Rise of C-beauty: Traditional Chinese medicine remedies inspiring more cosmetics, skincare products

Former pharmacist Serene Ang founded a TCM-inspired skincare line after struggling with a skin condition for almost a decade. PHOTO: SERENE SKINLAB
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SINGAPORE – It may seem hard to believe, but the creator of a skincare line based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) knew little about it at first.

“I was not familiar with TCM at all. My only knowledge of it was through the herbal tonic soups my grandmother used to brew for me when I was growing up,” says former pharmacist Serene Ang, 44, who founded Serene SkinLab in 2019.

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