15 AAPI-Founded Skincare Brands to Shop NowMay 04, 2023
AAPI-Owned and -Founded Skincare Brands to Shop
Founded in 2014 by Christine Chang and Sarah Lee during a mask and wine date, Glow Recipe has taken the world by storm with its natural, fruit-powered skincare designed to help you get naturally glowing, lit-from-within skin. If you’ve never tried Glow Recipe’s cult-favorite Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops, this is your sign to give them a go.
Founder and CEO Alicia Yoon struggled with eczema throughout her life. In an effort to take back control of her skin, she began practicing as an esthetician in Korea. Because of her knowledge of Korean beauty techniques and ingredients for sensitive skin, we can now flaunt seemingly poreless skin thanks to Peach & Lily products like the Glass Skin Refining Serum.
After acne treatments left Hero Cosmetics co-founder and CEO Ju Rhyu’s skin red, inflamed and unable to be covered up by makeup, she discovered the power of hydrocolloid acne patches. Since then, she has graced us with the little patches that we use on the daily to cover and treat our blemishes. Shop the cult-favorite Mighty Patch.
Founder Stephanie Zhang founded Mount Lai in homage to her grandmother, who has been using a jade roller and gua sha for over 50 years. Opt for a classic, like The Jade Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool, or The Stainless Steel Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool, both of which are carbon- and plastic-neutral.
Founded by Tara Pelletier and Jeff Kurosaki, Meow Meow Tweet is a natural, vegan apothecary committed to creating pure, all natural, plant- and mineral-based formulas. From natural insect repellent to a deodorant cream to a complete skincare regimen, Meow Meow Tweet’s products are ethically sourced and low-waste. Oh, and have you seen the adorable packaging drawn by Kurosaki? If not, check out the Rose Geranium Baking Soda Free Deodorant Stick for an illustration that’ll brighten your day.
Priscilla Tsai started Cocokind with the mission of finding simple, quality ingredients that were consciously and sustainably sourced and turning them into affordable products that work. Today, Cocokind offers exactly that: superfood-based, non-toxic products, like the bestselling Oil to Milk Cleanser.
Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho brought the best of the best Korean beauty practices to the forefront of the skincare space with her range of products rooted in the Korean concept of jeong, or deep meaningful connection. We love the Living Cleansing Balm for its luxurious texture and ability to melt away makeup, sunscreen and excess oil.
Founded by Elina Wang, this vegan and cruelty-free skincare line gives you an at-home spa experience with its nourishing sheet masks and jade roller. The milk- and green juice-inspired sheet masks have won our hearts with their clever packaging and moisturizing ingredients.
Each YENSA product is infused with eight superfood blends — the number that represents prosperity in Chinese culture. Jennifer Yen founded skin and makeup brand YENSA as a way to bring superfood and traditional Chinese medicine into the U.S. beauty market, with products such as the Pink Lotus Peptide Renewal Eye Cream and the Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask.
Rooted in Ayurvedic clinical science, Sachi Skin was founded by Farah Bashir, an esthetician with more than 20 years of experience in cosmetic product formulation and education. Standout products from the line include the Pro Resilience Serum, which addresses signs of aging and provides antioxidant protection, and the Triphala Pigmentation Corrector, which targets hyperpigmentation.
Founder Angela Jia Kim was inspired by her Korean heritage when she created the natural skincare brand Savor Beauty. All of Savor Beauty’s products are handmade in small batches with organic ingredients and are used in the brand’s namesake holistic spas. Grab the new Hyaluronic Acid Serum and the Manuka Honey Mask to recreate a luxurious spa experience for yourself at home.