An Obsession with Asian Skincare Products

Exploring Skincare Products for Asian Skin

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Albion Infinesse White Smoothing Whip Wash + Yojira Kyoto “Aburatorigami” Oil Blotting Papers

Today, I want to share with you a wonderful Japanese Skincare e-tailer that ships worldwide, ShopJBP. I love ShopJBP because they only sell genuine Japanese products, and some of the brands that they carry are also hard to find. ShopJBP has a generous Refund Policy, and accepts PayPal. Currently, they are offering free worldwide shipping for all orders over ¥20,000, roughly $200USD.

ShopJBP carries a popular Japanese skincare brand called Albion. I’ve been wanting to try Albion since forever, but could not find a reputable shop here in the US. I always see Albion products featured in Japanese fashion and beauty magazines. I am so happy that ShopJBP has Albion! 

I’ve tried the Albion Infinesse White Smoothing Whip Wash and a pack of famous oil blotting papers from Yojira Kyoto. These blotting papers are called Aburatorigami, and had been available since the 1920s starting in the Kyoto district. 

Yojira Kyoto “Aburatorigami” Oil Blotting Papers

Simple packaging- designed like a book where you can tear off each sheet.

A sheet of clean oil blotting paper.

After use! You can definitely see my face oil on there.

These Aburatorigami (Oil Blotting Papers) are extremely gentle on my skin. It does not leave any matte powder, glitter, or any residue of any sort. I love the packaging. Other oil blotting paper packaging comes in a packet where you take out the sheets. However, this packaging is tear off, so you wouldn’t take out more than one sheet by accident. 

So far, I’ve used these sheets after applying my sunscreen in the morning and in the afternoon when my face needs a little pick-me-up. I love to use these sheets right after applying my sunscreen because it takes out the oily sheen from my sunscreen, leaving my skin clean and matte. I’ve also used this after setting my makeup and after using BB cream.

Each of these blotting paper book comes with 20 sheets. ShopJBP sells these in 5 and 10 books. 

Info from ShopJBP:

Oil blotting facial paper

Yojiya’s “Aburatorigami” (Oil blotting Facial Paper) is a special type of Japanese paper, which prepares the skin for smooth make-up application and also removes the oily sheen of the skin. Comfortable and completely safe to use, excess skin oil is quickly absorbed by merely pressing the paper gently on the skin.
Albion Infinesse White Smoothing Whip Wash

Simple packaging

This is how the cleanser looks like on my hand

This is my first time trying a product from Albion and it definitely did not disappoint. The White Smoothing Whip Wash creates a gentle soft foam which melted away my BB cream, gel eyeliner, and mascara. 

I used this wash with my Clarisonic Mia and with my Konjac Puffs. The wash did not leave my skin taut and dry. Instead, my skin felt hydrated and refreshed! I’m loving this wash and using it both day and night. 

I cannot wait to try other products from Albion! Albion products are definitely with the money. 

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Anonymous asked: what moisturizers can you recommend for combination/oily skin?

Hi. I would like more information from you. Please feel free to send me an email at asianskincareobsession [at] gmail [dot] com . Thanks!

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mrhappyshappyplace asked: Hi! Great blog! You said you're going to be reviewing an all-natural Korean Skincare line. I was wondering if you could tell me the name of the brand please? I've been looking for an all-natural Korean Skincare line for months! Many thanks!

Please find my review here.

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Natural Korean Skincare Products: EcoBeau

In my last post, I mentioned that I would be reviewing products from a Korean brand.

Ecobeau is a natural skin-care line which uses botanical ingredients and is preservative-free. 

Today, I want to share with you a Korean skincare brand that is focused on preservative-free natural ingredients. I was recently sent a set of products from, a Singapore-based company that sells Korean skincare products and ships worldwide. Currently, they are doing a special on their site, with any minimum purchase of $60, you will get a 3-pc. travel set of EcoBeau products.

