Asian beauty is everywhere right now. The cutely packaged products are plastered across my Pinterest and Instagram feeds and littering store shelves — even my own friends have started devoting their evenings to lengthy, multi-step Korean skincare routines. And they're not alone, along with them are thousands of Reddit users who also swear by these unusual, but genius Asian beauty products.
If you find stepping into the Asian skin care world to be a bit daunting, Reddit is the place to get your feet wet. There are several sub-Reddit threads dedicated to helping newbies find the products that are right for them, as well as threads that walk you through an entire 10-plus product skincare routine. But my personal favorites are the threads where people reach out asking common skincare questions because when you turn to Reddit for advice, you’re getting suggestions from people who have actually tried these products out.
Between the skin care products that Reddit users say you should ease into your existing routines to the beauty items that amp up your makeup, there are endless product suggestions out there. So, I dug deep into the sub-Reddits to find the the unusual, but genius Asian beauty products that Redditors swear by, so you don't have to.
1Spot Treat Acne With A Pimple Patch
MontyQ2 uses these pimple patches and says that they, “Work wonders.” They’re super lightweight and protect your skin from additional bacteria and dirt, factors that can irritate an existing pimple. Made with hydrocolloid, they prevent secondary infections and absorbs the gross stuff so they heal faster.
2Cool Down Puffy Eyes With Snail Goo And Gold
Allow yourself a bit of luxury with some gold eye patches. They’re made with snail slime extract which seeps into skin quickly, leaving it firm and glowing. Reddit user butterdaisies uses them to cool down puffiness under her eyes. Plus they hydrate skin and reduce dark circles.
3Tiny, TSA-Approved Powder Cleaning Pods
Powder cleansers are super popular in Japan right now, so naturally Reddit is also abuzz with recommendations, one of which is this Japanese drugstore brand Kanebo suisai's enzyme cleansing powder. Simply activate this gentle cleanser with water and apply to your skin to remove dead skin pores, dullness, and dirt by decomposing the excess sebum and protein. But not only does this cleanser work wonders on your skin, it's convenience is also a key factor in it's popularity. Each pod is about the size of a nickel, and is TSA-approved.
4Just Another Reason Why Red Wine Is Great
You may have heard of Japan's wine baths where you can soak away your stress in a pool of Merlot (while also sipping on a glass of — you guessed it — Merlot). Well, that's not just a gimmick, red wine is actually great for your skin. It contains an antioxidant called resveratrol that stimulates cell proteins known as sirtuins, which promotes longer cell life. But you don't need to book a flight to Tokyo, or fill your bathtub up with expensive bottles of Merlot to reap the benefits. This gauze peel has the same ingredient, resveratrol, to help with the exfoliate and tighten skin. One Redditor who recommended adding it to your skin care routine noted that it doesn't smell like red wine, but more like a general grape scent.
5A Patented Mascara For Stubborn Lashes
Redditors have dubbed FairyDrops the HG (holy grail) of mascaras. It's patented 3-sphere brush design reaches, catches, and curls even the tiniest lashes — and Sharkus_Reincarnus has the pictures to prove it. But it's not just it's wand that is unique, it's waterproof formula also protects and nourishes with squalane, jojoba seed oil, panthenol, hydrolyzed collagen, and sodium hyaluronate.
6The Queen Bee Of All Ampoules
One enthusiastic Redditor going by the handle HolySnails raved that "I am loving this stuff. It would be HG if I believed in HGs." (HG = holy grail). This all-in-one, honey ampoule claims to be able to replace your toner, lotion and essence to give you moist and glossy skin with one product. And don't worry, it make but honey, but is not sticky.
7Block UV Rays With Clay
TheSunscreenlife said, “This is hands down the best cushion I’ve used for summer...it lasted 10 hours.” Moisten and brighten skin while protecting it from the sun. This foundation is SPF50 and will keep UV rays from penetrating the skin. It’s made with clay-mineral water so it will even cool skin down.
8The “Holy Grail” Of Skin Products
When someone describes a product as the “Holy grail for...acne prone combo skin,” it's worth trying. The oil is made with mito-white complex and vitamin C which helps brighten skin and remove makeup. It leaves you glowing and gives skin a more even tone.
9A Sheet Mask Gentle Enough For Sensitive Skin
Refresh and clarify skin with a sheet mask. Reddit user fromers described the mask as being a “Godsend for when my face is breaking out.” The mask is made with bija oil and jeju green complex. They soak into the skin to clear up your complexion and moisturize. The sheet mask is made with a triple layer so that the ingredients can be quickly absorbed by your face.
10Intensely Hydrate Skin While You Sleep
Transform dull skin overnight. Irlhyunion said, “I recommend the Corsx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Mask. It’s super hydrating and brightening.” The mask’s ingredients are dominated by rice extract which really nourishes skin. Use it as an overnight mask, a wash off mask, or as a cream.
11Control Oil For Hours
Waveitdownoutside said, “This is witchcraft in a bottle for me. Unreal oil control for hours, and I live in a tropical, humid country where the seasons are hot and hotter,” when talking about this serum. It’s made with vitamin B6, yellow oriental arborvitae, and schisandra chinensis extract. The ingredients work together to balance your skin’s natural moisture and oil by controlling sebum secretion, leaving you with a clearer and healthier complexion.
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