Take inspiration from Ancient Chinese beauty secrets and medicine traditions. Modern science has confirmed that many of them do have benefits that you’ll want to add to your beauty routine.
Pearls and Oyster Shells: Long been used in China to enhance beauty, promote general wellness as well as treat signs of aging. Typically the pearls and oyster shells are ground into a powder and added to preparations for topical use or ingestion.
Pearls sound exotic and expensive, but do they actually do anything? Studies have found that pearl powders do have a moisturizing effect, antioxidant activity and even enhance wound healing.
Tea: It seems like such a cliche, but it’s true that the Chinese drink a lot of tea. It isn’t just a cultural preference, they believe that white, green and oolong tea have health and beauty benefits. They’re right! Green tea in particular has a high concentration of polyphenols with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
Mushrooms: Pretty universal in traditional medicine, they have been used to treat conditions such as allergies, arthritis, hepatitis, and high blood pressure in China, Japan and Korea. You’ll find dried mushroom powder in topical skin preparations back for hundreds of years as well.
Soy: Old wives’ tales in China say that women working in the tofu industry have beautiful skin. In fact, it has been found that soy proteins can induce skin depigmentation, with basically no side effects.
Soy’s effect on melanocytes is safe and nonirritating for almost every skin type. Your hyperpigmentation will improve and overall tone will even out.