Asian-Inspired Skin Care: How American Women Incorporate Skincare Traditions from the East

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Whether an individual is of Asian descent or just wants to learn about Asian-inspired skincare, this new article from Skincare-News.com will enlighten readers about the many benefits that Eastern skin care traditions can offer.

Architecture, dècor, haute cuisine and fashion are no strangers to the fusion of East and West, and skincare is no exception. Today, many skin types and ethnicities can benefit from the technology and tradition behind Asian-inspired skincare. Skincare-News.com's latest article, "East Meets: West_Asian-Inspired Skincare" explains how people can put an eastern twist on their skincare routine.

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When creating a skincare routine, it's important to remember that the basics transcend race. All skin types require cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection. And anyone can tailor these important skincare steps to fit his or her skin's unique needs. For normal, dry or sensitive skin, wash the face daily using a gentle cleanser. For sensitive skin, select a scent- and fragrance-free formula that won't irritate skin or cause dryness. For oily and acne-prone skin, cleanse twice a day with a face wash designed to address blemishes. Discovery Health advises against using acne treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide, which can aggravate sensitive skin and, unlike when used on Caucasian skin, can cause brown spots to appear. To keep skin soft and supple, a daily moisturizer is a must for every skin type. For dry skin, try a rich cream formula. For oily skin, select a lightweight lotion to soothe skin and minimize shine.

Sun protection: Though individuals with darker skin naturally have some sun protection -- about SPF 4 for typical Asian coloring -- this doesn't guarantee protection from UV rays. They're still at risk for sun damage. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which blocks both UVA and UVB rays, to prevent environmental aging and skin cancer. Also, avoid excess sun exposure, tanning beds and sunbathing -- leading culprits of premature aging and skin cancer.

Anti-aging agenda: Due to its texture and color, Asian skin has unique aging concerns. Asians tend to have fewer wrinkles than Caucasians and wrinkles typically happen later than people with Caucasian skin. When they do appear, they tend to follow facial expressions and aren't as apparent when the face is in a neutral position. Try a night cream which diminishes expression lines and wrinkles.

Although less prone to wrinkles, Asian skin is more vulnerable to pigment changes. Hyperpigmentation may start to appear as early as the 30s, and become more noticeable by middle age. Asian women are more likely than men to have dark spots. To correct these issues, look for a spot treatment to target pigment changes.

Seborrheic keratosis: These wart-like growths are associated with sun exposure and are often seen on people over the age of 60, especially on Asian skin. Unlike wrinkles and pigment changes, seborrheic keratoses occur more often in men than women. The only option for treating seborrheic keratoses is to have them professionally removed with cryotherapy (the use of extreme cold) or a laser.

Under-eye puffiness: Because of the unique bone structure of Asian individuals, under-eye puffiness may be especially noticeable. Inflammation and water retention are culprits. Try a topical alpha lipoic acid to combat under-eye puffiness.
Asian-inspired treatments. A hallmark of Asian health and beauty treatments is natural ingredients, harvested from plants, herbs and flowers unique to the Asian landscape. In particular, these include:

Ginseng: This age-old remedy contains phyto-chemicals and antioxidants to fight damage and support tissue growth. Boiled ginseng root can be easily made into a tea. Or, try a body lotion or other skincare product that utilizes this potent ingredient to stimulate the senses while promoting healthy skin.

Pearls: Not only do they make beautiful jewelry, but pearls are also an Asian secret. One Chinese empress used to crush pearls (using jade to apply it) to keep her skin looking luminous. Ground pearl powder can be found in topical skin care products, and contains high levels of vital amino acids to restore the skin.

Papaya enzymes: Rich with anti-aging properties, papaya enzymes may promote softer, smoother skin. Look for weekly treatment masks containing papaya juice to create a radiant, soft complexion.

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