Growing up I've never been able to get much sympathy for the issues surrounding my skin. I look around at my friends at Uni and they can actually roll out of bed with not a spot of makeup on. Yet they still look like the fresh faced beauties they are. They’ll never understand the struggle of the Asian girl and her skin. Anyone who knows me will tell you what a huge coffee addict I am. Yet, they’d never guess my relentless battle with the addiction and how desperately I want to give this up. The sole reason behind it is my skin. My mother is persistently badgering me about coffee and the repercussions my skin may face. Now although the matter of coffee and the skin is debatable, research suggests she may be onto something.
With Asian skin being so pigmented, it’s more prone to getting dark circles, age spots, uneven skin tone, freckles and other pigmentation flaws. As girls we all want to stop any skin impurities dead in their tracks, but many of us don’t even know of the dangers we’re in. Being a British Asian girl I see the beauty magazines as the gospel truth, the holy grail of beauty secrets. Yet the single most important fact that we often overlook is, when it comes to our skin, we’re not the same. The trouble is, there isn’t enough information out there to give us our solution, knowledge and basic principles surrounding darker skin.
I’ve heard so many myths about Asian skin that I think it’s high time I shed some light on the matter. Hearing well educated professionals tell me that they don’t need to use sunblock as they have darker skin is just the tip of the iceberg, and is indicative of the drastic shift we need to undertake to ensure we’re not met with the ugly face of beauty in a few year’s time.
There are many preventative measures we can take to safeguard the youthfulness of our skin. What you haven't been told is the habits that aren't affecting the girls around you,will affect you. Thing's like drinking coffee, smoking, lack of sleep and water will affect us in ways that don't affect others. Here is a list of products that you can use to perfect, prevent and conceal the skin impurities you may be experiencing.
White Cloud spot corrector, Skyn Iceland, Marks and Spencer. This product is very affective at slowing down the production of melanin, one of the main causes of pigmentation, and also reduces acne scars and uneven patches. Ultra-pure Icelandic water, herbs and berries help to de-stress and stabilise the skin. I used this when I had acne flair ups in the past and worked amazingly on the scarring.
Oil free tinted moisturiser with SPF15 by Bobbi Brown.Using sunblock on a daily basis is an absolute must. Not using an SPF of some kind is the single biggest reason for the majority of pigmentation marks that are aging you before your time. I try not to use foundation on a daily basis, so a tinted moisturiser is my saviour.
And while these products are working their magic, we can always use a spot of makeup. Try for slightly stronger coverage, try
When I initially started writing this post I didn’t realise the endless amount of ground to cover with Asian beauty. So I feel like I should make this a regular string of posts. Let me know what you think. Is there a certain concern you have specific to Asian beauty? If so comment or tweet me @mahaim_saud or feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org