Why are most Asian women petite

The beauty secrets of Asian women

Have you ever had the impression that Asian women have beautiful, even and smooth skin? Silky, shiny and strong hair? Or do you also age more slowly and look young longer? If you have ever asked yourself the question about the ‘beauty secret of Asian women’ or similar questions, I hope to be able to give you a little information with the following article.

Asians have different genes

One factor that cannot be avoided is genes. Asian women have the advantage that they are often more gracefully built than European women and therefore often automatically appear younger. The black, rather thick hair is also genetically given. Even the aging process of the skin occurs differently than in European women. There are many different reasons for this. On the one hand, Asian skin has a different texture. The skin has a thicker epidermis, so the wrinkling process is different. Asian women look very young for a long time and have few wrinkles. However, this is reversed with increasing age. A friend of mine once said: Europeans get one more wrinkle every day, while Asians age overnight.

I also often have the experience of hearing a surprised, “Oh, you look a lot younger” when I tell people how old I am. Now I can see that as a compliment, even if it used to annoy me.

However, other factors also play a major role. It is well known that genes are only responsible to a small extent for how we ultimately look. We have a say in a large part of it ourselves.

The Asian lifestyle attaches great importance to healthy eating

In Asia you hardly ever come across women who smoke or drink alcohol frequently. In addition, nutrition is an important topic for Asian women. You like to deal with topics that have to do with health, wellbeing and beauty. Asian cuisine is characterized by a balanced, light and healthy diet.

Dairy products, the effects of which on health are currently the subject of much debate, are rarely found in Asian cuisine. Green tea is widespread in Asia. It is a food that actively combats the aging process. The Japanese matcha in particular has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants. It therefore protects the skin particularly well against harmful environmental influences and free radicals. That's why I removed coffee from my daily morning routine and replaced it with tea. In Japanese cuisine, a lot of fish is also eaten, the high-quality proteins and omega-3 fatty acids of which are very valuable for the body.

Also very important and well known: drink a lot! In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there is a basic rule: Do not drink cold water! In addition, a glass of warm water in the morning helps to get the digestion going. This helps with detoxification and purification.

Environment and humidity

Humidity could also be a factor in making the skin look younger. Apart from the strong sun and the air pollution in some Asian countries, the climate in many places is more humid and therefore more skin-friendly than in continental Europe. Well-moisturized skin looks fresher, younger and more cared for. That is why it is important to drink a lot and regularly.

I myself have found that in Europe I need care products that provide my skin with more moisture. Protection against the cold and drought is also an important issue in the cold months. Since parts of China, Japan and Korea have sub-zero temperatures in winter, there are excellent skin care products here too. Korean manufacturers of skincare products in particular, such as Laneige, have specialized in the needs of dry and sensitive skin. Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask is a classic that I've been using for a long time. It helps me especially with dry and stressed skin.

Sun protection and whitening

On the other hand, too much sun damages the skin and makes it age faster. Anyone who has ever been to Asia knows that Asian women pull out a parasol or large sun hats to protect themselves when the sun is strong. What might seem a little silly at first is a very central point of anti-aging research. Because the harmful UV rays age our skin and in the worst case can lead to skin cancer. That is why intensive sunbathing is not recommended. It is also common practice in Asia to apply sunscreen (SPF) on a daily basis. Many Asian creams, moisturizers and BB creams already contain SPF. This is how you kill two birds with one stone!

“Whitening” products are also very popular in Asia. Generally, fair skin is perceived there as more aesthetic, younger and healthier. What may sound very strange and unattractive to European women at first glance has a reason. This ideal of beauty is not just about pale or light skin. Rather, it's about having glowing, even skin that's free of pigmentation, sun damage, acne scars, and other blemishes.

For years, especially when I still had problems with acne and blemished skin, I used the well-covering BB Cream Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream (No. 21 Light Beige). It offers reliable UV protection and is one of the most popular and best-selling BB creams worldwide. It is very cheap and the tube makes it easy to use and hygienic.

Asian women attach great importance to daily skin care

A distinctive care routine of up to 90 minutes a day is part of the beauty repertoire of many Asian women. Koreans have built up to 10 or more steps into their daily skincare routine. These range from thorough and gentle cleansing to intensive nourishment and care of the skin. Asian women use numerous facial care products, devices, make-up products and aids every day.

Unfortunately, many of these skin care techniques and cosmetic products are not yet very widespread in Europe. Nevertheless, I have high hopes that Asian facial care products can also find a wide audience here. Because Asian manufacturers offer a wide variety of innovative products and a high degree of specialization in skin care needs.

Cultural values ​​in Asia

Cultural values ​​play an essential role in lifestyle decisions. As I mentioned earlier, Asian women are very concerned with beauty, health and grooming. This is because in Asia, appearance plays a very important role. For Asians it is very clear that someone who is attractive has more success in life. Asians often hope to have better job opportunities through a change in their appearance. It even goes so far that Korea is the country with the most cosmetic surgeries.

In addition, daily care, creaming and, for many, make-up is a must. But mainly for women. As Asia has experienced very rapid economic and social change in the last few decades, different expectations prevail for women. Gender roles tend to be strictly separated from one another - but have been relaxed, especially in recent years.

The Korean market for beauty products is booming

Under these circumstances, the Asian cosmetics and skin care market is developing very rapidly. Asian consumers are very demanding when it comes to cosmetics and facial care. They demand top quality at affordable prices. The competition in the market is very high as many companies already offer excellent products. Therefore, many manufacturers have specialized in very individual skin needs and make-up preferences.

There are always exciting new products and beauty innovations that enrich the Asian market. Korean cosmetics and skin care brands in particular have seen high demand from all over Asia in recent years. You set the tone when it comes to beauty and lifestyle. European and American cosmetic companies have been looking east for a long time when it comes to innovations in the beauty sector.

A youthful appearance and beautiful skin are not a matter of luck

Of course there are a few who have won the gene lottery. But for the rest of us mere mortals, there are numerous things we can do to look more beautiful, younger, and healthier. A healthy diet, a balanced lifestyle and effective care and cosmetic products are factors that we can address ourselves.

I am interested in what you think about it! Do you also have the feeling that Asian women often look very well-groomed and rather young? If so, do you think there are other reasons for this? Or is it just a stubborn prejudice?

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