Asian Beauty Secrets

Natural, delicate, with a shiny hair and a flawless skin, Asian women are a true example of beauty. Uncover their secrets and learn special skin care techniques!

Skin care ritual

Surely you have admired at least once the smooth perfect skin of an Asian woman. Want to know their secret? Facial massage, deep cleansing and intensive moisturizing are daily care rules. The mornings, they wash the skin with a flaking soap based on algae, massage it gently with a cream for activating blood flow and maintaining elasticity, then give a smooth aspect using a mat effect cream. The evenings, they cleanse the face skin with a foamy product, apply plugs with green tea, which have an antioxidant and purifying role, and then they moisturize the skin intensely.

For daily hair care

Shiny healthy hair is another characteristic of the beautiful Asian women. For maintaining its shine, they brush it every evening with a wooden comb and massage it in the bath with emollient nourishing oils.

The bath – a time for spoiling

For Japanese women, the bath has not only a cleaning purpose, but is a complex ritual of skin care, purifying and relaxing, based on several stages. First, the impurities and the dead cells are removed, and the blood flow is activated by exfoliation: a massage of the skin while under the shower, using a special bath glove and a special exfoliating gel. Then it’s the main bath, which has to contain careful chosen nourishing ingredients and very fine aromas: soy milk, sandalwood oil, marine salts, rice water and cherry flowers. The water temperature should be a little higher than usual, about 38-39 degrees Celsius. To respect the original formula, make yourself a cherries or green tea that you savor during the bath. After 15 or 20 minutes of relaxing in the water, put on a cotton bath robe and stay 10 minutes in the bed, under a blanket. Then apply on the skin 2 layers of body butter enriched with almond oil.

Asian wonder ingredient

Rice flour has nourishing properties, protects and regenerates the skin, absorbs the sebum excess and purifies the derma. Make yourself a mask for the face using a spoon of rice flour and a little milk. Spread it on the face, avoiding the eyes area, and cleanse after 5-10 minutes.

Lotus extract is rich in moisturizing agents and it’s a perfect remedy for dry skin and dry fragile hair. You find it in many beauty products today, from night serums to hair balms or nourishing body creams.

Green tea is a natural antioxidant that’s extremely appreciated worldwide, especially in China, for its strong anti-aging properties. Offers the skin a nice fresh aspect, and invigorates and exhilarates the skin instantly. Apply in the evening plugs with green tea or use it as ice cubes for wrinkles removing.

Cherry flowers has a calming effect on the skin, when combined with moisturizing ingredients, while it’s delicate aroma will leave your skin special perfume.

White tea has an exfoliating effect, improves the cellular metabolism, gives vitality to the skin and helps with the natural rejuvenation. Add a cup of white tea in your bathwater and your skin will shine!

Fighting Asian Hair With Keratin Kung Fu

I don’t know why but for me Kung Fu just isn’t enough, Asian hair seems totally immune to straightening hair care products such or smoothing lotions and creams. Especially to all of us Japanese girls, you will know what i mean. We have courser strands of hair which never succumb to the Caucasian hair products designed style and straighten thinner and softer hair types. Lets face it Asian hair can be very unmanageable, even with regular hot irons, re bonding and trips to the salon, Asian hair has a mind of its own and can be quite a costly expense trying to manage it. I think it would also be fair to say that Asian hair has been left out of the hair care market and neglected for its specific needs.

However, some recent findings have been promising as there now seems to be stronger products to cure the unmanageable and course Asian hair. Out of all of the straightening products I’ve used there is now a solution which can be found in many salons across the globe.This new trend originates from Brazil and wasn’t initially designed with Asian hair in mind. However it certainly has done wonders on my hair and I’m sure others with course unmanageable hair of the ethnic variety.

The products which are winning this crowing glory are Keratin based products, there are at the time of writing this 3 leading brand name Keratin products currently available. I have personally only tried the Global Keratin treatment which is a non chemical straightener that smooths and reconditions the hair, plus it lasts up to 5 months. Best of all the process is not irreversible and the straightening can be reverted back to natural waves if need be.

For me this is fabulous news because it means no more damage to the hair cuticles from regular hot irons, chemicals and re bonding. Global Keratin actually nourishes and replenishes the hairs natural keratin and vitamins. Also the more applications the product is used the better the hair quality and shine will become. However i was pretty impressed by just the first application, i cant imagine it looking even better, so its all good news.

The product is applied on damp hair to allow the cuticles to absorb more of the nutrients and keratin, then a flat iron can be used to seal in these nutrients and glossing the hair from the inside out. After 2 days the hair can then be washed and you can enjoy amazingly soft, silky, smooth and even shiny straight hair.

