Some of them go to great lengths to look as fair-skinned as Caucasians. On sunny days, it is not uncommon to find Asians wearing wide-brim hats or holding umbrellas over their heads in shaded cities. These are vain attempts on their part to shield themselves from the sun — shielding themselves from UV rays which dry out skin and cause facial lines, freckles and sun spots on skin, making faces look darker and older.
Anti-aging, whitening beauty products are crazily lusted after by quite a number of Asians who believe these chemicals have the magic powers to make skin fairer and more supple, and more youthful looking. Maybe these products do actually work for some Asians. Still in line with the idea of using artificial means to keep up young appearances, plastic surgery is frequently the answer to attaining youthful faces in Korea.
This is especially so in the Korean entertainment industry where standardised forever looks are all the rage. Many K-pop artists strive to look more Western, prettier with smooth and umblemished faces by going under the knife, inadvertedly ending up looking superficially, creepily, doll-like young. Sometimes in Western countries where scores of Caucasians vertically tower over them, short, pint-sized Asian adults are even mistaken as children or teenagers. Additionally, studies have shown that exercising slows down the ageing process and reduces wrinkles.
In Asian cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong, getting around on a daily basis usually involves taking public transport and walking a fair bit. There is the probability such constant physical body movements keep Asians in East Asia small and slim body-wise and also somehow stave off lines across their faces. So at the end of the day, perhaps there is some science behind why many Asians often look younger than they actually are.
Like Liked by 1 person. Thank you, Alka. While some of the qualities you mention are in fact true for all Asians, living in North America overrules genetics for about half the population, most of which live on the east coast.
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Oddly, New Yorkers walk more than any other Americans but their diet keeps them from looking like the Hong Kong Chinese people. Like Liked by 2 people. Never thought of my posts that way, but so true. In a way, I see writing about these kinds of topics a way for me to have a closer look at my heritage, and how it contrasts with the Western way of life in Australia.
You are right. It could be the food and lifestyle over there that contradicts the arguments in my post. Also, maybe the colder it gets, the more people eat and climate-wise, Western countries tend to be way colder than Asian cities on average throughout the year. Thank you, the two of you are very kind. And you are my favorite and first choice of Chinese contacts in Australia!!
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So it may be awhile. But you are first on my list of Aussies to meet!! Like Like. Do let me know if you make the trip to Aussie land. Would love to meet the two of you!
Can you email me your personal email? Its the best way to ensure we can always reach you when we are ready for a trip. Hi, I want to add something about the last sentences. I believe that there is a youthful gene in Asians. My ancestors are Crimmean Tatar, they moved to Turkey before the first world war. I and my mother look 10 years younger than our age, my grandparents were so too. Im 34 years old, but look like I was much more like a Japanese when i was a kid, people were asking if Im Japanese.
So I live in a sunny country, I dont use a sun umbrella and I dont have an Asian diet, but Im still an Asian, I have an Asian beard, black eyes and hair. Only difference is Im longer and bigger than a standart Asian, 1,88 metres and 86 kilograms I think this is about the easy agriculture and food production in Turkey.
Because of this, I believe the nature favors Asians:. That very interesting to hear. Thank you so much for sharing. And this is a Middle East country, I dont see much Asian type looking people. So interesting that you were named after a TV character. But who knows, maybe one day they will. This is a very big area, and there was another barbarian invasion Attila the Hun at AD His army was Asian too. I didnt read their full story, but some of their raiders attacked Western Europe too.
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And… Is it sunny there now in the Southern Hemisphere? It is freezing here in Western Turkey. Another cold weather wave is also coming from Balkans tonight : I want the April coming faster!! Insightful comment. DNA does get mixed over time, and when it gets mixed, it evolves. I hope it will get warmer for you soon, change of seasons is less than a month away.
You English is great, I understood your comment. Everyone, every country, invaded other countries during that time and there is still plenty of rape and pillage going on in the world today unfortunately. Debbie, I have respect to your thoughts but I think differently. Genghis was a visionary leader for his time, thats ok. But Alexander the great, Julius Ceasar, some Roman emprerors, some of the middle age kings, Napoleon, even Hitler were visionary leaders for their times. They did so many things for their people and their technology. You can check Nazi military technology They made it for being more stronger and invading more places with this power, ruining more lives.
And Yes, Genghis had some religious tolerant. Because he had to. He had so many different culture soldiers in his army. He invaded very big areas and people from different cultures and religions were under his iron fist as soldier or as villager. If he had pushed those humans a little more, he couldnt stop an uprising against himself. A dictator can more easily governs religious people. I live in Turkey with Erdogan party and can see this with my own eyes.
