Chinese Beauty Lessons

1. Avoid The Sun

It’s well known that the sun’s rays (UVA and UVB) damage the skin and can cause wrinkles. Unfortunately, that lovely tan you got this summer is actually your skin damaged from basking in those glorious, warm rays. One of the most important tips that many Chinese women follow is avoiding the sun. This helps keep their skin from developing wrinkles and staying pale. Yes, that’s right. For Chinese women, having pale skin is beautiful and something that is desired (kind of like summer tans are desired in western culture). So, in order to achieve this, they try to protect themselves as much as they can on sunny days.

If you ever go to China, you will see a lot of women carrying around umbrellas and wearing very thin jackets to make sure they aren’t exposed to the sun’s rays as much as possible. They also wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and summer hats that pair nicely with their maxi dresses.

2. Use Sheet Masks & Moisturizers Every Day

 A key component to healthy skin is keeping it hydrated. Chinese women make sure they hydrate their skin everyday to ensure minimal wrinkles and maintain dewey skin. A big trend nowadays is using sheet masks. When I was there, I remember seeing sheet masks for sale everywhere for not that much money at all. A popular brand I noticed was Bovey facemasks, which I tried and loved. However, many people I spoke with actually use foreign brands like MUJI from Japan or Tony Moly from Korea. Korean beauty products are actually extremely popular in China, as they are in the U.S., so many women look for these brands over others.

3. Keep It Natural With Herbal Medicines & Teas

Many Chinese women (and men) choose to use herbal medicines and teas for their remedies to problems that western people would normally solve with, well, western medicine. Herbal medicine is a huge part of their lifestyle to stay healthy and increase their immunity; likewise, tea is also a major aspect of their routines. They drink many kinds, including the beneficial green tea  which has antioxidant properties and stimulates one’s metabolism. Additionally, a treatment that many Chinese people use is acupuncture. Depending on where the acupuncturist focuses on, it can unblock the skin and clear acne and/or help fight obesity.

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