Japanese women are most famous for their youthful appearance and flawless skin at any age. They even seem to have found the secret to looking forever young with their beauty rituals and anti-aging skin care products. Well, is it really so?
Of course, the way to have the glowing skin you dream of is by making the right choices about the products you include in your skin care routine. Most of the time though, flawless skin depends on your daily practices. And it doesn’t always have to be costly.
Here are the simple but effective beauty secrets that Japanese women apply.
Drink matcha tea for radiant skin
Matcha is a fairly common drink in Tokyo. It can be served hot or cold in every restaurant and convenience store, not to mention the different matcha flavored snacks. Matcha is also an important part of Japanese culture and is thought to give Japanese women glowing skin. Because it has anti-inflammatory properties. So it can help reduce the redness associated with acne and rosacea. It also contains antioxidants and chlorophyll that help protect the skin against the negative effects of UV radiation.
Matcha is actually a concentrated form of green tea with high-intensity free radical fighting ability. Remember that our skin is a reflection of our body. A balanced diet and consuming beverages high in antioxidants like matcha can help improve our overall health, which is also reflected in our skin.
Take probiotics for gut and skin health
When asked how the Japanese stance on healthy living benefits their skin, another answer we get is probiotics. Japanese women are well aware that gut health is associated with skin health, so probiotics make up the bulk of the average Japanese diet. Teas such as kombucha, kocha, kinoko, miso and pickled vegetables…
You can include probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, pickles, cheese, boza and turnips in your diet to improve your general health, especially intestinal health, and to benefit from its benefits for your skin.
Nourish your skin with rice bran
The Japanese have enjoyed the wonderful benefits of komenuka, or rice bran, for centuries. Packed with antioxidants and other nutrients, rice bran powder is used in exfoliation, skin care and even body care to help fight signs of aging, remove blemishes and keep skin hydrated.
- You can easily find rice bran in pharmacies or you can make it yourself at home.
- In a small saucepan, boil three tablespoons of rice for a few minutes and until the water turns slightly cloudy.
- Strain the rice and add a tablespoon of milk to it, mix well. Keep the water in a bowl.
- Add a tablespoon of honey and mix.
- The mixture should be sticky enough to stay on your face.
- Apply the rice mask to clean and dry skin, wait for it to dry.
- Use the rice water you set aside to remove it.
The rice mask not only helps hydrate the skin but also improves circulation.
take a bath daily
Bathing in Japan is more than a cleaning routine; a beauty ritual. Natural hot springs and baths are scattered throughout city centers, resorts, and even random outdoor spots, offering people the opportunity to warm up and relax in nutrient-rich natural waters. But the home bath or “ofuro” is also an important part of every Japanese woman’s daily life.
You can also try the steam bath to take advantage of this beauty secret. Taking a steam bath before going to bed not only makes you feel relaxed, but also helps blood circulation and relaxes the muscles. Fill your bath with natural oils or salts for extra moisturizing and regenerating effects. A steam bath is also a great way to detox.