Taiwan is more than just a foodie’s paradise. It is also a shopping haven for skincare and makeup enthusiasts. The weather in Taiwan is very warm and humid in the summertime, that is why a lot of the country’s beauty brands focus more on whitening and brightening.
Derma-cosmetics or lines developed by dermatologists that combine cosmetics and dermatological science using plant-derived ingredients are also very common in the “T-beauty” market.
A sharp contrast to the lengthy K-beauty skincare routine, the increasingly popular T-beauty skincare routine involves applying fewer products in light layers. There are four steps to the Taiwanese beauty routine: cleanse, tone, moisturise and sheet mask. The last step explains the ubiquity of Taiwanese face masks out in the market.
Last but not least, functionality is the basis of Taiwanese brands, which have tailored routines based on skin types and skin concern so don’t expect to see frills or trendy gimmicks here, just the good stuff suited for your skin.
Keep reading for our edit of the best cult-favourite Taiwanese skincare products to try for glowy porcelain skin. The best part? All of them can be found at your nearest Guardian.
Dr. Morita EGF Wrinkle Lifting Eye Mask ($14.25)
With a heavy focus on medical grade face masks, the brand utilises Japanese skincare technology to meet your skin needs, whether it’s hydration, brightening, or repair. Mask sheets from the brand are made from tencel cotton that acts like a protective layer to prevent water loss, so it doesn’t dry up even if you use it beyond the recommended amount of time and helps your skin better absorb all the nutrients from the mask.
If you struggle with fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area, try this mask from Dr. Morita that has deposits an all-star cast of hydrating and smoothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen essences and cucumber extracts.
White Formula S/M Facial Foam ($10.90)
White Formula is the sister label of the popular skincare brand “My Beauty Diary.” One star product from the brand is this facial foam cleanser. Add water to lather and gently remove dirt, oil and grime on the face.
This fragrance and alcohol free cleanser also uses six different types of hyaluronic acid and its patented ingredient CPAQUATM (found in tears) to keep skin hydrated – long after you lather up.
Timeless Truth Cooling Refresh Black Charcoal Mask ($39.90)
This Taiwanese brand is known for their signature TT sheet masks, which are extremely popular in France and London. One popular product from the brand is the Cooling Refresh Black Charcoal Mask that has carbon particles in it to absorb excess sebum. It also calms a ruddy complexion by leaving a refreshing, minty sensation on skin. The sheet mask contains the proprietary Stay-C 50 which has been said to help skin recover from sun damage.
My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird’s Nest Nourishing Mask ($12.50)
A cult product from a cult sheet mask brand, this mask gives you bang for buck when it comes to hydration, combining amino acids, collagen and polysaccharides. This is the perfect antidote for dry and dehydrated skin. The mask is also free from nasties like harmful parabens, alcohol, mineral oils, colouring and fluorescent agents.
Dr. Hu Anti-Dark Eye Circles Eye Patch ($10.30)
Dr.Hu’s philosophy is heavily focused on the science behind skincare. It incorporates dermatology, pharmaceutics, and biomedical technology in all of its product lines. In fact, the founder of the brand, Dr. Hu, himself is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A must-try product is the Dark Eye Circles Eye Patch that contains peptides to de-puff and brighten the under eye area.
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