Asian Skin Care Trends That May Dominate 2021

10-step skincare, cream skin, and snail slime — these are just some of the top Asian beauty trends that have exploded in popularity in recent years. Asian skincare is increasingly getting embraced by the rest of the world, and rightfully so. Most products within the space are innovative and effective, and more often than not, they are packed with natural and harsh-free ingredients.

Asian beauty is so popular that it’s gotten to the point that Asian celebrities and influencers are being tapped as global ambassadors of big-name brands, too. It won’t be surprising if Asian beauty products will soon become the norm.

In the next year, it will still continue to dominate, and these trends may just be at the forefront of it all:

Skincare is known to be a deliberate process, but there is now such a thing called the 60-second rule, Healthline notes involves cleansing your face with your fingers for a whole minute for the ingredients of the cleanser to do their job. Most people typically wash their face a maximum of 15 seconds, but extending it to 60 is believed to soften the skin and dissolve sebum blockages much better. It may even improve the skin’s texture and even out the skin tone.

Collagen was previously only popular within the plastic surgery niche, but it is recently dominating the beauty space. A protein naturally produced by the body, it makes up 90% of our connective tissue and organic bone mass, and 70% of the skin. It pretty much holds the body together. Pretty Me’s review on Frozen Collagen points out that collagen has long been used in countries like Japan and Thailand, and it won’t be surprising if it is eventually be embraced worldwide. After all, collagen offers a slew of benefits, including a more youthful complexion, firmer, tighter skin, and fewer acne breakouts. Incorporating the ingredient into your beauty regimen will surely do wonders for your skin.

There’s usually always a novel ingredient that circulates the Asian beauty space and then picked up by the rest of the world, like snail mucin and bee venom. Now, one of the “it” ingredients is the mugwort, scientifically known as Artemesia Vulgaris. The ingredient has been traditionally used in Korean medicine to regulate menstrual cycles, ease muscle pain, and restore circulation, but when it comes to skincare, its healing and detoxifying properties make it ideal for products for people with acne or have dry or sensitive skin. The herb, which is also used in bathhouses, is purported to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory effects, too, so it’s well worth trying if you’re looking for something to improve your complexion.

You know those little plants on your windowsill and desk? They can be used for the skin as well. Who would have thought that those dry, prickly plants can benefit your skin? Beyond being cute little plants, they can make a positive impact on your skin by way of providing high levels of essential fatty acids like vitamin E and flavonoids. When used topically, they can nourish the skin and soothe inflammation.