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Beauty is More than Skin Deep: Enhance Your Skincare Routine with Chinese Herbs

They say that beauty is more than what meets the eye. While this is true, many of us are unhappy with our outward appearance. We worry about wrinkles, shudder at our growing frown lines, or shriek at the sight of yet another blemish. We spend endless hours and dollars hoping to perfect our skin from the outside.

But a clear complexion, rosy cheeks, and bright eyes are not always achieved at the surface. In fact, to truly achieve healthy, vibrant beauty, we have to dig a bit deeper. Chinese herbal medicine offers a more holistic approach to skincare and beauty by starting from the inside out.

Let’s learn more about the unique ways that herbal medicine can help us feel and look our best!

Beauty Through the Chinese Medicine Lens

In Chinese medicine, beauty is measured first by health. Clear, youthful skin is a sign of healthy hydration. Rosy cheeks and an even tone mean there is good circulation. Wide, bright, and sparkling eyes are a sign of good mental health and emotional balance.

Chinese medicine sees beauty as a natural reflection of our inner health. Rather than focusing on changing a person’s facial structure, Chinese medicine herbalists and cosmetic acupuncturists focus on the root of beauty: inner health. By setting a healthy foundation, we can enhance a person’s natural beauty from within.

But, it’s rare to be healthy and in balance all the time. Thankfully, Chinese medicine has herbal solutions that help us regain our beauty balance when we fall off track, no matter your beauty bumbles.

Chinese Herbal Medicine to Enhance Your Skin Care Routine – For All Skin

Chinese herbal medicine works to enhance beauty by pinpointing the root of the issue at hand. Here are a few of the most common holistic beauty fixes that enhance our beauty from within.

Margarita Acne Pills: The Acne Antidote

Margarita Acne Pills are a secret natural weapon when it comes to fighting acne. They are made with a special beauty ingredient, mother of pearl, which helps to cool and calm the skin. This formula is best for acne that is inflammatory, red, and mild to moderate.

Jia Wei Xiao Yao San: Breakouts Be Gone!

For the more occasional breakout, you might consider adding Jia Wei Xiao Yao San to your nightly skincare routine. This formula is particularly helpful for irritable skin that comes with stress, lack of sleep, or PMS. We recommend using the liquid tincture added to a glass of room temperature peppermint tea, as the tea also helps to cool and calm the skin – and the mind.

Shan Zha Jiang Zhi Pian & Ban Xia Hou Po Wan: Gut Health Heros

They say beauty comes from within, and in many cases, this means the gut. Gut health is closely linked to the skin, which is why we often see issues with our complexion when our diet starts to slip. By improving our digestion and clearing out what Chinese medicine aptly calls “turbid” substances, we can expect clearer skin, more nourished skin, and even a healthier glow.

For a quick fix, consider Shan Zha Jiang Zhi Pian. The main ingredient in this formula is Hawthorn berry, a classic herb for clearing out “stuck” food in the digestive tract. This formula is excellent to prevent breakouts and help combat over-indulgences and the occasional junk food binge.

For those in need of a bigger digestive rehab, consider Ban Xia Hou Po Wan. This is a great choice for those who have a history of digestive issues including bloating, nausea, indigestion, mucus, and trouble swallowing. It may also help combat cystic or nodule-type acne in certain cases.

Zuo Gui Wan: Wrinkle Warrior

Zuo Gui Wan is a formula that powerfully nourishes the body’s yin. In beauty, this translates to the moisture, plumpness, and quality of the skin. It also helps to improve issues like dark circles, drooping jowls, and dry skin or rough patches.

Zuo Gui Wan is a classic formula that can help women nearing menopause maintain healthy and youthful skin while also moderating menopause symptoms. Pair this herbal medicine with a diet that supports kidney yin as well as a natural skincare routine that stimulates collagen production.

Four Substances/Si Wu Wan: Lasting Luster

For a natural glow from the inside out, try adding Four Substances to your skincare routine. Four Substances, or Si Wu Wan, is a blood-nourishing tonic in Chinese herbal medicine, which means that it helps the body with healthy blood production and circulation.

Oftentimes, when we notice lack-luster, dry, or dull skin, it is because we need to nourish our blood. Other signs of blood deficiency are similar to anemia. They include overwhelming fatigue, headaches, dizziness, a lack of menstruation in women, anxiety, or insomnia. Four Substances helps to address these issues, while also bringing the color and vibrancy back to your face.

Maybe She’s Born with It, Maybe it’s Peach Luck: A Note About Confidence

Do you know those people who seem to just ooze natural, simple beauty? You can’t quite put your finger on why or how, but they have a certain air of charisma, charm, and confidence that sets them apart from the rest.

In Chinese culture, this special charisma is called “tao hua” luck, which means peach luck or peach blossom luck. Peach luck factors into how beautiful you feel, your confidence and self-esteem, marriage, relationships, and friendships. There are even feng shui “cures” to attract peach luck into your life.

But not all peach luck is left to the stars. Peach luck is abundant in those who have good mental and physical health and live their lives in balance. In addition to using Chinese herbal medicine to correct any imbalances (like inflammation or dryness) that lead to our beauty woes, habits like meditation, gratitude, self-care, and balanced health, can improve our own peach blossom luck so we feel more beautiful, naturally.

Boost Your Beauty Routine with Chinese Herbal Medicine

Beauty is more than skin deep – it’s rooted in our healthy and inner vitality. While skincare products and treatments can help make surface-level changes, unleashing your natural beauty starts within. By bringing the body into balance, Chinese herbal medicine helps to bring out the radiance you already possess. Shop Best Chinese Medicines’ herbal beauty collection to feel your best today!

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About the Author

Kaitlan Downes, MSAOM, L.AC

Kaitlan Downes, MSAOM, L.AC

Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner with a passion for herbal medicine. In fact, it was her love for plant and earth medicine that first drew her to study Chinese medicine.

Kate has a MSAOM (Master of Science, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) certification and practiced acupuncture in Indianapolis, IN for five years before packing her bags to roam the world. In order to stay in touch with the wellness community and continue to help others thrive with herbal medicine, she transformed her work from face-to-face patient care to spreading wellness through words. Her life as a remote herbalist and writer has allowed her to work with a variety of wellness brands, health pioneers, and her wonderful clients. She has a special interest in working with women’s health.

Kate thoroughly enjoys writing educational and useful pieces for Best Chinese Medicine. Her goal is to help the public gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.

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