Society & Culture
Royal beauty secrets
Every morning Empress Dowager Cixi applied face powder made up of pearls and skin cream made of flower distillate. At night, she applied egg white, kept it on until half an hour before sleep, and then applied flower extract, finally patting her wet face dry with soft towels. Furthermore, she used a jade face roller, cool and smooth, on her face again and again every morning before dressing. High-quality jade is believed by many to have natural health-enhancing functions and repeated rolling is in essence a good massage for the face.
These beauty techniques are used today at modern spas around the world. But let us look back at more examples of classical Chinese beauty treatments.