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17 Japanese Beauty Secrets I learned from my Japanese mother-in-law

Before going into the Japanese beauty secrets, if you have been reading my blog, you know that my mother-in-law is Japanese. She’s 55 now and she still looks like she is in her early 30s. One of my friends told me if I were to guess a woman’s age (not girl’s) in Japan, I had to add at least 10 to my guess to be correct. Well, Japanese women have always known to look beautiful with healthy skin and hair. But what’s the Japanese beauty secret then?

The secret might not have been made global in the past, but it is out in the open now. Here’s what I learned from my mother-in-law, and you can try it out for yourself to see the results. A lot of her friends too claim to have similar effects (and I know they do because I have seen them look beautiful and young).

Japanese beauty secrets

A. Japanese skin care secrets

 1. Azuki

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Azuki is a type of red-bean that Japanese women use as part of their skin care regime. The history of using Azuki for beauty dates back to many centuries. Japanese women rub it on their face and it is said to help smoothen the skin and protect your skin against blemishes.

2. Fish

Fish is a dietary way of Japanese beauty secret. Women in Japan use fish as their staple diet, which contains high amount of Omega-3. This is known to promote healthy and glowing skin.

3. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is part of the daily diet too for Japanese women. That means they eat a lot of fruits like oranges that deoxidize ad break up melanin. It also provides for fair complexion that evenly balances out the skin while removing pigmentation marks.

4. Oriental Herbs

Oriental herbs are part of the dietary regime too. Many have found that it helps to fight dryness of your skin.

5. Wakame Kelp

It is a type of sea algae that protects from UV rays and pollution. And it is part of their anti-ageing secret as it protects the skin from fine lines and dark eye circles.

6. Komenuka Rice Bran

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Another natural Japanese beauty secret to anti-ageing. Komenuka is the Japanese word for bran of rice (oryza sativa japonica). It nourishes your skin and also helps provent wrinkles. Furthermore, it has been deemed effective for removing dark circles and getting smooth complexion.

7. Green Tea

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If you have ever been to Japan or follow Japanese culture, you might know that Green Tea is part of daily drink for EVERY Japanese. Many studies have shown that Green tea helps to slow down the aging process and keep skin youthful.

8. Exfoliation

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Japanese women are known to use clear gel as their primary Japanese beauty product so that they can exfoliate their skin. This removes dull and dead skin cell from the faces. Some of the traditional women also use herbal exfoliating scrub that can provide the desired results without even looking for any sort of chemical implication. It’s great if you have sensitive skin.

9. Signature Oil

Japanese signature oils are well-known for cleaning, cleansing and toning faces. Any natural or herbal based oils can be used.

10. Turmeric and Tea Tree

The way Japanese women treat acne is completely natural and it is one of the vital Japanese beauty secrets you should apply. They use turmeric and tea tree, which can either be used directly or by extracting its oil.

11. Camellia oil

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One of the documented Japanese beauty secrets is Camellia, an ancient floral oil. It fights signs of aging, softens fine lines and wrinkles and keeps the moisture of your skin in balance. So, if you have dry skin, this is totally for you. It is a multi-purpose beauty treatment and can be used to achieve thick, shiny locks too.

12. Sea Weed

My Japanese mother-in-law used to say, sea-weed is not just for sushi, it is great to tone and cleanse the skin. It is known to assist in getting glowing skin and reducing pore size.

13. Regular walks

Like it or not, Japanese women are very health-conscious people and they believe that when you walk, it helps to tighten the skin.

14. Bird Droppings

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It might come as a shocker. Yes, Japanese women love bird dropping facials that are known as Uguisu. It has enzymes that can soften your skin.

B. Japanese Straight Hair Secrets:

15. Hair Straightening

This is done by creating a non-coating, straightening system that works on heat oxidation process. This helps to seal and rebuild the hair from the inside. Using the system, you can reach 360 degrees of hair treatment. Here’s a step by step guide to follow if you want to know the Japanese straight hair treatment.

  1. Apply protein condition to the hair
  2. Re-texturize the hair with a solution of thioglycolate
  3. Use roller-ball dryer. This adds heat and softens the hair.
  4. Use hot ceramic straightening iron at the end. This can last for months.

C. Japanese Foot Care Secrets

16. Fish Therapy

In order to remove dead cells from their feet, Japanese women dip their feet into a small pond/tub with “doctor fish”, also known as toothless fish. This is today known as fish pedicure or fish spa. The fish is called Gara rufa and is quite a famous treatment even in the west. This fish is used because it eats away dead skin found on people’s feet and leaves the new skin exposed, hence, the term “doctor”.

D. Overall Japanese body/health secret

17. Hot bath

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Bath-houses are quite famous in Japan. Onsen bathhouses were famous for scrubbing the bod with heavy exfoliants and then submerging the whole body into steaming hot bath that is filled with natural oils. Thus, you can get some oils for your hot bath at home. This keeps your skin moisturised and replenished. Salt-water bath is also a common form that is used to reduce inflammation in arthritic joints.

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So, what do you think about the Japanese beauty secrets that my mother-in-law passed to me? Do you think that Japanese women have an amazing secret for their beauty or do you think it is just a normal routine? Let us know in the comments below.

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