February 1 marks the Lunar New Year and for over two weeks people around the world will ring in the Year of the Tiger in style. We take this time to celebrate and also appreciate: there are many ways to support the Chinese and Chinese-American community, and one of those ways is to check out Chinese-owned retailers and discover something new. In front of us are seven Chinese beauty brands that we’ve tried and tested: skincare that works, sculpting tools that will make you look like you’re getting a facial, and more.
These days, gua sha tools and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) rituals can be found in almost every beauty and wellness store. These are not trends, however – many routines and practices sold in the big box stores are based on centuries of medical practices involving herbalism, acupuncture, nutrition and botany. Your best bet for incorporating these age-old methods into your own regimen is to buy Chinese-owned brands (like the ones listed below) that incorporate their history authentically.
The beauty brands below are experts in TCM, lymphatic drainage and more. Buy them for Lunar New Year and beyond.
Chinese beauty brands to discover as soon as possible
1.Ling New York
What do Mariah Carey, Meg Ryan and Naomi Campbell have in common? They all used products from Ling New York, the Chinese skincare brand known for its dreamy face, hand and body treatments. It was founded by Ling Chan, who grew up in Hong Kong before immigrating to America at age 21 and opening his first spa in 1984.
“I was first exposed to jade as a beauty tool in Beijing decades ago, and learned how the Qing dynasty used it to treat their skin in the 1600s,” Chan previously said. at Well + Good. “Many of the practices in our spa come from Chinese traditions and ancient beauty secrets passed down from generation to generation.” Check out Ling’s line of skincare products here.
2. Yang face
Gua sha is more than a trend, it’s a historical beauty practice rooted in centuries of TCM. Rather than running out and getting the cheapest jade roller you can find on Amazon, check out Yang Face instead. Founded by Dr. Paige Yang, Doctor of Acupuncture and TCM, Yang Face is your one stop shop for “with undiluted and unsuitable Chinese facial tools”.
All of its products are made from Grade A rose quartz (meaning no dyes or chemicals) and certified jade, made in the same Chinese province that Dr. Yang. From stunning jade rollers and gua sha combs to masterful stone masks and full facial sets, Yang Face tools will blow your mind.
Makeup brand Florasis was founded in Hangzhou, China, and uses natural botanicals combined with traditional Chinese beauty rituals to create ridiculously gorgeous cosmetics. Seriously, the brand’s eyes and face palettes look like something you’d find in a museum. They’re pressed with prints inspired by Chinese art and culture, like the Impressions of Miao Floral Engraving Butterfly Palette ($59), which is sculpted with butterflies inspired by the Miao people, and the Floral Engraving Makeup Palette. Forest Aura ($59) which celebrates traditional Dai art and mimics a peacock feather. Quality aside, each product will instantly transform your vanity into a work of art.
Skincare brand Supernal lives up to its name: its serums are heavenly beings. According to the company’s website, founder Melissa Medvedich grew up in a Chinese family where “the focus was on taking care of your skin.”
Medvedich eventually studied aromatherapy and botanical beauty formulation, which led to the launch of Supernal in 2019. The brand’s dream face oils and serums are all plant-based and made in small batches in the Medvedich’s family studio in New York. If dewy, just awake like this is your thing, a bottle of Cosmic Glow Oil ($108) or Illumine Repair Oil Serum ($128) is a must.
Yina is also rooted in TCM, developed by TCM experts. The brand manufactures products with the philosophy that beauty and well-being are linked, and beauty is rooted in vitality and disease prevention. From body creams and face serums to gua sha combs and body teas, Yina products are designed to make you feel better, inside and out. Our choices? The Replenishing Botanical Serum ($75) helps support skin’s resilience with restorative botanicals, while the Anti-Pollution Mask ($65) brightens, illuminates, and leaves skin supple.
6. Pink Moon
Lin Chen created Pink Moon as an “inclusive care + community oasis…for every stage of life.” The brand partners with sustainable beauty brands founded by women around the world to deliver the best of the best in beauty and wellness. This includes the brand’s own range of self-care products, including wellness essentials like perfumes, hair and body oils, hygiene tools and more. Not to mention, one percent of Pink Moon’s revenue is donated to a nonprofit of your choice with every purchase, as if you needed another reason to shop.
Is winter’s dry skin getting you down? Head to Purlisse, which sells all the face and body care essentials you could need to rehydrate and nourish the skin. Everything is formulated from Asian botanicals that are free of GMOs, preservatives, or any other harsh ingredients that can make skin miserable. Ingredients like blue lotus (a powerful anti-inflammatory), ginger (which clears pores) and matcha green tea (for skin cell rejuvenation).
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