May 15, 2022 ۰ 5 min read
Top 5 Asian skincare techniques from Asian celebrities
Even if you are not a K-pop fan, you have probably heard of BTS (one of the most popular K-pop boy groups in the world) or Blackpink (K-pop girl group) before. Their influential power among the young generation is huge! I have friends my age (which I consider close to middle age) who still follow their favorite K-pop group news every day – news about their album, variety shows, personal drama, and even… the skincare products they are using or endorsing.
So, what’s their secret formula that appeals to their fans?
Well, K-pop is well-known for their strong stage performance. There is no secret that each K-pop member has to go through a very harsh, almost survival-level training to be selected. In one interview, the boys were talking about how intense their training is, from dancing, singing, and language learning, to their diet and skincare. Every single thing needs to be perfect. For example, they were asked to use facial masks regularly to keep their skin moisturized for stage makeup.
“Good-looking is not enough for us. [Our skin] has to be perfect,” one of the group members said.
This made me very curious about what they do daily to take care of their skin, and what skin care secrets could we learn from them? Of course I am not saying that we have to go to the extreme of using face masks day and night. However, it would be interesting to know what they do that keeps their skin looking picture perfect and what ideas we can steal from them.
So I did some research about the top 5 skin care techniques Asian stars like to use. Before I show you, I want you to know that I’m focused on Asian stars because Asian skin care techniques and product lines seem to be gaining popularity, and I want to know why. In addition, I would like to focus on Asian skin care routines in this article because skin care is tied to each individual’s skin type, but we can also learn from different skin types. Check out our page here for a solid understanding about your skin type. But here’s what I learned:
Completely remove any make-up every day before you sleep.
This basic skin care routine has been shared by many celebrities. This may sound simple but surprisingly there are quite a few people who prioritize their sleep over caring for their skin, which can be understandable in this busy world. Removing makeup sometimes is time consuming. For Asian stars, wearing make-up is part of their job requirements. Most of the time it requires them to wear heavy stage makeup for long periods of time. However, no matter how tired they are after work, they insist on removing makeup completely before going to bed. Top Korean actress Gianna Jun shared one of her tips, “ I don’t wear any makeup when I am not working. My skin needs a rest.”
To completely remove your makeup requires a good product. What makeup remover is suitable for you? Let our skincare IQ app help you decide.
Wear sunscreen when going out. Sometimes even at home if there is lots of lighting in the house.
Part of the reason for wearing sunscreen or sunblock lotion every day is to avoid being tanned. As most people probably know, Asians typically like to keep their skin tone lighter. However, not only wearing sunscreen every day keeps the skin tone but also prevents the skin from aging. Especially in summer, sunscreen becomes every celebrities’ essential skincare item.Not every sunscreen may work for your skin type, though. You can check out our skincare IQ app to find out what other people share about their favorite sunscreen product and get the most suitable one for you.
It is all about moisturizing!
Keep your skin moisturized! Many celebrities have shared their tips for keeping their skin hydrated. For example, when traveling on an airplane, they like to use facial masks to keep their skin hydrated because the filtered cabin air can be very dry. One K-pop star also shared this pro tip for after washing your face: use some toner to soothe the skin first and then apply some essence based on some special need, maybe like eye cream or anti-aging essence, finally follow with moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Moisturization is so important that almost all the celebrities are talking about it. You can check out here to find more information about your skin type and hydration information to help you find the right moisturizer for you.
Drink lots of water.
Water helps keep the skin hydrated. Remember it’s pure water, not soda, tea, or coffee. Not all liquids are doing the same job to your skin. Many celebrities love to bring a huge bottle of water on their way to work. Drinking water helps the body function well and keep skin in good condition. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.
Use the skincare product suitable for you.
Each individual is different. In Asia, skin care research is thriving in Korea and Japan. Several Japanese brands have a long history in researching Asian skin types and developing products for Asians, like Shiseido. Korea has ramped up its skin care product development with its K-pop power. Most K-pop stars have their own brand endorsement but they also recommended finding out what works the best for you.
It is also strongly recommended to check out the suggestions from your peers to know what works for them and what doesn’t. People with similar skin types usually react similarly to the same products. The Skincare IQ app is a fantastic platform for people to share their experiences in using different products. With Skincare IQ, app users can learn and share knowledge all together! The app is currently available in the Android store. You can install it easily and find out which products work the best for your skin type!
- Tsang, Y. “SUZY’s own face-washing method, IU’s favorite massage method!” Elle (Taiwan) October 2020.
- Yau, I. “Smoother than girls! Korean male star skin care method.” Cosmopolitan (HK), July 2016.
Vita Danapong is
Director of Marketing, and writer-contributor
to Skin Care IQ.