Starting out on a skincare journey can be rough. There are so many different products, adverts, brands and shiny new things. But putting everything that’s shiny and new on your face at once can be counter productive. So I’ve put together this simple guide for getting started on your Asian Beauty skincare journey.
If you’re interested in understanding in more depth the Asian Beauty Ten Steps skincare routine check out my guide from last year “Asian Beauty Guide – The What, the Why and the When”. There are also more suggestions for all the different steps, than my basic packs below.
Check back next week for the “Veterans” pack and infograph.
The Different Skin Types
First things first, identifying your skin type.
There are 4 main basic types:
The easiest and best way to start is with a clean face, and checking yourself out 3-4 hours later in the mirror.
I’ve super simplified it into the below.
- No sign of oil or flakes = Normal
- Shiny all over = Oily
- Skin feels tight and/or flaky? Dry
- All of the above. Particularly oily on the T Zone and dry on the cheeks = Combination
There will be some other terms you hear as well, I call these skin concerns. The below can happen in conjunction with the above base line skin types.
- Sensitive – This is when skin is more easily irritable, important for those with this skin type to be even more cautious over what they put on their skin.
- Dehydrated – This is a skin condition and can happen when your skin doesn’t have enough hydration. Often happens when people over-exfoliate or use drying cleansers. Skin can feel tight and irritated, but be flaky and somehow oily at the same time.
- Acne Prone/Hormonal Acne – Some of the less fortunate, including myself, are just more prone to break outs.
- Aging – Pretty much as the name describes. Older skin has different needs to younger skin. Usually requires more pampering.
- Redness/Uneven Skintone – Patchy red areas of the face, usually around the nose or cheeks.
The above terms are the general terms you’ll come across. There’s plenty more out there but these cover most bases.
Asian Beauty Skincare Routine
Here’s a basic infograph to help you remember the order and the steps! Feel free to share with other skincare routine beginners, just ensure you give credit to MapleTreeBlog
For a complete beginner to a skincare routine I always recommend starting out with four or five products. Don’t run before you can walk after all!
Patch testing and introducing new products to your skin gradually is always a must, 2 weeks is recommended for introducing products.
I’d recommend introducing in this order: Suncream -> Second Cleanser -> First Cleanser -> Moisturiser.
Alternatively, if you’re concerned about clogged pores caused by the suncream in the month before you introduce the oil cleanser: Moisturiser -> Second Cleanser -> First Cleanser -> Suncream
My Recommendations for Your First Haul!
Pick one from each category.
Keep the below information in mind when making your choices.
Normal Skin Type
Lucky folks with normal skin types can focus on just the basics and ensuring their skin is clean, protected and moisturised
With oily skin you’re looking for something more lightweight. Don’t be afraid of oil cleansers either, they’re not going to make your skin more oily, that’s a common misconception
You’re looking for more soothing, creamy and rich for your skin
Just like your skintype you want a bit of all of the above
DHC Cleansing Oil – Olive oil based cleanser which is my personal HG for getting all my make up off, and not being drying or oily
Kose Speedy Cleansing Oil – Affordable mineral based cleanser which is a popular Japanese choice.
Banila Co Clean it Zero Purity – Balm cleanser which is great at getting off even stubborn mascara, and great for travelling
Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser – Low pH, readily available and affordable
Hada Labo Gokujyun Foam Cleanser – Personal favourite. Low pH, not stripping and the pump action is perfect for my lazy soul
Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion – Thicker than most toners, and packed full of hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Fully reviewed here
Kikumasamune Sake High Moist Lotion – Thinner than the Hada Labo, quickly absorbs and can be decanted into a mist bottle
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ – This is a lightweight cosmetic suncream which doesn’t leave a white cast
Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof SUN SPF50 PA+++ – Physical suncream, leaves a whitecast but offers top protection
Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++ – A favourite of one of the dry skinned bloggers I follow
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel – Lightweight gel which also soothes and is super affordable
Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream – If you’re looking for a heavier option than a gel. Soothing and hydrating
CosRx Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap – This is a thin lotion, which also moisturises. Perfect as a day moisturiser for those who feel their skin is suffocated by thicker creams
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream – Ceramides are great for dry skin and this is a fan favourite
ELIZAVECCA Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream – Cream that turns into water. Lightweight moisturiser
Basic Tool Suggestions
Blotting Papers to keep the oil at bay during the day.
Cotton Wool for applying toners, micellar water, cream cleansers. I love the Muji square ones.
Hydrocolloid Patches for pimples – Cosrx Master Pimple Patch is my favourite
I hope that’s helped with getting started on your skincare journey! Share any of your suggestions in the comment box below.
Always love to hear from my readers.
Don’t forget to come back later this week for the next stage in your skincare routine! Where Acids, Masks and more are introduced to the routine.