Beauty From Around the World: Beauty in China


Here’s an interesting fact: the earliest recorded skincare recipe in the East belonged to the renowned beauty and concubine Zhang Lihua, who made a facial cream with egg-white and powdered vermillion around 553-604.

Fifteen hundred years later, we’re still using egg albumin in skin care. The Temporary Lifting Mask works exactly as you think it would (and as we suspect it worked for Zhang Lihua), by tightening the appearance of pores and lifting the skin.

Fast forward to the Tang Dynasty of the 700s and you’ll find Yang Guifei (known as the fragrant concubine), the most influential and powerful concubine of her time. Her power over the ruling Tang Emperor helped secure high government appointments for her family and her face has gone down in history as the ‘face that puts flowers to shame.’

She had a little help from some excellent skin care practices. We know that she cleansed with a combination of almond and honey to soften and smooth her skin. We can’t help but think how much easier it would have been if she could have simply popped online and ordered a jar of Almond & Honey Face Scrub. Since she also bathed in milk, she’d probably check out the Buttermilk Moisturizer as well.

The conclusion to this little history lesson is this: natural ingredients have always been the very best for your skin. That was true over a thousand years ago and it’s still true. The more we travel the world and explore the secrets of the past, the more we realize how amazing it is to find these very same ingredients in our medicine cabinets.

Author: Jill

As a long-time writer, editor, and esthetician, I’ve had an ongoing love affair with Mario Badescu Skin Care for years. I can usually be found reading, knitting, painting, trying new beauty and skin care products, and telling everyone to wear more sunscreen. These days, I’m feeling super grateful for the opportunity to share more Mario with the world! I believe that better skin care changes lives. For more about me, visit my Google+ Page.

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