‘The Cool Asian’ Actress and Beauty Vlogger Shares Her Entire Beauty Routine

The old-school archetype of the cool-girl is dead. Asia Jackson is giving life to the new generation of cool that has zits and publicizes them.

The Filipino and African-American mixed actress isn’t afraid to point out her beauty flaws and gives the cheat sheet on how she cures them. We talked over the phone about being okay with taking mental breaks from beauty and the ingredient that erased her acne scars. Check out some of her beauty secrets that she shared with us after the jump. 

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Her outlook on beauty:

“‘Less is more’ is my approach to everyday beauty. While I admire more glam and done up looks, I personally prefer very simple and natural beauty looks on myself for everyday! I invest more into skincare than I do on makeup because I believe that good skin is the core of everything”.

How she conquered less-than-perfect skin:

“I’ve always had problematic skin since I was in my teens. I finally got tired of my skin problems, so I started really researching the science behind skincare and found out why nothing was working on my skin. I learned a lot about specific ingredients, and I’ve gone through an entire trial & error period and found out which ingredients my skin didn’t like. A year later, I know exactly what skin does and does not like. I now purchase products based on that information!”

The most important at-home treatments in her routine:

“We’re always told we need to exfoliate our skin, but I didn’t really know what that meant until I started researching it and learned how it benefits acne and hyperpigmentation”.

The daily skincare routine that works:

“In the morning, if my skin feels super dry, I’ll throw on a hydrating essence, sheet mask, and maybe a hydrating serum. At night, if my skin feel super oily, I’ll wash my face, tone, use a BHA, then moisturize. Sometimes my routine is 8 steps, sometimes my routine is 3 steps. It’s all contingent upon how my skin is doing at that particular time”.

The products she can’t go without:

“I love both the CosRx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid ($18) for hyper-pigmentation and the CosRx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid ($16) for acne & clearing out pores. I also really like the Serious Skincare Glycolic Gommage mask ($40.50) for an all-over exfoliation. As far as ingredients go, my skin tends to really like tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, and tretinoin”

How she healed her acne scars:

“To keep dark spots at bay, I like to use AHA’s like the Serious Skincare Glycolic Gommage ($40.50), vitamin C serums like Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drops ($32), and my dermatologist also created a cream for my hyper-pigmentation which contains the ingredients tretinoin and hydroquinone. I only use this on spots that are very dark”.

Her self-care practice:

“I write in a journal every morning for an entire hour. I take this time to check in with myself. I write how I’m feeling, how my relationships with family and friends are going, how my anxiety is that morning, and sometimes I even use that time to plan out my day. It really helps in relieving my anxiety, and the chamomile tea that I drink while writing doesn’t hurt either!”

Her diet solutions for clear skin:

“Drinking water is obviously very important, but I tend to eat pretty healthily as well. A whole foods, plant-based diet (I still consume animal products but in very minimal amounts) that is nutrient-dense not only helps my skin and hair look good, but I also just feel good. My anxiety gets handled, I feel fresh and energetic, and that’s proof to me that whatever goes into your body is just as important as what goes on your body”.

Her one beauty rule:

“Create a signature beauty look! It becomes a part of your personal brand, but also makes shopping for makeup and getting ready in the morning easier. I know that I will always look good in my signature beauty look because I’ve perfected it and have done it over and over again”.