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I often get mistaken for someone in their 30’s–usually 35 years old. I even got a college student discount a few times at a local store without saying a word.
Now, I’m not sharing this to brag…not in any way. Because this “looking younger business” used to be a source of pain for me in my teenage and young adult years. I was always the scrawny, straggly kid trying (unsuccessfully) to look at least my age, if not older.
But now? Now, it’s a blessing. A blessing I worked for, however. You see, I’ve loved skincare since I was a child and had developed my own anti-aging skincare routine before even knowing I would need it.
And I was even more amazed to later discover that I had been practicing many of the top Japanese beauty secrets without even knowing what they were.
Yes, genes do play a part in how we age, but you have to care for your skin (and body) in some way to give those genes a fighting chance.
So can these J-beauty secrets work for anyone?
I believe they can enhance anyone’s skin and they just might make you look 10 years younger too.
Feeling adventurous? Try one or all of these Japanese beauty secrets and uncover more youthful-looking skin.
Secret #1 – 100 Splashes
I talked about this simple morning routine to get rid of acne in an earlier post. But it works so well, I had to include it here. It involves splashing your face thoroughly with water after cleansing. This removes any residue from the cleanser and deep cleans the pores. It also stimulates the skin, promoting better circulation.
Fumiko Takatsu from Face Yoga Method shares how she splashes her face with lukewarm water 100 times after cleansing. The benefits she’s found include:
- Cleanses the pores.
- Lightens the complexion.
- Makes pores appear smaller.
- Reduces acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Some precautions are to avoid:
- Using hot water as this can dry out the skin.
- Rubbing the face while doing this technique.
- Splashing the water in a downward motion–use an upward motion instead.
- Rubbing the face dry with a towel once done–pat dry instead.
You can follow this routine with my star anise tightening toner which I love because it has the ability to provide instant relief from acne scars, wrinkles, and damaged skin. And then finish your regimen with my star anise anti-aging facial moisturizer to further tighten and tone the skin.
Secret #2 – Green Tea
One super-star ingredient from the East is green tea. Japanese green tea–also known as matcha–is known for its high level of antioxidants. What’s great about it is you’re able to gain its benefits from both drinking it and applying it on your skin.
Green tea fights cancer by promoting DNA repair. And preliminary evidence shows that the antioxidants in green tea may actually slow down the appearance of aging on your skin. You can gain this benefit by either drinking or applying the tea to your skin. The cell-protecting catechins–like EGCG–found in green tea are especially beneficial in reactivating dying skin cells. So green tea truly combats signs of aging whether ingested or applied topically.
Secret #3 – Feed Your Face
Healthy skin begins with what you feed your body. What you eat will eventually reflect on your face. Eating plant-based, whole foods can heal your skin from the inside out.
Rice is an especially beneficial food for both inside and outside the body. It’s not only good for your heart, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties which helps heal skin conditions from acne to eczema.
Also, avoiding inflammatory foods, like processed foods and sugar, can keep your skin radiant and blemish-free. I talk about 6 foods to eat and wear for bright clear skin in this post.
Secret #4 – Face Yoga
Do facial exercises really work? Researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois put it to the test. In their study, they discovered that by spending 30 minutes a day exercising your facial muscles, it was possible to lift and tighten the cheek areas to appear more youthful.
I started practicing face yoga about a year ago and have seen first-hand how it’s tightened my sagging jawline and lifted my eye area. I loved it so much, that I created my own routine of facial exercises. Grab your copy of the poses for free here.
Secret #5 – Oil Cleansing
I have battled oily skin since my teenage years, so when I first heard about oil cleansing, I looked the other way. But curiosity got the better of me and I eventually tried it. Boy was I amazed at how it helped to control my oily skin and keep it soft and moisturized.
Using oils on your skin has many advantages. Oils are rich in vitamins and are lipophilic, meaning they keep toxins out and moisture in. They can also get rid of acne and minimize the appearance of pores.
Secret #6 – Steamy Baths
Bathing in Japan is a beauty ritual. The home bath is an essential part of the Japanese woman’s daily life. There are also Onsen (natural hot springs) and sento (communal bath house) in various places throughout the city centers and remote places.
A steaming hot bath is not only for relaxation, it also helps with blood circulation, relaxes muscles, prevents back pain, and reduces swelling. Bathing also supports the internal organs with detoxification which will reflect as clear skin on your face.
For added skin benefits, infuse your bath water with oils or natural salts. This will replenish the skin and add extra moisture.
Secret #7 – Facial Massage
Massages are especially popular in Japan. By simply massaging your facial cleanser into your skin each day you improve circulation and blood flow to the face and help prevent premature aging.
You can also use a facial brush along with your cleanser for a deep clean along with a stimulating facial massage. As an added benefit, massaging your face has been shown to tone and tighten the facial muscles.
Try these seven beauty secrets as a start to your anti-aging beauty routine and uncover more youthful-looking skin.