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Peaches and cream

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Peaches and cream

Nancy Matos

Reader question: “Peter's sister is a lovely girl. She has a real peaches and cream complexion, soft and white as milk and a touch of pink like a fresh ripe peach.”

Could you explain “peaches and cream”?

My comments: Fair-skinned people with rosy cheeks and unblemished skin are often said to have a “peaches and cream” complexion. The expression is mainly used when describing a female’s skin tone, however. The skin of a woman sporting a “peaches and cream” complexion is creamy with the pinkish hue of a peach, hence the term.

Famous women with “peaches and cream” complexions are actresses Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman—both from Australia, incidentally. Nicole Kidman says she keeps her famous smooth complexion by staying out of the sun and using lots of sunscreen, which would have been necessary growing up in Australia’s sunny climate.

The expression “peaches and cream” can also refer to something that is enjoyable and pleasant, as in “Her life seems to be all peaches and cream”.


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About the author:

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.