The last issue mentioned the five internal organs of the human body. Each organ needs maintenance, and the skin is the largest organ of our human body. So how should we take care of our skin?
1. External protection
1.1 Avoid strong light stimulation and avoid sunlight
• Avoid being in front of TV, computer, or mobile phone screens at close range. Prolonged close contact will damage our skin and eyes.
• Avoid exposing the skin to strong sunlight. Strong sunlight will cause excessive oxidation of the skin and cause skin aging.
1.2 Hygiene of home and work environment
• Maintain air circulation in homes and offices. If in a closed air-conditioned room, it is necessary to ensure the balance of indoor dryness and humidity. An environment that is too dry and cold will cause the skin to lack moisture, resulting in dryness, scaling, and slight itching.
• Home and work environments must be kept clean. Regularly to avoid dust accumulation that may cause allergic reactions to the skin, eyes and nose.
• Do not share intimate clothing with family members, such as bath towels, face towels, underwear, etc. to avoid causing infectious skin diseases.
• Wash sheets, pillowcases, and quilt covers frequently every month. Can be sterilized by high temperature, such as hot water immersion cleaning, high temperature drying or exposure to the sun.
1.3 Personal hygiene and skin care habits
• Bath 1-2 times a day. The water temperature can be close to the temperature of human body, it may be warmer or cooler, as long as it is comfortable. The water temperature should not be too high or too low, which will cause irritation to the skin.
• Before finish bathing, make sure that the shower gel and soap have been rinsed off, dry the body after bathing and use appropriate amount of skin care products.
• Wash your face 2-3 times a day. The frequency of washing your face can be determined according to the degree of oil secretion on your face. If you wear makeup or apply sunscreen, you need to use makeup remover to remove your makeup.
• The usage of facial skin care products should be determined according to personal skin conditions and age.
2.1 Have a regular life schedule
• Eat regularly, three meals at regular intervals, consume more fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, cereals etc fresh ingredients and eat a light diet.
Avoid eating too much fatty, sweet, pickled foods, artificially processed foods, control sugar intake, etc. (For more information on dietary precautions, please refer to the “What Your Skin Wants to Tell You Series” How to Maintain Good Skin The content of (2) will not be repeated here)
• Regular defecation, maintain the habit of defecation every day or day after, moderate stool volume, and smooth defecation.
• Sleep regularly, the recommended sleep time is between 10pm to 12am, fall asleep at a regular time every night, sleep length is about 6 to 10 hours and ensure that the quality of sleep is good.
2.2 Promote body metabolism
• Drink an appropriate amount of water. It is best to keep the daily water intake within the range of 1500ml to 3000ml. It is better to take a small sip every 20 minutes.
• Moderate exercise. Moderate exercise can increase skin microcirculation, accelerate body metabolism, promote the skin to discharge metabolic substances or subcutaneous dead cells (commonly known as dead skin) and restore the skin’s luster and elasticity.
• Moderate perspiration. Moderate sweating is good for our skin, but avoid sweating profusely. TCM says that sweat and blood come from the same source. Long-term violent sweating will cause a large loss of body fluids and lead to an imbalance of Yin and Yang in the body.
3. Skin care tea therapy
In our daily busy life, taking the time to enjoy tea once in a while can be considered a kind of enjoyment.
Drinking tea is a kind of enjoyment and also a kind of health preservation, which is beneficial to the body and mind. From ancient times to the present, there are many people who drink tea to remain healthy.
Drinking tea can eliminate excessive oil in the body and say goodbye to “greasy face”.
What we are talking about today is skin care tea therapy. TCM Practitioner Ong had chosen the following three type of teas to give a brief introduction that are helpful for skin care.
3.1 Green tea
There are many varieties of green tea, including BiLuoChun, XiHuLongjing, MengDingGanLu, HuangShanMaoFeng etc.
It is recorded in 【Lei Gong Pao Zhi Yao Xing Jie】 (Explanation of medicinal properties prepared by Lei Gong: “Green tea is slightly cold in nature, bitter and sweet in taste.”
Green tea has the effects of refreshing the brain, relieving greasiness and thirst, relieving fatigue, resisting radiation, and delaying aging.
Serving portions: 2-3 cups per day, moderate concentration, fragrant and sweet taste.
Applicable for: People who consume too much fried and greasy food, those who have fever, dry mouth and thirst, and those who have trouble urinating.
Not suitable for : People with iron deficiency or anemia, people with cold stomach or stomach pain, people with insomnia, pregnant and lactating women, women during menstruation or menstrual bleed heavily.
3.2 Rose tea
Common rose varieties on the market include Rosa sertata, Rosa rugosa, Phnom Penh Rose, Crimson Glory Rose, etc.
YaoKeCheng’s 【Shi Wu Ben Cao】 (Food Materia Medica): “Sweet and slightly bitter, warm, non-toxic”
The main functions of roses are to regulate Qi and relieve depression, harmonize blood and disperse blood stasis, regulate menstruation and relieve pain.
Rose tea can harmonize the liver and spleen, regulate qi and activate blood circulation, beautify the skin, relieve mood and stress, improve sleep, eliminate fatigue, etc. Long-term moderate drinking can also promote body metabolism.
Serving portions: 5-10 roses, 2-3 cups per day, moderate concentration, fragrant taste.
Applicable for: Can be consumed by men and women. Especially suitable for high-pressure workers, those who are depressed or impatient and women who suffer from breast swelling and pain during menstruation or dysmenorrhea.
Not suitable for: People with Yin deficiency, pregnant women, people with weak constitution, women during menstruation or menstrual bleed heavily.
3.3 Lemon water
Lemon is also called lemon fruit and mother fruit.
It is recorded in 【Zhong Hua Ben Cao】 (Chinese Materia Medica): “Lemon tastes sour, sweet, and cold in nature.”
Lemon has the effects of resolving phlegm, relieving cough, promoting fluid production and strengthening the spleen. Fresh lemon rich in vitamins, which can promote skin metabolism and eliminate melanin spots under the skin to achieve whitening effect. It can also enhance the skin’s repair ability and restore skin elasticity. It can be regarded as a natural product in the beauty industry.
Serving portions: half a lemon, sliced into slices, brewed with warm water, should not consume exceed 1000ml daily.
Applicable for: Most people can consume it. Especially suitable for people that easilly get thirsty, irritated, indigestion, and vitamin C deficiency,
Not suitable for people: People with gastric ulcers, excessive gastric acid secretion, people with dental caries (oral cavities) and patients with diabetes should use with caution.