An in-depth look at Asian skin type and how it is differs from others


It has been documented that Asian skin types, start showing the true signs of aging at an average age of 38, this includes, bags under the eyes, wrinkles, sagging neck skin, loss of skin texture around the décolleté and loss of elasticity, along with arrival of expression lines. Even though, the above mentioned signs show up later, one big problem of Asian skin is very heavy localized hyperpigmentation.
This makes us ask the question; is Asian skin so different that it requires specific types of treatments?
The process of aging among Chinese women accelerates very markedly between 40 and 50 years. Due to the fact that their skin is thicker than most the Asian faces for their part, are hollowed out by deeper wrinkles at the nasolabial areas, the forehead and the mouth.


Variations are great even among Asian skin


From one pole of Asia to the other, there is no ONE type of Asian skin but a multitude, with gradients of color ranging from lighter to darker. Although Asian skin is undoubtedly more “yellow” than any other, they exhibit great variability according to territory and latitude, ranging from a very pale skin tone, like in Korea or Japan, to an ultra-dark appearance, such as Thailand, South China or India.
But whatever their color, all are affected by a serious lack of radiance. This problem is accentuated by advanced age, whatever the ethnic group that is concerned. Indeed, the yellow component intensifies over the years, without there being any variation of the red component, the tarnishing of the face then turning towards the greyish.
Asian women are generally very concerned about their complexion, which is often dull and the skin tone is not very homogeneous. Most of them dream of a clear, clean skin, breathing freshness, “transparent like ice”, an essential passport to absolute beauty.
An obsession with the hyperpigmentation and age spot problem has greatly influenced their culture of taking care of their skin very seriously. In fact, studies show that Asian women save an average of an hour a day dedicated to treating the skin.
They are right because Hundreds of millions of faces in Asia are affected by hyperpigmentation spots. Even in the less sunny regions, Chinese women, for example, have a heterogeneous pigment distribution, correlated with the presence of melanin grains of various sizes, sometimes isolated, sometimes aggregated. The clarity of their complexion is often altered by irregularities of color and brown punctuations. A few hours of sunlight received each day during childhood and adolescence will suffice most to be marked early actinic lentigo, their skin tone evolving rapidly towards a darker tone.
In Asian women, melanin is distributed halfway between the living part of the epidermis and the stratum corneum, lodging in rather large melanosomes.
The areas exposed to the sun, have more surface melanin deposition – observed on the cheeks, of Japanese women. This particular melanin distribution (probably linked to a genetic adaptation) has the advantage of offering a relative screen effect vis-a-vis the sun but in return leads to unsightly spots very early in life and masks the micro capillary network irrigating the skin. This may partially explain the little apparent pink component of these faces.


Asian skin also has few sebaceous glands, with a tendency to be very dry in certain areas, which accentuates their dull appearance. They have a delicate epidermis, making it ultra-reactive to the least external aggressions.


Last but not least studies have demonstrated (in Chinese women) that Asian skin has a good “self-repair” ability, without residual damage to the cellular DNA. This protective capacity is not only related to the color of the skin, but also to internal and external factors influencing UV response. This makes Asian easier to take care of and repair with less invasive procedures throughout time.


We have mentioned all of the different physical aspects of Asian skin, but their cultural beliefs are what contribute the most in the fact that even with all of the aforementioned issues, Asian women will typically have wonderful, radiant looking faces. Their regimen can last up to an hour a day, combined by an average of 7 step routines which even include double cleansing, splash masks, serums, moisturizers and sunscreen.
They do not hesitate to carry an umbrella in the summertime to shield themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. Now that’s dedication.


Here is a video tutorial with our very own Emily, demonstrating a three step process to flawless skin:


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