In China, most people are willing to do whatever it takes in order to keep their skin as light as possible and the women even more so. This obsession with light skin is not only unique to China either. You will see this in other neighboring countries as well, including places like Thailand; Vietnam; Lao and Cambodia for example.
In these countries, light-colored skin is associated with wealth, while dark skin is associated with poverty. Ironically, the sun has very little to do with skin color in these countries because rich and poor alike tend to keep their skin covered as much as they possibly can.
Believe me, the cosmetics industry in China is flourishing. According to the latest statistics, the annual retail sales value of cosmetics in China is around 25.8 billion USD, and this is increasing at around 13% per year. Interestingly, about 19.5 billion of this money comes from online sales.
Skin Whitening Creams & Lotions
Virtually every imaginable skin care product will have the words “skin whitening” on their labels. Go into any of the big shopping malls, and you are guaranteed to find several shops offering a wide range of different beauty treatments, and even more shops that sell nothing other than cosmetics.
Of course, wealthy people only account for a very small percentage of China’s overall population, and it is only these wealthy people who can afford to go for expensive treatments. The average working class citizen has to rely on products that are widely available in grocery stores and markets, while the poorer folk just have to make do with simple home remedies. As you might imagine, there are countless different home Chinese skin care remedies which are very popular.
Turmeric Face Masks
Turmeric face masks are popular in both urban and rural parts of the country. The only real difference is that urbanites tend to use commercially available masks, while those who live in the countryside almost always make their own masks using either dried turmeric powder mixed with water or fresh turmeric which they pound into a paste.
Turmeric is an excellent exfoliator, and if a little bit of natural honey and some yogurt is added to the paste, it becomes a wonderful skin moisturizer as well. It gives you glowing skin, and it is also very effective for getting rid of dark circles under the eyes. It is also commonly used for treating acne; rosacea and certain types of eczema.
Pearl powder is a mixture of powdered oyster shells, honey and egg yolk. The mixture is then used in the same way you would use any regular facial mask. It is known to improve complexion and reduce inflammation. It is also often used to treat skin irritations. If you cannot find pearl powder in your area you can order ready to use masks online, or you can simply make your own by grinding up some oyster shells.
Fresh Mint Paste
The freshly made mint paste is used as an instant skin brightener. I am not actually sure if you can buy this paste online or in regular brick and mortar stores. Don’t worry if you cannot find any for sale because it really is super easy to make.
Simply buy a bunch of fresh mint leaves and drop them into a food processor, adding water as needed so that you end up with a paste that is neither too stiff nor too runny. Rub the paste lightly into your skin while applying it, and then leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash your face with clean fresh water and enjoy immediate results.