Clean Asian Beauty Brands You Need To Know | Clozette


When it comes to Asian skincare, there is an increasing number of clean beauty brands that have come out to revolutionise the way you take care of your skin. Clean beauty refers to products that are ethically sourced and made without toxic ingredients. But it’s not to say that they’re all-natural and organic. (You can read about the difference between the two here). Clean beauty brands use years of research to figure out which non-toxic chemicals will stabilise the formula and deliver the best results for your skin.


Clean beauty should be good both for your skin and the environment. Not only that, it subscribes to the “prevention is better than cure” adage, as Asian skincare is all about taking care of yourself so that you stay healthy and looking radiant rather than treating it after it becomes prominent. Now that the rest of the world is catching up, here are some of the clean Asian beauty brands you should definitely keep on your radar.

DAMDAM



This company embodies the best features of clean J-beauty. They get their raw ingredients from biodiverse Asian countries and other parts of the world. Combined with clean technology and by eliminating toxins, they ensure that their products only feed your skin with nourishing ingredients for that enviable glow. DAMDAM’s range of products is all made in Japan, as the country has a reverential culture around bathing and skincare as well as being known for their thoughtful craftsmanship. Their must-try product: the DAMDAM Magic Drops, a balancing oil which comes approved by Parisian makeup artist Yacine Diallo for its non-greasy consistency.


Rooki Beauty



Rooki Beauty’s products are all made with superfood ingredients. By taking these superfoods and turning them into skincare products, they deliver the benefits of antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients directly to your skin. Their products are all made in Japan and promise to deliver highly effective, beginner-friendly skincare through clean chemistry that will leave you with healthy, glowing skin after use. A sure must-try: the Superfood Saviour Crème, a potent moisturiser made from kale, lingonberries, and chia seeds.



Sigi Skin



Sigi Skin believes that healthy skin is happy skin. Furthermore, they believe that the right skincare regimen should bring your skin to its ultimate happy place. This Singaporean brand uses the most advanced Korean technology and pairs it with proven effective superfood ingredients to create their products — all without the use of unnecessary chemicals and fillers that could irritate the skin. Protect your skin from pollution-based irritants with their Dew Potion, an essence that comes in mist-form and filled with antioxidants.


Secret Nature



Secret Nature makes beauty and skincare products by sourcing ingredients from Jeju Island. Jeju Island is famous for its ethically grown, pesticide-free natural resources. Their mineral-rich volcanic soil and sparkling spring water are used to boost the benefits of skincare products. For a gentle yet effective makeup remover, why not give their Volcanic Ash Lip & Eye Makeup Remover a try?



Allies of Skin



This Singapore-based skincare brand was designed for the person with a busy lifestyle. For people who are always on the go, a simple and minimalist skincare regimen can be a huge plus. Their overall goal is to help your skin repair, regenerate, and reset itself so it’s always at its best. Allies of Skin includes a lot of reparative and preventative ingredients in their products so you’re not only taking care of your skin now, but you’re also taking care of it for the future. Pamper your tired skin with their best-selling Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist.


Kew Organics



Another Singapore-based brand is Kew Organics. This homegrown brand offers high-performance, water-based organic skincare that is readily absorbed into the skin and created to be suitable for our tropical climate. They use fresh, vegan, and non-GMO ingredients sourced from Canada and Japan in their products. They aim to "empower women with skin so naturally flawless that they can ditch their makeup" with their products. Their best-selling product is the Japanese Knotweed Coconut Hydra Cleanser, a gentle, non-stripping formula that detoxifies your skin for that youthful glow.


alche{me}



Singapore company alche{me} offers vegan, cruelty-free personalised skincare made especially for you. Their products are made-to-order, created through the use of Facial Recognition technology that provides an assessment of your skin. They also offer a classic range of cleansers, toners, serums, and masks that were made to suit the humid weather in Southeast Asia. If you have oily or combination skin, you should try their best-selling Clear & Mattify {me} Toner that's enriched with Iris root extract and Vitamin A — ingredients that help calm inflammation and purify the skin.


(Cover photo from: @damdamtokyo)


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When we seek beauty solutions, hearing advice from friends is always nice. But, let’s be honest, if we want truly effective — not to mention safe — options, going to an expert is the best route to take. So we’re all ears for recommendations by dermatologists. And we know one brand that’s on every derm’s lips: Cetaphil. We’re sure you already know it, too, by now! The brand is popular for its mild yet effective products that are great for all skin types, especially sensitive ones. But things got just a little better. How? Meet the ​Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Skincare Range​.


Cetaphil Pro Acne Prone Skincare Range


Imagine the expert care that went into designing the original Cetaphil range. Now, imagine the same expert care but with people who have trouble with acne in mind. You get the ​Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Oil Control Foam Wash​ that’s made with Zinc Coceth Sulfate that effectively and thoroughly cleanses without being harsh on the skin.


Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Oil Control Foam Wash

It removes up to 98 per cent* of excess oils on the skin — and we all know how oil plays a part in the formation of acne. It also removes any dirt that may clog the pores. While it does that, it remains gentle on the skin — something Cetaphil has been known for — and keeps it looking healthy and clean.

