5 Ancient Chinese Beauty Secrets That You Should Try Now

Chinese New Year is coming up fast, and while you may not have time for all of the traditional celebrations (they take place over many of the first 15 days of the New Year), this is a great time to incorporate something new into your beauty routine!

Take inspiration from Ancient Chinese beauty secrets and medicine traditions. Modern science has confirmed that many of them do have benefits that you’ll want to add to your beauty routine. Incorporating these ingredients is as easy as swapping out your finishing powder or eye cream!


  • Ancient Chinese Traditions 1 of 11

    You can easily incorporate some of these scientifically proven Ancient Chinese Traditions into your beauty routine.


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  • Traditional Uses of Pearls 2 of 11

    Pearls and Oyster shells have long been used in China to enhance beauty, promote general wellness as well as treat signs of aging. Typically the pearls and oyster shells are ground into a powder and added to preparations for topical use or ingestion.


    Pearls sound exotic and expensive, but do they actually do anything? Studies have found that pearl powders do have a moisturizing effect, antioxidant activity and even enhance wound healing.


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  • Pearls To Try At Home 3 of 11

    This powder from Jane Iredale contains three different pearl ingredients to help fight aging as well as smooth and brighten your skin.

    Jane Iredale Triple Pearl Finishing Powder $68

  • Ancient Lacquers 4 of 11

    Around 3000 BC, the Chinese people stained their fingers with items such as gelatin, beeswax and eggs. The color used denoted your social class. Royals wore metallics such as gold or silver, nobles often wore black or red, but lower classes were forbidden from wearing brighter colors.

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  • Modern Choices 5 of 11

    The sheer number nail polishes today can be overwhelming, but this is a great time to branch out and try a shade you wouldn't otherwise reach for! Try going something a bit more royal than a neutral with a bold metallic, or reach for a traditional Chinese red.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish, Right Said Red $6.99
    CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, Golden Opportunity 230 $4.79
    Formula X for Sephora, Connectivity $10.50

  • Tea, Tea, Tea 6 of 11

    It seems like such a cliche, but it's true that the Chinese drink a lot of tea. It isn't just a cultural preference, they believe that white, green and oolong tea have health and beauty benefits. They're right! Green tea in particular has a high concentration of polyphenols with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.

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  • Tea In Your Skincare 7 of 11

    Green tea is surprisingly easy to find in skin care items, you'll find it in the most expensive luxury products down to mass market brands in your local drugstore. The Topix Replenix line has the highest amount of green tea polyphenols on the market, you'll frequently find this line for sale in your dermatologist's office.

    Topix Replenix All Trans Retinol Eye Repair Cream $75
    Topix Replenix Power of Three Cream $68

  • Mushrooms to Fight Aging 8 of 11

    Mushrooms are pretty universal in traditional medicine, they have been used to treat conditions such as allergies, arthritis, hepatitis, and high blood pressure in China, Japan and Korea. You'll find dried mushroom powder in topical skin preparations back for hundreds of years as well.


    You don't need to look far into the current medical literature to find evidence that mushrooms help fight aging and potentially cancer. Mushrooms have been found to have significant anti-inflammatory, and antimutagenic (anti-cancer) properties while helping to fight photoaging.


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  • Mushrooms in Skincare 9 of 11

    Origins jumped on the mushroom skincare bandwagon well before any other brands. Their collaboration with Dr. Andrew Weil has been a top seller for them, and his mushroom products are cult favorites amongst many customers.

    Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum $45
    Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Night Health Bedtime Face Cream $59.50

  • Soy, It’s More Than Tofu 10 of 11

    Old wives' tales in China say that women working in the tofu industry have beautiful skin. In fact, it has been found that soy proteins can induce skin depigmentation, with basically no side effects. A more even skin tone, from soy beans? Yes, please!

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  • Skin Brightening Soy 11 of 11

    Soy's effect on melanocytes (read more in my hyperpigmentation post) is safe and nonirritating for almost every skin type. Your hyperpigmentation will improve and overall tone will even out.

    Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 $14.99
    Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser $6.49


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