Japanese women are associated with perfect skin complexions, that just don’t age and can evoke serious envy. Let us dig deep into their beauty secrets and give you their simple, but tested beauty habits that will give you smooth, glowing skin that you always wanted.
Japanese Skin Care Tips:
1. Bathing in Rice Water
Geisha used to use rice bran to help in softening their hair and skin by bathing in the water left over from rinsing uncooked rice. They were definitely onto something, because as a natural emollient and antioxidant, rice is said to help in nourishing the skin and preventing wrinkles.
Rice bran is also the main ingredient in some skincare from Japan.
2. Bath Time Rituals
Bath time is a ritual, in Japan. From hot spring “Onsen” (bathhouses) to gorgeous at home bathtubs, this involves scrubbing the body from head to toe using an exfoliating cleanser, before climbing into a steaming hot bath that is enriched with oils or essences of various green tea and herbs. This is good for beautifying the skin, as well as de-stressing before bedtime.
3. Drink Green Tea
There are various reasons to drink a hot cup of tea, that is why it is a sacred tradition in Japanese culture. Green tea is loaded in antioxidants and may help in preventing breast cancer, according to Brit.
Drinking green tea is also a good way to speed up your metabolism and burn fat. To get the benefits of green tea, strive to drink 2-3 cups a day.
Not a tea drinker? You can apply green tea topically and still reap some benefits. You can use green tea as a toner, by letting 2 cups cool after brewing. Then apply this into your face using a cotton ball. This natural alternative can help give you that glowing skin and reduce the size of pores.
You can store the solution using a bottle and make it as a daily part of your beauty routine.
Smooth skin is a highly regarded beauty trait for the Japanese, and this is achieved with regular exfoliation. Finely ground Azuki beans are used to get rid of dead skin, or specially made washcloths are gently rubbed over the skin to remove trapped dirt.
As well as giving smooth skin, exfoliating also leaves no barrier between your skin and the oils, serums, and moisturisers you use afterwards.
5. Wakame Kelp
Wakame kelp is a kind of sea algae that protects your skin from pollution and UV rays. Also, it protects you from fine lines and dark eye circles. Wakame Kelp is often included in Japanese diet.
- It is great for improve skin and hair.
- It contains anti-aging properties for the skin by supporting collagen production and preserving hyaluronic acid, which diminishes as one get older.
Japanese Foot Care Secrets:
6. Fish Therapy:
To get rid of the dead skin cells from their feet, the Japanese dip their feet into a small tub or pond filled with “doctor fish” or toothless fish.
These fish scrape off the dead skin from the feet, therefore helping in smoothing out the heels and making them look healthy.
Japanese Hair Care Tips:
7. A Diet Rich in Nori or Dried Seaweed
Pure black hair is an essential feature of Japanese beauty. Long before your grandmother began dyeing her hair, she kept her locks dark by consuming a diet rich in dried seaweed, or nori, which are believed to nourish hair and keep them from greying.
While miso paste, found in miso soup, is probiotic-rich and added to the growth and shine of hair.
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