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Updated: Jul 15, 2021

Asian Beauty Myths, Secrets and Tips on How To Look Youthful


There are many interpretations of what this word means. What can be considered beautiful? All around the world, we see that the strive for physical beauty is undeniable.

In Asia, the beauty market runs rampant. According to Statista, in 2019, the Asia Pacific region made up the largest share of the cosmetic market globally at 41%. It wouldn’t be wrong to say they’re the leaders in the beauty industry at the moment.

Asians have a lot of beauty tips and tricks up their sleeve on looking young. We’ll be taking a look at some of their secrets as well as proving or busting some Asian beauty myths.


‘Asian Don’t Raisin’ - Maybe you’ve heard this term before? It’s the idea that Asians look younger than their age and don’t age easily.

I am a firm believer that this one is TRUE!

Famous Asian celebrities such as Vera Wang, Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh all look amazingly young for their age.

I bet you are asking yourself, how do they achieve that youthful look?

Well, look no further. I will reveal all from beauty creams to food to snail mucin!

More skincare products the better?

The first time I heard about the intense Korean 10-step skincare routine was in 2016 and since then it’s become a global phenomenon.

In more recent years, the Korean skin care detox has become more popular in South Korea. Limiting a skincare routine to just a cleanser, moisturiser and sun protection is key to this ‘skin care diet’.

I believe this myth can be both TRUE and FALSE depending on the person and what their skin needs.

Secrets and Tips

Consuming Collagen-Producing Foods and Drinks

Almost everybody knows that the quality of your skin is highly dependent on what you eat and drink. After all, you are what you eat!

Asian cultures have some very effective ideas on what you should consume to improve your skin.

Chinese methods to look youthful include drinking soups with pork tendon and consuming chicken feet, which boost collagen, and in turn skin elasticity.

Michelle Yeoh, an icon on both the Asian and Hollywood silver screen, is certainly not shy when it comes to revealing her secrets on staying young. Try the Yeoh collagen diet of steamed chicken feet and pork broth!

Sun Protection

Asians are big on sun protection. Much of this is connected to the wish to become ‘whiter’. The Asian ‘obsession’ with pale skin could stem from a vast range of origins. I’ve heard from my mum that in Chinese culture, paler skin indicates prosperity because it meant you stayed inside instead of working out in the fields under the scorching sun.

It is also scientifically proven that sun exposure will age your skin faster and cause wrinkles.

Besides just using sunscreen, many Asians wear long-sleeved tops, wide-brimmed hats and carry parasols around to protect themselves from harsh UV rays.

Snail Mucin

Korean makeup and skincare has taken the global beauty industry by storm. Among the diverse range of products on the market, snail mucin products may be one of the weirder ones you’d find.

This ingredient can be found in products such as creams, serums and face masks.

According to Dr. King in conversation with Women’s Health Magazine, snail mucin has hydrating properties, can help fight fine lines and wrinkles as well as promote an overall youthful glow.

These are just some secrets and tips among many that Asians use to achieve that youthful look.

In line with Captain Bagrat’s goal to bring Asia and Australia together, we’ll end with a quote from an Australian actress.

Being healthy is something I learned from a very young age. Looking after yourself on the inside helps with your energy, makes your skin glow, and changes your whole outlook on life.

  • Phoebe Tonkin

Disclaimer: All advice and information in the above article has been created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on for health advice.


Bio: Catherine Li is a proud Chinese-Australian currently studying a Journalism and International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. Being of hybrid Asian background, she has strong interests in Asian culture which she hopes to use to bridge the distance between Asia and Australia.


Instagram @catherine.jyl


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