Best Asian skincare routine and products for men
We have all been told that cleansing and moisturising are the key rules to healthy skin, but not everyone knows what is best for them and management of their own unique type of skin. Whilst some people may suffer from dry and ageing skin, others may complain of oily skin that is prone to spots and breakouts. Our skin is our largest organ – it provides a protective barrier against disease and often reflects what is going on within our bodies. Therefore, if there is anything amiss or if the body is lacking something, it will generally manifest on the skin. In such cases it is a good idea to seek medical advice, and decipher if any internal treatment needs to be considered along with topical applications. These steps will offer advice on the best Asian skincare routines and products, paying close attention to the problems and solutions faced by different Asian skin types.
Asian Skincare Cleansing Routines
We all cleanse our skin daily: it is a necessity. But does good old soap and water cut it? Today, we have everything from face and body washes to traditional soaps and scrubs. What should we be using?
Cleansing Dry Asian Skin
Dry skin requires the means to lock in as much moisture as possible, and most soaps and washes tend to strip our skin of their natural oils, leaving it feeling even tighter after cleansing. To combat this, a moisturising wash is recommended, one that is made with natural fats to replace the oils lost whilst cleansing. Aēsop do a great face wash made with olive oil and botanical essential oils like bergamot and rosemary. It is made for normal to sensitive skin and so will not leave your skin feeling dry and tight.
A facial scrub should be carried out at least once or twice a week to rid the skin’s surface of dead cells. It can give dull, dry skin a brand new, polished look and feel, allowing for moisturisers to be easily absorbed. Invigorating facial scrubs with slightly abrasive textures work best for men’s thick skin.
The face should ideally be splashed with cold water at the end of cleansing to keep it taught and awaken the skin, closing back up the pores. A soothing organic rose water is the ideal toner to use after cleansing due to its soothing and moisturising properties: it has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years by virtue of its beauty-enhancing effects.
Cleansing Oily Asian Skin
As the name indicates, oily skin already produces excess sebum, often linked to blocked pores, pimples, and other such skin complaints. In some cases, when spots are picked or forcefully removed, they leave unsightly dark blemishes that affect the overall appearance of skin tone.
Oily skin requires deep cleansing and some rejuvenating treatment. Clinique is a skincare range that I feel has always catered more to oily skin, and their Oil Control Face Wash works to remove dirt and oil, checking excess shine whilst not drying out the skin. This skin type also benefits from regular scrubbing in order to manage excess oil blocking enlarged pores, and ultimately causing skin problems. Eve Lom is a skincare company with an excellent balm cleanser and an accomplished cleansing philosophy. Their cleanser, made up of aromatic plant oils, uses a muslin cloth to thoroughly cleanse and gently exfoliate the skin.
As per Eve Lom’s cleansing routine, it is advisable to precede cleansing by gently steaming the face in order to open up the pores. This can be done over a sink filled with hot water, or by applying a warm, damp cloth all over the face. A simple lymphatic massage can be carried out to decongest and detoxify the facial area before scrubbing. Gentle exfoliation with natural materials such as muslin encourages the regeneration of new skin cells, helping you shed blemishes to reveal glowing and even-toned skin. Again, cold water or cold rose water can be splashed or sprayed over the face to conclude the cleansing process.
A deep cleansing treatment should be carried out at least once a week, something like a natural clay or mud mask. Dead Sea Spa Magik does a brilliant mud mask that cleanses so deeply, it gives your skin a slight tingling sensation, making it feel cool and fresh. This allergen-free mask removes impurities whilst replacing lost minerals and nutrients back into the skin. Another excellent product is Fuller’s earth, also known as Multani Mitti on the Indian Subcontinent. This clay, available at most Asian grocery stores can be mixed with milk or water to form a paste that can be used as a facemask or scrub.
Asian Skincare Moisturising Routines
Whilst some moisturisers seem to disappear without a trace, others can sit on the skin and give you a greasy, dull complexion. Many may not even use a moisturiser, preferring to splash their face with water and head out. But moisturising is extremely important for healthy, cared for, and youthful skin.
Moisturising Dry Asian Skin
Dry skin is the most prone to ageing as the lack of moisture causes wrinkles to form and skin to appear worn and lifeless. With regards to moisturisers, there is always that search for one that does not dry out, and one that does not appear too greasy. It is also wise to think about what you are putting on your skin: what ingredients does it contain, and how does it claim to benefit your skin?
My skin tends to dry out in the winter, and one product I have always found to be remarkable is Clarins HydraQuench serum. With Irish moss extract encouraging the retention of water within dehydrated skin cells, and mountain peanut oil rich in Omega-3 restoring the skin’s hydrolipidic film, this lightweight serum is to be applied under your normal moisturiser to alleviate extra dry and dehydrated skin.
A recommended daily moisturiser comes courtesy of Neal’s Yard Remedies for Men with their Rejuvenating Moisturiser. Natural and organic skincare is always the better option since your skin consumes whatever is applied to it, and this product uses almond and jojoba oils to deeply moisturise your skin, along with aromatic bergamot and basil oils, and revitalising aloe vera juice. Organic oils such as coconut oil or sesame oil are also excellent natural options for dry skin, whilst also protecting Asian skin from damage through sun exposure.
Moisturising Oily Asian Skin
Although oily skin may not feel any need to be moisturised, it is still a good idea to apply a lightweight product to protect the skin. Many moisturisers marketed for men tend to come in gel or serum form, as men’s skin is already said to be more oily and thicker than women’s skin.
Korres is a health and beauty company that started off as a homeopathic pharmacy. Their anti-shine men’s moisturiser has a light texture, giving the surface of the skin a matte finish. Try not to opt for a product that is too heavy or rich, as this will only serve to aggravate any existing skin conditions. It is also a good idea to spray or apply a toner after moisturising to blot away any excess oil, should the need arise.
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