Everything you need to transform your skin with Asia's cutting edge skincare technology
It’s fast becoming clear that Asia are leading the way with their skincare knowledge. They are faster at applying new technology to their products – some say around 8 to 10 years ahead of us – and they take the time to spend at least half an hour every morning and evening attending to their routine.
While we are used to a three-step skincare routine, Asian women will apply around 10 products twice daily. This includes the all important double cleanse, a softening lotion, targeted emulsions, serums and creams; plus sheet masks, which focus on specific concerns.
To see the benefits of this new routine, products should be carefully layered, from the lightest to the heaviest and gently patted or massaged onto the skin with care. These techniques and the products that follow will leave skin luminous, fresher and younger looking.
Read on to discover the products and techniques you need to know to transform your skin today…
The first step in your new routine starts with the double cleanse. Begin by pre-cleansing the skin with the Shu Uemura Cleansing beauty oil a/o - the best-selling cleansing oil in the world - to effectively remove all traces of make-up and dirt. This cleansing oil is specifically targeted towards anti-ageing, making it perfect for mature skin.
The second step in the cleansing ritual, a foaming version, is designed to really clean the skin once make-up has been removed with the oil cleanser. Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Foam is so rich and gives a deep clean for seriously soft skin.
A softening lotion replaces the western toner in this skincare routine. But rather than removing additional dirt and product, an Asian softening lotion is designed to replace moisture lost by cleansing and prime the skin for further products. Shiseido's Ibuki Softening Concentrate is our top pick.
Always apply your eye cream after your toner/softening cream and before any other steps. SK II's Skin Signature Eye Cream is the ultimate anti-ager, firming eyelids, minimising dark circles and reducing lines and wrinkles.
Sheet masks are one of the most lengthy steps of an Asian skincare routine and are best left for nighttime. Sheet masks can focus on many concerns, from dryness to discolouration and uneven texture, but the Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask is perfect for mature skin. Apply after your toner or softening lotion, but before your essence or serum. Leave for 10 - 15 minutes and then continue with the next step.
As with all skincare routines, apply your serum - or essence, as it's known in Asia - after your toner/softening lotion but before the rest of your skincare, which is emulsion in this case. A serum is more concentrated than a cream or moisturiser and Astalift's Firming Serum is perfect for firming up a mature jawline, plumping up the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
An emulsion features the same properties as the essence or serum, but at a lesser concentration. It may be pricy, but we love the Sensai by Kanebo Ultimate The Emulsion, which is perfect for anyone who is concerned by emerging sun damage. For those with oily skin, this will often be the only moisturising step. Those with dryer skin can apply a cream later.
Asian women use spot treatments to target specific problems, from spots, to dark patches and wrinkles. We love the Wei Lady Berry Instant Line Repair to soften deep lines and wrinkles, creating an even base for you to apply make-up. This step is always applied after serum and emulsion, but before moisturiser.
After using an emulsion and a serum, a cream is only really needed for very dry skin. Thicker in consistency than the previous steps, the Yu-Be Skin Moisturising Cream is perfect for healing irritated skin and soothing dry patches.