Difference Between Western and Asian Skincare

To be fair, there isn’t really a big difference between skincare products made from those like Estee Lauder, Neutrogena compared to those of Asian brands such as Laneige or Sulwhasoo.  What it really comes down to is the ingrediants used to target specific problem areas your skin is facing.

In Western skincare, all it comes down to is using a basic cleanser and moisturizer and boom, there you go.  Maybe a little exfoliation, spot treatment, eye cream, or serum here and there but overall its just general cleansing and moisturization.  Don’t get me wrong, despite its simplicity the Western skincare regime often works for many people.  Those with normal skin and little to no acne do not need much to keep their skin healthy and moisturized.

But to the rest of us with other skin types and problems, a little more is needed to keep that healthy, clear skin.  The Asian skincare regime uses a variety of active ingredients to target specific issues of the skin.  Products are often applied in layers to target many issues at once.  A typical routine will often look like this:

  • Emulsifying oil cleanser
  • Foaming, milk, gel, powder, or soaping cleanser
  • Chemical exfoliator(s) and/or toner
  • Essence, serums and ampoules
  • Emulsion
  • Lotion
  • Cream
  • Facial oils
  • Sunscreen (AM)

Don’t be overwhelmed by all the lingo!  To get started, I will recommend you guys to visit the Asian Beauty subreddit and check out the Asian Skincare 101 by Sharkus_Reincarnus.

Good luck with your skincare endeavors!