Western vs. Eastern Skincare: I Had Opposing Experts Analyze My Regimen

Amanda Montell

Throughout my career as a beauty editor, I've come to learn that there are just as many skincare philosophies as there are diets. And just like with food, people tend to pick a skincare belief system and religiously follow it. I've encountered dozens of skincare experts over the years, and their backgrounds run the gamut: There are the earthy holistic types, who believe that the best skincare products come from your kitchen; then there are the Beverly Hills dermatologists, who are quick to prescribe you intensive peels and lasers, defying nature in the quest for youthful skin. There's also everything in between.

Personally, that's where I fall. I'm hippie-dippie enough to care that my ingredients are gentle and cruelty-free, but also science-minded enough that I'm skeptical of everything. Generally speaking, I subscribe to provable ingredients and visible results. But I'm also a sucker for pretty packaging, and I tend to switch up my skincare routine often, thanks to all the new products that come across my desk. (I know, it's *so* hard to be me.) So sometimes, I fail to read the fine print on everything I use.

For a few weeks now, I've managed to stick to a pretty consistent routine, and I was curious to learn what experts from each end of the skincare spectrum thought about it. So I got in touch with a holistic skincare specialist, an Ayurvedic skincare guru, and a traditional esthetician and sent them detailed reports of my routine to review. Would the natural experts find my routine too intensive? Would the traditional one think it ineffective? Read on to find out how three radically different experts reacted to the same skincare routine.

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