Asian Beauty Secrets: Why Do Some Asian Women Look Younger for Longer?
So what separates the beauty practices of the east from west? Beauty isn’t skin deep.
With so many fad lotions and potions around claiming to be the fountain of youth, it’s evident that western beauty maintenance only focuses on the surface.
However, the Asian counterparts work from the inside out, using natural resources instead of chemical-filled products, and proving to be more effective in keeping young skin for longer.
The oil and milk of coconut was used as an ancient remedy for treating brittle, dry and damaged hair, and today is still used as an alternative to hair conditioner by Indonesians to keep it soft and shiny.
Due to its high antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties, coconut oil is among the best natural treatments for those who suffer from acne and dry skin.
Turmeric acts a great natural scrub for the face and body. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, this amazing spice is reputed to help myriad of skin conditions such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. It slows the aging process, fighting free radicals and reducing pigmentation.
With continued use, Turmeric will decrease the appearance of deep creases and wrinkles. It leaves the skin glowing all day and has also been reported to reduce facial and body hair.
Wakame Seaweed, Japan
A staple food in Japan, Wakame is described as having a similar taste to spinach and is commonly used in Japanese cuisine. This super food contains vitamins A, B, C, E and K and is rich in Omega-3, iron, calcium, potassium, protein, iodine, magnesium and folate, which all combat harmful free radicals from sun exposure and pollution which age the skin faster.
It’s also used to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure and the risk of breast cancer. However what is most important about Wakame when it comes to retaining youthful skin is that it helps to keep hyaluronic acid levels high, which without them would result in sagging and dark circles.
Pearl Powder, China
Hailed as the ‘cocaine of the beauty world’, pearl powder is a very powerful substance when it comes to anti-aging, containing a range of amino acids, minerals, proteins and trace elements.
It acts as a mild exfoliant for the skin, speeding up its natural metabolism, toning and rejuvenating. It reduces redness, heals blemishes and scars, minimises large pores, wrinkles, whitens skin and slows down melanin production which causes age spots.
The Ginseng plant is mainly disregarded in the west. But for Koreans, it plays an important role in skin care and overall health, serving as a beauty tonic to help digestion and metabolism. Ginseng extracts are commonly added to shampoos and hair products, as the juice acts as a hair moisturizer, volumizer, detangler and gives it shine. Ginseng is also used often on the face to even skin tone, combat dark circles and fine lines around the eyes.