The Global Keratin range has been designed to keep course thick hair lasting in this beautiful state for longer and without chemicals or damage. The only draw back to Global Keratin is that local salons may charge a hundred dollars or more for the 3 hour Keratin treatment session. However, considering these amazing keratin results can lasts for up to 5 months and cost less than typical re bonding or weekly trips to the salon, like many things in life quality is worth it in the long run and pays for itself many times over.

I have been studying hair and beauty for over 20 years and work at The Corner Hair Salon Bangkok.

The Crazy World Of Asian Skin Lightening

As someone who has traveled to a couple countries throughout Asia, I have been able to witness the Asian skin whitening craze first hand.

Throughout many Asian countries, light skin is highly prized.

Having a lighter complexion is considered more attractive, especially in South East Asian countries.

In the already light skinned people of North and East Asia, having very clear white skin is a sign of glamor and wealth.

Deep Rooted Cultural Influences

The Asian skin whitening craze has deep cultural roots going back centuries.

Li Yanbing, vice-secretary general of the Chamber of Beauty Culture and Cosmetics of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce gave an interview with China Daily back in 2012 that shed some light on how deep rooted this craze is.

He mentioned that skin whitening in modern day China goes back to ancient times. And he went on to mention an ancient Chinese saying that has passed through the ages; “One white covers up one hundred ugliness.”

Japan has a similar saying too; “white skin covers the seven flaws. This means that a light-skinned woman is pretty even if her features are not attractive.

Many Asians associate darker complexion with working on a farm in the hot sun or some other so-called menial job. Lighter complexion on the other hand is associated with high status positions and cultural refinement.

Western media influences in Asia also play a big role in purveying the idea that lighter skin is something to be prized. Consequently, there has been a growing demand for skin lightening treatments.

And it is not just facial lightening creams that are in demand either. Whole body lightening creams are also soaring in popularity.
Asian Skin Whitening – A Lucrative Market

The Asian skin whitening industry is said to be worth in excess of US$13 billion. Japan represents the largest market globally while China (around US 3 billion) and India (around US 400 million) are fueling the huge growth in the industry.

India’s obsession with light complexion has seen its skin lightening market grow by double digit rates yearly. Its market accounts for almost 50% of the overall skin care market.

Elsewhere in Asia, a survey conducted by the UK-based market research firm Synovate found that 40% of women in Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan use skin lightening lotions.

Effective Herbal Based Skin Lightening Cream For Asian Skin

So What’s Wrong In Wanting Lighter Skin? To each his/her own. But, the skin lightening industry is not without its detractors.

Critics accuse the industry of pandering to stereotypes about race and social class. They also argue that the industry promotes a distorted view of beauty and doesn’t do enough to educate the public on the potential side effects of whiteners.

And the potential for side effects is very real. Japanese Kanebo-brand skin lightener was recently recalled when users experienced an outbreak of white blotches on their skins.

Side effects or not, in India, the search for lighter skin has expanded into a direction that many detractors consider to be sordid. Now, there is a vaginal bleaching product called Clean And Dry Intimate.

The commercial for this product shows a couple sitting in their home; the husband casually reading a newspaper while the wife pouts to herself because, obviously, her man is ignoring her due to her dark-colored private parts.

Fortunately, she gets a hold of Clean and Dry, which makes her privates a couple shades lighter. Her husband is happy again. Whew! Divorce no longer on the cards. Wonder why he married the woman in the first place.

At any rate, the tagline of the ad read: “Life for women will now be fresher, cleaner and more importantly, fairer and more intimate.”

Those in India in favor of skin lightening argue that critics are being hypocritical when they speak out against the industry.

Alyque Padasee, director of the Clean and Dry advertisement said, “Lipstick is used to make your lips redder, fairness cream is used to make you fairer – so what’s the problem?”

While the debate rages on the, the centuries-old belief that ‘fairer is better’ shows little sign of waning.

From The Old To The New

In Asia in particular, there were many old fashioned treatments used to lighten skin.

In China, wealthy women used to eat crushed pearls. In Korea during the Koryo dynasty, children of wealthy families used peach floral water to wash their faces. In India, women would bathe in turmeric.

Now in the modern era, cosmetics that inhibit the production of melanin are the most popular treatments.

There are many ingredients that can be found in those treatments. Arbutin, kojic acid and Vitamin C derivatives can be found in many of these treatments.

Many treatments now claim not only to make your skin fairer but also claim to moisturize skin and fight aging.