Korean skincare had its day. But I think it’s about time for ancient Chinese skincare secrets to take the spotlight. We’ve uncovered some Chinese secrets to great skin and I’m sure our ancestors will be more proud than disappointed that we share them with the public.
Here are some of the best ancient Chinese skincare secrets:
1. Jade Rollers and Gua Shas
These instruments have become so popular that you can buy them in virtually any beauty store. These beauty tools encourage blood circulation and help with detoxification and depuffing your face in the morning.
It’s recommended to place them in the refrigerator before use for maximum effect. Just remember to use it after applying a liberal amount of serum or lotion so that the tools don’t pull at your skin and cause premature wrinkles.
A jade roller is also a safer bet than gua shas if you aren’t sure how to use them because the thin stone could result in broken capillaries if you rub too hard. Regardless, many celebrities still swear by gua sha. Check them out here.
2. Acupuncture and Acupressure
Applying pressure to certain parts of the body with thumbs or tools encourage the release of natural collagen, evens out scars, detoxifies the skin, and alleviates the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. And this also encourages blood circulation and detoxification — very important factors in achieving clear skin.
3. Mung Beans
Monggo! The unassuming legumes contain antioxidants and phytonutrients! They’ve been credited with helping cold sores and rashes, as well as soothing acne when applied topically.
4. Rice Water
The use of rice water in skincare is unsurprising given our Asian diet. Rice water is said to have both brightening and anti-inflammatory benefits, and some also claim it can help even out skin texture and boost skin firmness.
5. Tea and Herbs
The Chinese believe that great skin is achieved by being aware of what you put on your face and in your body. Specific tea leaves and herbs address different skin issues. You can ask your ama for help in this area or make a trip to your nearest Chinese herbalist. They can recommend which leaves and herbs to get according to your age, skin type, concerns, and more.
We don’t necessarily recommend tossing your entire skincare in the trash and replacing it with these Chinese secrets, but we do suggest you give a few of these a try and see which one works for you!