I tried 3 products: Loess Nutritive Mask, Natural Essence, and Natural Skin Toner

I absolutely LOVE the Loess Nutritive Mask! It is my favorite out of the 3 products. It works like wonders. I apply it on my skin and then gently peel it off 15 minutes later. Finally, there is a peel-off mask that does not dry out my skin! I am so happy to discover this product!

I had a bad facial last Tuesday when I tried out a new skincare clinic, in which I received a treatment that did not go well with my skin. My skin was peeling even up until today. I applied a thick layer of the mask after cleansing and exfoliating and after peeling off, my skin was smooth as butter. I have to say that this mask definitely hydrated my skin like no tomorrow. I have the bouncy feeling on my skin again. For example, when I gently tap my fingers on my skin, my skin bounces back. This mask is simply amazing, because it contains a star ingredient, Loess!

From the Orange Co:

What is Loess?
Loess is minute mineral matter that aids health by emitting infrared rays, and has excellent absorptive, purifying, and revitalizing properties. In one tables spoon full of Loess, approximately 200 million microscopic organisms can be found, and those microscopic organisms have abundant supply of enzyme called ‘Catalase’ that breaks down oxides, which also have the effect of anti-oxidant; reduce heat, metabolisms and relaxation.

 I also liked both the Natural Essence and Natural Skin Toner. The Natural Skin Toner worked like SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence. I spritzed my face generously with the toner, and then slowly press and massage it into my skin. After the toner is absorbed, I would pump out a few pumps of the essence, and massage it onto my skin, and follow with moisturizer or additional treatment serums. 

EcoBeau products are very simple yet effective. I believe that is a perfect line of products for late teens to early thirties. EcoBeau products definitely helped revitalize my skin by deeply hydrating my skin. I would love to try out more products from this brand. I am already eyeing their Loess Water Cleanser and Natural Lotion!

Please find pictures and information on the products below.



A drop of the Natural Essence:


This is how the mask looks like:


My hand post-mask treatment, totally rehydrated:


Using the mask on my face in the picture below. A super hydrating treatment!


Info on Loess Nutritive Mask:

Ecobeau Loess Nutritive Mask

*Anti-Wrinkle & Whitening (KFDA)

Loess removes skin waste while antimicrobial properties from the extract of herb medicine control follicle mite’s activity for restoration of skin cell. It contains huge amounts of microscopic organisms that work to reduce oxides and have an overall antioxidant effect and sebum absorption. The antioxidant herbal medicine extracts help to reduce wrinkles and will provide lustrous, soft and healthy skin that is eminently noticeable with continued use.

Natural hydrant and vegetable oil keep good balance of oil and moist of skin.  The 9 herbs including dictamus and moss leave you radiant and invigorated after use. 

Brand new and purifying

Peel off type  

No particle left at follicle after unmasking. Easy to wear.  Soft and no feeling of drying & shrinkage of skin. Non allergenic and recommended for everyday beauty care.

Use: Apply all over the face evenly; after 15-20 minutes of drying, peel off from jaw or cheek area. If residue, you can easily rub it out with peeled mask. (Tip: Try not to apply while the fan is turned on as the breeze may cause quick drying of mask. Apply briskly and store unused mask in chiller for best results.) Recommended to use 2 times weekly (gentle enough for daily use too!)

Rinse with water to remove any residue and apply refreshing Ecobeau Control Toner (spray mist) for best hydration and skin balancing. 

