Eastern vs. Western: Two Opposing Experts Share Their Skincare Routines

Lindsey Metrus
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This may be a bold statement, but we're pretty certain that no two skincare routines are alike. There are so many factors that differ from person to person: the water temperature used, the method in which the products are applied, the order in which they're applied, and of course, the products themselves. Some people are skincare minimalists, while others live and breathe by their products. (I'm speaking for myself here, but I'm sure I'm not alone.)

The most obvious skincare dichotomy is that between Eastern and Western regions. Generally speaking, Western routines are infiltrated with commercialized products and marketing schemes (we're suckers for good packaging and branding), while Eastern practices reflect a more holistic approach that encompasses overall wellness. Eastern standards have certainly made their impression on Westerners, as we've seen an increased interest in utilizing natural ingredients in our routines, but as a whole, they're nowhere near as organic. As such, we decided to ask two opposing skincare experts—Rachel Nazarian, MD, FAAD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, and Shrankhla Holecek, Ayurvedic expert and founder of Uma Oils—to reveal their morning and evening skincare routines. As expected, they differ greatly, but much more than we could have imagined. Keep scrolling to read the differences yourself!

Neither routine can be classified as "better" than the other, as both are results of the tireless research and individual educational backgrounds of each woman. However, the difference is pretty astounding. 

Do you follow a more natural or synthetic skincare routine? Please let us know in the comments!

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