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Yu Zhu

Yu Zhu, also known as Polygonati odorati rhizoma, has a light sweet taste and is mildly cooling. It nourishes the yin in the lung and stomach, helping promote fluid to relieve thirst. During the colder months, dry and itchy skin can be easily developed. In traditional Chinese medicine perspective, the lung and the skin are closely related, hence nourishing the lungs is key in treating skin diseases. As for Chinese, people use Yu Zhu and other ingredients to make soup to replenish lungs and result in fair skin. In fact, Yu Zhu extract is widely used in skincare products owing to the fact that it is rich in Vitamin A and mucopolysaccharide. These support skin repair, maintain skin elasticity and...

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Goji Berries and Anti-aging Mask

Goji berries (also called wolfberries) are always associated with the term “healthcare” due to its high nutritional value. You can find it in different forms and different places including dishes, pharmacies, drinks, and even skincare products. Nowadays, people somehow adopt an unhealthy lifestyle to adapt to the hustle and bustle in Hong Kong. We work overtime, stay up late at night, being exposed to sunlight, and crave junk food or fried food. If we do not consider these symptoms as a big deal, after a long period, our skin is affected. Acnes, dull skin, lack of elasticity, and aging signs are the most noticeable change in skin condition. Hence, apart from the body, a skincare routine is also needed.  ...

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Gypsum fibrosum

Gypsum fibrosum (Shi Gao), a Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a kind of mineral substance containing calcium sulphate. Unprocessed Shi Gao can strongly clear excessive heat in the lung, while processed Shi Gao can be applied topically to moisturise the skin and also to treat skin diseases or wounds. It is clearly seen that gypsum has a slew of benefits to skin.   It is good at maintaining cutaneous water content, which means it deeply moisturises your skin and more importantly, reduces the chance of any skin problems such as acne and wrinkles. Besides, it is also effective in repairing and restoring the damaged tissue, thereby creating a smoother skin. Lastly, to make it clear, gypsum used in TCM is totally different...

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Ophiopogonis Radix

Ophiopogonis Radix (Maidong in Chinese) is the root of a lily family plant named ophiopogon japonicus. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to nourish the yin, moisten the lung, and ease the mind. In fact, this herb is not limited to internal use only. It can also be found in skin care products such as serum, essence, and cream. It is rich in saccharides known to hydrate the skin. By boosting the skin’s moisture retaining ability and bringing a more refined structure, it prevents the skin from excess water loss.  Therefore, during autumn and winter, it is undoubtedly a saviour for those who are suffering from eczema and dry skin type. By applying it on your skin, you can...

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Egg Yolk Oil

Egg yolk oil is widely used in skincare products, such as cream, lotion, and ointments, owing to its moisturizing and skin healing effect. In the Ming dynasty, the Compendium of Materia Medica recorded the benefits of applying egg yolk oil on soreheads. It is thus clearly seen that egg yolk oil indeed enhances wound healing.   Apart from that, egg yolk oil contains lecithin, a natural emulsifier that repairs the skin barrier. During winter, it is common to experience dry, itchy, and chapped skin. Applying skincare products with egg yolk oil can help relieve winter itch and nourish the skin.   Despite its popularity in the cosmetic application, it should be noted that people with severely acute eczema and egg...

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