It seems that the Japanese have found the source of eternal youth and that their skin is not only considered one of the most beautiful in the world, but that it remains luminous and flawless despite the years. It is said that the skin of Eastern women, especially Japanese women, takes 10 years longer to wrinkle than that of Western women. While it is true that genetics has allowed them to have a thicker dermis and greater collagen production, it is also true that they invest time in strict skincare, specific beauty rituals, eat healthy and follow natural and ancestral techniques typical of their culture. But what are their secrets?
Cleanse and moisturize
For them, it is essential to remove makeup and anything else that can contaminate their skin, especially before going to sleep. Most use natural oils such as olive and argan and complete their routine with products such as cleansing milk or micellar water. Before moisturizing their skin or using any treatment, they practice a technique called Otefuki, which consists of applying towels with hot steam to which they add drops of aromatic oils such as lavender or rosemary to open the pores of the face and make them penetrate the deepest layers of the skin. In addition, they use products with lighter textures such as camellia oils, which hydrate the skin and can also be used for hair.
They have different massage techniques that they incorporate 2 or 3 times a week. For example, Eishodo or Tanaka massages. With them, they replace cosmetic surgery because they stimulate circulation, cleanse the lymphatic system and exercise the facial muscles. This helps to prevent the first signs of aging.
In Japanese culture, white skin is synonymous with beauty. Thus, unlike the tan we seek in the West, in Japan women protect themselves a lot from the sun to avoid staining and losing collagen and elastin. For them, sunscreen is a basic product in their beauty ritual at any time of the year.
Green and white teas are essential to your diet, as they are rich in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals and premature aging of the skin. To start drinking it, start with one or two cups a day, then increase your intake. If you drink coffee, green tea is a great substitute.
Japanese women are a clear example of how to care for the skin inside and out. Their diet is more alkaline and the fats they consume are mostly good fats such as omega-3 from fish. Another main ingredient is the wakeme algae which, in addition to providing vitamin B, calcium and potassium, preserves hyaluronic acid, which is vital for maintaining the elasticity of the skin.