Asian Skin Needs Anti-Aging Help and Protection

Asian skin can suffer from specific problems that cannot be addressed using regular beauty industry moisturisers and facial products. Asian skin is thicker than white skin and can be leathery in appearance. This means it needs richer, deeper penetrating creams. The ideal moisturiser for Asian skin should contain a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) to prevent further darkening of skin colour, and antioxidants for protection against harmful free radicals and pollution.

Younger Asian women in particular want their skin to appear lighter and blemish free with even skin tone. In this quest for an ivory complexion, many Asian women have used potentially harmful skin peels, or taken expensive tablets that claim to work from within, to lighten the skin. Unfortunately many of these products contain harsh ingredients, and can produce uneven light-and-dark patches over the face and body. I do not want the next generation to risk harming their skin in this way, and I have researched the safest skin lighteners available. Kojic acid is the active ingredient in the latest safe skin lightener. It helps lighten skin colour by inhibiting the production of melanin that causes skin darkening and age spots. The skin takes between 4-8 weeks to renew its layers, so during that time the new lighter skin cells come through and the whole complexion will look fresher and brighter.

Dark patches around the eyes are a problem for a lot of Asian women, and they often appear across the forehead and cheeks. This is usually a consequence of pregnancy or hormonal changes at the menopause. These blemishes can be unsightly, and many women would like to get rid of them without using harmful chemicals or undergoing cosmetic surgery. The skin around the eyes is much finer than the rest of the face, and cannot absorb a normal face cream. If we compare the thickness of skin on the various parts of our body to paper, the delicate eye area would be like tissue paper, the face like writing paper, and the neck like wrapping paper. A skin treatment cream for this delicate area needs the correct consistency for absorption around the eyes, otherwise puffiness and swelling will be made worse. A mild skin bleaching ingredient such as kojic acid can be used in an eye treatment cream, to reduce the appearance of dark eye circles.

Sun damage is also a major hazard for Asian skin – not only making it darker, but also causing blemishes and scarring. There are safe skin treatments designed to prevent or repair sun damage, at any age by using vitamins A and E with antioxidants. This combination will help to boost the skin’s immune system and can reduce the appearance of existing blemishes by speeding up tissue repair. Lypozomes are another important ingredient, as they help fade brown spots by changing the rate of skin cell clustering, and leave the skin looking younger and clearer.

Using these skin care ingredients is not vanity – they are a vital protection for healthy skin in today’s environment. When buying cream for Asian skin, you should ask which active ingredients it contains, and whether the products have been tested to local safety standards. In the UK this means they should be tested in accordance with Department of Trade & Industry requirements, to ensure safety and effectiveness. Most of us will also want to check that the products have not been tested on animals.

Navigating the Asian Collectibles Market

The U.S. collectibles market is a dynamic $7 billion industry. However, the emerging market for Asian collectibles is beginning to come to fruition in America… as well as around the world. For instance, China is quickly becoming a major center for Chinese art and antiques. New collectors and auction houses around the world appear every day selling Chinese art. Asian people, from China and elsewhere, are increasingly hungry for Oriental collectibles, decor, and art as they are making their homes all over the world.

The question becomes, How can I get good, vintage collectibles for my home, office, and family? Without a doubt, there are many collectibles that are manufactured cheaply and sold in major U.S. retail stores every year. The real challenge is finding quality collectibles from Asia that truly express the culture of the East at a fair price.

One way to gauge what “quality” means in a tangible way is to investigate the producers of Asian collectibles overseas. An example of such might be the Chinese Figurines of Shiwan. Shiwan has been called “the Ceramic Capital in China.” Shiwan is an old town in the southern part of Guangdong province. Its reputation for beautiful and elegant ceramic figurines has been famous for hundreds of years. Plus, the traditional Shiwan ceramic skills and techniques have been passed down through many generations of craftsmen.

This is one example of what quality workmanship means in the Asian homeland. In Shiwan, there is a place called “The Figurines Street.” The two craftsmen who create Oriental figurines are Master Lin Wei Dung and Master Lin Wei Ho. They are two brothers who are very well known in this particular region of China for their unsurpassed skill. Their statues have been made for many years in this region. However, they have received almost no competition because no other artists are able to match their particular level of detail in creating beautiful figurines. Their figurines are not cheap, because they are made with such superior skill that they become works of art in a short period of time!

