Actress and content creator Asia Jackson expresses herself on the internet world through beauty, fashion and self-care videos but exactly who is the social media sensation? In an exclusive interview with Sheen Magazine, Asia opens up about what being an influencer has taught her about herself, her must-have beauty products, and more!

What inspired you to create your channel?

Before I had a YouTube channel, I was just an actor. All I did was acting. Eventually, I got really tired of waiting for someone to hire me so I decided to create my own opportunities by starting a YouTube channel! I’ve always loved beauty and fashion so YouTube was a perfect platform for me to share what I was passionate about. Now, I am creating digital content and acting at the same time. I couldn’t ask for a better career.

How did you get into the world of entertainment? Was acting something you always wanted to do?

As a child, I never wanted to be an actor. I wanted to be an astronaut, graphic designer, lawyer, computer programmer, basically anything other than acting. I was originally going to college to major in computer information systems! I taught myself to code at 11-years-old and I figured—hey, since I already know how to do this, I should do this as a career!

While attending college, I realized that I liked web development as a hobby, but not as a career. I took a film production class and one of my classmates asked me to be the lead actress in his final project. That’s when I realized I really loved the world of entertainment. I dropped out of college to become an actor (and eventually a content creator as well). And girl, my parents were not thrilled. But they came around once I started making money hahaha

How are you able to get the inspiration for each video you make in a world that’s constantly changing in terms of trends?

I’m inspired by my purpose. Trends come and go, but when you’re so aligned with your purpose, trends don’t matter. As long as you are true to yourself and are intentional with everything that you do, your audience will always connect with you because you’re authentic. And that matters more than any trend, view count, or subscriber number.

Sheen Magazine is the Ultimate Beauty Guide for the Modern Day Woman. Do you mind sharing your must-have beauty products?

I’m a type of gal that values skincare first, then makeup second. So I’m super into my skincare routines.

Lately, I’ve been loving the Laneige Fresh Calming Toner. It is an alcohol-free toner which contains lychee peel extract and deep sea water. It’s a great product for soothing inflammation & providing an extra layer of hydration.

For my acne, I use a 2% salicylic acid cleanser from my esthetician Tracy Hudson. She’s a Black esthetician based in Studio City and she does amazing work with ethnic skin. I’ll also occasionally use the Proactiv Adapalene Gel when I feel a cyst forming, but otherwise, I just exfoliate twice a week or so!

To treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, I decided to try the Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting Serum. I’ve only been using it for a week so far so don’t take this as a solid recommendation, but the ingredients list is so promising! It contains l-ascorbic acid based vitamin c, lactic acid, and kojic acid.

The Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in ‘Bare Pink’ is such a necessary product for me. It’s a lip balm that looks like a clear stick but once it’s applied to the lips, it turns into a super pretty natural pink lip color. It’s like my lips but better!

The last product I want to mention is the Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara. It’s a waterproof fiber lash mascara that creates intense volume for my volume-less lashes and it doesn’t smudge because it’s waterproof! And it’s super easy to remove, too. I always use an oil-based cleanser to remove my makeup and the mascara just falls right off.

What would you say being an influencer has taught you about yourself that you may not have known before?

Being an influencer has taught me how important self-care is. I think anyone pursuing a non-conventional career can relate or learn from that. I’ve learned that while work and career are important to me, they’re not my identity. They’re not who I am. I’m a human first and foremost. I’m Asia. Living a joyful, fruitful, and fulfilling life is what ‘success’ means to me. When I’m happy, I do good work. Living a fulfilling life makes me a better actor. When I cultivate joy, I become a better creative. My work, mind, body, and soul all benefit from practicing self-care. I’ve learned that self-care is non-negotiable.

What can we expect to see from Asia Jackson in the future?

I’m manifesting the hell out of my dreams this year, and I can’t wait to share what the Universe has in store for me.

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