New beauty oils with a Chinese twist

Beaute Chinoise Yang No.4So as I continue to wait for a Heathrow flight to Africa (three days late and counting now!), my morning post cheers me up as I find the cutest little bottles of facial oil by Beaute Chinoise, a brand created by facial acupuncturist Maggie Brown.

I’m a HUGE oil fan and anti-ageing benefits are of serious interest too. That’s why I LOVE rose oil, as it’s great for dry or mature skin and great for anti-ageing. So I instantly loved Yin No.1 – predominantly rose with added neroli, patchouli and sandalwood. Beautiful.

Yang No. 4 is for normal skin and contains jasmine, rose, sandalwood and geranium. Maggie says this one “stimulates cell regeneration, whilst protecting, nourishing and firming the skin and uplifting the senses.” This basically means it helps your skin grow strong and it smells nice too, (someone said it smells like Turkish Delight – in nice way!).

I interviewed Maggie for a feature I’m writing on Chinese facial mapping for Women’s Fitness magazine (February ’11 issue) and it’s such a fascinating subject. The philosophy is that your face holds visual clues of imbalances in your body and signals for potential health problems.

At Beaute Chinoise clinic in London Maggie treats people who have beauty concerns such as problem skin, dark circles and signs of premature ageing, using acupuncture, dietary changes and supplements as a treatment. After a lot of research into the Chinese way for dealing with health problems – i.e. treating the mind, body and emotions as a holistic system – I think it’s a really effective approach and would recommend anyone struggling with health niggles to check it out. If you know anything about this subject, let me know!

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