Autumn is a cold, arid season that can make your skin itch and your throat dry. Here are 6 ways to stay moisturized this fall.
1. Soup for dry skin relief
White fungus, lily, and lotus seed soup is recommended to anyone who would like some help keeping their skin soft in autumn. The ingredients include white fungus, dry lily, lotus seeds, apples, coix seeds, and red dates. This sweet soup contains a lot of fiber and it can keep skin moist and even prevent wrinkles. Frequent consumption of white fungus can protect and replenish collagen, helping skin look younger. Many female performers enjoy eating white fungus to keep their skin radiant.
White fungus was the favorite beauty product of the empress dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty. Apples are rich in pectin, which helps increase water retention in the skin and makes the skin brighter and shiny. Long-term use can eliminate spots on the face, reduce wrinkles, and prevent aging skin.
Soak the white fungus in cool water overnight. Soak the coix seeds, lily, and lotus seeds in warm water for about an hour. After soaking, put them in a pot and bring to a slow boil. Then add peeled apple slices that will bring some sweetness to the soup. Cut open 6 red dates, remove the seeds, and add them. After bringing the soup back to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
2. Pear water
Pear water is a thirst-quenching and intestinal moisturizing drink. Many health-conscious people find drinking pear water very beneficial. It can quench thirst and moisturize dry cells. Cut 2 or 3 pears into slices — the thinner, the better. Boil them for 30 minutes. After cooling, drink the water. Eating pears is also beneficial for the lungs. Pear water is safe to drink every day or any time you feel thirsty.
3. Acupoint for dry and itchy skin relief
To relieve autumn dryness, you can press the Chize point located at the antecubital space of the arm. Often pressing the Chize acupoint can also ease the cough caused by autumn dryness. The Chize point is just lateral to the tendon, in the hollow formed when flexing the arm at right angles. You can press it lightly.
4. Lotus root improves mood
Li Shizhen, a famous Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, mentioned that eating lotus roots made people happy. Autumn is coming, the weather turns colder, and the temperature difference between morning and evening is substantial. Many people will feel upset, irritable, and have their sleep affected.
In autumn, if you feel upset and irritable, you can drink a little lotus root juice. It can promote body fluids to quench thirst, calm irritability, and clear away heat and toxins. With a calming effect, the lotus root can inhibit nervous excitement and strengthen blood vessel flexibility. People prone to nosebleeds can eat lotus root once in a while because the blood vessels are more flexible and will not easily bleed.
5. Lotus root pork rib soup
Cooking the lotus root together with ribs into lotus root rib soup is incredibly useful. It is best to eat in autumn and winter. Why? Because this time is the harvest season. The lotus root is the freshest when harvested. Autumn and winter are suitable for lotus root rib soup. You can make it with simple ingredients — one lotus root, half a rack of ribs, and a little salt. Ginger, red dates, and goji berries can be added, which are also beneficial in the fall season.
Drinking lemon tea can relieve coughing. Lemon is a citrus fruit and its acidity can help people immediately produce saliva, having the effect of relieving cough and dryness. Adding honey is an option and will also soothe the throat. If you drink tea with breakfast, it is beneficial to add two pieces of fresh lemon and a tablespoon of honey. That way, you can start the day full of vigor.
Translated by Joseph Wu and edited by Helen, David Jirard