Some of the biggest beauty trends in recent memory have originated in Asia, putting them way ahead in the skincare game. So what is it that Asian women know about beauty that women in the West are missing? Glad you asked – we’ve researched their secrets so that you can incorporate them into your current routine – now.
Here is a list of the top 20 that we came up with.
Donkey Hide Gelatin
As odd as it may sound, Chinese women are raving about the beauty effects from an elixir called ejiao made by boiling donkey skin into a gelatin. It is reported to have great anti-aging effects, namely increasing elasticity of the skin, improving skin tone, preventing wrinkles and even eradicating pigmented spots.
Oyster Shell Powder Treatment
This is an old remedy that Chinese women use when they need a little pick-me-up and a nice glow: oyster shell powder, combined with egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of honey. The paste is left on the face for about 30 minutes and helps to revive the skin.
According to model Xiao Wen Ju, Chinese women use double-sided tape to make their eyes bigger and they do so by applying it to their eyelids.
Many women enjoy pink nail color and Chinese women achieve it naturally by grinding peach blossom petals and applying them to their nails. They then cover each nail with a leaf and leave the leaf on overnight. By the next day, they have nails that are naturally tinted without the need for nail polish.
Mung beans are a great health food and are also useful for beautiful skin. One way it is used in China is in the form of a mask, which requires mashing up the beans, adding water until it forms a paste and then applying it to the face.
Chinese model Fei Fei Sun, once told Vogue magazine that in her hometown, of Weifang, red-date soup was consumed regularly for beautiful skin and overall good health. The soup is made with walnuts, brown sugar, goji berries, longan meat, and red beans.
For beautiful skin, you can soak plain rice in some water until the water looks milky and then use it on your face. For Chinese women, they believe that rice water is far better than overpriced creams and oils.
Chinese fashion model Liu Wen has a health drink that she relies on to keep her skin beautiful: she soaks red dates and goji berries in water, tea or congee and then either drinks the fluids or eats the soaked fruit.
Cupping is an old healing technique that involves the use of a small heated glass that is placed on the skin. As the cup cools down, the air pressure within it drops and produces a suction effect that is healing for things like poor circulation, shoulder pain and much more.
The wormwood plant is often used to soothe irritated skin and rashes, and it’s healing properties can be obtained by boiling the plant in water and then using it as a soap for the skin.
In China, women use a jade roller – a device that is pulled across the cheeks, throat and forehead – to improve the appearance of the skin and clear the sinuses.
Chinese women believe that mint can be used to lighten the skin and they use it by grinding the leaves into a cream that is then applied onto the face.
A simple and cheap way to improve one’s complexion is to apply egg whites to the face as a mask. According to model Liu Wen, this is a trusted at-home beauty treatment for Chinese women.
Some women boil the fruits from the locust tree and use the resulting solution as a shampoo and it’s said to be very effective for maintaining healthy hair.
In China, Camellia oil – also known as oil of green tea – has a variety of uses that include hair conditioner, skin moisturizer and scar/stretch mark remedy.
For the Chinese, a reflexology massage is a staple in their lives not just because it feels good, but because it improves circulation and helps the body eliminate toxins.
Green tea is full of antioxidants and not only does it boost the metabolism, but Chinese women use it to help fight the signs of aging (such as wrinkles).
Rosebud tea offers a variety of health benefits that include assisting women during their monthly cycle, as well as maintaining a healthy and youthful appearance. Asian women drink it regularly as part of their beauty regimen.
Unlike many Western countries, dairy is consumed in very small amounts in Asia because they’ve been aware for a long time that limiting consumption of things like cheese, milk and yogurt can greatly improve their health.
Many beauty treatments in China rely on turmeric as an active ingredient and you can enjoy the benefits of this beautiful yellow spice by combining a small amount of it with honey and almond milk. Apply the blend to your face and leave on for 15 minutes.