Ingredients: Water,Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris  extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyvinyl alcohol, Yellow Ocher, peg-32, Sodium-hyaluronate, PVP,Isopropyl mirystate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Scualane, Jojoba Seed Oil, Glyceryl stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cyclomethicone, Avena Oatmeal Extract, Arbutin, Stearic Acid, Olive Oil, Sesame oil, Agaricus Bisporus mushroom Extract, Rhododendron brachycarpum Extract, Saxifraga stolonifera Extract, Sorbitan Sesquiolate, Rice Bran, Allantoin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Collagen, Sodium carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG/PPG 28/10 Acetate Dimethicone, Ubiquinone, Phantenol, Elastine, Natural Fragrance, Adenosine

Recommended for oily skin, dry skin, combination and sensitive skin type.+ Acne + oily skin + dry skin + whitening + dark spots +

Made in Korea

** Natural Ingredients
** No Alcohol, No Preservatives, No Parabens

Simply Natural and Restorative for the Skin. Ecobeau is free from alcohol, synthetic preservatives, parabens, sulfates, paraffin wax, petroleum, mineral oils and artificial colorants. 

Info on Natural Essence:

Ecobeau Natural Essence

*Anti-Wrinkle & Whitening (KFDA)

Made from highly enriched extract of herbal medicine, Natural Base Control Essence is an intensive natural hydrator, highly nutritive with potent antimicrobial properties. The composite harmony gives restoration of damaged skin cell for radiant and resilient skin. 

100% Natural Essence! 

Sweet scent of rosemary. As good as it smells!

Use: After cleansing and toner, pump 1-2 drops and tap gently onto face. Soft feeling when applying. Quick absorption

Ingredients : Water, Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Leaf extract, Glycerin, Arbutin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ubiquinone, Agaricus Bisporus mushroom Extract, Rhododendron brachycarpum Extract, Saxifraga stolonifera Extract. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Collagen, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil 60m, Alpha-Bisabolol, Oatmeal, Allantoin, Cellulose gum, Rice Bran, Elastine, Adenosin

All skin types including atopy skin, acne-prone skin and face with freckles, liver spots, dark spots. Especially recommended for Oily/ Combination skin type.

Info on Natural Skin Toner:

Ecobeau Natural Skin Toner

Extract of Herb Medicine; Natural Hydrator; Natural Nutrient; Natural Antiseptic; No Alcohol; Natural Preservatives  

100% Natural! 

Antimicrobial properties (intensified) from the extract of herb-medicine helps to keep off skin parasite and aids skin cell’s restoration. The herbal extract and sweet fragrance of rosemary totally invigorates the skin.

Use: After cleansing, spray onto face (close eyes) and tap gently to ensure best absorption. Apply Ecobeau lotion and cream (or refer to skin care tips for detailed steps customised for different skin types)  

Ingredients: Water,Houttuynia cordata Extract, Gingko biloba leaf extract, Sesame seed  extract, Padina pavonica thallus extract, Artemisia vulgaris  extract, Rosemary leaf extract, Aloe Leaf extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata(Lichen) Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Rice Bran, Oatmeal, Arbutin, Collagen, Ubiquinone, Sodium Carbonate, Elastin, Adenosin.

Recommended for all skin types.

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Hiatus from Blogging… But Keeping my Skin Hydrated with Algenist and Peter Thomas Roth

Hi blog readers and followers,

I just wanted to quickly update that I’ve been taking a break from blogging. I recently underwent a surgery and am recovering at home. My blog will likely be quiet for the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t be around. 

Since my surgery, I’ve been keeping my skin hydrated with Algenist Firming & Lifting Cream and Peter Thomas Roth Viz-1000 75% Hyaluronic Acid Complex. I love Algenist products, as they are developed right here in the Bay Area. Stress from the surgery has definitely taken a toll on my overall health, body, and skin. These two products definitely helps in keeping my skin hydrated.

I’ve also been on a very simple skin care regimen. But I still use facial masks and my platinum electronic roller,  ReFa CaRat device religiously. The ReFa CaRat helps keep my face from getting puffy due to water retention. It keeps my face slim and is great for  massaging my face.

Please stay tuned for an upcoming review of an all-natural Korean Skincare line!

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Anonymous asked: Hello :) I have very oily skin and I was wondering if there's anything you recommend :P I scrub my face in the morning and it's perfectly fine but then by the end of the day it's really gross >.< any ideas?

I really have no idea. 

