Asian skins are rarely dry but can be both combination to oily, as well as hypersensitive. They can lack water and radiance, but age far more slowly than Caucasian skin - signs of ageing usually appear around ten years later. But, most importantly, it ages in a different manner. Asian skin is thicker, meaning few wrinkles appear before the age of 40 and are often barely there right up to 60 years old. However, Asian skin can suffer from the appearance of pigment spots and take on a yellow hue over the years.
Asian skin is often combination or oily, but that doesn't make it less sensitive. Subjected to cold and wind, it can redden with the return of hot weather and humidity, sebum production increases and blackheads appear. Harsh cleansers should be avoided as they dry out the skin, forcing the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive. Opt for a cleansing oil or milk that doesn't require rinsing and follow with a soothing, mattifying treatment in the morning and one that's enriched with chamomile, rose water or aloe vera at night.
Signs of ageing skin in Asians begin with the appearance of pigment spots. They appear on the cheeks and forehead around the age of 30 and become more apparent during middle age. Even if exposure to sunlight isn't the only cause, it's still wise to apply a sunscreen and peptide or vitamin C-based brightening treatments.
With age, Asian skin yellows and loses its radiance. To give it a healthy glow, use a gentle scrub or peeling mask, which will exfoliate and hydrate the skin. This will remove toxins and dead cells, while evening out skin tone and brightening the complexion.
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