Organic skincare practiced by China

Most of Asian countries lie near the equator zone, which make the tropical climate exists in their countries. The tropical climate makes these country overgrown by 75% types of plants in the world, including the medicinal plants.These medicinal plants sometimes used for medical purposes, foods, and also natural and organic skincare remedies.

You must be wonder what is the difference between the term “natural” and  “organic” ? Let us explain..

Natural is all the resources that come from nature, and organic is the natural resources which are produced with natural fertilizer, from plants, less energy, and more respect for the animals that provide it and fewer  from synthetic ingredients such as pesticides and herbicides and no artificial color and preservative,  so organic is definitely natural but natural is not necessarily organic, you must keep this in mind…

In these tropical countries, there are so many good plant’s extracts to be made for skin’s health, because they are rich in antioxidant and useful compounds which gives our skin many benefits. Some of these are especially versatile and well-matched for resolving common problems we encounter today and have become popular remedies and preventive supplements for a variety of conditions. That’s why the elders in these tropical countries begin to make traditional herbs remedies. Nowadays along with the number of herbal researches combine with their elders’ traditional remedies, people begin to use these plants to make their own traditional skin care formula to use at home.

2 Famous countries which are rich or these traditional remedies are : China and India.

In China, these herbal remedies called Chinese Herbal Medicine, it is a part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese people believe in the balance of Ying and Yang, so the herbs are prescribed to restore energy balance to the opposing forces of energy that run through invisible channels in the body.  They believe herbs can act on the body as powerfully as pharmaceutical drugs and should be treated with the same caution and respect. Traditional Chinese Medicine proposes that the body is composed of 5 elements, fire, water, earth, metal and wood and so do the herbs. The herbs are classified into 5 taste: sweet, salty, bitter, pungent and sour. Skin is a metal element and Yang organ, so it would be treated with pungent herbs.

What are the pungent herbs anyway?  Pungent herbs are spicy in flavor and aromatic. The pungent flavor is present in plants that are antimicrobial in nature and assist in supporting a healthy immune system response. Our most common culinary herbs are considered pungent. Examples of pungent herbs are garlic, ginger, and OSHA, and they are used for facial masks and facial serum.

Natural organic skin care brands in china consist of 4 groups, they are :

1. group represents the western conception of “organic.” Brands in this category are western (confirming the observation that “organic” is strongly linked to the west in Chinese people’s minds) and can be defined as lifestyle brands. They use their heritage as a point of differentiation and project an image of authenticity.

2. Brands that are inspired by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). They put forth in their communication material plants known in China for their curative effects. They play on typically Chinese concepts such as balance and harmony and often blend modern science with Chinese medical traditions. And this group is what I have explained above.

3. The “nature inspired” group is rather heterogenic. Brands in this group emphasize elements such as freshness and purity rather than insisting on the medical properties of the plants used. Some brands present certain products as “organic” but their credentials are not strong enough to be placed in the “bio brands” category.

4. The last group, science inspired brands, can be seen as the most sophisticated. Brands in this group borrow codes from the pharmaceutical industry and use technical terms extensively to describe how they use modern science to leverage nature’s gifts. They are mostly foreign and emphasize their scientific credentials and the complexity of their products.

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