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What Our Asian Mothers Taught Us About Beauty and Wellness


In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, members of Team HUM share magnificence and wellness recommendation handed on to us from our Asian moms (and grandmothers!).

Here’s what they taught us about taking good care of our pores and skin, hair, and well being.

Mother and daughter together at home

Michele, Content Editor

My mother (who moved from the Philippines to the US at 16 years outdated) has probably the most stunning pores and skin ever—tremendous easy, gentle, and clear, with a stunning tone. Unfortunately, I’ve to work additional laborious for my pores and skin to even come shut!

Moisturize + Protect

While she’s extra into magnificence and make-up (versus my skin-first strategy), she’s nonetheless rigorous (or “religious,” as she says) together with her skincare routine.

Like me, she loves the efficiency that serums can ship, and in addition prizes moisturizer for her enviable complexion. She’s all about luxurious and counts Chanel, La Mer, and Natura Bissé as her go-tos, whereas I sometimes want to check out clear choices from newer/indie manufacturers.

But above all, she wears sunscreen day by day and by no means sits out within the solar, which have to be why (at the very least partly) her pores and skin nonetheless seems to be unbelievable in her mid-60s.


As far as skin-supporting dietary supplements go, she takes nutritional vitamins C and D day by day.


From her, I realized the significance of getting facials (we each love HydraFacials) and different therapies usually to maintain pores and skin contemporary, clear, and wholesome. Whenever I am going again dwelling, our model of high quality time sometimes consists of a spa go to to get our glow on.

Final Thoughts

It’s been a lifelong journey for me to really feel comfy and assured with my complexion, however I’m additional grateful that my mother and father have at all times supported me on my quest. It’s truthfully simply dawning on me now how a lot my mother has influenced my obsession with skincare!

Mother and daughter

Vani, Programmatic Marketing Manager

Being raised by my Desi mom and grandmother, nearly all of recommendation was round hair well being and how one can nurture and promote wholesome hair development.

It’s humorous that after years of not taking their recommendation critically, I’ve rediscovered these hair care options as suggestions from others—significantly, once I began my journey in curly hair care a handful of years in the past.

Their recommendation usually fell into two classes: what to eat and what topical options are mandatory for wholesome hair.

Eat contemporary Fruits + Nuts

They positioned a heavy emphasis on consuming nuts to assist promote wholesome and robust hair development. I’ve positively adopted this into my day by day routine; I prefer to hold small bowls of fruits and nuts at my desk to snack on when working all through the day. Since implementing this a number of years in the past, I’ve seen a glow in my pores and skin and my hair is much less dry and has much less fallout.

Coconut Oil hair masks

Marinating your hair in coconut oil is a staple apply in most Desi houses. I keep in mind sitting on a weekly foundation to get scorching coconut oil poured on my scalp and a vigorous scalp therapeutic massage. Then my mom would attempt to detangle and braid my loopy, curly hair.

I escaped this apply as quickly as I used to be sufficiently old to keep away from it. But now I’ve discovered myself proper again to it in spite of everything these years! On a bi-weekly foundation, I therapeutic massage heat coconut oil or castor oil in my scalp and marinate with a scorching cap for a few hours earlier than washing it out with a clarifier. As a outcome I’ve seen that my hair is way stronger and softer. Since readopting this apply, there’s additionally much less fallout.

Final Thoughts

As I grow old, I’ve discovered that I lean extra on conventional Desi practices of utilizing pure options in relation to pores and skin, hair, and normal wellness. You see a few of these being adopted by mainstream wellness manufacturers in utilizing elements like turmeric and coconut oil.

Honestly, getting again to those practices makes me really feel nearer to my cultural identification. This has at all times been essential to me as somebody who was born in India however was raised in Western tradition within the Bay Area.

Mother and daughter outside

Zena, Editorial Director

For so long as I can keep in mind, individuals have complimented my mom on her stunning pores and skin and youthful look. She not often wears any make-up so her magnificence routine is completely skincare-based. Neither my sister nor I put on a lot make-up on a day-to-day foundation and I believe it’s from her instance.

Don’t Touch your facE

My mom may be very diligent about moisturizing. I keep in mind at all times feeling lotion on her face once I was a child. On that word, she additionally used to inform us not to the touch her face so she wouldn’t get wrinkles. I don’t know if it actually makes a distinction with that, however I do suppose it’s a superb behavior to depart your face alone as a lot as potential. Picking at blemishes or different imperfections solely makes them worse. We also can switch micro organism from our arms to our face, simply.

Wear Protective Clothing

Similarly, my mother can also be very adamant about solar safety. She wears SPF on her face day-after-day, but in addition wears hats and clothes to guard herself from the solar. She even had a sleeve accent within the automotive to guard her naked arm from daylight coming in from the facet window within the driver’s seat. I made enjoyable of it once I first noticed it, however now that I’m in my 30s and extra skincare savvy, I get it! When I obtained to the seaside now, I want to put on lengthy, unfastened, breathable layers whereas sitting within the shade.

Don’t Sleep with Wet Hair

My mom was actually, actually insistent on this one once I was little. She at all times mentioned I might get sick if I slept with moist hair. I’ve learn that’s not essentially true, however that sleeping with moist hair will not be pretty much as good in your scalp as letting it dry.

Eat + Drink Warm meals and drinks

In phrases of wellness recommendation, my mother subscribes to a number of rules of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She doesn’t drink water whereas she eats meals and prefers to hydrate earlier than or after to maintain her digestive system centered on breaking down meals.

Also, after we exit to eat at eating places, the very first thing she at all times asks for is a glass of scorching water with lemon. She avoids consuming chilly or ice water and prefers to sip room temperature or scorching water to enhance digestion.

Similarly, she prefers evenly cooked meals versus uncooked fruit and veggies. She’s additionally at all times inspired me to eat heat, grounding meals on my interval.

Final Thoughts

It’s humorous—rising up, I used to suppose the following pointers had been all so random. But the extra I’ve realized about how the physique and digestion work, the extra all of it makes excellent sense to me. I like that TCM locations such a giant emphasis on how digestion pertains to general well being and that it’s widespread family information.