It's no secret that when it comes to skincare, East Asia is seriously ahead of the game. First came Korean beauty, with its goal of 'cloudless skin' and a ten-step skincare routine, then Japanese beauty with its science-driven formulas and intriguing textures.
But Korea's unassuming neighbour, China, is actually home to some of the most ancient beauty rituals with surprising skincare benefits. And if the jade roller is anything to go by, C-beauty could be about to take over...
1. ACUPRESSURE & ACUPUNCTURE
Both methods stem from traditional Chinese medicine and are used to stimulate acupoints, restoring the energy flow of the body. The application of pressure, whether using the hands or small pellets, can help to detoxify the skin, activate the production of natural collagen, even out scars and even alleviate the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
2. JADE ROLLERS & FACE SCULPTING TOOLS
Yep, the jade roller you've become obsessed with using originated from China, along with other massage and at-home acupressure tools like .
"One of the most important aspects of beauty for Chinese women is actually face shapes, not how great the makeup looks", says Yilin Wang, Founder of Chinese skincare brand . "Those with ‘ideal’ face shapes; egg-shaped or v-shaped chin, is what we find the most beautiful, not long eyelashes or full lips."
This could be why facial sculpting methods and lymphatic drainage to decrease puffiness are of such importance in Chinese skincare routines.
3. MUNG BEANS FOR ACNE
Used in cakes, noodles, soups and more, mung beans are not only a big part of the Chinese diet, but they've also been hailed for helping to soothe acne and other skin ailments like cold sores and rashes.
The legumes are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, which has led to their use in face masks and other skin treatment products.
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4. GREEN TEA
As stereotypical as it sounds, the Chinese drink A LOT of herbal tea. Yilin says "There are different types of tea for different skin concerns", but the most popular has always been green tea.
Anti-inflammatory and full of anti-oxidants, sipping this type of tea every day can have a positive effect not only on the skin, but you're overall wellbeing, too.
Tumeric lattes are making their way into cafés everywhere, but the Chinese also use it topically, particularly as a face mask.
Try making your own by combining tumeric powder with milk and honey (like a face latte?), for an exfoliating and hydrating treatment in one.
6. HE SHOU WU
Used in traditional Chinese medicine since 800 AD, He Shou Wu is a herbal blend used to help rejuvenate skin, as well as to thicken and lengthen hair. You can find it in the UK via and reap the benefits by simply adding a 1/4 teaspoon into your morning smoothie or tea.
7. RICE WATER
It's not uncommon for both Chinese and Korean women and men to cleanse their faces using rice water, as a tradition passed down from generations before. It's said to have both brightening and anti-inflammatory benefits, and some also claim it can help even out skin texture and boost skin firmness.