If God granted me a boon to change my complexion once, what would I choose?
I would choose this:
The clear, porcelain like complexion of the Japanese women. It is said that women of Japan are taught right from a young age to care for and nourish their skin in the right way.
According to my Japanese friends, Maya(yes…thats her name) and Meika, there are a few essential things which are the contributing factors to their youthful and healthy skin.
The Japanese diet
Japanese people are very conscious about the kind of healthy food they eat, which in turn gives them a healthy skin too. The main ingredient of their diet is Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Since their food consists of a lot of fresh water fish, this need is fully taken care of.
And all you vegetarians out there, don’t you worry. Another important Japanese food item is a seaweed called Phytessence Wakame, which is suitable for vegetarians.
After a lot of reading about this wonder ingredient, I came across a very useful explanation of the role of Phytessence Wakame in skin care.
Why is Wakame considered such a wonder food?
This has been asked by many researches the past decade. At last it seems there are some answers. Wakame has the amazing ability to stop the process of hyaduronidase – a sort of enzyme in the body that helps to break down the hyaluronic acids.Hyaluronic acid is significant because when we don’t have enough, the skin’s elastin and collagen fibers loss strength. Essentially, the skin loses its elasticity, resulting in things like bags, wrinkles, and tired-looking skin. Essentially, the higher the levels of hyaluronic acid you have in your body, the more youthful you look.Phytessence Wakame kelp is also a very potent antioxidant that contains a special substance called sulfated pilyfucose. This substance keeps the skin protected from UV damage from the sun and environment pollution.Scientists, interesting enough, have found Phytessence Wakame contains more than 10 times the amount of calcium than milk. It’s been found to relieve dry, irritated skin conditions. The substance is also loaded with B-group vitamins – substances often found in anti-aging products.
Green tea is also an inevitable part of Japanese routine. This is a natural antioxidant and helps in preventing ageing.
Natural Skin Care
The next most important factor is the natural skin care products they use.
Rice Bran- This simple ingredient is used extensively in their scrubs,creams,masks etc. It is said to revitalise, cleanse,prevent wrinkles and exfoliate the skin, making it smooth and blemish free.
And last, but not the least is Uguisu No Fun. Uguisu is the Japanese name for nightingale and this skin care ingredient is nothing but the droppings of the bird. This is supposed to be excellent for gently bleaching, toning and smoothening the skin. This precious ingredient is now available as face packs.
And the facial using UNF is called the Geisha facial.
I am so eager to try these things 🙂
Are you ready for being a beauty-the Japanese way? If so, what would you like to try? Have any of you tried these?
Would love to hear from you.
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