Chinese women have been taking extreme care of their skin for thousands of years. From a geisha’s beautiful clear complexion, to an empress’ youthful skin even into advancing years, the Chinese take their skin regimen seriously. Want to see if they knew what they were doing? Why not try some of their ancient beauty secrets for yourself? Choose from these five.
It turns out tea is good for more than just cuddling up on the couch on a cold day. The Chinese use tea for just about everything, and yes, they believe that the right teas can do your skin a lot of good. The most popular is a Goji berry tea which contains so much goodness for your skin. Goji berries are known for being one of the most nutritionally dense fruit on the planet. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that will give you a glowing complexion. The tea can be made by steeping the berries in boiling water for 5 minutes. You can even add a tea bag for added antioxidants then eat the berries to not miss out on any of it’s skin healing benefits.
Jade is a very important stone for the Chinese culture representing beauty, purity, and grace. The jade roller looks more like something that belongs in the kitchen but Chinese women have been using this tool for centuries on their face. The roller is used in a way that increases blood flow to the face, creating a self healing effect. It’s similar to the effect of our dry brushing technique used today. This smooth round stone is rolled on your face in an upward and outward motion to reduce puffiness, soothe the skin, and maybe even reduce wrinkles. This ritual can be done after a quick cleansing and moisturizing of the skin for best effects.
Chinese women love a face mask made of turmeric, honey, and almond milk that is applied to the skin for balancing skin tone and reducing wrinkles. It’s great for acne, rosacea, eczema, and any other redness of the skin. The active ingredient, of course, is the turmeric and it’s photochemical, curcumin. This orange powder is made from the root of the plant and is also popular in the Middle East for its skin benefits. To make the mask, mix a teaspoon each of turmeric, honey, and almond milk. Apply it to your face and wait 15 minutes, then wash off.
The Chinese use traditionally would use three main herbs for the skin; Bei Qi, Huang Qi, and Goji. The amount you would need of each depends on your individual skin needs. Bei Qi is used for helping clarify the skin. Huang Qi is used as a revitalizing skin cure. Goji is an anti-aging factor. You can get a topical skin cream made of these herbs specifically for your skin needs at a Chinese herbal clinic.
Another ingredient that Chinese women would use to create a face mask is the mung bean. They ground up the mung bean and applied it directly to the face for a clear and bright complexion. These days a mung bean powder mixed with yogurt is a more popular way to apply a mung bean mask. The mung bean is said to have a healing power that does wonders for acne.
Written by Crystal Amelco.