8 Taiwanese skincare brands you should try right now

Taiwan's beauty brands, which focus on a medical approach and on using natural ingredients when possible, have amassed a cult following among skincare gurus. 

8 Taiwanese skincare brands you should try right now
19 May 2017

8 Taiwanese skincare brands you should try right now

If you haven’t tried Taiwanese beauty products, then what are you waiting for? While their Korean and Japanese counterparts overshadow them in popularity, Taiwan’s offerings have amassed a cult following among people who are attracted to products with sensible packaging, a clinical bent, and healthy ingredients.

Want to try Taiwan’s beauty products? Here’s where to start. 

My Scheming
19 May 2017

My Scheming

My Scheming's most famous product, the Blackhead Acne Removal Activated Carbon 3 Steps Mask Set, includes three products to soften, cleanse, and heal your pores – all while removing blackheads, whiteheads, acne, and sebum. Talk about a heavy-duty product!

Use if: You derive grotesque pleasure from examining sebaceous filaments beneath your bathroom light.

Blackhead Acne Removal Activated Carbon 3 Steps Mask Set $18.90, available in Sasa

Neogence
19 May 2017

Neogence

Neogence was established in 2005 by experts in dermatology, pharmacy, and biomedical technology, with the goal of “proposing efficient strategies for skin problems that are safe, quick, and effective.” With its no-nonsense packaging and focus on medical beauty, Neogence is the clear choice for emergency fixes. Try the potent-looking Bee Venom Anti-Wrinkle Mask ($21.90) or the Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence Set ($108), which comes with an essence, a facial wash, and a deeply moisturising lotion.

Use if: You’re a stickler for pharmaceutical ingredients. Try this for a bit of complexion rehab between visits to the dermatologist.

Available in Sasa

For Beloved One
19 May 2017

For Beloved One

This cosmeceutical brand is renowned – or should we say beloved – for its luxurious biocellulose masks. Not only do their fans include celebrities and beauty experts like Niu Er and Barbie Hsu, but the masks are used in the medical community for artificial skin. Thanks to expert engineering, the masks are suitable for medical treatments such as pulsed light, acid peels, and lasers. With its jelly-like texture, the mask is obviously high-quality at first touch, and will leave your skin looking revitalised and bouncy.

Use: The night before a big event. A set of these masks will cost you a pretty penny, so ration them strategically.

Extreme Hydration Bio-Cellulose Mask, 3 pcs, $63 from Sephora   

For Beloved Girl
19 May 2017

For Beloved Girl

In the same way that many magazines have “junior” versions of their main publication, For Beloved Girl – which just launched in Singapore last month – is the Teen Vogue to For Beloved One’s Vogue magazine. These mineral masks, which were designed for young skin, and come in six varieties to target six major skin issues: dry skin, enlarged pores, dullness, puffiness, oiliness, and fine lines.

Use if: You need an affordable alternative to For Beloved One.

$16 for a box of 3, available in Sephora

Dr. Morita
19 May 2017

Dr. Morita

Despite sounding Japanese, Dr. Morita actually originated in Taiwan – however, its facial products were developed at a research centre in Japan with the help of Japanese technology.

In April, a study conducted by the Hong Kong Consumer Council surveyed the hydration factor of sheet masks from 40 different brands. Consumers tried the masks on their inner arms, with skin hydration tests conducted between one to six hours after the mask application. And out of the 40, Dr. Morita’s best-seller Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mask ranked among the top 10. Sounds plenty moisturising to us!

Use if: You’re on a long-haul flight and dread what effect the cabin’s air-conditioning will have on your skin.

$16.80 for a box of 10, available at Watsons

Dr. Wu
19 May 2017

Dr. Wu

Yeah, we know. Another doctor. What did we say about Taiwanese beauty gurus loving pharmaceutical-type products? But we can’t exclude Taiwan’s number 1 clinical skincare brand, which is not only formulated specifically for Asian skin, but which has just launched its Daily Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid. Specially customised for dry and sensitive skin, this skin renewal serum promises to work its magic on acne, blackheads, enlarged pores, and dullness without causing any irritation.

Use if: You want a no-frills solution to your dry complexion woes. 

Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid, $44.90, available at Watsons

My Beauty Diary
19 May 2017

My Beauty Diary

No beauty maven is a stranger to this popular sheet mask brand, which is a bestseller in Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. They not only come in a tonne of fun “flavours”, but they can stay moist for around 45 minutes. Apply it right before hitting “play” on the new episode of your favourite show, and you’ll feel pampered in no time.

Use if: You want to feel productive while watching an hour-long TV drama.

$13.50 per box, available in Guardian, Watsons, and Sasa 

Yuan Soap
19 May 2017

Yuan Soap

With its gorgeous landscape and distinction for green living, the Taiwanese beauty market is replete with beauty brands that use natural ingredients. Each Yuan soap is 100 percent natural, handmade, organic, and forgoes artificial fragrances and colours. In fact, the Yuan farm in Taiwan hires local villagers to help produce the soaps. (If this isn’t a labor of love, we don’t know what is.) Likewise, the skincare products use plan essences and herbs for their nourishing and restorative formulas. 

Use if: You’ve always dreamed of making your own beauty products, but lack the resources to do so. 

Momoridca Restoring Cream, $145
Alpinia Speciosa Toner, $85

Soaps range from $13.90 to $16.90

Visit Yuan Soap Singapore to see all locations where Yuan Soap is available. 

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