Japanese Skin Care

Most Japanese enjoy unblemished, flawless skin, which explains why Japanese skin care products are highly in demand. Japanese believes in preventing any kind of harm to the skin and treatment of the skin is a vital step.

Different types of skin require different types of care, attention and special creams, and Japanese skin treatments, which focus on the holistic method for the inner and outer nutrition for the skin includes a healthy diet.

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The high antioxidant content of the Okinawan diet reduces wrinkles. Beans, green peppers, sprouts and sweet potatoes are part of this healthy diet as they are rich in zinc antioxidants and most vital in producing vitamin A, C and E. Aging is mainly caused due to “free radicals”, and foods rich in these vital ingredients keep away the aging problem. Fish and other omega-3 rich seafood is also part of the Okinawan diet.

Wrinkles are kept at bay by having food rich in fatty acids, along with other important dietary products in Japanese skin care including:

  • Tofu
  • Yogurt
  • Soymilk
  • Miso soup
  • Sweet potato
  • Green vegetables
  • Edible seaweed

The skin requires antioxidants, which are present in green tea and oolong tea for everyday consumption.

Topical Products

Japanese skin care products are comprised of natural ingredients like kelp and edible beans from Vigna angularis called the adzuki and komenuka rice bran, which not only are applied on the skin, you can eat the ingredients as well.

Found in Japan, phytessence wakame is sea kelp extract with anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties that keep the skin clear and healthy, as both in essential diet and cosmetic products. The proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in phytessence wakame are reputed to provide:

  • With the help of sulfated polyfucose, it protects the skin from harmful elements in the environment.
  • Phytessence wakame protects against damaging enzymes present in the skin.
  • Elasticity of the skin is retained with continuous use of wakame.
  • A person who regularly eats these seaweeds is not prone to losing hyaluronic acid, thus it lubricates the vitreous humour in the eye, skin and joint.
  • It is offers resistance to skin cancer.

Similar to phytessence wakame, the Hada Labo lotion also contains super hyaluronic acid (SHA) that hydrates and nourishes your skin. The SHA is a scientifically advanced ingredient that helps to preserve your skin’s optimum moisture by creating a moisture locking shield. Only pure natural ingredients are in Hada Labo lotion, which is one of the best selling products of Japanese skin care.

Konjac sponge puff with added charcoal bamboo is rich with plant fiber and natural alkaline as it is from the best quality of Konnyaku plant root. In turn, it balances skin acids, oils and impurities. Various natural minerals and carbon contained in Konjac sponge puff helps to:

  • Eliminate blackheads and dirt from your pores
  • Preserves a balance pH
  • Give you a natural glow by gently exfoliating your skin
  • Kills bacteria that causes acne

To get maximum benefit from it usage:

  • Soak the sponge in water until it becomes soft.
  • Massage your face with the sponge in circular motion.
  • Once you have completed cleaning your face, leave it out to dry.

You can use the sponge with a facial cleanser or by itself.

While most of us use general exfoliants to retain skin tone, Japanese skin care focuses on using natural exfoliants like aloe vera, vinegar from apple cider, herbal teas, jojoba oil and camellia oil. With the combination of a healthy diet and all natural ingredients in the skin care products, it is not simply good fortune that the Japanese have flawless skin.

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