Beauty Secrets Of Ancient Chinese Aristocrats
Ancient Chinese Empresses and Princesses were praised for their beauty and their perfect, porcelain skin. Here are some of the beauty secrets they used to achieve their youthful looks.
Empress Wu from the Tang dynasty, mother of Princess Taiping, passed on to her daughter the recipe of a facial mask made from dried peach blossoms, which both toned the skin and nourished it. The mask helped to preserve her youthful looks and was also said to help metabolism.
Another famous aristocrat, Empress Dowager Cixi from the Quing dynasty, maintained her young look by sucking on sliced ginseng. This root, referred to as the king of herbs, is very rich in antioxidants which have an anti-ageing effect on the skin. The root also boosts the skins’ regeneration process. Cixi also drank a special blend of tea, called Eight Treasures Tea, which included: ginseng, sultanas, Chinese dates, goji berries, chrysanthemums, jasmine green tea, dried longans, luohan fruit and rock sugar. The tea was considered an excellent means of staying young and healthy if consumed daily for a year.
The secret of yet another ancient beauty, Yang Guafei, concubine of Emperor Xuanzong from the Tang dynasty, was the Lychee fruit. Yang Guafei is said to have used this fruit in her hot spring baths as it is rich in protein as well as vitamins B and C. It is also rich with iron and phosphorus, which hydrated her skin and helped her earn a place among the Four Beauties of ancient China.
Apart from herbs, Chinese women also used minerals in their beauty routine. Empress Dowager Cixi massaged her face with a jade face-roller to stimulate blood circulation which helped to keep the skin young and smooth. Another Empress, the only female ruler of Ancient China, Wu Zetian, used powdered pearls as an anti-wrinkle treatment. Modern scientific research has praised pearls for their detoxing properties and their ability to promote skin cell growth.