Are the dry, windblown days of winter wreaking havoc on your skin? Put your best face forward with these all-natural traditional recipes that have been used in China for thousands of years.
1. Eat Skin Superfoods
In China, it was a tradition in the imperial courts for the empress to pass down to the princesses her skin-beautifying recipes and preparations. While many of these ingredients were exotic, expensive foods, some of these beauty recipes made use of readily available food like cherries, peanuts, black soybeans, walnuts, and jujube dates. Also, citrus, a confirmed healing food packed with antioxidants, benefits your skin health. For dry skin, eat more flaxseed oil, sesame oil, olive oil, virgin coconut oil, avocados, as well as lots of nuts and seeds.
2. Try a Beauty Exfoliation Secret
The outer layer of your skin regularly renews itself by shedding old cells and replacing them with new ones. An effective way to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles is to speed up the shedding process. Instead of using expensive procedures like dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser therapies, gently renew your skin with products from nature.
For centuries, Chinese imperial courtesans used natural exfoliation ingredients to loosen and strip skin cells off, including seaweed, kelp, pearl powder, dried plum, winter melon seed, persimmon leaf, and cane sugar. Make a mask with any combination of these natural ingredients. Moisten with water and mix in a blender with aloe vera gel or egg white to make a paste. Use a wet sponge to gently scrub your face with the paste, using small circular motions, until your face and neck are fully exfoliated. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes, and then wash off. Be careful not to get it in your eyes.
3. Detoxify for Better Skin
In Chinese medicine, it is believed that impurities in our bodies are expelled in many ways, one of which is through the skin, our largest elimination organ. Sometimes, these impurities become trapped and we see the result as pimples and other blemishes. These impurities come from environmental pollution, pesticides, preservatives in our food, and a range of other toxins that age our skin.
It is important to help the body cleanse itself so that toxins do not cause internal imbalances that show up on your skin. Herbs that detoxify the body include dandelion, chrysanthemum, peppermint, white mulberry, and licorice, which support healthy liver and gall bladder function – the organs that play the largest role in detoxification and elimination so that the skin is not overburdened. You can look for traditional formulas that include these ingredients or make yourself a tea using any combination of these cleansing herbs.
4. Asian Pear Minimizes Dark Circles
To lighten dark circles and minimize skin damage from free radicals, try eating an Asian pear every day. Asian (or Fuji) pears are packed with copper and vitamin C, antioxidant nutrients that help protect you from cellular damage caused by free radicals, preserving your skin’s beauty and vitality.