7 Best Kept Chinese Beauty Secrets That You Can Follow Too

Never-heard-before east Asian secrets of ageless appearance will save you.

Written by , MA (Mass Communication) Nisha Baghadia MA (Mass Communication) Experience: 3 years
Edited by , BSc Shatabdi Bhattacharya BSc Experience: 2.5 years
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Chinese women are gorgeous! Flawless skin, straight black hair, and attractive features — no wonder Chinese beauty secrets are well in demand!

Not everything can be attributed to genetics. Multiple skin care rituals and remedies make up a Chinese woman’s lifestyle. Most of them are natural ways of looking after your skin and hair that have been handed down through generations of Chinese women. Scroll down to check them out!

Chinese Beauty Secrets

1. Skin Rejuvenation

Using pearl powder is a Chinese beauty secret
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For skin rejuvenation, Chinese women use pearl powder. They prepare a face mask for glowing skin

  • Mix oyster shell powder with honey and egg yolk.
  • This mixture when applied on face not only helps to reduce inflammation but also calms skin irritations.

Oyster shell powder may not be easily available in India. You can opt for pearl face masks by VLCC and nature’s essence to get the same benefits

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The Empress Wu Ze Tian (625 AD-705 AD) was famous for using pearl powder topically and internally. It was used as a detoxifying agent that reduced sun spots and promoted skin growth.

2. Youthful Skin

Drinking green tea is a Chinese beauty secret
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Chinese people drink a lot of green tea for

  • Weight Loss
  • Green tea is rich in catechins. It is an anti-oxidant and contains anti-aging properties
  • Strengthens the immune system for longevity and health

It is extremely important to steep the green tea. Pour hot water over the tea and let it steep for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy your health brew. You can add honey and lime to make it more palatable.

A blogger shared her beauty secret, which is green tea with some lemon. She drank this tea 3-5 times daily and noticed that it helped keep her skin clear and accelerated its healing process. She said, “I really encourage you to try Green Tea with Lemon if you are looking to detoxify your body and skin. I promise you will see a difference over time in your skin. It will literally glow and look more youthful and clear (i).”

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Not all green teas appear green. The color depends on how they are processed. Some green tea varieties are known for their characteristic yellow color.

3. Bright Complexion

Using herb paste is a Chinese beauty secret
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Chinese women are known for their flawless and luminescent skin. To achieve this youthful glow use a paste of herbs.

  • Use a paste of mint leaves and apply on your face to brighten up complexion instantly.

4. Natural Toners

Using rice water is a Chinese beauty secret
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Chinese Women use rice water to tone their skin and to enhance it’s complexion.

  • Just soak unpolished rice in a bowl of water and stir it well, until the water becomes milky white.
  • Store this water in a refrigerator and use the water as a toner with a cotton pad.
  • This is just wonderful and quite cheap. This water can be stored for up to 3-4 days, then it should be replaced.
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Rice water is also excellent for hair. The Yao people of Huangluo, China, are famous for using rice water to maintain long, healthy, dark hair.

5. Wrinkle Reduction

Woman applying egg white face mask which is a Chinese beauty secret
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Chinese beauties have soft, smooth and supple skin. They make face masks of egg whites to keep the facial skin glowing and taut. Egg whites are astringent that leads to firmer skin.

  • Apply the egg whites and let it dry .Rinse it off after 20 minutes using cool water.

6. Getting Rid Of Puffy Face

Chinese women firmly believe in giving their body parts a good massage to promote blood circulation. Facial massages are quite popular in Chinese culture to reduce puffiness and promote cell regeneration.

You can use the following steps as a guide

  • Start at the ear and moves towards the collarbone
  • Rub upwards in a circular motion. Avoid pulling and stretching your skin.
  • Move to your chin and jawbone
  • Cover the entire area with upwards motions. Never pull downwards.

To remove under eye puffiness use a roller (Olay) or use your ring fingers .The under eye is very delicate. Pulling and stretching will lead to more wrinkles. Also massages need to be done after 15 days to get the maximum benefits.

7. Getting Rid Of Acne

Chinese women believe in using natural ingredients like turmeric to combat acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties (1). Here is how you can prepare a turmeric mask for face acne:

  • Combine a teaspoon of turmeric powder with ½ teaspoon each of raw honey and yogurt.
  • Mix well until you have a smooth paste and apply it to your face for acne-free skin.

