When we think of Japanese women, beautiful porcelain skin and youthful looks are the first what comes to mind. How do they manage to hold on to smooth and flawless skin??
Perhaps Japanese women’s beauty has to do with genes or they have some dark secret, such as subjecting themselves to rigorous, cruel beauty routines that we wouldn’t be able to endure for even a week? No, the truth is much simpler and nicer: natural ingredients and constant care. Here are some traditional Japanese beauty tips.
Follow these 15 easy Japanese skin care tips to be on your way to youthful, beautiful skin.
Rice is one of the most popular Japanese beauty secrets. Enriched with minerals and vitamins, rice water is one of the best kept beauty secrets of Japanese Women who have used this natural remedy for flawless skin for centuries now.
2. Natural Beauty Oils
Japanese women use signature oils to clean, cleanse and tone their face. Forget oil-free cleansers and moisturizers, traditional Japanese skincare heavily rely on natural oils like the Camellia Oil.
3. Vitamin C
The Japanese vouch for Vitamin C in their everyday life. Their daily diet consists of oranges that deoxidize and break up melanin. This is the secret behind their fair and even complexion. It helps remove any pigmentation marks and gives them an even skin tone.
4. Green Tea
Japanese people drink several cups of green tea every day. Green tea has sufficient amounts of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to protect the skin. It helps to slow down the aging process and keeps the skin youthful and supple.
Japanese skin care isn’t just about what you put on your skin, but also about what they eat. Japanese Women integrate seaweed into their diets. Seaweed is a great anti-aging food and contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals hard to find in other foods. Japanese Women regularly use Seaweed as a part of their Skin and hair care regime. Seaweed helps immensely in toning and cleansing the skin. Seaweed leads to glowing skin and reduced pore size. It is great to improve hair too. It has anti aging properties.
Wakame Kelp is a kind of seaweed from Japan and often included in their diet. It helps to burn fatty tissue, purify the blood and help to eliminate toxic substances.
Japanese women often exfoliate their skin. This helps remove dull and dead skin cells from their face. Regular exfoliation makes it easier for the oils and moisturizers to soak in, thus boosting their effect. Smooth skin is a highly regarded beauty trait in Japan, and is achieved with regular exfoliation. Finely ground Azuki beans are used to buff away dead skin, or specially made washcloths are gently rubbed over the skin to get rid of trapped dirt.
7. Fish and sea Food
Japanese women don’t eat fatty and sugary foods, or lots of red meat like the western diet. Instead they load up on vitamin-packed “Brassica” vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and of course, lots of fish and other sea food like Shrimp which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. They also contain essential oils and nutrients – all of which are main contributors to youthful skin and help to reduce the body’s production of the inflammatory chemicals involved in the ageing process.
- Fish Therapy
The Japanese dip their feet into a small tub filled with “doctor fish” or toothless fish to remove the dead skin cells from their feet. This helps to smoothen out the heels and make the feet look healthy. This therapy is also gaining popularity in India and many Spas have introduced the Fish Pedicures
8. Sun Protection
Rather than using heavy sunscreen, Japanese ladies tend to skip the Sun altogether! Japanese women prefer not to slap on a layer of sunscreen on their face. Rather, they will opt to stay out of direct sunlight, or wear a wide-brimmed hat and carry a UV umbrella to shield their skin from the sun. If they do have to be in the sun, SPF 50+ is a must.
9. Cleansing is the Key
A simple rule that many of us fail to follow: Cleansing. Either we are too busy or too tired to take time out for Cleansing.
Cleansing is KEY in Japanese skin care in order to achieve a glowing complexion. For Japanese women, the most important part of any skincare routine isn’t fancy serum, or pricey night cream… it’s your cleanser.
They spend their money on a good cleanser, perfectly suited for their skin type, because if not cleansing properly, nothing’s going to be as effective afterwards. Japanese women believe in Double Cleansing i.e. removing makeup and then cleansing again with an oil or balm. They believe in always cleansing morning and night, even if they haven’t been wearing makeup.
Also they believe in using soft products (without too many harsh chemicals) which benefit the skin in retaining its moisture.
10. Go Easy on Makeup
When it comes to makeup, for Japanese women less is definitely more. Their focus is more on great Skincare. They choose products carefully. For them Makeup is an add-on and enhancement to already flawless skin, not the main attraction.
11. Tap it On…Don’t Rub On
Japanese women lightly tap their face when applying products onto their skin to stimulate blood flood. One can invest in the most expensive and innovative beauty products in the marketplace, but the secret to youthful-looking skin is all about the technique. Most of us apply our skincare products with our fingers in a light, upward circular motion but for Japanese women, they slap it on! Going upward (starting with the chin), they gently pat their face to elevate energy levels.
12. Treating Acne Naturally
The Japanese like to treat acne as naturally as possible. They use turmeric and tea tree, either directly or by extracting its oil.
13. Bird Dropping Facials
Bird droppings is one of unusual Japanese beauty secrets A beauty ritual of high regard, the Japanese women sought after bird feces from nightingales for its prevalent levels of the chemical ‘guanine’. They believe that guanine help to brighten facial complexions, creating the illusion of a more porcelain skin tone. The Japanese swear by bird dropping facials that are popularly known as Uguisu.
14. Hair Care
Japanese women pay particular attention to their hair and prefer to use special, handmade wooden combs, whose tiny little pores catch the natural oil that the scalp glands produce and distribute it along the length of the hair. This helps keep it well moisturized, strong and healthy and extra shiny. The Japanese ladies also use seaweed powder to cleanse their hair over the chemical packed Shampoos. To moisturize, they rub camellia oil into their locks.
15.The “Unseen” Beauty
Japanese women are graceful in general, and greatly appreciate the value of poise, femininity and proper mannerism. Japanese beauty is not just about what one does with the skin. Japanese women make it a conscious effort to keep calm because stress is the number one enemy of beautiful skin. There is a Japanese concept called mie-nai osharé. It translates to “unseen beauty”. The basic idea is that beauty does not have to be displayed to be appreciated. True beauty radiates, exhibited or not.
So, if you want beautiful skin then do it the Japanese way!!