5 facts about Japanese women you didn΄t know
2 July 2021 Estimated time: ~2 min.
Japanese women are well known for their youthful appearance at any age and the smile that never disappears from their faces. And this is not due to expensive cosmetics, as we might think ...
Of course, we come from different cultures, we live in completely different places and we cannot adapt to a completely different lifestyle from the one we grew up with. But, beyond genetics or climate, the Japanese women strictly follow some rules of beauty that we can borrow, especially since they have no side effects.
1. Exfoliating the skin with matcha and azuki. Japanese women have been using azuki beans in their beauty rituals for over a thousand years. Ground into a fine or slightly granular powder, this type of red bean is a natural remedy for skin prone to blackheads and acne. On the other hand, matcha powder has a very strong antioxidant and anti-aging effect.
2. A freshly exfoliated skin can be washed with rice water rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that protect the skin from premature aging, soothe it and make it glow.
How to make rice water: put half a cup of rice in a clean bowl and rinse the rice with clear water several times. Add two cups of water and let the rice soak for 15 minutes. Strain the rice and keep the rice water in a jar for 1-2 days at room temperature. Fermented rice water is ready when its smell is a little sour.
3. Bath in which you put bags of green tea and rice bran is also a trick used by the Japanese for velvety, wrinkle-free, firm skin. The green tea in the composition has an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effect, while rice bran, rich in ferulic acid and vitamins A and E, has a moisturizing and anti-aging effect.
4. Japanese women rarely eat processed foods, predominating in their diet fish, vegetables, fruits, seaweed, fermented soy products (such as miso, for example) and green tea. No fast food, sour juices, sweets, or fries!
In addition, Japanese women take the required dose of vitamin C through food, supplements, beverages, fruits, vegetables and cosmetics. Some Japanese fruits and vegetables, such as yuzu citrus, khaki, and shiso (a type of wild basil), are extremely rich in this miraculous vitamin.
5. The Japanese know that beauty comes from within, so in the Land of the Rising Sun, there has been wisdom known as Mienai Oshare, or "Unseen Beauty," for centuries. The phrase implies that beauty does not have to be a physical attribute to be appreciated or recognized. It is reflected in small gestures, in the way you look at life, in behavior.
Also here appeared the concept of wabi-sabi which promotes the imperfection and asymmetry of the surrounding objects, but which also applies among people. It teaches us to appreciate the beauty of an imperfect thing or a trait that does not meet the standards. Let us see, therefore, uniqueness and beauty in all that, apparently at least, is lacking in perfection!