Japan, land of quirky culture, delicious food, and incredible complexions. Much as blow HQ loves sushi and a rousing J-Pop singalong, nothing fills us with more envy than the smooth, lit-from-within skin that Japanese women all seem to possess. Science has proven there’s no specific “beauty gene”…meaning glowing, porcelain skin can be ours with the help of a few Japanese beauty rituals! We’ve already managed to get our hands on one of the biggest skincare lines in Japan, BC Link, so we decided to uncover a few more Japanese beauty secrets to go with it.
From green tea to a serious bathing habit, here are the 15 beauty secrets Japanese women have been keeping under wraps for centuries. Your skin will never be the same again…
The first step of beauty is always what you put IN your body, rather than what you put on it – and the Japanese diet is one of the most beautifying in the world! Japanese women don’t eat fatty and sugary foods, or lots of meat. Instead they load up on vitamin-packed “brassica” vegetables like broccoli, and of course, lots and lots (and lots) of fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help reduce the body’s production of the inflammatory chemicals involved in the ageing process.
Load up on vitamin-packed “brassica” vegetables
Clinically proven to possess a ton of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, Japanese beauties traditionally not only drank cups and cups of green tea, they also applied a concentrate to acne. In Japan they still drink a LOT of green tea, and have created a potent green tea drink, Matcha, from ground green tea leaves. One cup of Matcha contains the same level of antioxidants as TEN cups of green tea… and it can be baked into cakes, blended into milkshakes and added to just about anything.
Never have too much green tea.
Geisha used to use rice bran to soften their skin and hair by bathing in the water left over from rinsing uncooked rice. They were definitely onto something – an antioxidant and natural emollient, rice helps protect from UV damage, nourishes the skin and prevents wrinkles. If you’re looking for a flawless complexion, rice is the key – no wonder it’s the main ingredient in our incredible new exclusive skincare from Japan, BC Link.
Rice is the key
Japanese women aren’t afraid of oil, and you shouldn’t be either. Used in Japan for deep moisturising AND cleansing, the secret is to avoid mineral oil. Geisha used natural Camellia Oil instead of water to remove makeup and cleanse their skin, and it’s regarded as one of the most famous Japanese beauty tricks, helping to fight the signs of ageing and restore moisture. One of the oldest books in the world, the Tale of Genji, even talks of Japanese court women using Camellia Oil to dress their hair.
Get oiled up
Get rid of your bathroom clutter, and simplify your skincare. Typically, Japanese women don’t use lots of products in one go. Instead they have a very structured skincare routine that layers a highly streamlined range of products with the emphasis on time spent applying correctly, rather than how much you’re throwing at your skin. Chizu Saeki, Japan’s renowned skincare guru, breaks it down into a morning cleanse, lotion (the equivalent of our ‘toner’), serum and moisturiser… and exactly the same at night!
Simplicity is key
Rather than using heavy sunscreen, Japanese ladies tend to skip it altogether! Instead they protect their skin by wearing hats (or variants on the above special ‘sun visor’) and staying out of direct sunlight. If they do have to be in the sun, SPF 50+ is a must. Given that exposure to harmful UV rays is the number one cause of premature ageing, can’t say we blame them.
Avoid the sun
Traditionally, in Japan beauty is simple, natural and edible! The theory is that women shouldn’t put anything on their skin what will poison them if they were to eat it, as skin is porous – so anything we apply ends up in our blood stream, typically within minutes. So, if you’re putting toxic chemicals on your face, remember, it’s going to end up in your body.
Don’t put things you can’t eat on your skin
In ancient times, Geisha used to dampen a piece of kimono silk with distilled flower water and place it on the face, making an early form of sheet mask. The sheet or “lotion” mask is a trademark of Japanese skincare, and gained worldwide recognition through Japanese skincare expert, Chizu Saeki. Her easy alternative to bought sheet masks involves dampening cotton wool with toner or lotion and placing on the face for 5 – 10 minutes to deliver an instant moisture hit.
Use lotion mask
When it comes to makeup, for Japanese women less is definitely more. After all, if you focus on great skincare, you shouldn’t need pore-clogging makeup! Instead, they choose their products carefully and don’t cake it on (no matter what you might have seen of Japanese “Gyarus”). Makeup should be an add-on and enhancement to already flawless skin, not the main attraction.
Go easy on the makeup
Another Chizu Saeki secret for youthful-looking skin is application technique. Rather than applying your product in upwards, circular motions, you should gently pat it on, going upwards from the chin, before using Chizu’s various massage techniques. This stimulates blood flow to help cell rejuvenation, helps with lymphatic drainage and most importantly, muscle tone to firm and lessen wrinkles.
Massage away your winkles
For Japanese women, the most important part of any skincare routine isn’t fancy serum, or pricey night cream… it’s your cleanser. Spend your money on a good cleanser, perfectly suited to your skin type, because if you’re not cleansing properly, nothing’s going to be as effective afterwards. Always cleanse morning and night, even if you haven’t been wearing makeup, and if you can fit in a double cleanse (removing makeup, then cleansing again with an oil or balm), do it
In Japan, they LOVE to bathe. Bathtime is a ritual, from gorgeous at home bathtubs to hot spring “Onsen” (bathhouses), and involves scrubbing the body from head to toe with an exfoliating cleanser before climbing into a steaming hot bath enriched with bath oils, or essences of various herbs and green tea. Perfect for beautifying the skin, as well as de-stressing before bedtime.
Bath time = you time
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 washclothes are gently rubbed over the skin to get rid of trapped dirt. As well as giving smooth skin, this also leaves no barrier between your skin and the serums, oils and moisturisers you use afterwards.
Exfoliation is key
You may have spotted all sorts of Vitamin C skincare, promising to perk up dull skin and alleviate hyperpigmentation. The Japanese are already one step ahead though, as Vitamin C is a big part of their daily diet. The Vitamin C from oranges (or in many cases supplements) helps to break up melanin, giving the even complexion Japanese women are renowned for.
Give yourself a Vitamin C hit.
The Japanese have a concept called “Mie-nai Oshareh.” This translates to “unseen beauty” – a beauty that does not have to be necessarily displayed to be seen. It refers to a poise and confidence that expensive products and cosmetics can’t buy, and to an inner glow of happiness that comes from wearing a favourite dress, eating a good meal, and remembering to treat
Remember, above all, beauty comes from within.
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