The inspiration for this post all started from the movie I watched this weekend. A fairly weak “thriller” film, The Phantom in the Theatre, was something I picked on Netflix because many Asian thriller/horror films are awesome. Though this one was rather corny, I finished it because the cast was so attractive and I loved the costumes. I Googled the lead, Taiwanese actress, Ruby Lin. She was 42-years-old in this 2016 movie! HOW?!
I’ve become deeply fascinated with Asian beauty in the last few years, no doubt coinciding with the explosion of Asian beauty on the US market. The major influx of Korean and Japanese beauty brands popping up in luxury department stores, Sephora, Target, CVS, etc., is very noticeable! I also recently interviewed the CEO of Aavrani, a new skincare line inspired by her Indian heritage (definitely worth a read; very fascinating)!
What mostly intrigues me about Asian beauty and is likely why brands like Dr. Jart, Tatcha, Tony Moly, Laniege, etc. are so successful is the fact that Asian women tend to look extremely young for their age and have seemingly defied the laws of time without looking plastic or unnatural. So many famous Asian celebrities, models and actresses look all of 18 – 22, yet they’re in their mid-forties, like Ruby Lin! How do they do it?
They Avoid the Sun Like the Plague
One of the most beautiful women on the planet, in my opinion, is Fan Bingbing. She’s a top Chinese actress, though of late, she’s disappeared from the public eye apparently due to some casual tax evasion. I don’t condone that and I’m sure that stress is not good for the skin, but she is hardcore when it comes to sun protection.
She is known to wear sunscreen even when using her computer indoors. She also wears her sheet masks out in public. Now that’s commitment! You can see how flawless her skin is. Apparently she evades paying her taxes as much as the sun. Anyway, the parasols and giant visors might look different to us, but not to Asian women. They protect their skin from the aging effects of the sun.
They Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Asian diets are varietal, but there is a heavier emphasis on healthy protein, fats and vegetable consumption, as opposed to the heavily processed junk that’s eaten in the West. In Korea, they eat plenty of fermented veggies, notably kimchi, which contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and gut-healthy probiotics. Happy tummy, happy skin!
Meanwhile in Japan, “a traditional meal is usually made under the ichijyu sansai principle (one soup with three vegetable dishes plus rice and fish) to assure good balance. These spreads are rich in vitamins and high in omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce the body’s production of toxins that can cause inflammatory skin conditions and premature aging.”
The beautiful yellow-hued Indian spice, tumeric, is consumed both for it’s flavor and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s even thought to assist with weight loss. Unsurprisingly, it’s also used topically in face masks, body scrubs and other skin care products. The insanely stunning actress/model, Priyanka Chopra, has her own DIY body scrub with tumeric as a featured ingredient!
They are Dedicated to Their Regimen
Not that this is feasible for everyone, but Korean and Japanese women are famous for their complex 10-Step Beauty Regimen that they follow. The good news is that you can tailor this to your own skin needs and have fun with it, while still seeing real benefits and improvements to your skin. Below is an example of a typical 10-Stepper and I’ve linked an option for each step so you can add to your arsenal.
- Oil based cleanser
- Water based cleanser
- Sheet mask
- Eye cream
- Sun protection
It’s…a lot. But kind of glamorous to pamper your skin in such a ritualistic way! Even to do half of these steps is showing your skin the love it deserves, especially as the largest organ on your body.
While beauty is all relative, you can’t deny that the Asian approach to beauty is very health based and nurturing. You won’t find them tanning on the beach, consuming processed foods and an abundance of caffeine, and neglecting to spend money and use the products they buy. For that reason, they seem to age at a much slower pace!
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