5 Things You Didn’t Know About Asian Skin

We got the experts to dish the important deets! After all, foundation is key.

It’s every girl’s dream to have a flawless complexion but following the right rituals and using the best products for your skin type isn’t enough. We’ve unlocked the best Asian beauty secrets for gorgeous skin and now it’s time to unveil the differences between our Asian skin and the Caucasian’s. After all, once you understand your skin’s system, you’ll know what its needs really are.

1. Asian skin tans more and burns less


“Caucasians have a higher red blood cell level, which causes their skin to have a reddish undertone, whereas Asian skin has a higher melanin level, giving it a yellowish tint. The melanin levels in our skin increase with age, causing skin to darken significantly but also burn less,” explains Shiseido Malaysia Senior Trainer Khoo Ai Tee.


2. It is common to develop pigmentation in your early twenties

“Asian skin contains higher levels of melanin, which protects it from photo-damage, but that also means the tendency of developing pigmentation is higher,” says Mandy Liyu, a trainer from Sulwhasoo.


3. We’re plagued by dullness and uneven skin tone


According to Kaoru Miyata from RMK Skincare’s developing team, we have a much higher number of melanosomes (cells that produce melanin). Compared to Caucasians, we get scars, spots, blemishes and freckles easily because of our thinner strateum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis).


4. Our skin is also more prone to sensitivity and dryness

That’s also thanks to the thinner strateum corneum. A skin study by Laneige of 1,200 women across Asia showed that the most common skin problem faced by Asians is dryness. Overall, our skin has a weaker barrier function, which causes moisture to evaporate easily.


5. Because Asian skins have more oil glands, we ‘age’ slower. Yay!

As Asian skin has more sebaceous glands, it’s oilier than Caucasian skin and more acne-prone. However, we have a thicker and denser dermal layer as the concentration of collagen is higher,” says Jasmine Chan, a trainer from Kanebo Malaysia. That means our skin shows fewer signs of premature ageing!


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