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Recently, a number of beauty trends have stemmed from Asia and has been taking the western world by storm, from Essences, cushions and sleeping packs.

It used to be that their famously innovative products were only available in Asia—namely, South Korea or Japan where for Korean and Japanese women, achieving and maintaining a perfect complexion is of highest emphasis.

But now, the best of Eastern-influenced beauty is as close as the nearest Salon or drugstore:


Four of the best Asian beauty trends to try.

That’s right; brands familiar to the western world such as Biotherm and The Body Shop are joining in on these Asian beauty trends, and it’s no wonder.

The recent movement in the West toward showing off a bare-looking face, rather than covering it up with layers of thick foundation marries well with Asia’s avant-garde beauty products to bring out glowing radiant skin.

Here are the top four Asian beauty trends that have arrived on our shores, and why you should try them out yourself:

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Biotherm’s new Life Plankton Essence and kiehl’s clearly corrective white hydrating & clarifying treatment masque.

 1. Face Essences

The very latest crossover AB (Asian beauty) product you must know about is called an “essence”. A clear liquid that works like a treatment, delivering a concentrated dose of hydrators, antioxidants and vitamins into the skin. Essences are similar to serums but more watery—though that doesn’t mean they’re any less potent. Unlike creamier products, they can hold a higher concentration of actives, and penetrate in seconds. Because it’s so lightweight, it feels like nothing on the skin, and is applicable for all skin types.

Editor’s pick:

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence features the brand’s highest-ever concentration of thermal plankton, derived from the hot springs of the French Pyrenees. Known for its regenerative, protective and soothing properties, the thermal plankton in this essence was proven to improve skin radiance, tone, smoothness and softness in just eight days!


2. Sheet Masks

OK, let’s face it.. wearing one of these may look a little scary (and even scare away small children!) but for skincare aficionados, the results are well worth the risk.

A sheet mask comes in the form of a cloth, usually made from soft cotton, that is pre-cut to match the curve of your face (usually one size fits all). They’re sold several to a box, each individually packaged—and that’s because the mask itself is soaked in a serum or essence. The astuteness of the sheet is that it forms an all-around barrier so the serum is held in contact with your skin for longer, instead of quickly evaporating. The result: a more comprehensive treatment, in a pouch you can take anywhere.

Editor’s pick:

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masques do way more than just hydrate with hyaluronic acid. Each sheet is infused with highly active vitamin C, clinically proven to help reverse noticeable skin discolourations and increase luminosity.

Lancôme’s new Miracle Cushion, L’Oréal Paris’ Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother and Giorgio Armani’s Luminessence CC Cream.

3. CC Creams

First, there were BB creams, a.k.a. “beauty balms,” tinted moisturisers with skincare ingredients that were originally developed to protect and conceal skin after surgery. But recently, they’ve been over-shadowed by a new and improved sister product that you may have heard about: CC creams!
Still wondering what’s the difference? CC stands for “colour-correcting,” which means these next-gen hybrids go a step further than BBs at correcting problems such as dullness, redness and uneven tone.
They also act as a primer, light foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen in one, but the coverage tends to be more lightweight than a BB, although this definitely varies by brand. It’s no surprise that busy North Americans and Europeans have been hit by the CC craze, as the ability to get so many benefits out of just one product is super-appealing.

Editor’s pick:

Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Cream, comes in eight shades and gives you a tremendously gorgeous, luminous finish. The coverage is light and very natural looking, and the formula is packed with jojoba and macadamia oils.


4. Blur Creams

No Asian-inspired beauty regimen is complete without a dab of blur cream. Here, they’re more likely to go under the name “skin perfecter,” and they do just that—give the skin a more perfected look by blurring out pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

A blur cream should be the final step in your skincare, before you put on makeup. Usually they’re dispensed from a small tube, and have a dense gel or gel-cream texture. You can apply the product either all over your face or just spot-treat targeted areas, such as the nasolabial folds or crow’s feet. The best part? Their skin-smoothing effects are immediate!

Editor’s pick:

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother is a clear, oil-free gel that diffuses light on the skin for a soft-focus effect underneath your foundation.

Have you tried any of these Asian-inspired beauty trends? Which one are you most excited about?