In China’s financial capital, glitzy high-end shopping malls share major retail real estate with traditional Shanghai glamour forged in the roaring Twenties. WWD’s Casey Hall goes in search of the best modern science and time-tested beauty products have to offer here.

Even after five years of living in Shanghai, beauty shopping in this city is still something of a
minefield for me. The ubiquitous whitening products that dominate the market hold no appeal for my Caucasian—and very much white enough already—complexion. Also, ingredient lists in Chinese are difficult to navigate, a particular problem because my sensitive and rosacea-prone skin does not play well with common additives such as alcohol and fragrance.

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