MAY is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month. As we celebrate the beauty of this month and shine a light on people who are from various Asian countries and Southeast Asia too. I embrace their cultures and beauty and skin care tips.
So, I thought I’d share a few of their beauty and skin care secrets.
As some of you know I have shared that I am an All American girl who just happens to be a combination platter. You know like on a Chinese Take Out Menu. One from Column A one from Column B. Some people call or label me exotic. I am proud to be of Polish and Chinese descent. Before I speak some people think I arrived from the Orient and speak with an accent. The only accent I have is a Northern one aka NYC.
I never looked like anyone in my school growing up and was taught by my mom and grandmother the Polish language. I also enjoyed and learned about Polish food and desserts. I love ❤️ Polish food.
I do eat with chopsticks 🥢 and adore all kinds of Asian foods and drinks!
And I’m in love with Asian beauty products and what they offer our skin too! How about you?
China is known for it’s rice powder for the face. However it is also found in Singapore,Thailand,Vietnam and Japan.This hard cake looks like a square brownie and sets makeup and tones down shine.The products lasts quite some time and takes a while to use. Used with a Kabuki powder brush I have been using it for years.
Rice is not only a staple in our diet but also now found to be beneficial in face creams and facial treatments. I love to give myself and my clients Rice Water masks also known as a Rice Water Toner.
You rinse some rice, soak the rice overnight in water 💦 and place the infused rice 🍚 water on flat cotton round or apply with a fan shaped mask brush (stiffer than a basic fan brush used for applying makeup) allow the mixture to rest and dry on your skin at least 15 minutes.
You can brighten the skin with these rice water toners aka rice face masks. Use once a week or more. You can feel the difference in your skin usually after first use. Over time the brightening will happen. My favorite one to make is with aromatic Jasmine rice.
Matcha Tea is high in anti-oxidants and makes a fabulous warm jade green TEA. Or you can enjoy a glass cold. I enjoy the ritual of making it and creating masks with it.
All you need to make a simple mask is:
2 teaspoons of Matcha powder,1 teaspoon of of water and 2 teaspoons of organic honey. Stir them well.
Apply on a clean face and leave on the face at least 15-20 minutes. Rinse with Luke warm water. Your skin will glow!
Women of India love certain spices for their food and on their skin. Turmeric rules! Coconut oil is yet another beauty essential for healthy shiny hydrated hair and skin. They love to use home-made Rosewater 🌹 on their skin!
Beauty Tool alternatives…
There are all kinds of Jade Face, eye and body rollers.
Gua Sha sculpting tool. I have been using them a long time before they were cool and sold in America. Men love to use them too!!
A word to the wise. Like designer handbag please don’t be fooled by copies!
You know you see face rollers at many stores now. They are usually NOT made of jade. They are made of glass to look like jade. They crack and break really fast. You never want to drop them on the floor.
Papaya’s are loved in several countries for smoothies, fruit smoothie bowls and for the skin. Papayas work magic on brightening and lightening the skin.
I hope you enjoyed this beauty trip to Asia with me! I’ll post even more from my travels.
If YOU have a favorite beauty secret from Asia and Southeast Asia … do 💋Kiss & Tell!