ASIA’S BEST KEPT BEAUTY SECRETS


COCONUT
Originating in India and Southeast Asia, coconut is known for its versatility ranging from food to cosmetics.

Benefits:
Not just a highly nutritious fruit beneficial for glowing skin and shiny hair, coconut is an integral part of many cuisines and has magical healing and moisturizing properties.

Origin:
Requiring warm climate and high humidity to grow, coconut is indigenous to tropical regions such as India and Southeast Asian countries. 



GINGER
A common ingredient in Asian cuisines and alternative medicine, ginger provides an array of health and beauty benefits.

Benefits:
Despite an entwinement to ancient times, ginger has the ability to tame modern diseases like migraine, flatulence and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease while lessening hair loss, fighting acne and bacteria, and promoting skin renewal.

Origin:
Ginger is believed to have its origin from the Pacific and Southeast Asian islands during the Austronesian expansion.



JASMINE
A staple from the East and a signature PAÑPURI ingredient, the night-blooming jasmine is not renowned merely for its ethereal aroma, but also its many-faceted properties.

Benefits:
Famous for its therapeutic powers and rich antioxidant capacity, jasmine truly is Asia’s best kept secret for being a foundation of self-care. Jasmine is known to help quench thirst, restore energy, offer skin rejuvenation and even reduce wrinkles.

Origin:
For centuries, tropical regions like Asia, including the Himalayas, have been homes of this fragrant summer flower. 



KAFFIR LIME
Native to tropical Southeast Asia, kaffir lime is an aromatic citrus fruit used in Asian cuisines and for olfactory purposes.

Benefits:
Packed with antioxidants, kaffir lime is an herbal ingredient that can tackle many skin concerns such as age spots and pimples. It also promotes oral health, soothes digestive issues and improves the hair’s shine.

Origin:
A familiar member in the Asian kitchen, this aromatic ingredient is a Southeast Asian plant that requires plenty of sunlight and moist soil to grow. 



LEMONGRASS
An integral flavor to Sri Lankan and Thai cuisine, lemongrass and its subtle aroma is loved by people around the world.

Benefits:
A natural mosquito repellant, lemongrass commands medical benefits as it is capable of preventing infection and boosting red blood cell levels. Its aromatic scent also imparts a sense of calm to relieve stress and anxiety.

Origin:
Now growing in many countries around the world, lemongrass is a tropical herb that originated in Sri Lanka and South India.



LOTUS
A spiritual symbol of purification and enlightenment, the sacred lotus is nutritional with a root that can be traced back to traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

Benefits:
Lotus contains a high level of polyphenolic compounds with beneficial properties such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. The roots, seeds, and petals of the lotus can be used in many cuisines, while in traditional medicine, lotus is used to treat a wide variety of health issues, including skin diseases like ringworm or fungal infections.  

Origin:
Capable of growing in a wide range of climates since Ancient Egypt, lotus is an aquatic plant native to South Asia.



PAPAYA
An excellent source of vitamins A and C, papaya is a versatile fruit for both health and skincare and is an integral part of both the kitchen and the vanity. 

Benefits:
Rich in antioxidants, papaya keeps the skin youthful, moisturized and radiant, thanks to its skin-brightening properties. When eaten, the fruit is beneficial to the body’s immunity as well as improving digestion.

Origin:
Also known as pawpaw, papaya is native to nations from Tropical America, including Southern Mexico long before the arrival of Columbus.



RICE
A staple food to many countries around the world, rice provides energy and symbolizes abundance and fertility. In particular, Thai Jasmine rice bran and rice germ oil contains many nutritious and soothing benefits. 

Benefits:
In countries such as South Korea and Japan, rice water is used to wash one’s hands or face. Rice water helps add shine to hair and soften the skin, as well as reducing acne and minimizing pores. It also has cooling properties, making it a soothing remedy to inflammations and burnt skin.

Origin:
Regardless of many controversies, rice is Asia’s cultivated crop originated in China before eventually spreading to the rest of the world.



YLANG-YLANG
Widely grown in the tropical isles, the "flower of flowers" is prized for its aromatic extract that fills the air with exotic floral notes.

Benefits:
As an aromatherapy application, ylang-ylang can lull you to sleep, soothe tension and impart a sense of calm and optimism. Used cosmetically, it boosts the skin’s balance and relieves body irritations while strengthening hair and scalp.

Origin:
A common proprietary ingredient of essential oils, ylang-ylang is a flower of the tropical Asian regions, namely the Philippines and Indonesia. 


ALOE VERA
The wondrous, spiky, succulent plant, naturally found in dry, tropical climates, is famed for its soothing properties used to help treat everything from skin issues to digestive problems.

Benefits:
Not only does it contain nourishing folic acids, minerals, sugars, phenolic compounds, as well as fatty and essential amino acids, it is also rich in antioxidants that actively neutralize free-radicals.

Origin:
The first documented reports of the aloe vera’s nourishing properties date as far back as 6,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, with its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects attributed in 1,550 BC’s “papyrus Eber”.



TURMERIC
Hailed as one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence, turmeric has been reported to dramatically increase the antioxidant capacity of the body while reviving skin by bringing out its natural glow.

