On my way home from Chinese lessons last week I stopped by the supermarket to buy a can opener and dish soap (not actually the easiest thing to find). On my way out, I picked up a Chinese fashion mag.
As I flipped through the Chinese SELF beauty supplement, which, by the way, also has a great summary of beauty brands and products in China, I flipped to an interesting article which took me completely by surprise. It’s called“怎么化妆，保养？血型决定！”or “Blood Type Tells All…” and basically outlines the beauty product choices you should make based on your blood type! I’ve never heard of such a thing, but, yes, what it purports is that everybody has a different body/chemical make-up, or harmony（阴阳型), that affects your health, skin quality, skin tone, and thus, the way you treat your skin and the products, even colors, you use should be chosen accordingly.
I think it’s a fascinating approach to beauty. I haven’t decided if I buy it yet. Do you?
Here’s my translation of the article, for those of you who are curious.
For a person with blood type A, the most important foods for maintaining nutritional balance are cereals. Your body’s composition of starch and sugar is simpler compared to other blood types, and you only need to eat the most basic of foods to maintain a decent standard of health. You don’t suit eating a lot of meats because your ability to absorb fats is far inferior to those of other blood types. “Lots of veg, little meat,” will allow you to keep your skin in a good state. You don’t sweat a whole lot, even in the summer, nor do you have issues with shininess. The pores on your face are small; don’t use too much foundation, and you can still have comparatively good skin.
Use lots of olive oil: Olive oil is the kind of base oil used in make-up. For blood type As with small, thin pores, and who sweat little, too many chemical ingredients will cause your skin stress. Unscented olive oils have naturally oil-soluble vitamins to nourish the skin of a blood type A. We suggest you use refined olive oils. This type of olive oil will provide your skin’s cells with a unique fatty acid, making your skin appear more smooth and supple.
Skin protection begins with warmth: Making a habit of eating veggies will give people with blood type A a relatively lower basis body temperature compared to other blood types. In a slightly cooler state our skin tightens, and when the skin is tense, it can cause fine lines to form. Skin specialists suggest that if you are a person with blood type A, don’t wear your summer clothes too far into early fall. Just by keeping yourself warm, you can have younger, healthier-looking skin.
Use a light-coverage, breathable, foundation: The purpose of foundation is to conceal your facial flaws, to make skin appear finer and smoother, and to promote a healthy skin color. Blood type As, with their small pores, should especially pay attention to foundation color. When you lack sleep or when skin is dark and dull, use a brightening, illuminating foundation. But if you’re particularly happy with your own skin, just choose a light, breathable foundation. Heavy layers of foundation can clog pores, inhibiting your skin’s ability to breathe freely, instead, reducing your skin’s beautiful natural advantages. Additionally, the moisture content within the lens of A’s eyes is comparatively higher so to play up your natural advantages, emphasize your eye make-up to give you the enchanting eyes of a goddess.
Blood type experts guess that B blood types originated from the nomadic people from mountainous regions. As a result, because original environments were varied, Bs can better absorb and ingest more types of foods compared to other blood types. Their digestive ability is generally better than the other 3 blood types. B’s skin tone is usually relatively shallow. The skin cuticle is thinner, so the state of the skin changes like moods. Your skin is of the sensitive type; the slightest change, like the gentle rustle of grass in the wind, can cause you irritation.
Choose a mildly acidic cleanser: B’s rate of metabolism is relatively fast, so your skin might product more oil. Experts recommend that if you are blood type B to use a mildly acidic cleanser. First of all, using this kind of cleanser will give you clearer, rejuvenated skin, removing dirt from your pores. Secondly, the pH of the skin on a blood type B’s face is between 4.8 and 5.6, already slightly acidic. Using a cleanser similar to your skin’s pH to cleanse and purify will give you a clearer, more rejuvenated result. Moreover, for sensitive skinned B’s, alkali cleansing milks will often irritate the skin’s surface, making it prone to outbreaks and inflammation. SELF especially doesn’t recommend you use scented soaps to wash your face.
