9 Ways To Care For Asian Skin Tone
When it comes to Asian skin tone care, there are a lot of age-old secrets that still work to this day!
It is well-known that Asian women take their skincare very seriously. We have an age-old tradition of clever home-remedies that keeps us on the right ‘Asian skin tone care’ track.
In fact, over the years, we have managed to become somewhat of a trendsetter when it comes to beauty and even managed to influence other countries to follow suit.
In Korea alone, the multiple-step Korean beauty regimen is rising in popularity. Some Koreans even go as far as 27 steps! Talk about a thorough cleanse. But skin care doesn’t have to be too complicated (or expensive). You can achieve a flawless and bright complexion using natural products and home-remedies.
9 natural remedies that are perfect for Asian skin tone care!
Here are nine techniques for Asian skin tone care that deserve to be worldwide trends and ones you must also include in your beauty regime.
1. Goji Berries
Chinese tradition tells us that wolf berries or Goji Berries boost skin health by improving blood and liver function. These wonder berries are plentiful in vitamin C and beta-carotene that are natural essences for radiant skin.
How can you add Goji Berries to your beauty routine?
- Take three to four goji berries and leave them to soak in about four teaspoons of water for about 15 minutes.
- Then, mash the berries.
- Add half a teaspoon of raw honey.
- Mix it up and slather it on your face and neck after cleansing.
- Rinse the mask off after 10 to 15 minutes. Pat your face and neck dry with a clean towel. Moisturise!
2. Rice Water
Rice isn’t just a staple of Asian dining tables, its benefits extend to skin care as well. Rice water, in particular, can be used as a facial wash that leaves skin more supple and soft. This is because uncooked rice is chock-full of antioxidants like vitamin E!
Using cloudy rice water as a cleanser has been popular in Japan for decades, and for good reason!
How can you add rice water to your beauty routine?
- Prepare half a cup of uncooked rice with two cups of water. (You can either use Jasmine, Brown, White Short Grain, or White Long Grain rice).
- Rinse the rice in a cup of water just to clean it out.
- Then soak the rice in water for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Mix the rice or rub it down until the water becomes cloudy. Stirring it helps release the rice’s skin-pampering minerals and vitamins.
- You can also get rice water by setting aside some water midway through cooking or straining excess water after it.
- Once you have your rice water, gently massage it onto your face as you would a normal cleanser.
3. Coffee Beans
Coffee beans aren’t just great for a pick-me-up in the morning, they can also make you look like you’re not sleep-deprived!
For years, Indonesian women have loved using the caffeic acid and anti-inflammatory properties of good ol’ coffee beans for firmer skin and less puffy eyes.
If you’re looking for a great skin exfoliator, then you don’t have to look very far. The answer could be hiding in your very own pantry.
How can you add coffee beans to your beauty routine?
- Prepare half a cup of coffee grounds, half a cup of unsweetened and organic cocoa powder (for pollution-damaged skin), 1 tablespoon of lime (for vitamin C!), 1 cup of unsweetened milk (for softer skin), 1 tablespoon of true honey (for more moisture).
- Take a bowl and mix coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and milk. Stir it until you get a paste-like mixture.
- After that, add honey and lime. Then, you have a DIY mask! Apply it onto your face and leave it there for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash it off thoroughly with water.
- If you want a deeper exfoliation, apply it in circles for one or two minutes.
- If you have leftover paste, keep in the fridge so you can use it for the next day. Remember not to use it for more than three days!
4. Kelp and Seaweed
When it comes to Asian skin tone care, kelp and seaweed are some of the biggies! These nutritious herbs have been named good exfoliators dating back to ancient China.
How can you add kelp and seaweed to your beauty routine?
- Buy kelp powder and aloe vera gel from a pharmacy or supermarket.
- Mix two tablespoons of kelp powder with distilled water in a bowl.
- Stir it until you get a paste-like face mask mixture.
- Add aloe vera gel to the paste. Mix well.
- Apply the mask onto your face and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash your skin with warm water afterwards and moisturise!
5. Aloe Vera
Though it can be a good partner to kelp, aloe vera can also stand on its own when it comes to Asian skin tone care.
This natural beauty product soothes and heals skin. It also boosts skin health by improving circulation. Plus, it also be used to address problems like skin irritation, burns, and acne.
How can you add aloe vera to your beauty routine?
- To create a mask that naturally brightens the skin, you can take aloe vera extracts from a plant or buy it in gel form.
- You can mash it up and add three drops of lemon juice.
- Apply on your face and pat dry with a towel.
Not only are they rich in dietary fibre, bananas are plentiful in vitamin A and other nutrients that can soften and moisturise skin. When mixed with beautifying ingredients like honey, bananas can be a great way to give your skin a much needed health boost!
How can you add bananas to your beauty routine?
- Mash some ripe bananas until they are reduced to a smooth paste.
- You can also add 1/4 cup of yoghurt and two tablespoons of honey to the mix.
- Apply the mixture gently on your face and neck.
- Leave it on for about 10 to 20 minutes.
- Once done, rinse with cold water.
7. Coconut Oil
The humble coconut has served many good purposes across cultures. When it comes to Asian skin tone care, the naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and moisturising properties of coconut oil work to boost skin’s softness.
But its beauty benefits don’t end there. Some use coconut oil as a natural highlighter for cheekbones, nourish cuticles, condition hair, while others use it as shaving cream for smoother legs!
How can you add coconut to your beauty routine?
- Take three tablespoons of oatmeal and dilute it with warm water until you get a paste-like mixture.
- Once done, add in a tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Smear on your face, rubbing it so that your skin gets exfoliated
- Leave it on your face for about 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with cool, clean water.
- Pat your face dry with a soft, clean towel.
This medicinal spice’s anti-inflammatory properties can work for your skin, too! In fact, many have touted its healing and cosmetic properties. When it comes to Asian skin tone care, turmeric can give you a natural glow, relieve acne scarring, and heal wounds.
Turmeric can even help ease serious skin conditions like psoriasis, scabies, and eczema.
Note though that using turmeric normally leaves a yellowish stain on skin. However, you should be careful to test this first and wait to see if you don’t have any allergic reaction within 24 to 48 hours.
How can you add turmeric to your beauty routine?
- To make a homemade turmeric mask, take a teaspoon of turmeric, a teaspoon of raw organic honey, and a teaspoon or milk or yoghurt.
- Mix them all together until you get a thick paste.
- Remember to wash your makeup off before you apply this mask!
- Then apply the mask all over your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse the mask off with warm water.
9. Green Tea
Thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, green tea is effective in helping battle acne. Because of this, more and more beauty products boast green tea as one its ingredients.
But you don’t have to buy face masks or creams to harness its power, you can make a mask in your very own home!
How can you add green tea to your beauty routine?
- Place green tea leaves in a dry bowl.
- Add in a tablespoon of honey and then mix it well.
- Massage onto your dry, clean face evenly.
- Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes
- Wash your face thoroughly with warm water
Remember that Asian skin tone care is all about enhancing your natural features by embracing natural remedies. They are not just good for your skin, but ultimately help you develop a more organic lifestyle and benefits your overall health.
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