Skincare tips from the Far East
Sabah Rahman

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It’s not a shocker that people from all over the world have turned to Chinese medicine to ease for relief from whatever it is that ails them. Why don’t we go through a few rituals that could help us on the aesthetic front?

Tea

It’s not only the green version that packs all the antioxidants you need in a cup. White, black and even Oolong tea can be just as beneficial when it comes to keeping our skin on the youthful side. Green is often preferred as studies have shown it can help keep excess weight at bay.

Rice water

Locally known as “maar,” who would have thought that the milky white liquid could be so good for the skin? Chock full of essential vitamins, using rice water as a toner can tighten those pores and regular use can even lighten dark spots. As if that wasn’t enough, it soothes the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The next time you boil up some rice, save some of the water and see for yourself.

Mint paste for the face

Want an alternative way to brighten your skin? Make a paste of mint leaves with water and apply as you would a mask.

Egg whites

This one may not be for the faint-hearted. Applying egg whites on your face is for the person who will let nothing stand in the way between them and perfect skin. Victorian ladies used this trick as well. Wearing egg whites as a mask can temporarily tighten the skin and make wrinkles appear less visible.

Poo

Yes, most of these stories usually contain a tiny bit of info about poop. It seems as though our friends in China prefer to clear their systems of toxin before they go to bed to ensure a healthy body and skin. Wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.

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