Countless Asian celebs are famous for their apparently flawless skin, thanks to a culture obsessed with skin care.
Skin care technology in Korea (and Asia in general general) is about 12 years ahead of the States.
1. A clean diet, water, sleep, and exercise is the basics of healthy skin. Duh.
2. Makeup removal is practiced religiously.
Korean actress Go Hyung-jung says she washes breakouts with salted, lukewarm water to sanitize the area.
5. Asian celebrities should form a fandom for face masks.
Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing claims to go through 600 in a year.
6. Then comes a slew of treatment products that might overwhelm you: essence, serums, emulsions, oh my! Women in Korea have been known to use up to 17 products on their skin.
A handy way to remember the order in which treatments are applied is from lightest texture to thickest texture of the product, because that's the order in which your skin absorbs things.
7. Exercise your face (for real).
There are an abundance of tutorials to be found online.
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi has been in the entertainment circle for 11 years, but swears the reason why she hasn't aged is thanks to strong eye cream.
9. Moisturize like heck. Down to the neck. Apply from the center of the face in upward motions — patting it rather than rubbing it will help it absorb.
In her book, Go Hyun-jung also suggests warming up the moisturizer in your hands before application to encourage absorption.
10. And if it's daytime, slap on that sunscreen. There's a whole spectrum of damaging UV rays, and a diligent skin care addict knows how to shield from it all.
It doesn't stop at sun block. Many celebs don't venture out into the sun without a UV umbrella or a wide-brimmed hat, as Fan Bing Bing has said herself.