Ancient Skincare Secrets from the Empress

The Chinese healing tradition has specialized in age-defying skin solutions for thousands of years, starting with an Empress, 2,000 years ago, who knew that the key to her power was in a youthful appearance. These natural skin-beautifying secrets – freedom from wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone – are revealed below.

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The Chinese healing tradition has specialized in age-defying skin solutions for thousands of years, starting with an Empress, 2,000 years ago, who knew that the key to her power was in a youthful appearance. These natural skin-beautifying secrets – freedom from wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone – are revealed below.

The Origin of Chinese Skincare Secrets


It all began in the Imperial Court in China, 2,000 years ago. The Empress, in order to retain her power, was compelled to do everything possible to maintain her youthful appearance. She summoned the best physician of her time to design an anti-aging program to rejuvenate her and preserve her beauty. Her rejuvenating program was handed down through the ages, following the Chinese custom of the empress passing down to the princesses her skin-beautifying recipes and preparations. Here are but a few of the many secrets that still exist.

Keep Your Face Toned With Facial Exercises

To tone up your facial muscles, try these exercises, twice a day, five repetitions each:

1. Raise your eyebrows as high as you can and then relax them.

2. Try to move your nose from side to side.

3. Inflate your cheeks as if you were blowing up a balloon, and then relax.

4. Open your mouth as wide as it can go, and stick out your tongue as far as you can. Hold for five seconds.

Finish up with a renewing facial massage. Using a circular motion, gently stroke your whole face to warm it up. Then with the thumb and first finger of both of your hands pinch five times along your eyebrow line, from inside to outside. Press along both sides of the nose, where it meets the cheeks, from top to bottom, five times. Press the area around the outside of the mouth five times. Lightly pat your cheeks with your fingers to stimulate the sides of your face. Press the lines on your forehead between your eyebrows five times. Now press the edges around your eye, being gentle above the eye and under its lower rim. Finish the massage with another round of circular strokes all around.

Herbs to Nourish Your Complexion

The process of skin aging is hastened by the environmental toxins we come in contact with, ranging from pollution to pesticides to preservatives in our food. The skin is your body’s largest elimination organ, but can become overloaded and unable to expel the toxins.

A fundamental principle of Chinese medicine is that you help the body cleanse itself so that toxins do not cause internal imbalance, which shows up on your skin as premature aging.

Traditional herbs and foods that are used to help your body eliminate toxins include seaweed, bitter melon, Chinese cucumber, burdock, lotus root and ginger. Try to include one of these in your diet every day.

Blog written by Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., PhD
Dr. Mao Shing Ni, bestselling author of Secrets of Longevity, is a 38th-generation doctor of Chinese medicine and the leading...