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6 Chinese Beauty Secrets for Lasting Good Looks

Ask a Chinese woman what her age is, and you may just be surprised at the answer. While not every Chinese is blessed with youthful skin and hair, you can say that on average, they do seem to show physical signs of aging a little more slowly than most Western counterparts. 

Good genes? Maybe. 

Beauty secrets that have been handed down from generation to generation? 


It’s time to incorporate some of these beauty secrets into your daily life for lasting good looks.

1. Know your Herbs


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Traditional Chinese Medicine uses natural herbs to maintain balance and harmony in the body for optimal health, skin and hair health included.

There are many types of herbs that are known to be beneficial to the skin, and a combination of goji berries and red dates are often used in soups and herbal teas. Red dates are a potent source of Vitamin C ( about 70 times higher than grapes and apples) and are also chock full of other vitamins like Vitamin A, B1, and B2. Red dates are also known for their power to strengthen the spleen and stomach, replenish qi, nourish and produce blood and tranquilize the mind.  Some women drink soups with red dates especially when they have their periods to restore vital strength.

Goji berries are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The richness in beta-carotene helps promote healthy skin, detoxifies the liver, and stabilizes blood sugar. Thankfully, both red dates and goji berries are easily obtainable in most Asian food stores. Time to make a trip to Chinatown! 

2. Love the sun but not too much

Ever heard of the Facekini? Yes, it’s swimsuit for your face for the days when you want to hit the beach and take in the sea, sand, and sun, just not on your face.

While we don’t recommend going to the extremes to avoid the sun, it’s been reported a million times that UV rays are incredibly aging. In fact, a study has shown that UV rays are responsible for 80% of skin’s aging.  In addition, overexposure to UV rays also damage the DNA of your skin cells, and eventually lead to skin cancer.

Chinese women are known for being super vigilant with sun protection, with many avoiding the sun if they can, using sun protection creams and physical blockers like umbrellas and visors. 

3. Regular massages


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Massages are a lazy person’s way of getting the blood circulating and releasing tension in the muscles without ever going to the gym. Traditional Chinese massage works with the meridian points and channels of the body and restores the flow of energy. Not only when will you feel good, you’ll emerge from a session with renewed vitality.

Don’t have enough time to indulge in a full massage session? Try a facial massage at home! You can purchase a jade roller that’s easy to use, promotes lymphatic drainage, and improves elasticity, or simply use a cold porcelain spoon in the mornings.

4. Pearl Powder

The ancient Chinese have been using pearl powder for smooth, fair, and youthful skin for centuries. If it was highly prized by Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and Empress Wu Ze Tian of China, who are we lowly mortals to doubt?

Pearl powder promotes the regeneration of new skin cells and is rich in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Known for its superb anti-ageing properties, pearl power is one of China’s best-kept beauty secrets. You can either take in internally or make a facemask with other yummy food-based ingredients as a facial treat. 

5. Ditch the coffee, drink the tea


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The coffee vs tea debate is one that never ends well. But, when it comes to beauty, the Chinese definitely prefer the delicate tea that soothes and detoxifies.

An anti-aging superstar tea is Pu Er, a rich full-flavoured tea that is comparable to wine and comes at sky-high prices if you are a Pu Er aficionado. Packed with anti-oxidants, Pu Er has traditionally been used to promote blood circulation, aid in weight loss, remove toxins, protect connective tissues, and even reduce blood cholesterol. 

6. Fermented Rice Water

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If you’ve always admired the natural beauty of Chinese hair, then these Yao women will take your admiration to the next level. No, their super long, dark and shiny hair is not the result of hundreds of dollars of hair treatments and extensions. The secret?  Fermented rice water!

Yes, the secret could be right in your own kitchen. Rice water contains the carbohydrate inositol that repairs and protects against hair damage. The amino acids in rice water strengthen roots, adds volume and sheen, so your hair stays naturally silky smooth. Apart from using it on your hair, rice water also works great as a face wash and toner. 

Give these Chinese beauty secrets a shot, and you may just shave a few more years off your beautiful being!

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