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Anonymous asked: Do you have any recommendations for getting really soft skin?


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Anonymous asked: Thank you for the fast reply. No, I don't have allergies, I don't also really use sunscreen. But is using a regular sunscreen okay? Or should I perhaps get the one that's suitable for just the face?

You should definitely use a sunscreen that is suitable for the face.

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Anonymous asked: What concealer do you recommend for dark under eye circles?

I like Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer pencil.

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Anonymous asked: What skin tricks or products do you recommend for oily skin? especially since summer is coming up!

Hi there, I don’t have any specific skin tricks. However, I keep my body hydrated by drinking good amounts of fluids.  This definitely helps balance out my skin.

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Anonymous asked: What product who you recommend if a person has red nose? Because for some reason, my nose tends to get red especially during the day time and I have no idea why. It would mean so much if you could help. thank you

Do you have allergies? Or did you forget to apply sunscreen on your nose?

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Anonymous asked: What product or skin routine would you recommend when trying to get rid of blackheads, especially around the nose area? Thank you in advance (:

For me, I like to use clay masks and blackhead strips.

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Anonymous asked: What's your opinion on having products containing salicylic acid in our skincare?

Personally, I don’t use salicylic acid as an acne treatment, but I do use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid to rid dead skin and blackheads. I don’t view it as an effective acne treatment. If treating acne, I find Retinol and Benzoyl Peroxide to be more effective.

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Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream

I was very surprised to see a full range of Laneige products at my local Target store! I picked up this Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream by impulse. I was sad that they did not carry my favorite Yogurt Peeling Gel

I am happy that Asian skincare products are gaining prominence in America! That means, it would be much easier for us US buyers to purchase our favorites!

This cream has a light texture and absorbs easily into my skin. When I use this at night, I only use a pea-size to less than a nickel-size amount and spread it on my face. Then I press my palms onto my face to help the cream absorb. In the morning, my skin is glowing. This is a great hydration treatment for the skin. I like this much better than Laneige’s sleeping mask. I purchased this from my local target store for $32USD. You can probably find this product cheaper online, like from Sasa. However, I’ve had horrible experiences with Sasa’s customer service, and probably won’t shop there again.

Info from Laneige’s website:

Water Bank Moisture Cream

Strengthens and retains moisture 24 hours.
Infused with skin-perfecting Optimal Mineral Water.

  • 50 ML / 1.6 FL. OZ.
  • For Normal to Dry Skin

Product Benefits

Richly-texturized moisturizing cream

Optimal Mineral Water
• Delivers 6 moisture-maximizing minerals deep into skin
• Strengthens skins’s moisture barrier
• Circulates and retains moisture all day
• Absorbs easily for smooth, supple skin

How to Use

• Gently spread from center of the face outward after serum

(Source: laneige-water-bank-moisture-cream)

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Renewing my feet with Baby Foot

I want to quickly share with  you about a miracle product for your feet. Introducing the Baby Foot Original Deep Skin Exfoliation… A popular product all throughout Asia.

A few days ago, I tried Baby Foot for the first time. I have heard about its wonders even years ago, however, I never picked up a box. I purchased mine for $20USD from a local japanese store. $20 is somewhat pricy for a one-time use foot mask. But let me assure you that is worth every penny!

This foot mask is like a foot peel for your skin. It will make the top dead layer of foot skin peel off like a snake or reptile changing its skin. It is like a foot facial. After the peeling process is done, which takes a few days, you are left with skin on your feet like that of a baby’s.

I cleaned my feet with mild soap and water prior to using this foot mask. I left on this foot mask for exactly one hour. I did not feel any tingling feeling. It is recommended to put on a pair of socks on top of this mask, but I did not do so. After an hour, I rinsed my feet with soap and water again.

After a few days.. the Peeling begins.. (WARNING: PICTURE IS DISTURBING!)

Slowly, skin from the feet will peel off in layers or chunks to reveal skin like that of a baby’s foot.

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