And yes Genghis developed the first postal service, but only for military purposes. His army were fully mobile and the Surprise Factor was their main weapon. Im genetically half Tatar, but i still hate Genghis and the other dictators because of their sins against humanity.
But men like Genghis invented those things just for more power. I understand and respect your thoughts to and understand how due to your heritage you could have that feeling, and that is very valid. However I do believe Temujin himself has been vilified by western history. Ive been to Mongolia where he is still worshipped as a great unifier.
A thought provoking comment, thank you. Thanks: And if we continue to reply on the same post, it will be like a pyramid. I cant read my last post on iPad. One day they ask me if what I put on my skin and told them just a normal soap and taking bath two times a day. That is interesting to hear, Sen. Maybe eating healthy, natural foods and having a less stressful lifestyle does make some of us seem younger than how old we are. Or it could be pure luck…you just never know.
They sound like a very curious bunch. Reblogged this on It's HongKong Time! HI Mabel, and all, I agree, a lot to do with diet, staying out of the sun, and probably DNA morphed from 5, years of rice eating. I have read some stuff though about the actual genetic differences between Caucasions and Asians… i find it amusing that in China everyone is doing their best to use whitening products to make their skin whiter and in Australia everyone is busy going to the beach to get browner skin!
I guess the same goes for curly haired people who straighten their hair and straight haired people who make theirs curly! Humans are never satisfied! It is fascinating how DNA changes over time and passed down from generation to generations. Diet and the food we eat essentially nourish our bodies and cells, and that in turn probably impacts DNA in some way. Same goes with how our bodies react to sunlight and the air around us.
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The phenomenon of being obsessed with our skin colour and looking young is a funny one. Why did you censor my post? I gave a scientific argument on why specifically east asians look young. It is because of neoteny, or in other words advanced evolution.
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Not too sure what happened to your comment. Comments with two or more links or containing certain words go to the spam folder and are then deleted automatically, as well as comments where the author has copied a significant amount of text from another site. But that is a good point you bring up — neoteny. And it is certainly a valid argument to this topic. Human evolution has come along way, and science has advanced so far that we can go under the knife to look much younger. Super interesting post! Thank you! Loving the youthful looks still but wishing I had more of that teenage energy!
I love the layout of your blog. It looks so stylish and your posts cover original topics. Thanks for this celebration of Asian beauty! Thank you, that is very nice of you to say. Terima kasih, Seneng. Meaning we look almost the same age. That is hilarious! Looking young certainly depends on a number of factors, including luck.
This really is a strange world! I cant help but find this article incredibly offensive towards Asians. Why must you put emphasis on Asians trying to look white just because of their preference for fair skin? Most Caucasians seem to hate looking pale and love baking themselves orange in the sun. The truth is,pale skin has been a beauty standard in Asia since long ago as it is a statues symbol and a sign of wealth as the poor who works in the sun daily become dark while the rich stayed indoors,protected from the sun.
I do not think it is fair that only Asians get accused of trying to look another race while other ethnicities can tan themselves and dye their hair without any or as much criticism. In korean,the look the aim for is a natural,youthful look. Please get your facts right before you write an article. I am not against but neither am I encouraging towards plastic surgery. It is hypocritical for many of us,especially women,to be so against plastic surgery when most of us put makeup on our faces almost every day to hide our flaws,that is fake beauty too,just not permanant. It is only human nature to atleast be a little vain,if not very.
Another point i want to make is that,big eyes,pale skin are just Asian beauty standards that Caucasians happen to possess,they are what we find beautiful,that is the only reason why any of us would want those traits. Why would we want those traits just to look Caucasian? Caucasians happen to have great genes with features that appeal to us. Caucasians who dye their hair black just have a preference for black hair,nothing to do with wanting to look or be asian.
Usually,those who strive to look another race are not afraid express it,and it is perfectly alright as they can have their own preferances that doesnt hurt anyone. All in all,i am really annoyed to see people continuously acting like hypocrites and all the double standards. I hope the trend of saying Asians are trying to look white would cease,as that is not the case for many of us. Fatty fish is truly an anti-aging food. Its long-chain omega-3 fats are beneficial against heart disease, inflammation and ulcerative colitis, among many other diseases 16 , 17 , Studies suggest that they may also protect against inflammation and damage that occurs during sun exposure 19 , It contains a carotenoid antioxidant called astaxanthin, which is responsible for the pink color of salmon.
In one study, people with sun-damaged skin who were given a combination of astaxanthin and collagen for 12 weeks experienced significant improvements in skin elasticity and hydration The antioxidant profile of dark chocolate is second to none. It is even more powerful than acai berries, blueberries and cranberries Research suggests it may reduce blood pressure, increase insulin sensitivity and improve arterial function and elasticity 23 , Chocolate contains antioxidants called flavanols, which protect the skin from sun damage.
