a face wash. Tone your face, put a serum on, then your eye cream, and then the moisturizer. If you’re interested in the actual 10-step routine, you can read about it here.
Asian women seem to have a habit of seeing professionals as a part of their beauty regimen, so spas, wellness centers, salons, and dermatology clinics are becoming increasingly popular. Not only that – since East Asia has always been a few steps ahead in their technological advancements, they are making it easy through the use of special sites. Cool and useful apps like mindbeautyhk.com are there to make booking appointments online easier, let people rate the service of a certain company, and find salons that are nearby so they don’t have to travel across half the town just to get their hair done.
Turmeric for radiance
But East Asia is not the only source of incredible beauty tips – in India, the power of turmeric is widely known, and this spice is used not only in cooking, but in skincare as well. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it particularly useful in soothing dry, irritated skin and acne, and when mixed with the right ingredients it can make a powerful facial mask: ½ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp of apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp of raw honey, and 1 tsp of yogurt. Mix it all well in a little bowl, apply to a cleansed face, and leave on for 20-30 minutes. Welcome, skin radiance!
There’s no easier way to freshen up your face or set your makeup than a gentle face mist, and in Asia rose water works well for this purpose. You can even make your own rose water with this recipe, put it in a little bottle with a mister on top, and use it every time you need a little touch of moisture and freshness.
Indian hair mask
That thick, glossy hair that Indian women are so famed for is practically the stuff of legends! Their secret? Consistent hair care, gentle brushing, and no artificial dyes and chemicals. If they want to change color, they will use henna rather than hair dye, and to keep it glossy and gorgeous, they will use a hot oil hair mask.
How does it work? Well, pick your favorite oil (coconut is generally one of the best choices), heat it up a little (you can use the microwave for this), and then massage your scalp with it. This should be done in the evening and you should use the tips of your finger to rub gentle circles all over your scalp. Once you’re done, smooth more oil down the length of your hair, braid it or twist it into a bun, put a shower cap over it, then go to bed. In the morning, wash your hair and feel its softness. Do this once or twice a week and soon you’ll notice a huge difference.