In a world full of different skin types, it’s always interesting to take a look at another culture and their skin care techniques. Some are similar some are different, but one thing remains the same: we are all aiming for beautiful, healthy and flawless skin.
We’ve taken a look at the skin care regimes of the Ancient Egyptian and the Greeks – some processes we really don’t recommend, but it’s just interesting to see how skincare treatments have become much more refined throughout time. Today we’re going to take a look at the wonders of Japanese skin care, so let’s see what weird and wonderful things have been used (or are still used) in Japanese culture.
Citrus Fruits = Vitamin C
Generally (although not always), the Japanese diet is full of citrus fruits, especially oranges which are just brimming with Vitamin C. These fruits are able to deoxidise and break up melanin. This is believed to provide an even complexion whilst helping to remove pigmentation marks. Eating a varied diet brimming with vitamins and minerals is certain to help you to feel better both outside and in!
Green tea is a huge part of Japanese culture. As it is full of anti-oxidants it is believed to delay the aging process, helping to keep the skin’s appearance youthful and wrinkle free! Drinking caffeine free drinks will certainly help you to have healthy skin. Of course, you don’t have to cut out the caffeine completely but remember, everything in moderation.
Seaweed is used in many treatments right across the world; in fact many different skin care products contain a little bit of seaweed. It can help to tone and cleanse the skin, resulting in a flawless complexion. We wouldn’t recommend visiting the beach and picking up seaweed to rub on your face though!
Bird dropping facials known as ‘Uguisu’, were used in traditional Japan to keep the skin feeling soft, smooth and pale. It was found in makeup worn by the Geishas. Of course, this is not something that we would recommend that you do!
A Fishy Diet
The Japanese are famous for their fishy diet – sushi especially! Fish is an excellent source of Omega 3, which helps to promote healthy skin. Full of healthy oils, a diet full of fish will certainly help you to feel better inside and out. So if you’ve never tried Sushi, be adventurous – it might do your skin some good!
Rice bran also known as komenuka was and still is used as a natural exfoliate – it is believed to nourish the skin and remove the dark circles from around the eyes. It contains enzymes and antioxidant properties helping to keep the skin healthy. Rice is a staple in the Japanese diet and can benefit the body and skin both inside and out!
Some of these treatments were used in Ancient Japan and some are still used today. When trying out a new skincare regime, we always recommend seeking advice first – especially if you suffer from acne or sensitive skin conditions. It’s always interesting to discover more about the skin care secrets from across the world. So keep checking our blog to find out more exciting skin care tips and tricks!
At Skinstation, we think that everyone deserves to feel happy in their skin; this is why we have a wide range of skincare products to help with a wide range of skin conditions such as the Obagi Clenziderm system, which is highly recommended. Obagi is a world renowned brand in the skincare industry as they provide treatments that work!
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