What’s the tea on tea? For starters, its origins aren’t completely clear. According to legends, however, humans accidentally stumbled upon the tea-steeping process in 2737 BC: Emperor Shen Nong was drinking a bowl of water that had just been boiled when a few leaves from a nearby tree fell into his drink. He was impressed by the flavor of the infused water and its health benefits, and thus began the history of the most consumed beverage across the globe (other than water, of course)!
It’s the season of crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and well-worn flannels! As we burrow into our comfiest layers of cashmere and fleece, let’s also consider giving our skin a little extra TLC with layers of emollient and occlusive moisturizers and oils.
Facial cleansing sounds self-explanatory—just clean your face—that’s all there is to it, right? Well, that barely scratches the surface of the when, how, and what. When should we be cleansing our faces, how should we do it, and what we should be using?
We’ve all been there: we’ve painstakingly applied a layer of serum on top of a layer of essence on top of a layer of toner, and as we’re going in for a cute lil moisturizer moment, it all goes wrong. It’s like it happens in slow motion—our layers of product rub off into uneven patches, with those darn white pills absolutely decimating what was supposed to be a stress-free self-care routine. You’ve rubbed off enough white blobs to put the pills in Pillsbury Doughboy.
Looks good enough to eat, but makes you look good enough to eat too! Annie’s Way’s impeccably formulated Jelly Masks are prime examples of the super fun yet equally innovative and effective skincare that hails from Taiwan.
It’s National Honey Month, and what better way for skincare lovers to celebrate than to learn about the un-bee-lievably nourishing properties of honey, propolis, and royal jelly? While people often mistake one for another, these bee byproducts are actually not interchangeable, and have incredible benefits of their own.
As the last decade within the Western beauty and self-care industry have been notably marked by the idea of holistic wellness, it’s no wonder that holistic wellness is carving out a prominent niche in skincare as well. But before the recent steady increase in interest of holistic wellness in the Western sphere, this all-encompassing understanding of wellness had already been thoroughly dissected and practiced in Asian medicine at least 2,200 years ago.
A legendary and culturally significant plant in Asia, bamboo represents longevity, integrity, and resilience. The practical uses for this unassumingly strong and flexible plant are endless: its tender shoots are eaten in Asian cuisines, its fibers are woven into durable textile, and its stalks are used in construction and architecture. Given its unparalleled versatility and sustainability, it should come as no surprise that bamboo is also an increasingly prominent ingredient in Asian skincare. Bamboo’s silent strength becomes its beauty, an insightful glimpse into the Asian values that connect simplicity and elegance together.
If you’ve tuned in to our last article on the Glowie Blog, you’ll know the kind of Asian Beauty toners we love for summer: lightweight and refreshing! Naturally, our preferences for the best summer Asian Beauty moisturizers follow the same traits. We’re looking for weightless but potent hydration, with other benefits that combat all the negative effects summer can have on the skin!
The summer heat seems unbeatable this year, with unprecedented heatwaves and humidity wreaking havoc on our skin. And as beautiful as sunny, cloudless days are this time of year, we must mention the UV damage (can you imagine our horror!) our skin is suffering during summer.