Chinese women are envied throughout the world for their flawless skin and ageless complexion. As it turns out, this is because they use some traditional ancient Chinese remedies in their skincare routines! So, we bring to you 7 ancient Chinese secrets for healthy, glowing skin...
1. Pearl Powder Perfection!
Pearl powder is something that Chinese women have traditionally used for glowing complexion. Studies have supported the fact that pearl powder rejuvenates skin, removes pigmentation, fights acne, regenerates collagen and soothes irritated skin. So many benefits! It is then no wonder that the Chinese have been using it for cosmetic purposes since 320 AD.
You too can use pearl powder for glowing skin - just make a mask using 1 tablespoon pearl powder, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 egg yolk, and apply it on your face.
2. Teas To Detox
The right kind of herbal tea, taken at the right time, can benefit you immensely. The Chinese soak their herbs in hot water to make teas that detoxify the body, improve the immune system and give you healthy, glowing skin. Oolong tea, for example, is a traditional Chinese tea that is extremely beneficial for the skin! You can buy Oolong tea here.
Another ancient Chinese secret is using a jade roller on your face to target acupressure points. It was believed that jade gave rise to a host of beauty benefits, some of which include the following.
Improving skin tone
Improving blood circulation
Eliminating toxins from the body
Refining facial contours
Anti-ageing benefits like removing fine lines and wrinkles
Tightening of pores
Promoting lymphatic drainage to get rid of toxins from the body
A jade roller is used by gently rolling it upwards and outwards from the centre of the face. We don’t know about you, but we’re rushing out to buy one right now!
4. Goji Berry Gorgeousness
Goji berries are a storehouse of antioxidants, amino acids, minerals and vitamins that promote clear, healthy skin. They’re also loaded with beta-carotene, which is very good for the skin. You can make goji berry tea by soaking these miracle berries in either hot or cold water with a teabag for some time and then drinking the tea. After drinking the tea, eat the berries which will have become plump and juicy. You can buy goji berries here.
5. Mint Magic
Indians have a lot of homemade remedies for glowing complexion, but one thing that we’ve hardly ever used in our face packs is mint! Mint or the humble pudina can be used directly on the face to instantly brighten complexion. Just grind the leaves to make a paste that can be applied on the face. You can also use mint with cucumber and honey to make a face pack that will tone your face!
Chinese women have been using rice water to tone their skin for centuries. To make rice water, simply soak unpolished rice in water till the water starts looking milky white. Dip a cotton ball in this water and massage your face for 2 to 3 minutes. You can store this water in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days and keep using it. What an affordable way to make a great face toner!
7. And Finally… The Royal Secret!
The only female ruler in Chinese history was Empress Wu, who was renowned and is still remembered for her youthful skin even at the age of 80! It is believed that she used an especially prepared face mask three times a day to keep her skin ageless and glowing. This face pack was made of mung beans (moong dal), green tea extract and a herb called motherwort. You can make a modern version of that face pack using organic moong dal, green tea extract and motherwort!