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15 Anti-Aging Secrets From Asia

Everyday that I look in the mirror a part of me regrets the tell-tale signs of aging that I see. Of course I have gained many benefits from my longish life that I would never trade away, but still I always try to look my best, and this gets harder and harder. And I have often wondered just how our oriental cousins over in the East have managed to keep their skin looking so luscious and fresh, so I was very pleased to read this lovely list of 15 natural anti-aging secrets that the wonderful orientals have cultivated throughout the ages. Take a look at these brilliant tips, that will show you too how to get your skin looking radiant and young again. 
 
1. Change Your Attitude Regarding Beauty
 
In the West, for cultural-historical reasons, darker, tanned skin is considered desirable: people sunbathe, go to tanning booths, or apply artificial creams to make their skin darker. But in the east it is precisely the reverse. For different cultural reasons, tanning is often considered a sign of a laborer, someone of a poor-caste, whereas the more effete pale skin is associated with refined upper-middle and aristocratic classes.
 
Therefore many of the skin benefits that Asian people have enjoyed will be hard for us to accept if we cling to the usual idea that darker tanned skin is more beautiful and better for us. Realizing that pale skin is indeed very beautiful, should be part of your first step towards learning how to care for your skin.
 
2. Regularly Drink Green Tea
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Green tea contains many health benefits, including antioxidants and metabolism boosting properties. In Japan, tea drinking ceremonies are very important semi-religious events that shape the day. Make you and your family a special pot of green tea every afternoon, and drink it yourself throughout the day. Green tea can become a useful healthy anchor on which you can embrace Asia's best healthy practices. 
3. Use the Geisha-Nightingale Method
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Just as horse manure is good for growing crops, nightingale droppings, offer a (much more civilized) antidote to your skin's hardening and dullness. For many centuries Japanese geishas made use of nightingale's dried waste, and now expensive facials are produced across the world using the same ingredient. So, if you want your skin to be as soft and bright as a dazzling geisha's, this traditional remedy may be the thing for you.
4. Keep Your Face Away from Sunlight
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Dangerous UV rays cause skin problems, like premature aging and cancer. Therefore it is paramount that you avoid direct sunlight by seeking shade, wearing big hats or even umbrellas, covering your sleeves and legs, while making use of sunscreen. This has long been a way of life in Asia and there is no reason why we can't do the same. 
5. Make Fresh Fruit Your Daily Dessert
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Put away the gloopy, chocolate pudding and sugar-infested ice-cream sundae you had planned for tonight's dessert and head to the green grocer's instead. If you pick up a colorful selection of fresh fruit you can chop it all up and offer a stunning and natural dessert for your family. It will fill yours and everyone else's body with antioxidant rich vitamin C. In Japan and Korea, eating fresh fruit at the dinner table is a normal way of life.
 
6. Cut Down on Your Dairy Consumption
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Again, due to historical reasons, much of east Asia does not eat a lot of dairy. So if you want to look as healthy as an oriental you must be prepared to reduce the amount of milk and cheese you consume. Not only will this reduce your fat intake, it will keep you less full so you can enjoy other nutritious and beneficial foods. 
7. Learn About Chinese Medicine
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In the West, if you have a particular problem, your doctor will likely prescribe you with some excellent drug specifically produced to target and destroy your symptoms. Traditional Chinese medicine, on the contrary, emphasizes the need for holistic solutions to health troubles. A Chinese medicinal expert might provide you with a healing soup that will tackle the root cause of your ailment, as part of a balanced new approach, to alter and improve your lifestyle, rather than simply tackling the symptom and result of a poor lifestyle. Talk to a local Chinese chemist about what they can do for you.
8. Keep Your Car in the Garage, and Walk or Cycle
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Even though they have great cars, people in Asia walk and walk, that is, when they are not bicycling. This kind of non-sedentary lifestyle lies at the heart of the orient's healthy root behavior, and unfortunately makes a favorable contrast to our lazy drive-everywhere attitude. So, instead of driving from one building to another, make more journeys on foot. Or purchase a bicycle and use that (it's a lot more fun and enjoyable than driving in busy traffic). This behavior will improve your body's health, giving your skin the shiny results to show.
9. Discover the Uses of Tofu
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Tofu is a regular and surprisingly tasty part of many an Asian dinner table. This natural soy-bean wonder is full of healthy goodness that your hamburger or steak will never be able to match. And it is not just tofu either. Miso soup, edamame and soy sauce also spice up your savory meal. Unfortunately most western people do not eat enough of this kind of plant-based protein, and we can learn a thing or two from our Asian cousins.
10. Increase the Amount of Ginger You Use
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Ginger is everywhere in the east, not just in stir fry's but also soups and teas. Ginger is a wonderful root that you will be amazed by. Some of its keenest results will be seen in your improved circulation, which is absolutely vital for a glowing face. 
11. Embrace Face Masks - the Asian Way
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It's not an accident that Asian people take good care of their skin. They use several products, like this tissue face mask, specifically to help do everything they can to keep their faces luminous. Different tissue masks, like shampoos, are aimed at those with different requirements, but all include some kind of anti-aging ingredient. 
12. Use Coffee Beans for an Exfoliate
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In Indonesia, for a long time, women have been using ground up coffee beans as a strong exfoliant. You too can make this part of your body care routine. The benefit of using your leftover coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin, apart from that lovely smell, is that it is a great anti-inflammatory, which boosts your skin's collagen production. Caffeine is often used in products which tighten your skin, but if you can do it yourself why waste money on such products?
13. Use Matcha Powder for Your Skin
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This green tea powder can also be used as part of a face treatment which increases your skin's brightness and will even help treat acne. Matcha is such a wonderful thing, it is full of lovely anti-oxidants, makes delicious and healthy cups of tea, plus in Asia it is used in ice-cream, cakes and even bread. So it should certainly be part of your next big supermarket shopping trip. 
14. Use Mint to Lighten Your Skin's Dark Spots
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If you already have sun damage on your face, like dark spots for example, there are natural remedies from Asia that can help you. If you grind mint leaves into paste, you can make a superb face mask. Apply and leave for 15 minutes before washing away. If you repeat daily you will see truly sparkling results. 
15. Get with the Goji Berry
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Containing vitamin C and beta carotene, goji berries are terrific for you. They are also believed to nourish your liver and blood, giving you - in Chinese medical terms - warmer blood, which is necessary for greater skin health. 
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