*Guest Post by Lovella*
I used to teach English to Japanese students. Aside from their humble nature, one thing that I noticed and really love about many Japanese women is their unbelievably smooth and creamy complexion. You know that almost translucent glow without a single pore which really made me green with envy!
And so for months and months I stared and admired their effortless beauty until one day I finally got the guts to pepper one of my students with questions, Yuko.
Yuko is an emergency doctor, about 35 years old, yet she literally looks like somebody fresh out of university! Considering the high stress levels of her profession, I could help but wonder how she had such great skin.
Anyway, I managed to take a pick her brain about her daily skin regimen and here are some of the best beauty tips from Japan she shared with me.
1. Traditional vs. Commercial Skincare
While Japan is one of the world’s leading cosmetic suppliers, ironically many Japanese women, including my friend Yuko, don’t really care about putting a lot of stuff on their face. They tend to invest more in natural skin and hair care rather than in makeup.
Believe it or not, many women in Japan still follow their grandma’s advice when it comes to beauty. They prefer to use products with natural ingredients such as sea weeds, essential oils, and other herbs, instead of typical products.
Well it only makes sense considering how most beauty products these days can only do more harm than good.
2. Simplicity is Beauty
Yuko said Japanese women would rather go unnoticed. They don’t really like catching attention or getting stared at. I’m not sure if it’s because of their shy and ‘low-profile’ nature, but when it comes to makeup and beauty, they want to be as subtle as they can get.
Beauty in subtlety!
They are however quite meticulous in terms of hygiene, cleansing, as well as about the clothes they wear, their public manners, and their overall health. They eat right and live healthier than most people in the world. Surely that’s where the glow comes from. Interesting.
3. They Load Up in Omega-3 Rich Foods
Diet is an essential part of a Japanese skin care routine. Did you know that eating seaweed regularly can keep facial lines at bay? Whatever you put in your mouth can soon reflect in your skin’s appearance.
A Japanese diet usually includes fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, which are extremely rich in essential fatty acids otherwise known as Omega-3’s. These healthy oils help moisturize your skin from the inside.
Aside from its skin rejuvenating properties, Omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory and therefore can help maintain clear, flawless skin. Say hello to sushi and goodbye to blemishes!
4. Get Down with Green Tea
In one of our classes, Yuko and I purely talked about green tea. Drinking green tea is almost a sacred Japanese tradition (well I guess for most Asian cultures). But there’s more to green tea drinking than Japanese hospitality.
Green tea is deemed to be a “magical potion” that can offer longer lasting youth and longevity. There must be some truth to that age-old belief because green tea has been known to contain plenty of antioxidants, which help you rid of free radicals – one of the biggest culprits of premature skin aging.
If you’re scared of getting wrinkles and fine lines on your face too soon, better make tea-drinking a daily habit.
5. ‘Onsen’ baths
There’s good reason why ancient human beings have used steam baths for both health and beauty purposes. Sweating helps flush out toxins from the body.
Steam from hot springs gently opens and unclogs your pores, leaving your skin not only bright but flawless. No wonder Japanese people frequently visit public steam bath houses to feel relaxed and cleansed both from the inside and out.
While I can’t imagine sharing a steam bath with a group of strangers in the nude, well I may just change my mind considering the amazing benefits that my skin can get by simply sitting and sweating!
So have you tried any of these steps — which ones? If not, I believe these tips are definitely worth a try so tell us which one you’ll try first in the comment section below.
About the Author: Lovella Sitoy is a customer support specialist for Simply Rapunzel, a premium brand focused on using safe and natural ingredients to help women get fuller hair, stronger nails, and clearer skin. Stay with her on Pinterest.