Some Chinese women also use mung beans for acne. Anecdotal evidence suggests that they may accelerate the healing of acne and reduce face puffiness. Here is how you can use them:

  • Rinse ½ cup of mung beans thoroughly and soak them in a cup of water for 6-8 hours,
  • Drain the water and blend them into a paste.
  • Use the face mask for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.

All these tips will make you look like an ageless diva.

There are a few things to remember before embarking upon a beauty regime based on these tips

  • Do a patch test before applying any ingredients on your face
  • Massages and facials are good if done periodically.
  • Include soy and mushrooms in your diet .A good diet is the foundation for healthy and glowing skin. 65 to 75 percent of your body is your food.
  • You can try juices to detox and get that glowing skin

Infographic: 5 Best Kept Chinese Beauty Secrets That You Can Follow Too

Chinese women have been known for their flawless and youthful skin. It is the result of their healthy and consistent eating habits and skin care regimens. With basic home ingredients like egg whites and green tea, their secret beauty regimen helps them look younger by the day. Check out the infographic below to learn about 5 Chinese beauty secrets to make your skin radiant.

5 best kept chinese beauty secrets that you can follow too (infographic)

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Now you know the Chinese beauty secrets that help the women stay youthful and look gorgeous. If you look closely, it is all about leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle and depending on natural resources to maintain overall skin health and wellness. You can incorporate these tips in your lifestyle. Traditional beauty rules as well as other alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and meditation can help you achieve holistic health. You can take baby steps and start with just a few of them and see how your skin is feeling from inside. So go ahead and begin your beauty journey. It is time to steal the show!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the Chinese eat for glowing skin?

Red dates and goji berries help Chinese people keep their skin healthy and glowing.

How do Chinese people get clear skin?

Chinese people use herbal medicines, eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat, consume less dairy, get massages and spa treatments, and exercise regularly to keep their skin healthy and clear.

How do Chinese get glass skin?

Glass skin is a hot trend in Chinese beauty that refers to a super smooth, clear, and hydration-rich complexion. Though there is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving this coveted look, some general steps can help. These include: double-cleansing with non-drying cleansers, exfoliating, layering on liquids, applying a hydrating serum, moisturizing, and using sun protection.

Are there any specific herbs or ingredients that are commonly used in Chinese beauty treatments?

Traditional Chinese medicine recommends bei qi, huang qi, and goji for skin care, while pearl powder, green tea, saffron, and ginseng are other Chinese medicinal herbs that are part of the beauty industry as well. Facial rejuvenation commonly involves bai zhu, huang qi, and ren sheng.

Are there any traditional Chinese beauty rituals that are still widely practiced today?

Yes, many ancient Chinese beauty secrets are still popular today, and are used to achieve healthy and glowing skin. Chinese households use rice water as a toner to brighten and even out their skin tone. Chinese women also consume “beauty foods” such as seaweed, potatoes, fermented vegetables, quality seafood, bone broths, fish stocks, and Tremella or Snow Fungus—a Chinese mushroom rich in antioxidants.

Can Chinese beauty secrets be adapted and incorporated into a Western beauty routine?

Yes. Several Chinese beauty secrets like facial sculpting, lymphatic drainage, and jade rollers can be used to improve the Western beauty routine. The Chinese diet consisting of many “beauty foods” can also be incorporated into the Western diet for better skin texture.

Key Takeaways

  • The key to Chinese beauty secrets is living a balanced, healthy lifestyle and using natural resources to preserve general skin health.
  • Chinese women opt for rice water as a natural toner to tone and improve the complexion of their skin.
  • They apply egg-white face masks to keep the facial skin firm and radiant.
  • Chinese women swear by facial massages to minimize puffiness and enhance cell regeneration.

Check out this video about the Chinese beauty secrets to keep your skin looking radiant and young. It explains how you can use natural ingredients for the youthful glow of your skin.

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  1. Effects of turmeric (Curcuma longa) on skin health: a systematic review of the clinical evidence
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Nisha is a contributor to StyleCraze and has 3 years of experience in content writing for different genres. She is a makeup aficionado and combines her love for makeup and writing to provide her readers with the latest information in the beauty world. When she is not working, Nisha loves trying out the newest makeup fads and curling up with...read full bio