Asia is well known for its food, martial arts and understanding of ancient medicine but over the last few years, it has been getting much attention for its beauty products and beauty regimen.
Below are 9 natural Asian beauty secrets that can be used for soft, supple and even almost porcelain skin, as well as to enhance your overall beauty.
1. Turmeric Face Mask
We all cleanse our skin in different ways but none of our face masks have the ability to reduce the signs of aging. Asian turmeric face mask is a great method that has been used since time immemorial to rid the skin of toxins and reduce wrinkles.
2. Mung Bean Face Mask
Besides turmeric, you can add ‘Mung’ bean to your face masks to get rid of under eye bags, clear acne and tone the skin.
Chinese, Japanese and other Asians use massage for more than relaxation. It is an important part of their skin care routine that improves blood flow and detoxifies the whole body.
4. Camellia Oil
Most of us avoid using oils on the skin but it has recently emerged that Asians love using oils on their skin. Camellia oil for example, has been a Japanese favorite for decades as a moisturizer, hair conditioner and treatment for stretch marks or burns. This oil is also preferred for high vitamin E content as well as the fact that it is easily absorbed by the skin without clogging pores.
5. Gentle and Natural Exfoliation
Exfoliation is considered key to supple, glowing skin in many parts of Asia. Rather than rely on harsh abrasive products, they polish their skin using an age-old formula that starts with gentle exfoliation using a pumice stone before moisturizing with essential oils.
6. Mint Leaf Paste
For brighter skin, Chinese women use paste from mint leaves on their skin and leave it on for a while before washing off. Doing this often prevents dull complexion as well as unsightly spots on the skin.
7. Green Tea
Green tea is popular among Asians for its health benefits but mostly because of its ability to keep the skin looking young. If you ever wondered why your Japanese friends keep sipping green tea, it is now obvious that they are trying to keep their skin looking youthful.
8. Rice Water
Rice water is popularly used to brighten the skin and enhance complexion. This natural toner is easy to make using unpolished rice and clean water. When this mixture turns milky, all you have to do is apply it onto your skin using clean cotton balls. You can apply and leave it on, and use it daily for evenly toned skin.
Finally, seafood is often preferred over red meat and high-sugar beverages that are often consumed in the west. Seaweed, shrimp, salmon and mackerel are some of the healthy foods known in Asia to contribute to overall health and beauty.