It is indeed a time-consuming method but it is a ritual that actually pays off. Be it Japanese, Korean or Chinese women, Asian women are on top of their skincare game.  They follow a skincare routine and never skip it, using particular ingredients and tools. Their fresh, supple and glowing, spotless skin is proof that the routine is effective.

If you go to Korea, the woman who just crossed you may look just 25-28 but in reality, without exaggeration, she is probably in her 50's. Not bluffing here as I have witnessed this myself and that is when I realised how important skincare can be. Chinese women also have their own beauty regimes, tools and secrets but with a twist of their own... like every culture would have their own version. Here are some secrets which are now out and accessible!

Acupuncture & Acupressure

These traditional Chinese medicine methods are used to stimulate acupoints which help in restoring the energy flow of the body. The application of pressure helps in detoxifying the skin. This method also activates the production of natural collagen and helps in fading the scars.

Jade Rollers

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Yes, this is the latest obsession which originated in China and is travelling everywhere in the world at the moment. It is accompanied by other massage and at-home acupressure tools like Gua Sha. 

A Gua sha is used in scraping your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. Here, the technician applies massage oil to your skin and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion. A Gua sha is intended to address stagnant energy, called chi, in the body. It is performed on a person’s back, buttocks, neck, arms, and legs. A gentle version of it is even used on the face as a facial technique. Chinese women use this for face shapes. 

Moong Beans For Acne

The good old Moong or Mung is used in noodles, soups and more, being a staple in the Chinese diet. This is also known to soothe acne and other skin ailments like cold sores and rashes. The legumes that you see are super-rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. You will also spot them in face masks and other skin treatment products.  

Green Tea

Chinese drink a lot of herbal tea and the most popular here is green tea. It is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants, and it is believed that sipping this type of tea every day can have a positive effect on the skin and on your overall wellbeing. 

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Turmeric

Tumeric lattes are the new fad but Chinese use it for the face as a mask. Make this face latte by mixing in some turmeric powder with milk and honey and then exfoliate. This is a very hydrating treatment. 

He Shou Wu

 
 
 
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This ingredient dates back to traditional Chinese medicine of 800 AD. It is a herbal blend that helps in rejuvenating your skin and also to thicken and lengthen hair. Available online, you can reap the benefits by simply adding a 1/4 teaspoon into your morning smoothie or tea.

Rice Water

Both Korean as well as Chinese Women and men cleanse their face with rice water. It is a tradition that has been passed down by generations before. It has both brightening and anti-inflammatory benefits, and some believe that it also levels the texture of your skin and boosts skin firmness. 

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Pearl Powder

Chinese women use pearl powder which is made from oyster shells. These shells have amino acids that rejuvenate the skin. As per researches pearl powder soothes inflammation, promotes healing, calms redness and skin irritations. They mix 1 tbsp pearl powder with 1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp honey.

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Use these secrets and turn it into the secret behind your own glowing skin. The ingredients are available online so get on with it now!

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