Aside from cleansing, moisturising the skin is something that dermatologists recommend, especially if you are on topical or oral acne medication. There’s a misconception that you shouldn’t moisturise when you have acne, but it actually helps hydrate, soothe and smooth the skin. Solicit the help of the ​Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Oil-Free Moisturising Lotion SPF 25​.


Cetaphil PRO Acne Prone Oil-Free Moisturising Lotion SPF 25

It’s designed by dermatologists to hydrate and soothe the skin, which we all know is still important for acne. It also combats dryness, which, if left unchecked, can lead to more oil production. Plus, it has ceramide precursors that strengthen and restore the skin barrier, to help skin cope with harsh acne treatments. We all know how harsh the sun can be on the skin, especially for those who are undergoing acne treatment. The moisturiser’s SPF25 keeps the skin protected from UVA and UVB rays. Expert care for your acne-prone skin? Here it is.

*​Galderma data on file RD.06.SPR.18225.



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Let me start by saying that I was a face mist sceptic. I used to be one of those people who think that it's nothing more than a gimmick and that I can douse my face with water and still get the same effect. However, one day, I got to try it on a hectic day while on the go and it changed my perspective altogether. I then began using face mists when I prep for makeup. I later moved on to using it as an alternative to toner once in a while and it has eventually become a habit to spritz it on whenever I need that dose of refreshment at any time of the day, whether I'm outside or just stuck to my desk. It's definitely come close to serums and lipsticks as my favourite beauty product. And now, I'm battling out three face mists of varying price points to see how each one fares.  


Beauty Battle Face Mists


But first, for those who are still a bit iffy about face mists, let me backtrack a bit. This trend is highly attributed to K-beauty, with Korean women being heavy on hydration to achieve chok-chok (luminous) skin. Dermatologists have claimed that while it's not an essential part of one's skincare, it definitely has added skin-caring benefits that get absorbed and spread better onto the skin given its finer concentration. It also helps with aromatherapy, anti-inflammation, and quick rejuvenation, depending on the variant that you're using. With that said, let's get on with the review. 

Masumi True Beauty Hydrating Rose Mist


Beauty Battle Masumi Hydrating Face Mist

PHP375/~USD7 (beautymnl.com)


PROS: If you're looking for an affordable face mist, this one is a great option at only PHP375/~USD7. The rose smell is definitely refreshing and therapeutic, making it great for those who are really after the aromatherapy aspect of face mists. It also contains aloe vera extract and collagen, which are great for soothing and repairing purposes. Based on my tests, I found that this works great over makeup as it helps give the skin a nice, luminous glow that lasts throughout the day without making the makeup melt or look clumpy. It's also in a standard 100ml bottle that makes it easy to chuck in purses. 


CONS: The availability of this one is quite tricky as it's still not available in major supermarkets here in the Philippines. While the smell is something I personally love, people who are quite iffy when it comes to fragrances might find it offputting. 


Recommended for: Those on a budget but want to incorporate a reliable face mist in their beauty routine. 


Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydrating Toner Mist


Beauty Battle Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Face Mist

~PHP1,460/USD28 (peterthomasroth.com)


PROS: If you expect your face mists to hydrate and make you really feel it, Peter Thomas Roth's contender is for you. It's not kidding in its use of the word 'drench' in the label; it has a powerful mister that will definitely leave your skin hydrated and cool after setting. Plus, it's infused with witch hazel, amino acids, Vitamin B5, and more, on top of being alcohol- and fragrance-free. At ~PHP1,460/USD28, I'd say its price point is quite reasonable given that it commits to its promises of helping my skin feel soft and hydrating my dry patches even after 48 to 72 hours of use. 


CONS: People who love fine mists would not like this at all. As I mentioned, the mister will definitely leave you wet and dripping, which makes it better for pre-makeup prep than an on-the-go face mist. It also takes a while to get absorbed, so I say use it as a toner instead. It's also quite bulky compared to the Masumi bottle, so it's better off as a mainstay in your vanity. 


Recommended for: Those who are looking for a toner that has lots of hydrating benefits. This is absolutely great for salvaging your skin from dry patches or tightness due to intermittent weather. 



Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist


Beauty Battle Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist

~PHP2,500/USD48 (sephora.com)


PROS: If you're looking for a mist that not only hydrates but also helps deal with oil control, this one is for you. Formulated with Okinawan Clay and Silk Powder, this unique pick from Tatcha also doubles up as a setting spray that keeps makeup looking fresh and satiny smooth. I find this face mist very ideal if I need a quick touchup midday. I also noticed that with continuous usage, it did help improve my skin texture similar to the Peter Thomas Roth one, probably as a result of the anti-ageing Japanese superfoods and skin-firming Wild Rose in its formula. My skin definitely feels a lot softer and healthier up close despite me trimming down my skincare routine to only a select number of products. 


CONS: For a whopping ~PHP2,500/USD48, I think people might find the price to be a bit too steep for a face mist. While its glass packaging feels very luxurious, fragility is a major issue especially when one is dealing with a hectic schedule. It also has lesser product at 40mL compared to the other two. 


Recommended for: Those who are willing to splurge for a mist, a setting spray, and an essence-like product rolled into one. 


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