Choose exfoliating products: Scrubs will make your skin fine and smoother, giving it a glow. But B’s have thinner skin, so it’s especially important to be careful when choosing a scrub. We recommend that you do not choose scrubs with exfoliating beads that are too coarse, because when you exfoliate, they could damage the skin cells, causing fine lines to form. When you pay attention to your neck, use an upward or downward rubbing motion utilizing natural resistance. But not every area can take exfoliation. If the sides of your nostrils are more sensitive, turning red with the slightest breeze, thus illustrating a thinner skin cuticle, avoid scrubbing too much in those areas.
Use gold to brighten your face color: Color experts call B’s “Golden People” because they are lively, dynamic, and sparkle amongst a crowd. The dark gold family of colors suit the exuberant B’s. When you apply base color, blend a buildable highlighting powder with your liquid foundation, creating a brilliant pearly finish. For the cheeks, blend liquid blush with highlighter to create a beautiful, glowing, rosy tint. Additionally, shimmery brown shadows harmonize well with a gold mascara, resulting in a beautiful effect that will draw all eyes to you in any crowd.
Use “slow eat” application method: There’s an interesting finding by the cosmetology research center saying that of all women, B’s take the least time to do their makeup. This has to do with their naturally restless character. But if you want your makeup to be sophisticated and refined, we suggest you slow the tempo down! This year the global trend is all about a slower pace, and makeup artists are applying it to their work. No matter what you apply on the face, remember to first put some in the palm of your hand, then use warm fingertips to lightly tap the product onto the face. If you coordinate with a massaging action, you’ll get even better results. If you use a “slow eat” technique, you’ll be amazed at what you see: that actually makeup is a slow, magical art.
The AB blood type is the most recently discovered/classified of the four blood types. If you are an AB, you often have a better ability to adapt. The AB’s skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun is relatively good. Due to AB’s tendency to act mature for their age, the rate that the skin ages can also appear faster. AB’s belong to the mucus type, so their “qi” (or blood circulation/energy flow) is not too good, so the likelihood of anaemia or other such ailments occurring is high. According to expert’s analysis, the pale, sickly/frail beautiful Lin Dai Yu (ancient Chinese beauty of lore) was an AB.
Minimize the use of tap water to wash the face: Due to your maturity, competence, and ability to adapt, you are often one step of your peers when it comes to your career. At the same time, be careful, there is a tendency for expression lines to appear on your face and signs of aging to emerge. Be careful when choosing water to wash your face. Tap water tends to be “hard water,” and aside from the fact that it lacks beneficial minerals, it also contains a lot of impurities, easily causing your skin to age. Mineral spring water is the best choice, but using mineral spring water every day to wash your face is not too realistic. So SELF suggests that if you are blood type AB, to use boiled tap water to wash your face. Everyday after boiling water be sure to discard the old water and scale from the bottom of the kettle. Additionally, when water is at a temperature of approximately 42 degrees celsius, it’s the most comfortable for your skin.
Apply egg whites to your face: Egg whites contain precious nutritional content. It affects the skin by replenishing nutritional substances, and for AB’s who often have an unbalanced “qi”, egg whites also promoted the red blood cells’ ability to absorb oxygen. Applying egg white on the face is a fave trick of Korean celeb 金喜善, who’s been doing this since she was 20. She, an AB, listens to her private specialist’s suggestions, and everyday applies egg white to her face, so while she improves her skin’s inner glow, she’s also delaying her skin’s aging. Every time you apply the egg white, it is best to apply for about one minute. If you keep the egg white on your face too long, it will pull the moisture from your skin’s cells, drying out your skin. Make sure you wash the egg white off before it’s fully dry, that way not only will you prevent your skin’s moisture from being washed away, you will still be able to absorb all the benefits.
