The boom of B.B. Cream has created a craze. Everyone wants to know what’s after BB cream. CC cream? Surely, but we all know, it’s more “marketing” than “adding value” with the launches of CC creams. The reason BB cream has become successful because it matches the value of American fast beauty culture. However, the texture and function of BB cream have been “Americanized” when it landed the states. In Asia, BB creams are used to create a make-up free look with flawless finish since most of the Asian people do not like the look and feel of foundation. When BB creams come to the USA, it has transformed to your 5-in-1, 8-in-1 multi-tasker; thus, it’s very “ON TREND” to transform from Asian beauty to fast beauty. Kudos to the Western meets Eastern beauty!
Nevertheless, not all Asian trends will be the next biggest hit due to cultural differences. In the states, multi-tasking products for fast beauty is what we thrive for. In Asia, it is proper to have 20 steps beauty routine which yes, by the time you finish your night regimen, it could be morning already!
So, what exactly does Asia people do and what is the trend right now? The Booster Trend! There are basically two types of booster- one as a pre-step (the glorified toner) and one type as you “add it in” to boost the product efficacy.Both types are popular. Indeed, in October of New Beauty magazine, there is a whole section on the add-in boosters. Just as BB creams are “glorified tinted moisturizer”, the pre-step boosters are “glorified toner”.
Here are the three types of pre-boosters people use:
After cleansing the skin with either cleansing oil, cleansing water, or oil foamer, people use the above “pre-boosters” to enhance what ever nutritive steps you have such as massage cream, serum, night cream, eye cream, dark spot treatment and lip balm. Lastly, they finish off with a sleeping finisher to SEAL everything in. That is at least 10 products in use. Yes, the vanity chest always look like the entire skin care counter!
It is deeply rooted in Asian culture to take care of your skin. You either nourish or perish your one and only one face. This is why you see umbrellas or sun-brellas everywhere or the latest trend is wearing a rubber mask on the beach.
So, what is better? Fast beauty vs. Asian Beauty? My advice is if you have time, take it slow and do step by step. If you don’t, fast beauty can add a lot of value to your life style. By the way, do you know how I tell if a BB cream is good or not? Check your cellphone screen! If it left dirty marks after you talk on the phone, it’s not a good one! ha!
Until next time.
No one knows SKIN Brightening better than Asian people. Culturally, White skin equals wealth and status. There is a saying that “As long as you have WHITE skin, it can cover nine blemishes on your face, regardless if you have small eyes, pimples, large pores.”. To do proper skin brightening, there are many different skin pathways. Majority of the products out there just target one or two pathways.
So, what are the necessary pathway we have to consider?
For a good skin brightening formulation, also look for anti-inflammatory ingredients present as inflammation also can be a source of skin darkening. ELIMINATE THAT! Additionally, with the addition of Alpha hydroxy type of exfoilator can also speed up results.
There has not been a comprehensive skin brightening product that targeted all the pathways. However, my personal favorites are Clinique Even Better Skin Dark Spot Corrector, Dr. Denese Pro C Clinical PM Brightening Serum and Shiseido Elixir White Reset Whitening Cream.
Hello everyone! Beauty is my deepest passion. I have been in Beauty (cosmetic formulation, marketing, sales) for more than 17 years. I love making them and selling them.
When I used to work for Fortune 500 cosmetic house, my product reviews are highly regarded as insightful and impactful. The R&D community actually used my review as a platform on how reviews should be written.
On my beauty blog, I will share with you the most accurate, and most informed knowledge as we all only have ONE face to care. Nourish or perish.
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Eye area is the first target to show aging. Thus, cosmetic companies come out with hundreds of eye products each year trying to help us combating the first signs of aging. There are ingredient technologies targeting specific causes of eye area concerns such as fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness under eyes or even creepy eye lids. Among these, the easiest to treat is the lines/crows feet which you may be able to see immediate results. Typically, for a decent eye cream formulation, you will look for the following technologies:
Among all the eye products on the market, my personal favorite is Dr. Denese’s Hydroshield Eye Emulsions. This is a thick gel that applies lubriciously around the eyes without the worry about ‘running into” the eyes. Yes, for eye area product, look for THICK consistency! This is the first product I have used (and I tested thousands of them!) that causes no irritation, and my fine lines and crows feet seemed to lessen just after one use. The formulation incorporates many of the modern technologies such as Acquacell which is an clinically proven ingredient to show results after 2 hours and peptides for long term effects. You can find Dr. Denese’s HydroShield Eye Emulsion along with many of her fabulous products on qvc.com or on her website drdenese.com.
Ginger King, Cosmetic Chemist, Beauty Boss