Falling down the Asian Skincare Rabbit Hole

I had got into a great place with my skin.

Zits were minimal, hydration wasn’t an issue and I’d started the anti ageing fight.

And then it all changed.

Suddenly, my skin is now the worst it’s been in months. Possibly even longer.

In my skincare research I kept coming back to the increase in popularity of Asian Beauty. I was already aware of it thanks to all those adorable Panda themed products popping up lately. However, once I started researching the concept properly I really bought into it.

I found the Asian Beauty Subreddit to be a massive wealth of advice, and found some great bloggers to follow there.

After many hours researching I came up with a bit of a plan of action. Everyone talks about a ten step skincare programme in Asian Skincare but you don’t need that. Not initially, anyway. To begin with you need to concentrate on locking down four key products:
1) Oil based cleanser
2) Low PH water based cleanser
3) Moisturiser
4) SPF

The first haul


These were all bought from Amazon, because I’m impatient. They were all picked out from the mega product recommendation threads on the subreddit, focusing on people who had my skin type/concerns.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – first cleanser, £9 for two bottles.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream – moisturiser, £12.98.

Biore Perfect Milk 50+ – SPF, I was aiming for the watery gel which proved difficult to find so I picked this up instead, £10.46. This was the only product that wasn’t Prime sadly, I had to wait a few weeks for it.

Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream – not on the list of four products I immediately needed, but I was running out of my old one, £11.99.

CosRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask – Not on the list but I just couldn’t resist. Plus, I was running out of night cream, £13.97.

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch – thanks to rave reviews I knew I needed these for my new painful spots, £5.90.

As you can see, getting started isn’t hugely expensive. Everything I picked up was a reasonable price.

The routine

One big piece of advice I took was to introduce new products slowly. If you have a reaction to a product and you’ve introduced three in the same week, how will you ever know what to discontinue?

Starting with the cleanser, my initial plan was to introduce a new product every two weeks. I made a spread in my bullet journal to help me track what my routine was and how my skin reacted to it.

Here’s my week one and the beginnings of week two. I realised I didn’t need to use the oil in the morning, just the evening. Everything else in my routine for those two weeks was old Western products I was already using.

I’m now on week five of the routine and the products that I’ve used are:

DHC Cleansing Oil (week one and two only)

Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream (as it’s just used in one area, I introduced this as soon as my old one was used up)

Benton Snail Bee Steam Cream (from week three)

CosRX Pimple Patches (just used as soon as I had a spot, as it would be pretty easy to tell if my skin didn’t like it)

CosRX Overnight Mask for the first time (from week five)

Results so far

I’d love to tell you that my skin has dramatically changed overnight but of course it hasn’t. I’d be concerned if any product could have results that quickly really. My acne after getting worse is now starting to calm down again, although I put this down to discontinuing use of the cleansing oil pretty quickly. I’ve yet to find a cleansing oil that doesn’t break me out and so I am wary of trying another. However since buying the DHC, I have heard a lot of negative things about it, so I may not write oils off just yet.

The rest of my complexion does seem to be improving and I wore just tinted moisturiser out at the weekend, which is a rare occurrence for me. I’m definitely seeing a difference with my under eye circles already so I can’t recommend the Mizon eye cream enough really.

I’ll be reviewing each of the products in detail in separate posts but hopefully this haul/routine post has been interesting. I’d love to go into more detail about the skincare and the principles behind it but my knowledge just isn’t there yet. There’s lots of other people who can explain it far better than I (go check out Maple Tree Blog for instance). Hopefully as my routine expands I’ll be able to share my hints and tips and I’ll keep doing posts like this to give routine updates.

If you have used any AB before and have some product recommendations, please let me know in the comments below!

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