For several centuries, Japanese women have made their own skincare formulas at home. Started with natural botanicals, clays, sea vegetables, adzuki beans, rice bran and certain specific oils in order to cleanse, moisturize and revitalize the skin. They used powdered sea vegetables that draw out toxins from the skin, then follow by moisturizing skin using botanical oils such as Jojoba and Camellia oil and nourish the skin with apple cider vinegar, herbal teas, extracts and nutritive oils.
When Japanese women, at a quick instant, the geisha Japanese girl look might appear in our mind, but the fact that most Japanese women have radiant, supple, smooth and fair skin are the real attraction. The “porcelain look” skin which most Japanese women inherit from their ancestor is the living proof and need no further explanation. As a whole, Japanese women take their skin very seriously, not only from the aspect of skincare practices, but their healthy diet as well.
Japanese nation are known to consume a high fiber diet which consists mainly of rice, fish, vegetables, since it has been shown to be beneficial for both our colon and our digestive system. Latest finding is confirming that high fiber diet also benefit the heart. Among the world population, the Japanese nation has fewer weight fluctuations than the American people and, as a result, this will cause less stress on their skin.
If we were to translate the use of skincare formulas and healthy diet of Japanese in scientific term, rice bran contains various vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fiber and most importantly; coenzyme Q10. As healthy food, it treats congestive heart failure and help in breast cancer treatment. As in skincare, it cleanse and moisturize the skin.
Another important diet source is adzuki bean, not only they are high in protein and fiber, but also low in fat as in food. When it is ground into powder and add into skin care formulas, it becomes an effective cleanser and exfoliator which removes dead skin or cells.
Seaweed is known to be the synonym of Japanese food. They have it in the soup, sushi wrapper, snacks and other dishes as well. Traditionally, seaweed is being processed into dry powder and mixed into the homemade skin care formulas. The scientific name; Phytessence Wakame, contain minerals, vitamins and anti oxidants, not only play a great role in moisturizing and smoothing the skin, it helps to maintain the skin’s moisture balance.
Extracts from fruits, also one of the important ingredient in Japanese skincare formulas. Camellia oil is derived from the seeds of the fruit grown on evergreen trees in Japan. Its excellent moisturizing properties and has been used by Japanese women since the old days. You can find it present in shampoos, cosmetics, and skin care formulas.
As the Japan skincare industry is a few years ahead of others, it is very important that when come to choosing the right skincare products, we must ensure it is 100% pure skincare. Skincare products that contain natural ingredients such as Phytessence Wakame, coenzyme Q10, adzuki bean or Camellia oil, it is the Japanese Skincare Formulas which has been proven for centuries.