So it goes without saying that many U.S.-based retailers get their Oriental figurines and collectibles from Oriental manufacturers. Even so, before you buy directly from overseas manufacturers always check out the details on these imported items. A safe strategy could be to visit the website or several store locations operated by “Ten Thousand Villages” here in the U.S. This company often contracts with Asian merchants overseas to bring fairly traded, authentic figurines for home decoration. They conveniently cut out all the hassle of dealing with overseas manufacturers and the expensive shipping costs that always go with the import business.

Probably the single most popular Oriental figurine is the Japanese Geisha. In consideration of the Geisha’s near feverish appeal, it is easy to understand why so many people are seeking this kind of collectible. The Japanese tradition of Geishas was an intimate part of the whole “floating world” of Japanese nightlife in old Japan. This era of the past has fascinated the west since Japan opened up to the modern world. The unique and elegant beauty of the Geishas was a result of remarkable attention to detail. The Geishas were famous for their graceful and deliberate movements, their highly refined posture, and the interesting make-up worn on their faces. Admirers of the Geisha also note their beautiful kimono and obi, as well as their distinctive hairstyle, decorative combs, and hair pins.

Once again, the most reliable factor that separates true quality figurines from other products in the Asian collectibles market is meticulous attention to detail in their construction. Bear in mind though that the more attention to detail there is the more money you will have to pay for such a vintage piece of artwork.

Another way to discover what kinds of Oriental collectibles are available to you now is to visit private collectors in your area. You might also visit your local Chinatown shops and grocers because these businesses often carry imported collectibles. This is the fastest and most direct way to find collectibles of the Asian style. Finding the right collectibles for yourself and family will take some effort though. So don’t be discouraged. Your patience will be rewarded in time. Let it be known that you are in the market for these beautiful items. Get your name, email address, and telephone number out there on the Asian internet cities. Your exciting and lucky journey begins today!

At What Age Should a Woman Start Using Anti Aging Products?

What is the appropriate age to start using anti-aging products? Some mothers frown at the idea of allowing their teens to use beauty products on their face. The usual concern is that most skin care products are too harsh for their daughter’s young skin. Well, the concern may be valid up to a particular point, but sometimes, this attitude may bring about worse consequences.

When you say anti-aging products, the first thing that often comes to mind are products designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, so you may think that the list will include only firming creams, eye serum for eye bag problems, and creams to diminish the lines. But didn’t you know that regular sunscreen is also an anti-aging product? It does not deal with wrinkles and fine lines directly, but it can be a preventive measure against them.

It has been said that the aging process begins as early as adolescence. Constant sun exposure is usually pointed to as the culprit. The sun’s UV rays are damaging, and overtime such can spark the development of wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone, among others. Using an anti-aging product with sunscreen is deemed very wise at this age. Using an anti-aging formula does not make you vain, and must not make you feel guilty for making beauty a priority. It is not just looking good you are after, here, after all. You also want to feel good.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being careful and conscious of the way you look. The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better are your chances of delaying the signs of aging or preventing their getting worse. There are different types of anti-aging products that are now available to all women in varying age groups and in different parts of the world. There are products formulated for Asian skin, for dark skin, for American skin, and so on, just as there are products for every age group, too. Women in their early 20s are often advised to use sunscreen, but one that is specially formulated for young skin. Organic sunscreen is best because it contains no harsh chemicals to which a teenager’s skin may react. As one advances in age, she will need more than just a sunscreen. She will need a moisturizer with Vitamins and antioxidants to help fight oxidative stress. When she gets older, she will need to add an eye gel and a firming cream to her list of beauty products.

There’s nothing wrong with using an anti aging product before aging actually begins. But even if some signs of aging are already evident, there is still hope of reversing or at the very least reducing their visibility. There are many “revolutionary” products nowadays, some of which are even claimed to come with immediate results. But of course, this should not eliminate the need to take care of the skin early on. This, along with acquiring a happy disposition, is key to looking younger and more beautiful longer.