This week, Lionesse has been searching all over the globe for the world’s best beauty secrets. While you can find helpful tips just about anywhere, when comes to beauty from the inside out, Japan has stepped out as one of the rising stars. From diet to hair to skin care, Japanese ladies know a thing or two about looking gorgeous the natural way. Here we’ll show you 10 of our favorite beauty secrets from Japan.
Brush Less Often
Japanese women rarely brush their hair. Typically after washing, they’ll use a wide-tooth wooden comb which gently detangles and helps to redistribute the hair’s natural oils.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea has been used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies since the 12th Century. With its many vitamins and minerals, green tea has been shown to have numerous health and beauty benefits. In fact, green tea extract is often used as an ingredient in skin care for its anti-inflammatory properties.
(Gently) Slap on Your Moisturizer
Women in Japan and Korea believe that tapping or patting on your moisturizer stimulates circulation and energizes the skin. Some beauty experts also say that tapping is gentler, because it reduces tugging which can lead to wrinkles and fine lines.
In Japan, women cleanse their face not once, but twice! First they use an oil cleanser to tone and remove makeup; then repeat a second time with a foaming cleanser to refresh, purify and remove residual oil. This practice is centuries old, originating from a time when paint-like makeup was very difficult to remove.
Seaweed is a staple in Japanese cuisine. With its many health and beauty benefits, you may want to consider making a staple in your diet as well. It’s a great source of nutrients, improves heart health, and aids in digestion. Seaweed is also widely used in skin care for its anti-aging properties.
Shave Your Face?
Yep, believe it or not, the practice known as dermaplaning is huge in Japan. Besides providing you with a fuzz-free complexion, dermaplaning is also used in the U.S to treat scarring, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. And don’t worry: it’s a myth that shaving makes your facial grow back thicker and darker.
Avoid the Sun
Japanese women go to great lengths to protect their skin from the sun. In addition to daily application of sun screen, they also wear hats, protective clothing, and carry parasols. By taking care to limit your exposure to the sun, you’ll reduce your risk of premature aging and skin cancer.
Curl Those Lashes
Curling your eyelashes is one of the easiest ways to make them look longer. It can also make your eyes look more open. If your eyelashes stick straight out, try curling them from the middle and walking the curler out to the ends.
Use Camellia Oil
Camellia Oil is packed with vitamins and essential fatty acids that are great for hair. Try massaging some into your scalp after you shampoo to promote hair growth.
Discover “Mie-nai Oshareh”
Mie-nai Oshareh is translated to mean “unseen” or “hidden beauty”. This Japanese concept stems from the belief that beauty doesn’t need to be displayed to be appreciated. Remember that beauty comes from within and to be beautiful not just for others, but also for yourself.