I have been living in Japan for quite some time and have been admiring the beauty of the Japanese women. They have flawless and radiant skin. Wondering what would be the secret to such even toned skin, I interacted and found out that they use very simple techniques. Japanese food culture is one of the best in the world, as it consists lots of proteins and fibre. They are very important in maintaining the skin quality and the essence of Japanese beauty. Among them, rice water and green tea play a very important role in maintaining skin quality.
The leftover water after rinsing the rice (preferably Japanese or Basmati rice) is not wasted by the Japanese and is preserved for beauty usage. The rice water can be cooled to ice cubes, which you can gently rub on a freshly washed face using a cloth. This gives you instant freshness. You can also dip them in cotton pads and apply on damaged or sunburnt skin. It nourishes the skin and prevents wrinkles. The usage of rice water is not limited just to the face, they can also be used on your hair. Rinsing your hair with rice water strengthens and adds shine to your hair when used regularly. So the next time you see someone wasting the rice water, you know what to do.
We all know that green tea contains antioxidants and has various health benefits. Apart from drinking it, you can also use it as face packs and scrubs. You can mix green tea powder with honey or lemon juice and apply it on your skin for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. Green tea leaves can also be used as a natural exfoliator. So the next time you drink green tea, make sure you use some of it on your face too.
Having said that, some of the other things the Japanese women follow to maintain their skin are as follows. No matter what, they always avoid the sun and protect it by using a hat or umbrella or both sometimes. They also cover their hands with gloves and use sunscreen throughout the day. Japan is also famous for onsen or hot springs, which contain natural exfoliants and medicinal properties. Steaming in one of these baths is important for the Japanese women as it helps them in maintaining their skin. Along with these, the cosmetic products used by them are mainly from Japanese cosmetic brands like Shiseido(buy here) and SK-II(buy here) are of very good quality and they use it minimally. Hence, all these add up to the essence of Japanese beauty.