History of Masks: Yang Guifei

Hey, Maskinistas!

It’s Cassi here again and if you’ve been following us for the past month, you’re already aware we’re pretty mask-crazy here at Beauteque. Not only do we love masking for its sheer simplicity (maybe you’ve seen the Snapchats of me masking in the office, read: terrifying my coworkers), but for its effectiveness and timelessness.

Perfect complexions have been sought after since ancient times. Cleopatra notoriously introduced mud and clay masking to the game, and various mask recipes have been used throughout history by women of high status.

Today we’re going to take a look at Yang Guifei, aka one of the Four Great Beauties of ancient China. Born during the Tang Dynasty, Yang Guifei was said to have a face that put flowers to shame.



Almond and honey are the secret ingredients in Yang Guifei’s brand of beauty. Nowadays, we know that almond oil is packed with Vitamin E and other good fatty acids and minerals that our hair and skin so desperately need. Antioxidant Vitamin E fights free radicals (which can speed up the signs of aging!), so it’s no wonder Yang Guifei was so well-known for a plump, healthy complexion.

Honey is an amazingly well-rounded ingredient. It too has antioxidant properties that help slow the onset or progress of fine lines and wrinkles. It also has anti-microbial properties that make it a great candidate for those with acne-prone skin.

To DIY this mask yourself at home, simply mix a small amount of raw honey in the palm of your hand with a few drops of sweet almond oil. On a freshly clean and dry face, apply a thin layer of the mask and leave on anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Wash off with warm water and a washcloth!

If you want a less messy option, try one of these sheet masks:

Have you given any ancient beauty secrets a try? Let us know in the comments!




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