Many people will relate to the need to protect the skin from the sun, rather than exposing it in the sun during long periods. It’s a general beauty standard in Taiwan to keep the skin clear and bright. I do think a good balance of Vitamin D is important too. However, taking good care of the skin will keep it young and healthy. This is why during the Summer, you will see many Asians carrying umbrellas. I never thought I would be one of the people carrying them, but I found I really needed it to escape from the glaring sun. Sydney’s sun is extremely harsh and with my dark Asian black hair, it attracts the heat intensely. I don’t tan because my skin type tans easily, and after long periods in the sun it will sunburn. Not to mention the rate of skin cancer in Australia is quite high.
There are many articles that talk about skincare secrets from Japan and Korea. They both have some of the best skincare products out there. A good daily skincare routine is very important. Generally, many Asian makeup looks try to achieve a softer and natural look to appear more youthful. I do believe that drinking water, exercising and having a good diet plays a large role in taking good care of the skin. There are certain products and skincare routines that are extremely popular in Taiwan. Many of the skincare products I purchase are often from Taiwan, because they are more affordable and effective on my skin. They have a wide range of Korean, Japanese & Taiwanese Brands.
1) Face Masks. Taiwan has an amazing range of Face Masks. You can find a huge range in Watsons, Cosmed or any beauty shop. There are ones for whitening, anti-aging, soothing, moisturising, firming and more. There are masks with snail extract, fruit extract and all kinds of ingredients that keep your skin soft and supple.
2) Wear Sunscreen Everyday. No doubt you should still have a little bit of sun, but for those who want to maintain their skin and keep it as healthy as possible, sunscreen should always be part of ones daily routine. Long exposure directly in the sun can cause early signs of aging, risk of skin cancer and sun burns.
3) Don’t Cake the skin. In Asia, it’s more common to use BB and CC creams than foundation. Heavy layers of foundation will cause more breakouts to happen. Allow the skin to breathe by using a hydrating sunscreen or a light BB cream that includes SPF.
4) A Healthy Food Diet. It seems obvious that what you put in will reflect on your skin. In Taiwan, there are certain foods that are healthy, particularly for your skin. Aloe vera, black sesame, ginger, jujube, white fungus, goji berries, green beans and green tea are good for the skin.
5) Face Tapping Exercises. The skin around your eyes are very delicate, and there are certain muscles that can tense up. By massaging, tapping and relaxing those areas, your blood will circulate more smoothly. There are certain pressure points that relieve stress from the muscles. Eye creams are also effective for keeping the skin healthy and firm.
Sleeping well, exercising regularly, staying hydrated and eating healthy are all the basic factors for healthy skin. If you wear makeup, make sure to gently remove all of it before sleeping. Use warm water to wash your face and pat dry the skin, rather than rubbing it dry. Our skin is the largest organ of the human body, which means what we put inside of our body, also affects what’s outside :)