Japanese women have a skin that defies time. Their eternally youthful skin is an object of envy amongst all women. The smooth, porcelain, wrinkle-free skin is a product of intense skincare. These routines do not consume too much time or resources and can be carried out even on a budget. Thus, anybody can improve their skin complexion and texture if they wish to do so! Just remember to follow the skincare routine regularly and you will be blessed with younger skin.
If you are looking for tips to achieve age-defying skin, then here are some Japanese anti-aging secrets we all need to know:
A Balanced Diet
The Japanese skincare regime begins with treating your skin with love and respect. Your skin needs to be nourished internally even before you commence the working on the outside. If you would have noticed, the Japanese diet mainly consists of fish and vegetables more than sugary products. Scientific studies have shown the direct correlation between sugar consumption and the damage caused to the collagen, a protein that makes skin look firmer. They even avoid fatty meats and prefer seafood rich in omega acids and vitamins instead. At the end of the day, “You are what you Eat”.
Drinking water to keep the skin hydrated also features highly in their skincare routine. Water detoxifies the skin and keeps the skin supple. Japanese women start their day with a cup of green tea, which is a well-known antioxidant. The polyphenols present in green tea contribute towards a younger skin by fighting free radicals and protecting the skin from skin cancer and sun damage. Green tea is also applied topically to certain areas for treatment.
Japanese women have always known and understood the importance of massages. Their daily morning skincare ritual begins with gently washing the face with warm water followed by patting the forehead and cheeks in an upward motion. The patting improves blood circulation to the skin. Moreover, even when it comes to applying beauty products, they massage it into their skin, again in the upward direction, rather than just slapping it on.
Rice is not just a staple when it comes to diet but is also a key ingredient in Japanese skincare regimes. The leftover water after boiling rice is a rich source of gamma-oryzanol, a compound that boosts collagen production. This water is used for skin toning and even in sheet masks. Using rice water in skincare is not a recent discovery, in fact, it is an ancient tradition dating back to Geishas using this technique to maintain a youthful skin.
This is the perfect recipe for your homemade Japanese Rice Face Toner and Mask:
- Place one cup of rice in two cups of cold water and leave to soak for 20 minutes;
- Drain the water and put it in a bottle. Put the rice aside;
- Soak a cotton pad in the rice water and gently apply over the skin;
Repeat every morning and evening.
- If you want to make your own rice mask, just soak a strong paper towel in the rice water and apply over the face, leaving it for 20 minutes.
By using your homemade toner, your skin will be as soft as a baby’s.
If you want to use commercial brands, we recommend this:
Exploiting Nature’s Bounty
Japanese women prefer natural and organic products over those that contain harsh chemicals. They try to use natural products as much as possible. For example, the Camellia oil, which is used to remove makeup and used as a skin cleanser, has anti-aging properties. Alcohol-based products are known to strip the skin of its natural oils.
While a shower may sound convenient, Japanese women indulge in long, hot baths. Steam baths are fairly common in Japan, especially before bed. The steam cleanses the skin and unclogs the pores, preventing any breakouts. Add a couple of drops of essential oils and the experience will be heavenly. Stress is one of the leading causes of wrinkles and a soothing bath will definitely relax the body, eliminating any stress.
Interestingly, in ancient times, the Geishas would dampen their silk kimonos with essential flower water and rest it on their face. This gave the birth to the modern-day sheet mask. Japanese face masks are in a rage all over the West. For an anti-aging effect, find one that contains collagen and skin tightening properties. Applying a face mask at least once a month will aid in making your skin look younger.
If you want to know more about Japanese Beauty Secrets, we recommend you buy the famous book The Japanese Skincare Revolution by Chizu Saeki where you’ll discover how to treat your skin in the best possible way and, most of all, how to take care of yourself by using ancient and efficient Japanese secrets.
Follow these pointers for a younger looking skin. Allow your skin to breathe and go without makeup whenever you can. Certain makeup products can adversely affect the elasticity of your skin. Use serums and softeners to pamper your skin instead of these damaging skin products.