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Asian Skin Care Routine: Treatments & Teas
Welcome to the last part (part 4) of my skin care routine series! Today, I’ll talk about products that I use for: exfoliation, pore care, and hydration. I’ll also tell you about a few teas that have given me skin care benefits.
I use the following products whenever my skin needs it.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash. (2 oz for $8) The cleanser has really fine exfoliating beads and it’s very gentle on sensitive skin! Some exfoliating cleansers make my skin appear red after usage but this one does not have that side effect.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads. (60 pads for $38) This is a great product for traveling because it’s super easy to use. The mini peel pads are in the size of a cotton round and they are soaked in solution. After toner, simply wipe the peel pad across the face in outwardly motion. It does a great job of cleansing my pores and take off makeup residual. It’s gentle and does not sting my skin like other peel pads tend to do.
Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask. (4 packs for $6.99) I use it around once a week to detox my skin. I love how this charcoal mask warms up as you massage it onto the skin and it also contains exfoliating beads. Each pack lasts 2 uses.
Biore Pore Strips. (8 strips for $6.99) I usually use it once every 2 weeks after the Self Heating Mask.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. (80 ml for $23) I use it once a week for hydration and smoother skin. It’s more like a heavy night moisturizer than a mask. It absorbs very well into the skin. It’s perfect for skin that gets dried out easily by air conditioning. I also take it with me when I travel by air because cabin air can be extremely drying.
Drinking the following teas have helped to detox my body and improve my overall complexion. They are very easy to make and it’s best to drink them in the morning.
1. Ginger & Honey: Chop up the ginger into thin slices and add them into boiling water. Then add some honey so that the tea isn’t too spicy.
2. Chrysanthemum & Goji Berries: Simply boil some water and add these 2 ingredients in 1:1 ratio. This tea tastes the best when it’s cold and it is my favorite tea for the summer time.
3. Warm Honey Water: When I’m too lazy to make tea, I simply microwave a cup of water for 1 minute and add some honey it in. While growing up, I’ve been told that this is a great anti-inflammatory drink.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Sleeping masks or sleeping facials are pretty common among Asian skincare brands. Western brands such as Korres, Peter Thomas Roth, and First Aid Beauty have also released their own sleeping masks. But the Laneige, TonyMoly, and Pure Heals offer more affordable alternatives and these products have been on the market for much longer.
This sleeping mask comes in a 2.7 fl oz jar. The packaging is not my favorite because it doesn’t come with a mini spatula and it’s not the most hygienic. I personally use a clean paddle foundation brush to scoop out the product and applying it evenly (in outward strokes) onto my face. This product will last a long time and we want to minimize the chance of getting germs and bacteria in there.
The texture is a gel-like consistency and it reminds me of one of my favorite gel moisturizers, the Clinique Moisture Surge. You’ll need about an almond size amount of product for the whole face. Initially, I thought this mask would feel really heavy on the skin, especially considering it’s already summer and I live in a humid environment. But surprisingly, this mask is completely absorbed into the skin after 10-20 minutes. It does have a slightly sticky finish (expected from a gel product) but it does not leave the skin feeling tight.
On the next morning, I can tell that my skin is noticeably smoother. Best of all, it does not make my skin more oily than usual and it did not break me out :) I think this product would work really well with any skin type. I let my mom, who has dry and aged skin, to try this and she really enjoyed it as well.
This is a great product to take with you on long flights because cabin air is very drying. Simply put this product in a travel size container and you will be off to a more enjoyable flight!
5 Summer Beauty Favorites Under $20
- the ultimate product for soothing redness caused by pimples or sun exposure
- tightens pores (use in between toner and moisturizer)
- very light-weight and thin
- no typical sunscreen smell (contains a light citrus scent) or stickiness feeling
- can be used as a toner and a makeup setting spray
- great for quickly treating dryness due to air conditioner or air travel
- has a light-weight texture and gives a medium coverage
- contains SPF 50
- can be easily re-applied throughout the day
- moisturizing enough without using a lip balm beforehand
- lightly tinted - perfect for everyday use