The Yin Yang symbol is one of the most universally recognized symbols, especially for those of us who grew up in the 90’s. But behind that popular symbol is a philosophy that goes back thousands of years and is vital to understanding and practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine.
There is nothing more disappointing than getting excited about a new product just to use it and experience a negative reaction. This can be especially confusing since some products (like retinol, and chemical exfoliants) can make the skin worse before it gets better. However, an allergic reaction to new skincare products tends to look very similar to that.
Eczema is sometimes referred to as atopic dermatitis and it is a common skin condition that affects nearly 30 million Americans. Those who have eczema experience an itchy, red rash, and inflamed skin that can feel hot to the touch. Eczema commonly occurs on the face, behind the knees, and flexor surface of the elbow.
Green tea is one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world. In a number of Eastern Asian countries, drinking green tea is a societal tradition that plays an integral part in connecting people together. But green tea is so much more than just a yummy hot tea. Did you also know that it is also used by Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners?
Both Western Dermatology and Eastern Herbology have been around for a long time, however, they are two very different approaches to caring for the skin. Western skincare routines typically include products with more synthetic ingredients that are staples in the treatment of specific skin issues.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are five major organs that connect the entire body. They are the kidney, liver, heart, lung, and spleen. The skin is treated as an extension of the lungs.
For those who are still unsure or unfamiliar, Traditional Chinese Medicine (also known as TCM) is a holistic therapy that dates back over 5,000 years. “The core concept of TCM is that prevention is the best cure. . ."
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for centuries for a reason- it is effective! Both science and anecdotal evidence back this up. Try incorporating a few of these steps into your routine and you should see an improvement in your skin’s health.
Even though it seems like facial oils are a new trend in skincare, they have actually been used for thousands of years. There are many different facial oils that serve various purposes, but the general idea is that they work with the natural oils in your face to balance your skin. They can be applied either in the morning or evening.