Asian Inspired Skincare Products

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Asian women take deep pride in maintaining perfect skin, particularly evenness in color and tone that mimics the purity of the skin as a child. Even though Asian skin is inherently prone to pigmenting, women do everything and anything possible to prevent it from happening and correct it when it does. Here are 5 types of beauty products they can’t live without.


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Tissue Masks

Different than masks that you apply to your skin with your fingers, these presoaked superthin cut-out cloth masks are infused with anti-aging and youth-boosting ingredients in a reparative or regenerating serum concentration—think antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, skin brighteners and even retinol. The warmth that the cloth creates against the skin allows the ingredients in the mask to penetrate skin better than when used in more traditional applications.

Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Treatment Mask, $17, ulta.com

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Snail Cream

Popular in Asia, snail creams are made from purified snail extractions and happen to be one of the best-selling types of creams in the area. Found in BB creams and toners, snail extract is full of minerals and vitamins and is antibacterial and calming, which is why it’s often used to combat wrinkles, blemishes and acne scars.  

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask, $23, misshaus.com
Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream, $38, peachandlily.com

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The Cushion Compact

Yet to really make its mark in the U.S., the cushion compact is already a staple in Asia. Falling into the makeup category, it is essentially foundation with a built-in antibacterial applicator that gives skin a healthy glow. “It gives full coverage, yet leaves behind a very natural, dewy look that isn’t cakey. Asian women want dewy-looking skin because they feel it makes them look younger.

Hera UV Mist Cushion $45, peachandlilly.com
AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact $60, amorepacific.com

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Essential Moisture

Essences have maintained popularity in Asia for years because of how they work to infuse skin with nutrients. In the past, essences were more viscous, but recently they have started to take on more of a liquid and almost watery consistency that borders on that of a serum.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence $105, nordstrom.com
Shisedio Eudermine Revitalizing Essence, $56, barneys.com

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Sleeping Creams

More powerful than your typical night cream, these supercharged creams are designed to be worn to bed and not washed off, recharging skin while you sleep. 

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Sleeping Recovery Masque $60, amorepacific.com
Laniege Water Sleeping Mask $23, Target

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