Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for over 3,500 years, but it’s only until recently that people have started taking notice of the age-old wisdom the practice offers. From using TCM to help treat Covid-19 patients in Hong Kong, to the rising number of millennial-friendly Chinese herbal tea shops, TCM has gone mainstream in recent years.
In the beauty world, there’s no shortage of TCM-inspired beauty trends as well. Whether it’s the face sculpting gua sha tool that’s been incorporated into every celebrity’s self-care routine, or the beautifying wellness drinks and supplements that promise to help you glow from the inside out, now, leading skincare brands and TCM believers have taken it one step further by introducing TCM-inspired skincare products.
Boasting natural ingredients frequently used in TCM, many of these skincare ranges are chemical free and use clean ingredients to deliver effective results. Whether you’re a hard-core TCM believer or a wary skeptic, here are 7 Traditional Chinese Medicine inspired skincare brands to try if you’re looking for a clean beauty alternative.
1. Wei Beauty
Founded by Wei Young Brian, Wei Beauty is a US-based luxury TCM skincare brand that aims to address the roots of your skincare issues rather than tackling just the symptoms. Incorporating TCM ingredients such as wild ginseng root, ribetan safflower, ginger, red sage and Chinese licorice into skincare formulas, each product is packed with TCM superfoods and ingredients that will make your skin glow.
If anti-ageing is one of your skin concerns, try the brand’s bee venom anti-wrinkle cream mask which will hydrate and improve skin elasticity, as well as diminish the appearance of wrinkles. For daily use, try the Royal Ming Imperial Lotion Moisturiser, a lightweight cream that uses 18 different herb extracts to hydrate and soothe fine lines.