Benefits
While it is known to contain properties that contribute to a natural glow, turmeric may also help to reduce acne and any resulting scars. Its anti-inflammatory qualities can target your pores and calm the skin, helping face to clear up from acne breakouts.

Origin
A staple in Asia for thousands of years, turmeric has been a major part of Ayurveda, Unani, as well as Siddha and traditional Chinese medicine. It was first introduced as a dye, and then later for its properties in folk medicine.



ORCHID
A symbol of love, beauty and refinement, orchids have been used in Asia for centuries for their reparative and protective properties, not just in skincare, but also in hair care.

Benefits:
Orchid leaves have pigments called anthocyanins that synthesize in response to skin stressors like UV, temperature changes, drought and pollution. Plus, it acts as an antioxidant and humectant, moisturizing, soothing and conditioning skin.

Origin:
Depending on the species, the origin of orchids can be traced from around the world, including rural China. In the Middle Ages, it was also used in creating herbal remedies and love potions. 



CUCUMBER
A superfood for the skin, cucumbers aren’t just solutions for puffy eyes. Composed largely of proteins, lipids, Vitamin C, and a variety of minerals, they possess moisturizing and emollient properties ideal for all parts of the body.

Benefits:
Known for its astringent and soothing effects, cucumber aids in skin's natural shedding of its outer layer during cell turnover, essential in keeping skin looking fresh and young. Its innate proteins and lipids also gives skin a lovely smooth feel.

Origin:
The cucumber reportedly originated in India, where many varieties have been first observed and cultivated. Records have revealed that it was also cultivated in France in the 9th century, England in the 14th century, and in North America by the mid-16th century.



NEEM
Parts of the Meem tree have been used for its medicinal and insecticidal properties, perfect for skin and hair care products that soothe dryness, repair damage and remove bacteria.

Benefits:
Neem is a natural anti-aging and skin-repair ingredient, deeply penetrating skin to restore moisture, enhance elasticity, smoothen wrinkles, stimulate collagen production, refill cracks caused by dryness and even bring out skin’s healthy glow.

Origin:
When it was first discovered that the tree can thrive in any warm, dry regions, Indian migrants reportedly introduced it to Africa, Fiji, Mauritius, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia. 



RICE BRAN
A prized century-old anti-aging ingredient in Asia, rice bran was first used by Japanese women to soften and smoothen their skin. Today, rice bran is famed for its brightening and blemish-removing properties.

Benefits:
A gentle oil suited for dehydrated, flaky, delicate, mature or fragile skin, rice bran contains tocotrienols, an antioxidant that is more potent than Vitamin E. It is also known to moisturize hair and add sheen and luster to individual hair fibers without weighing it down.

Origin:
Asia, Africa and the Americas are the most prominent place in the production of Rice. However, India and Thailand are the most successful in terms of rice bran production. 



BLACK GINGER
A unique dietary ingredient prized for its ability to improve peripheral blood circulation, thus aiding in cold hands and feet, swelling and inflammation, black ginger is also a true beauty secret from Asia.

Benefits:
Black Ginger is packed with flavonoids particularly with high content of polymethoxtflavone, making it an ideal energy enhancer with excellent tonic effect. It also inhibits glycolisation, the age-related development of disfiguring brown pigments in the skin.

Origin:
This rhizome of Kaempferia Parviflora (Zingiberaceae), has been part of Thailand’s wellness traditions for more than a thousand years. Thais would pulverize the root and use it as tea bags, while the fresh one is utilized to brew wine. 



SANDALWOOD
This fragrant wood, native to India and Australia, is often used as a skin softener and protectant.With sweet, warm, and woody notes, sandalwood evokes a calming scent which makes it a preferred ingredient for meditation.

Benefits:
Sandalwood’s scent diffuses of a woody oriental note that relaxes the senses and enhances mental clarity. Used in post-shave products, sandalwood is effective in treating dry, inflamed skin and soothing it.

Origin:
One of the oldest incense materials, sandalwood has been used for 4000 years. Aside from religious traditions, sandalwood is also used in traditional medicine since pre-history.



SPEARMINT
Bursting with flavor and nutrients, this ancient herb has been used since antiquity for its culinary, medicinal and aromatic properties. Thought to have originated in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean, this favored flavoring agent contains cooling and relaxing properties.

Benefits:
Its remarkable health benefits are evident in aromatherapy and topical and internal applications. Its refreshing scent invigorates the senses and relieves stress while relieving indigestion, clearing nasal congestion and combating nausea.

Origin:
Mint has a long history of cultivation and is known to be used in cooking and herbal medicine since 1600BC. Dried peppermint leaves were discovered in pyramids carbon dated to 1000BC.



CHAMPACA
Admired for its sweet, aromatic fragrance, champaca is a manna of benefits. Its stems, barks and flowers help treat wounds, gout, diabetes, dysuria, and cardiac disorders, while its oils are treasured for its skincare benefits.

Benefits:
In aromatherapy, it is used to increase confidence and enhance well-being. More than just a natural antidepressant, it neutralizes free-radicals, inhibiting skin’s natural oxidation process and preventing diseases early.

Origin:
A tall, flowering, fragrant evergreen tree, champaca was reportedly cultivated throughout the Indian territories, commonly appearing in temples and gardens, serving as both aromatherapeutic and ornamental foliage.

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