Sunday, December 15, 2013

Premium Asian Skin Care Brands

Asian skin care brands are taking the skincare industry by storm. And why shouldn't they? The asian skin care manufacturers have been several steps ahead of its western manufacturers. Ever seen an asian drama? Or how about an asian movie or actress? They are the testament to the success of these asian skin care lines. Why? Asian cultures take skincare and cosmetics seriously, with the emphasis that beauty begins with healthy skin. 

Let's check out some of the most well known and popular asian skin care brands available today. The price for each of the product lines ranges from premium, pricey brands to a tad more expensive than Target (however note that they are manufactured with higher quality ingredients).


Long favored in Korea for its unparalleled use of traditional energy-balancing preparations and holistic approach to skincare, Sulwhasoo presents a completely new category of beauty care: Medicinal Herbal Skincare. Blending indigenous medicinal herbs through traditional Korean methods, the sought-after Korean skincare brand draws on the ancient wisdom of the "Sang-Seng" philosophy to balance the inner energies of the skin that contribute to a nourished, healthy complexion. Sulwhasoo elicits the innate benefits of herbal remedies and time-honored preparations by blending fresh and fermented native ingredients in an optimal balance, promoting vital, youthful skin.

What they are known for: 

Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream ($180): This long-lasting, moisturizing Ginseng eye cream refines, enhances and tightens the skin around the eyes, creating a more youthful, luminous appearance. Exclusive Hydroponic Ginseng cools down heat around the eyes that causes dryness, recovers blood circulation that provides nutrition around the eyes and improves elasticity around the eyes and provides anti-wrinkle benefits. This eye cream can also be applied on the eyelids


SK-II began at a sake brewery in Japan. Scientists noticed the elderly workers had wrinkled faces but extraordinarily soft and youthful-looking hands—thanks to Pitera™, a naturally derived liquid from the sake fermentation process. Since then, SK-II with Pitera™ has become a skin secret shared by actress Cate Blanchett and women around the world—it transforms the complexion’s texture, radiance, firmness, spot control, and wrinkle resilience. A leading skincare brand for more than 30 years, SK-II continues to deliver crystal clear skin through well-loved products including the Facial Treatment Essence, Essential Power Cream, and the Cellumination Essence.

What they are known for: 

Facial Treatment Essence ($155): Containing more than 90% Pitera, this much loved miracle water is a must-have for healthy, radiant skin. It helps maintain the skin's natural renewal cycle to its optimum condition to allow skin nourishment. It also works to balance the skin's pH and sebum secretion, so oily and dry areas are properly moisturized.

Shu Uemura

Shu uemura, named after its founder and legendary japanese make-up artist mr. shu uemura, has been breaking the boundaries of beauty creation for over 50 years. Inspired by a professional spirit of make-up artistry, shu uemura was shaped on the founder’s holistic philosophy that "beautiful make-up starts with beautiful skin." steeped in the tradition that quality skincare is essential to creating artistic make-up expression, shu uemura uses only the most innovative skincare formulas and breakthrough technologies to reveal every woman’s inner beauty. Employing a unique blend of nature, science and art combined with shu uemura’s pioneer spirit creates avant-garde make-up, high-performance skincare and artistically-crafted professional quality tools that fuse simplicity and elegance.

What they are known for: 

Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleaning Oil ($90): the beauty of cleansing oil is that it is the most effective to remove all impurities, and it creates the best skin condition. The precious essence of 8 exquisite botanical origin oils has been merged together. those were carefully sought out from Chinese medicines and beauty oils all over the world proven to have the highest skincare efficacy for a petal-soft silky smooth sensation. 8 exquisite oils from botanical origin for ultimate solution to 8 skin benefits powerful yet gentle botanical origin removal system for superb cleansing. Removes effortless all kind of make-up and impurities. skin feels soften, conditioned, hydrated, nourished from within and glows with a new radiance.


Always seeking to identify new, richer sources of value and to use them to create a beautiful lifestyle, Shiseido finds wisdom in all things that are innovative and elegant. Founded in 1872, Shiseido is one of the oldest beauty companies in the world. And yet, its dedication to scientific advancement continues to yield numerous discoveries. Offering a full range of prestige skincare, makeup, and expert tools, the luxury Japanese line combines the rich tradition of total well-being with leading product technology for a higher level of beauty.

What they are known for: 

Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream ($60): This time-fighting eye cream counteracts the tired look that appears with age around the eyes. Youthful vitality is restored, as eye contours look lifted, wrinkles are visibly reduced and dark circles appear minimized. Formulated with Bio-Defining Complex to increase production of hyaluronic acid*-the key to maintaining firm eye contours.


  1. Dermatologists have an advantage when choosing makeup - they know what ingredients are beneficial and which should be avoided. Finding out what makeup they wear helps us to figure out which makeup might be best for our skin as well.

    1. Alan,
      You are absolutely correct! In order to know when you are being fooled by marketing and brand names vs quality items, you need to know what is beneficial for your skin. However, sometimes, the reason why the price is more expensive for name brand items is because these manufacturers use higher quality ingredients.

      It's definitely up to the consumer to be knowledgeable. And with the internet right at our fingertips, we should take advantage of the plethora of information available to us.

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