Use bright nail polish: due to issues with blood “qi” (or circulation/energy flow), if you’re a person with blood type AB you will often have pale face color. But in the East where fair is beautiful, a fairer skin tone matches perfectly with bright cosmetics, instead, making you really stand out in a spectacular way. A pair of hands is like a woman’s second face. Beauty experts recommend that if you are blood type AB to use brightly colored nail polish. Delicate, long, fair ten fingers suit red, purple or chocolate-brown, etc. hues of dazzling polish color, and can really lift your mood. After applying the color, you can also apply a layer of clear polish. This way you protect your nail polish color for longer, keeping it bright. Additionally, if you’re always using your hands, you’ll likely cause wear and tear on the ends of your nail polish color. When this situation occurs, we suggest you use a bit of silver color, and in the style of a French manicure, draw on a border. Thus creating an unexpected beautiful nail result.
Use concealer correctly: Blood type AB’s are sure to be careful of their public image. If you want to stay fair for others, maintaining a perfect, beautiful image, you need to ensure that you don’t have any spots on your skin’s surface, deducting points from your skin quality. If you have pimples on the surface of your face, we recommend lightly applying a concealer pen, using your fingertips to pat it in. Definitely do not apply it too thickly. For swollen pimples, choosing a green-based color concealer is most effective. SELF suggests that you don’t use concealer on inflamed or open pimples, not only will you not be able to properly conceal it, but you’ll also allow it to become infected with bacteria.
Traditional blood type experts think O is the oldest of all blood types, with the constitution of our hunter ancestors from ancient times. Type Os often love eating meats and other high protein foods. Present-day Eskimos are mostly blood type Os, and they generally have better body strength and skin with an impressive ability to withstand the cold. But because of the increased ability to absorb/ingest meats, Os pores are generally coarser, they sweat often, and their skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun is not very good. Compared to other blood types, O’s skin is more likely to dry up.
Get your beauty sleep every night: For people with blood type O, getting sleep is extremely important. The skin’s ability to restore itself is at it’s greatest between 2 – 3am in the morning and 1 – 2pm in the afternoon. Therefore, even though your job may be busy, skin professionals still recommend that if you are blood type O you should be getting to bed before 2am. Furthermore, you only need to sleep continuously for 8 hours straight, and you won’t have too many issues with your skin.
Moreoever, getting 45-60 minutes sleep in the afternoon is also beneficial for your skin. But sleep too long and you’ll “hypnotize” your cells, causing them to take longer to adjust back to the environment when you awaken, thus causing your skin to dull.
Avoid using foaming cleansers: Foaming cleansers are not for everyone. For blood type Os, the skin already releases a lot of oil and sweat, and using a foaming cleanser will bring about more oil and moisture making your skin taut so far as to dry it out. As much as possible, choose a milder cleansing lotion or gel cleanser. When washing your face use a massaging motion, prolonging washing time as appropriate, making it just as effective as using a product that lathers.
Use products that contain SPF: Don’t assume the sun is only at work during the summer! Blood type O’s skin’s ability to protect from the sun is not good. Choose products that contain SPF. During early fall, using makeup with around SPF 15 is sufficient. During the winter, we suggest you use a foundation with an SPF of around 10.
Use a highlighting pen to accent your features: People with blood type O originated from hunters, due to their ancient ancestors’ diet and lifestyle, O’s often have bigger builds and more prominent features. Use pen-style highlighting product to make your 3D features stand out, attracting more attention. When using a highlighter, try drawing a line along the bridge of your nose, then use to your fingertips to tap evenly tap it in. Under light, your nose will look even more pronounced. But don’t, whatever you do, apply on the tip of your nose, otherwise you’ll make your nostrils look massive. Also, a highlighter can be used between your eyebrows, underneath your eyes, in the center of your cheeks, and below, etc. The pearly ingredients will attract refracting beams of light, giving your skin a more vivid and full of life 3D effect, swiftly making you the center of any crowd’s attention.