• Melissa Kartini

5 Chinese Beauty Secrets We Need to Know Now

Updated: Aug 6, 2018

Chinese women are known for having exceptionally flawless skin, and thick, luscious hair to boot, too. Exactly how many of us have looked at an impeccably groomed Chinese woman, and admired her white, poreless skin? Far too many to count! And we at Nuffnang bet your bottom Ringgit that this has happened more than once.

That said, that doesn’t mean you can’t attain the same level of beauty as well. Here, I’ll share a couple of Chinese beauty secrets that will help you along the way:

Rice water

Inexpensive and pretty much readily available in every Asian household, this beauty secret is one that you can get started on right away. All you have to do is soak unpolished rice in water, and stir it until the water turns milky. It is at this point that you can dip a cotton pad in the mixture, and pat it all over your face.

What’s more is that you can keep this in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days! This homemade toner is great for keeping that dreaded oil shine in control.

Mung beans

Mung beans are used for de-puffing and treating acne- news those with problematic skin will rejoice over for sure. These beans have been a part of Chinese skincare for centuries too, which means there has got to be a darned good reason behind this practice.

Mung beans are applied in the form of face masks, and have been used by ordinary people and empresses alike even during olden times. These masks are created by grinding up the beans and adding water until the mixture turns into a paste. An alternative method is buying the powdered form from health stores and mixing it with Greek yoghurt.

Herbal tea

This one’s a no-brainer, given the widespread popularity of tea in Chinese culture. These herbal remedies are prescribed depending on a variety of factors as such the season and your symptoms. For instance, Goji is generally prescribed during the summer when it is most potent, and is commonly used for detoxing and boosting your defense system. Other popular herbal teas include and are not limited to red dates, Chrysanthemum, Bei Qi and Huang Qi.

Fun fact: After drinking Goji tea, you can eat the berries afterwards. These plumped up, juicy berries are filled with vitamin C, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and carotenoids. Perfect for enhancing your skin!

Turmeric mask

While more commonly associated with the Middle East, it turns out that turmeric is popular with Chinese women as well. This powerful root has been relied on as far back as ancient China to help reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone, and continues to be widely used to this day.

To create your own DIY turmeric mask, all you have to do is mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of almond milk. Leave it on your skin for about fifteen minutes, wash off, and check out the difference in your complexion.

Jade roller

This one might sound a bit odd, but hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. Jade rollers are meant to help improve circulation, which will in turn improve your complexion and help your skin heal.

This is best done after you’ve used a face mask. Simply and gently roll it across your face from the centre to the outside, and enjoy the cooling sensation that comes with it. These devices also supposedly soothe and de-puff your skin, as well as help decrease wrinkles.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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