6 things you never knew about Asian skin

Dermatologists tell us how we can tailor our skincare to suit the unique needs of Asian skin

6 things you never knew about Asian skin
6 things you never knew about Asian skin
22 Mar 2016

6 things you never knew about Asian skin

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all? Asians in general have a global reputation for meticulously taking care of our skin - and our fervent obsession with brightening skincare. But you definitely won’t be achieving that flawless visage without first knowing these secrets and expert tips that are reserved specially for Asian skin.

1. Asians are more prone to hyperpigmentation
1. Asians are more prone to hyperpigmentation
22 Mar 2016

1. Asians are more prone to hyperpigmentation

While it’s no secret there that Asians have darker skin due to higher melanin content as compared to our Western counterparts, this also means that we are more prone to sunspots when exposed to UV –unfortunately unavoidable in sunny Singapore. Shiseido’s White Lucent suppresses these epidermal signals and reduces spot production. Use it in tandem your daily SPF as your first line of defense against those pesky spots. 

Product recommendation: Shiseido White Lucent MultiTargeting Spot Corrector, S$155

2. Asians have a thicker epidermis layer
2. Asians have a thicker epidermis layer
22 Mar 2016

2. Asians have a thicker epidermis layer

The last thing any woman would want to do is to have a drawer full of beauty products with minimal effect. “Asian skincare products need to have better absorption and permeation capability, whilst Western skincare is more geared towards anti-aging, skin tightening and hydration,” advises Dr. Phoon of David Loh Surgery. H20 Intense Moisturizer, $90, available exclusively at South Bridge Aesthetics Clinic and developed by the swoonsome owner Dr Winston Lee, is specially created for Asian skin and, as its name suggests, is intensely good.

Product recommendation: H20 Intense moisturizer, $90

3. Overly oily skin does not mean it’s well hydrated
3. Overly oily skin does not mean it’s well hydrated
22 Mar 2016

3. Overly oily skin does not mean it’s well hydrated

It’s a simple but common misconception – oily skin does not equal to well-hydrated skin. It simply means your pores are packed with sebum. Enter Laneige’s new White Plus Renew Original Essence with the innovative Advanced Melacrusher technology that penetrates pores to fully moisturize and hydrate from inside out, achieving that elusive balance between oil and water. Trust the Koreans to pack this much technology into one innocuous skincare bottle.

Product recommendation: Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence, 40ml, $80 

4. We don’t want whiter skin, just brighter
4. We don’t want whiter skin, just brighter
22 Mar 2016

4. We don’t want whiter skin, just brighter

“The age-old paradox – Asians crave whitening, while Westerners love bronzing,” explains Dr. Phoon. But there’s a thin line between glowing radiantly and looking like a ghost. Go to bed with Innisfree’s Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack, with freshly squeezed tangerine peels and brightening capsules that unleash your inner luminosity, and wake up looking and feeling like an angel. We are pretty sure this is how Innisfree brand ambassador Lee Min Ho keeps his skin so perfectly poreless.

Product recommendation: Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack, 100ml, S$30

5. In TCM (or TKM) we trust
5. In TCM (or TKM) we trust
22 Mar 2016

5. In TCM (or TKM) we trust

While they may initially come off as slightly old-school, skincare that harnesses the power of traditional Asian medicines have targeted benefits on the Asian visage. Sulwhasoo unveils its latest Snowise Brightening serum, richly infused with White Ginseng that goes beyond firming up your skin to achieve that elusive V-shape that every woman desires, to effectively clearing and hydrating it.

Product recommendation: Sulwhasoo’s Snowise Brightening Serum, $268

6. Asian skin is more prone to sensitivity
6. Asian skin is more prone to sensitivity
22 Mar 2016

6. Asian skin is more prone to sensitivity

Warning: fragile, handle with care! Despite having a thicker dermis, our skin still does have a thinner stratum corneum, or outermost layer. Which means it is more sensitive to acne and scarring. Etude House True Relief Moist Cream, $32.90 is your defense against surface inflammation, infused with soothing botanical extracts of apricot, chestnut and chicory to strengthen and calm irritated skin. 

Product recommendation: Etude House True Relief Moist Cream, $32.90

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