4 Achievable Beauty Resolutions I Am Making This Year for a Healthy Routine

4 Empowering TCM-Inspired Beauty Resolutions for a Natural and Healthy Routine

Embarking on a new year, I find myself reflecting on a tale my grandmother often shared, one that has deeply influenced my perspective on beauty and wellness. It’s a story from her youth, about a wise old healer in our village who was renowned for her radiant skin and vibrant health, even in her advanced years. She attributed her longevity and beauty to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a testament to the holistic approach and natural therapy TCM embodies.

This healer’s philosophy was simple yet profound: beauty is a reflection of internal health, and nurturing the body and mind is key. Her story resonates with many of us today, especially women above 30, who are increasingly turning towards natural and self-care methods like acupressure and TCM to enhance their wellbeing.

In the spirit of that wise healer, I have set forth four achievable beauty resolutions for this year, grounded in the timeless wisdom of TCM. These are not mere beauty tips; they are a commitment to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. As I share these resolutions, I invite you to join me in this holistic journey towards a naturally beautiful you.

Resolution One: Daily Acupressure for Enhanced Beauty

In the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupressure stands out as a pivotal practice for enhancing beauty and skin health. This technique, rooted in the same principles as acupuncture but without the needles, involves the stimulation of specific points on the body to balance the Qi, or life energy. When it comes to beauty, acupressure offers a unique approach by promoting circulation, reducing stress, and balancing hormones, all of which are crucial for a healthy, glowing complexion.

Here are some specific acupressure points that I’ve incorporated into my daily routine for improved skin health and to combat the signs of aging:

  1. Yingxiang (LI20): Located beside each nostril, stimulating these points can help clear nasal congestion and improve skin clarity.
  2. Zusanli (ST36): Found on the leg, below the knee, this point not only aids in digestive health, which reflects on your skin, but also boosts overall energy.
  3. Sanyinjiao (SP6): This point, situated above the ankle, is known for balancing hormonal levels, directly influencing skin health.

Expert Tip from TCM Therapist, Ms. Mai Sogawa: For an added boost in your acupressure routine, consider incorporating two additional points. KI-3, key in enhancing kidney function, plays a vital role in anti-aging and is effective for improving edema and cold sensations. LU-5, part of the lung meridian, not only promotes better airflow for overall body regulation but also, due to its connection with the skin, pores, and hair, aids in eliminating waste products through the skin. Integrating these points can further enrich your beauty regimen.

Acupoint: LI-20 (Other Names: Large Intestine-20/Ying Xiang/Welcome Fragrance)
Acupoint: LI-20 (Other Names: Large Intestine-20/Ying Xiang/Welcome Fragrance)
Acupoint: ST-36 (Other Names: Stomach-36/Zu San Li/Leg Three Miles)
Acupoint: ST-36 (Other Names: Stomach-36/Zu San Li/Leg Three Miles)
Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)
Acupoint: SP-6 (Other Names: Spleen-6/San Yin Jiao/Three Yin Intersection)
Acupoint: KI-3 (Other Names: Kidney-3/Tai Xi/Supreme Stream)
Acupoint: KI-3 (Other Names: Kidney-3/Tai Xi/Supreme Stream)
Acupoint: LU-5 (Other Names: Lung-5/Chi Ze/Cubit Marsh)
Acupoint: LU-5 (Other Names: Lung-5/Chi Ze/Cubit Marsh)

In addition to these, I’ve found ear seeds to be a fascinating supplement to my acupressure routine. These tiny seeds, typically from the vaccaria plant, are placed on specific points on the ear, which is considered a microsystem reflecting the entire body. The constant, gentle pressure they provide can enhance the benefits of acupressure, especially in terms of stress reduction and hormonal balance, thereby further aiding in maintaining youthful, vibrant skin.

For a more comprehensive guide on using acupressure points for beauty enhancement, I recommend visiting this insightful collection of acupressure techniques and tips for beauty. This resource provides a deeper dive into the practices that can complement your beauty regime.

Integrating these acupressure techniques into my daily routine has been a game-changer, not just for my skin’s appearance, but for my overall sense of wellbeing.

Resolution Two: Embracing Herbal Teas for Internal Harmony and Beauty

In my journey with Traditional Chinese Medicine, I’ve discovered the profound impact of herbal teas on both beauty and overall well-being. TCM views tea not just as a beverage, but as a potent therapeutic tool for internal harmony, which naturally reflects in one’s external beauty. Each herbal blend offers unique benefits, harmonizing the body’s Qi, and addressing various skin and health concerns.

Here are a few TCM herbal teas that I’ve found especially beneficial:

  1. Green Tea: Renowned for its antioxidant properties, green tea is a powerhouse in fighting free radicals, reducing inflammation, and promoting youthful skin.
  2. Goji Berry Tea: These vibrant berries are a TCM staple for enhancing skin health. Goji berry tea aids in skin hydration and elasticity, also known for its vision-enhancing properties.
  3. Chrysanthemum Tea: A gentle, cooling tea, perfect for reducing heat and inflammation in the body, which can manifest as skin irritations or redness.
  4. Jasmine Tea: Apart from its enchanting aroma, jasmine tea is great for improving circulation and adding a natural glow to the complexion.

