Ever wondered what the secret was to the gorgeous skin of Asian women? We've uncovered a few.
Step 1: Keep washcloths in the fridge Keep a stash of washcloths in your refrigerator. Apply one to your face each morning to temporarily tighten pores, reduce swelling, get rid of puffy eyes, and eliminate any redness.
Step 2: Prepare a ginseng drink Buy whole Panax ginseng root – not Siberian ginseng – and soak a paper-thin slice in 4 ounces of distilled water for 30 minutes. Pour the water into the bottom of a double boiler and steam the ginseng in the top part for one hour.
Step 3: Drink up Drink half the liquid before breakfast, and the other half anytime the next day. Repeat daily for 10 to 30 days. Ginseng is rich in antioxidants that help prevent wrinkles.
: If you are pregnant, have a medical condition, or are taking medication, consult your doctor before drinking ginseng water.
Step 4: Make a pearl mask Get some pearl powder from an herbalist or order online. Mix 1 teaspoon of it with one egg white and half a teaspoon of honey. Apply it to your face and let it set for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Pearl powder is rich in calcium and the natural protein conchiolin, which helps cells regenerate and stay hydrated.
TIP: Wipe your face with a warm, wet washcloth before applying the mask; moist skin is better at absorbing nutrients.
Step 5: Moisturize with coconut Shred a fresh coconut and simmer it with an equal amount of water or milk until it's frothy. Strain it through cheesecloth and refrigerate. Skim off the cream that hardens on the top and rub it into your skin to moisturize.
Step 6: Carry a parasol Carry a parasol on sunny days. It helps protect you from skin damage caused by the sun. (But you should still wear sunscreen!)
FACT: In the 18th and 19th centuries, facial powders containing nightingale droppings were popular in Japan because the bird poop's enzymes were thought to prevent wrinkles and stimulate circulation.