Unlocking the mystery of Asian beauty has been the target of researchers who wonder why many Asians look younger than their age and they possess beautiful, smooth, silky skins. Asian beauty secrets date back to ancient times, when their ancestors used nature’s products and other healthy practices as part of their daily beauty rituals. Fortunately, you do not have to travel to Asia to find out their beauty secrets. You can follow their ancient practices in your home for a more beautiful you.
Living a healthy life is important in attaining beauty. If you are healthy, it shows on your physical appearance. Asians drink tea almost on a daily basis. Travel China Guide mentions that Chinese people have been drinking green tea for more than 4,000 years. It is no secret that tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, especially green tea. According to John Weisburger, Ph.D., senior researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, N.Y., the antioxidants found in green and black teas offer health benefits to humans. Tea is the second most consumed beverage second to water, says Science Daily, and among the highest consumers are Asians. A study published in the Sept. 13, 2006, issue of the “Journal of American Medical Association” states that Japanese adults who had consumed plenty of green tea had lower mortality rates than those who consumed with lower amounts.
Blemish-free skin is important in having beautiful skin. Skin whiteners do not only lighten the skin color, but they also lighten dark scars and pimple blemishes. According to Eric P.H. Li, et al, of York University, Canada, Asians regard having lighter skin color as being beautiful. In Korea, people regarded those with white skin as being of noble descent. During the Koryo dynasty (918 to 1392), children of upper class families used peach flower water in washing their faces. They believed that doing so will make their skin cleaner, whiter and more transparent. Marketing whitening products is rampant in India, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.
Grinding mint leaves into a paste consistency is a cheap homemade skin whitener. Apply the mint paste all over your face, and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing to lighten your tanned skin. Do this daily for best results.
With spas popping up almost everywhere, you can go in for your beauty and health rituals. Massage is an ancient form of healing. It has been around for more than 5,000 years. Documents as early as 2700 B.C.E. found in China show proof that people used massage as part of their health therapy. Massage can help relieve muscle tension and aid in blood circulation. When your blood is circulating well, it shows on your face by giving you rosy cheeks and a beautiful glow.
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