Incorporating these teas into your daily routine can be a delightful and beneficial experience. Here are some practical tips tailored to our audience’s preferences:

  • Morning Ritual: Start your day with a cup of green tea for an antioxidant boost.
  • Afternoon Delight: Replace your usual afternoon beverage with goji berry tea for a refreshing and beautifying pick-me-up.
  • Evening Wind-Down: Sip on chrysanthemum or jasmine tea in the evening to relax and soothe your skin and senses before bedtime.

Remember, the key is consistency and mindfulness in your choices. By incorporating these teas into your daily life, you’re not just drinking a beverage; you’re nurturing your beauty from within.

Resolution Three: Facial Gua Sha for Radiant Skin

Embracing the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I’ve incorporated the ancient technique of facial Gua Sha into my beauty regimen. This method, which involves a gentle scraping motion on the skin using a special tool, not only enhances beauty but also nurtures the skin from within.

The rejuvenating effects of regular Gua Sha practice are numerous:

  1. Improving Blood Circulation: The scraping action helps to boost blood flow, nourishing the skin and giving it a natural glow.
  2. Reducing Puffiness: Gua Sha supports lymphatic drainage, effectively reducing swelling and puffiness, especially in the facial area.
  3. Enhancing Skin Tone: With consistent use, Gua Sha can improve skin elasticity and tone, leading to a more youthful look.

To effectively practice Gua Sha at home, it’s important to understand the correct techniques and movements. I found a step-by-step guide on facial Gua Sha extremely helpful. It covers everything from preparing your skin to the specific strokes and directions for using both a Gua Sha scraper and a rose quartz roller.

Integrating facial Gua Sha into my daily routine has been a transformative experience, enhancing not just my skin’s health but also providing a calming, meditative moment in my day. This simple yet profound technique truly embodies the holistic beauty approach of TCM.

Resolution Four: Balanced Diet According to TCM Dietary Principles

In my pursuit of a holistic beauty and wellness regimen, I’ve turned to the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, particularly its dietary principles. Central to TCM is the concept of Yin and Yang, representing opposing but complementary energies. This philosophy extends to food, where achieving a balance between Yin (cooling) and Yang (warming) foods is crucial for internal harmony, which in turn, reflects in our external beauty and health.

Yin and Yang Foods:

  • Yin Foods: These include fruits like bananas and watermelon, and vegetables like cucumbers and spinach, known for their cooling properties.
  • Yang Foods: Foods such as ginger, garlic, and chicken have warming effects on the body, boosting energy and circulation.

Balanced Meal Suggestions:

  1. Breakfast: A warm bowl of oatmeal (Yang) with slices of apple (Yin) and a sprinkle of cinnamon (Yang).
  2. Lunch: Grilled chicken salad (Yang) with mixed greens (Yin) and a side of fruit like pears (Yin).
  3. Dinner: Steamed fish (Yin) with ginger (Yang) and a serving of stir-fried vegetables like broccoli and carrots (balanced Yin-Yang).

Adopting a balanced diet in line with TCM principles isn’t just about the foods themselves; it’s about embracing a lifestyle that values harmony and wellbeing. Regularly consuming a mix of Yin and Yang foods can lead to improved digestive health, more stable energy levels, and a clearer, more radiant complexion. These changes, while subtle, contribute significantly to both our physical beauty and overall health, aligning perfectly with the holistic approach of TCM.

Integrating These Resolutions into Daily Life

Adopting new habits, especially those as enriching as these TCM-inspired beauty resolutions, can seem daunting amidst a busy lifestyle. However, the beauty of these practices lies in their flexibility and the ease with which they can be woven into our daily routines.

Seamless Integration Tips:

  1. Start Small: Begin with small, manageable steps. For instance, incorporate acupressure into your morning or bedtime routine for just a few minutes.
  2. Make It Enjoyable: Enjoy a cup of herbal tea during your regular break times. It’s a simple switch from your usual beverage but with added health benefits.
  3. Set a Routine: Dedicate a specific time for Gua Sha, perhaps while watching your favorite show in the evening, to make it a relaxing part of your day.
  4. Plan Your Meals: Prepare a weekly meal plan that balances Yin and Yang foods. This not only ensures dietary balance but also simplifies grocery shopping.

Personalization is Key:

Each individual’s journey with these resolutions will be unique. It’s important to listen to your body and adjust these practices according to your personal needs and preferences. What works for one might not work for another, and that’s perfectly fine. The goal is to find what best suits you and brings you joy in the process.

Patience and Consistency:

Lastly, patience and consistency are vital. The benefits of TCM practices, especially in terms of beauty and wellness, are often gradual. Consistent practice is the key to seeing results. It’s about making a long-term commitment to your health and beauty, and enjoying the journey along the way.

Embracing these TCM-inspired beauty resolutions can be a transformative experience, leading not only to visible improvements in your appearance but also to a deeper sense of well-being.

Author: P. Sze

P. Sze P. Sze is the founder of TCM Tips and Dragon Acupuncture®. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a first-class honor in Civil Engineering. S he also holds a master’s degree in Engineering and is the brain behind the innovative TCM products of Dragon Acupuncture®. She is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Auricular Therapy: Application of Ear Seeds (ISBN 978-1520451398) and Facial Gua Sha - Fight the Signs of Aging Naturally and Inexpensively (ISBN 978-1980678922). She has dedicated her life to ensuring that the complex theories behind oriental medicine and the seemingly dangerous techniques that involve needles and fire do not scare you from trying oriental medicine. This is why she writes endlessly about acupressure and its countless health and wellness benefits.

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