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We can find tons of beauty products on the market that claim to give us radiant and youthful skins and it can be difficult to differentiate which ones actually work and which doesn’t. Sometimes, there are certain ingredients added which we may even be unaware of which might do more damage than good to our skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on the other hand, has been used for centuries by women to aid in improving their complexion and retaining their youthful look. Here are five TCM ingredients passed down by generations to revitalize your skin! 

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Honeysuckle Flower

It has been used to treat skin conditions like eczema, acne and also general skin irritation due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Honeysuckle flower contains antioxidants such as flavonoids and saponins which protect the skin from free radicals that damages the skin. It can improve uneven skin tone and dullness too! They are sold in traditional chinese medicine (TCM) shops and can be used in many recipes. Alternatively, allow them to steep in hot water and drink as tea.

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Chinese Wolfberries

High in antioxidants, they have anti-ageing effects that will help protect your skin against the harmful UV rays from the sun. Wolfberries also aid in improving blood circulation which will help to achieve younger-looking skin. Steep them in water and drink them as tea or add them to your dishes, such as herbal chicken soup.

Ginseng

You’ve seen lots of skincare products with ginseng as the main ingredient. That’s because ginseng is well-known for its anti-ageing properties! They are known to give your collagen a boost, resulting in firmer skin and reducing any fine lines or wrinkles you have. Besides that, ginseng can brighten your skin as well, making you look more youthful! You can prepare slices of ginseng to eat on the go by slicing them into small pieces or letting them steep and drink it as tea! Most of us can’t stand the smell and bitterness of ginseng but hey, no pain no gain!

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Gingko Biloba

Gingko biloba is often associated with brain function, such as improving one’s memory. But did you know that it can help in anti-ageing too? It can fight free radicals which have the ability to damage and deteriorate cells in our body, slowing down the ageing process. By lessening the damage free radicals do to our body, the appearance of age spots and wrinkles can be slowed down. You can consume gingko biloba in the form of supplements which are commonly found in traditional chinese medicine (TCM) shops in Singapore!

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Green Tea

There’s probably no need for any introduction, green tea is well-known for its many health benefits, whether you’re looking to lose some weight or achieve a more youthful look. It also aids in flushing out toxins from your body! To benefit the most from drinking green tea, store the tea bags in the fridge after you’re done. Place the tea bags under your eyes for a few minutes to reduce any dark circles or puffy eyes!