Beauty/skin/hair/nails care is a multi-billion-dollar business offering countless kinds of products and services. However, the treatment is skin deep in most cases.
The Chinese approach emphasizes a different treatment. Since the blood nourishes the skin as evidenced by the dense network of capillaries directly underneath, enhancing the blood will result in healthier skin, prettier look, and reduced skin allergy. Furthermore, since the hair and nails are extensions of the skin, enhanced blood means healthier hair and nails, too.
What do we mean by enhancing the blood? It simply means giving the blood better nutrition by eating the right kind of food and if necessary, taking some natural herbs to treat special skin/hair/nails conditions.
What kind of food is good for the skin? The most important ingredient is water because the skin needs moisture. The quantity
recommended is at least six cups (8-ounce cup) a day. Besides, eating fruits, vegetables and nuts of different varieties will help a lot because they contain various kinds of vitamins and minerals.
What sort of food is bad for the skin? If possible, try to eat less of the following: barbecued, deep-fried, oily and spicy
food. Furthermore, try to eat less shell fish such as crabs, clams and mussels. All of these tend to aggravate any skin conditions you may have such as allergy, itchiness, rash, pimples, hair loss, and nails peeling.
The Chinese approach to skin/hair/nails care involves taking the herbs to achieve the following:
- Nourish and moisturize the skin.
- Cleanse the toxins and pollutants in the blood.
- Calm the liver which may be overactive.
- Reduce excess Heat in the blood (For details, click The Concept of Hot and Cold).
- Apply the herbs to REN the blood (For details, click The Concept of REN).