The Skin Secret Asians Don’t Want You to Know

Raise your hands if you have ever looked at your Asian counterparts and thought, “Wow… their skin is flawless!” Be honest, I know you have. People from Asia seem to have unbelievably great skin. I mean no blemishes, acne, wrinkles, dry flakes or pores. And somehow this is genuine too – no Photoshop here!

But is this natural? Well, they would have you believe that it is. In reality, they are harboring a very dirty secret. And that secret is how they get their skin to look so good. With this secret, you too can have the perfect skin of an Asian.

Oil based… everything???


In Western countries, we try to avoid oil based products like the plague. I know what you’re thinking:

  • Aren’t oils only good for cars?
  • Why put something so sticky/strong/shiny/harmful on your face?
  • My skin is oily enough thank you

But the Asians have gotten onto something good here. Better than good, it is an oil mine.  Dr. Wonwoo Choi, one of Seoul’s hottest dermatologists had this to say,

“When [hydration] falls apart, nothing else works. A common misconception is that those with oily skin may be well hydrated. Even those with oilier skin types could be insufficiently hydrated. Beyond drinking enough water, [oily] skincare products truly go a long way.”

Two common ingredients in an Asian’s favourite skin care product is hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

Hyalucronic acid

According to Paula’s Choice, Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural structural component of skin, and, in fact, is present in connective tissue throughout the human body. This ingredient is considered to be able to hold moisture better than any other natural or synthetic polymer. Wow!

One of the hallmarks of youthful skin is moisture. Have you noticed how some Asian old ladies have skin more beautiful and dewy than your own? They are secretly acid addicts. Well. Hyalucronic acid addicts.

Hyaluronic acid can improve your skin’s moisture content and at the same time strengthen skin’s barrier; that is, the outer layers of your skin. A healthy barrier looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper—all hallmarks of younger-looking skin! But, with hyaluronic acid, that’s not all you get—there are many additional benefits beyond just a more youthful appearance.


Oily faced readers, I see you out there sinking into your seats. Believe it or not, your skin needs hydration too. Thankfully Glycerin hydrates your skin without the weight and potential breakouts of extra oil.

Rice extract and seaweed also work well, and peptides — which nourish skin — are also “water-loving” and help to keep skin hydrated.

What products would you recommend?

Screen shot 2015-07-29 at 3.25.14 PM

Your beauty regime should always depend on your skins unique needs. So I would not recommend adopting all of these products. Rather go for a mix with what works best for you!

Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner

The witch hazel keeps your skin clear and refreshed, while glycerin and rosewater hydrate and soften.

Cremorlab Enriched Moisturiser

This deeply moisturizing face cream is developed with mineral-rich T.E.N. thermal water known for its high mineral content and nourishing and hydrating properties. Paraben-free, artificial color-free, mineral oil-free formula.

Skin Food Rice Mask

A wash-off mask containing rice extract that moisturizes skin and brightens tone. With its texture of ground rice, it leaves skin bright, soft and lustrous.



You may also like...