However, the amount of flavanols varies significantly among different types of chocolate One study showed that high-flavanol dark chocolate doubled the amount of time people could stay in the sun before turning red. This didn't occur in people who ate chocolate with less flavanols In other studies comparing high-flavanol and low-flavanol cocoa on skin function, people in the high-flavanol groups experienced better blood flow to the skin and improvements in thickness, hydration and smoothness 27 , Remember, the higher the cocoa content, the higher the flavanol content.
Vegetables are extremely nutrient-dense and very low in calories. They contain antioxidants that help reduce the risk of heart disease, cataracts and cancer 29 , 30 , Many vegetables are also high in carotenoids like beta carotene. These can protect against sun radiation and free radicals, both of which can lead to skin aging 32 , Some of the best sources of beta carotene are carrots , pumpkin and sweet potatoes.
Many vegetables are also rich in vitamin C, which is important for collagen production and has strong antioxidant effects. Vegetables with the highest vitamin C content include leafy greens, bell peppers , tomatoes and broccoli. In another study, researchers measured elasticity and other skin qualities in more than Japanese women. They found that those who ate more green and yellow vegetables had fewer wrinkles 6. Flaxseeds have amazing health benefits. They contain lignans, which can lower cholesterol, reduce blood sugar and insulin levels, while decreasing the risk of breast and prostate cancer 35 , 36 , 37 , They are also a great source of an omega-3 fatty acid called ALA , which protects your skin from sun radiation and may reduce sun-related skin damage 39 , In controlled studies, women who consumed flaxseeds or flax oil for 12 weeks showed improved hydration and smoother skin 41 , Pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits.
Their antioxidant activity appears to be even higher than that of green tea Pomegranates decrease inflammation, help prevent damage from high blood sugar levels and may improve outcomes in patients with colon cancer 44 , 45 , They also help protect the skin from sun damage 47 , A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reveals that adults who thought of getting older as a positive thing lived 7.
Researchers at Stanford University have found that those with the highest income lived an average of 15 years longer than those with the lowest. While this likely has a lot to do with their access to healthy food and better medical care, having some money in the bank certainly can do a lot to improve your outlook on life, too. Cool down this summer with some watermelon and you might just slow down the aging process along the way. Research conducted at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences reveals that the lycopene in watermelon can help you maintain your memory while keeping your risk of chronic disease to a minimum.
A happy marriage could be the key to a longer life. The Framingham Offspring Study reveals that men who had walked down the aisle reduced their risk of premature death by a jaw-dropping 46 percent when compared to their bachelor counterparts. According to the results of a study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture , mice fed cilantro had improved performance on memory-related tasks when compared to those given a placebo. We all know that smoking is bad for us, but not everyone knows just how much ditching even the occasional puff can extend our life.
Research published in the American Journal of Public Health reveals that women who ditched the smokes by age 35 extended their life expectancy by as much as 8 years. For those eager to look as young as they feel, quitting smoking can also help reduce your risk of premature skin aging and, of course, slash your lung cancer risk.
According to the WHO, smokers are even 45 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who shun the smokes. Start getting healthier today by incorporating the 30 Healthy Habits to Start By Your 30s into your routine. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that senior citizens who walked at a faster pace were likely to live longer, too. Not only can most healthy adults eat up to 3 eggs a day without any adverse results, egg yolks are also a good source of zinc, which can help fend off dementia and give your immune system a boost, too.
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A study of 1, gifted children conducted over a year period found that those who were the most conscientious and hard-working added years to their life when compared to those who threw caution to the wind. Swap out the white flour in your recipes in favor of almond flour and you can turn back the clock on the aging process. Almonds are a rich source of collagen-building lysine, and research published in the Brain Research Bulletin suggests that snacking on almonds can help prevent memory loss, too.
Researchers in Britain found that spending 7 or more hours sitting each day upped the risk of death by as much as 30 percent, but those who fidgeted regularly during that time had no increased risk of kicking the bucket. Adding some crab legs to your menu is a delicious way to stay vibrant and youthful. Crab is a good source of inflammation-fighting omega-3s and zinc, the combination of which can improve the appearance of your skin, fight inflammation, reduce your dementia risk, and even kick your immune system into high gear. A study of elderly residents of Okinawa, Japan found that there was one common theme in their eating habits: they stopped eating when they were satisfied, not stuffed.
The Framingham Heart Study reveals that women who vacationed twice a year were eight times less likely to have a heart attack than those who took just a few vacations over a decade. Scheduling a regular check-up can help keep you healthy and feeling young for longer. Getting a yearly check-up can help you nip any health issues in the bud before they become chronic or potentially fatal.