Whether they’re tricks of the trade from young models or ancient remedies concocted by wise locals, there are tons of useful health and beauty tips that we can learn from China. And here are the Chinese beauty regimens you need to adopt right now.
20. Egg-white facials
Next time you’re making an omelet or cake, hold on to the leftover egg whites. An old home-beauty ritual relied upon Liu Wen, Chinese model and Estée Lauder star, is using raw egg whites as a facial.
19. Locust-tree shampoo
Yes, locust trees are in fact a thing. Furthermore, Liu Wen, who’s originally from the south-eastern city of Yongzhou, told Vogue in 2015, “I love to boil the fruits of the Chinese soap-pod locust tree in water and use that as shampoo.”
18. Wormwood soap
Another of 29-year-old Liu Wen’s tried and trusted techniques is to “boil wormwood plants in water and use it as soap for the skin.” She promises that it will ease irritation and rashes.
17. Jade rollers
Many Chinese women swear by jade rollers. These face rollers are pulled across the cheeks, throat and forehead – they supposedly also clear blocked sinuses. Some say that using the device can even improve skin complexion.
16. Mint-leaf facials
Mint leaves are good for more than just great tea, according to some. Indeed, Chinese beauty wisdom has it that they can be used to lighten up your skin complexion. Grind mint leaves into a coarse cream and then smooth over your face. Repeat regularly.
15. Turmeric face masks
Turmeric has long been relied on in China in order to get great-looking, healthy skin. The brightly colored yellow spice is in fact included in beauty treatments there. But for your own version at home, mix a small spoon of the spice with honey and almond milk. Then rub over your face and leave for 15 minutes.
Cupping is a really old Chinese treatment – it’s thought to originate as early as 1,700 years ago, in fact. The technique basically involves having small heated glass cups attached to your body. As the cups cool, the air pressure inside them drops, thus creating a suction effect. It’s said to be brilliant for circulation problems and shoulder and neck pain in addition to loads of other pesky body issues.
13. Go easy on the dairy
This is a secret that the vegan and lactose-free crowd are catching on to. But Chinese women have known for decades that cutting down on dairy products can do wonders for your health. Cheese and milk are not a regular part of the Chinese diet, while yogurt is eaten sparingly.
12. Eat more goji berries
Forget the grocery-store skin remedy. Instead, turn to model Liu Wen for more skincare wisdom. She told Vogue, “When I go back to China, I buy a lot of red dates and goji berries. They’re great to put in water, tea or congee to drink or eat. The result helps your skin stay healthy and glowing.”
11. Get bigger eyes with… sticky tape
Model Xiao Wen Ju, who comes from the central Chinese city of Xi’an, says women from her homeland have a surprising use for double-sided tape. In fact, they apply it to their eyelids to make their eyes appear bigger. That’s certainly a top tip, right there.
10. Get pinker nails
Meanwhile, Chinese model Shu Pei Qin has revealed a unique alternative to nail polish. She told Vogue in 2015, “We used peach blossoms to paint our nails before the Chinese New Year… We would grind the petals, put them on our nails and then wrap each nail with a leaf. Then we’d take them off the next morning, and we would have beautiful pink nails.”
9. Red-date soup
Chinese model Fei Fei Sun, who comes from Weifang in China, believes red-date soup is key to a healthy appearance. She told Vogue, “My mother cooked red-date soup for me once a week, with walnuts, brown sugar, goji, longan meat and red bean. My hometown has a tradition of cooking this soup because it’s really good for skin and health.”
8. Rice water
Many Chinese women swear by rice water for – yep, you guessed it – healthy and glowing skin, of course. Instead of expensive oils and potions, they opt for a simple rice-water solution. To create your own at home, simply soak plain rice until the water looks like milk. Then apply it.
7. Camellia oil
Lots of Chinese people rely on camellia oil for all manner of things. Also known as the oil of green tea, this treatment can be used to condition your hair, moisturize your skin and even treat scars and stretch marks.
6. Mung-bean face masks
Another ancient beauty trick from China is using mung beans as a face treatment. Mash the beans into a thick paste, using water. Cover your face with it and then just chill out for around 30 minutes. Apparently it’s awesome at fighting acne.
5. Oyster-shell powder
Try this old Chinese facial remedy next time your skin needs a pick-me-up. Get down to your nearest herbal store and pick up some oyster-shell powder. Then, combine it with egg yolk and a teaspoon of honey before leaving it on your face for 30 minutes.
4. Tackle signs of aging with green tea
Green tea has been a go-to remedy for Chinese people for hundreds of years. As well as boosting your metabolism, it is thought that drinking green tea can tackle the signs of aging.
3. Trust in reflexology
Many people in China have regular reflexology massages on their feet. That certainly sounds relaxing. But they do it not just because it’s calming but also in order to boost their circulation and get rid of chemicals in the body.
2. Dried donkey-skin soup
Yes, you read that correctly. Gelatin or powder that comes from the hide of a donkey is indeed used as a Chinese health remedy. In fact, you can buy it online and dissolve a small amount into hot water or even wine.
1. Rosebud tea
As well as having loads of health benefits including helping out at that time of the month, drinking rosebud tea regularly can keep you looking youthful and beautiful, it’s said. In fact, many Chinese women swear by this tea to maintain a glowing and healthy complexion.