What makes Japanese skin care so different from the rest? Japanese skin care has more of a “holistic” focus when it comes to curing any sort of skin problem you may have, or when it comes to treating any skin type you may possess. This approach has been used for centuries and has always yielded the very best results.
Japanese skin care also focuses primarily on anti aging. Their goal is to keep the skin as young in appearance as possible, which, as you may notice, also includes the complete avoidance of the sun’s damaging UV rays.
One of the holistic approaches to Japanese skin care involves one’s diet. What you put into your mouth every day most definitely has an impact on your skin, so it is important to acknowledge that certain foods will either add or detract from your youthful glow.
Japanese skin care focuses primarily on the “Okinawan diet”. The Okinawan diet not only will help you fight the signs of aging, but it will also help prevent a whole lot of other health issues, such as cancer and heart disease, two common ailments that befall those living in Western cultures.
So what is the Okinawan diet and what does it have to do with skin care? The Okinawan diet focuses on vegetables and seafood as being part of a daily diet. Green peppers, bean sprouts, and sweet potatoes are all highly encouraged when it comes to this diet as they contain a high amount of antioxidants as well as vitamins A, C, E and zinc.
When you eat foods that are high in antioxidants, the free radicals that build up in our bodies and that can damage our skin and our health are released from our bodies. These foods help reduce the amount of free radicals in our bodies and will both save our skin and our lives.
The fish that one would consume when on an Okinawan diet are also loaded in antioxidants, better known as the omega-3 fatty acids. These are “good cholesterol” fats that the body and brain needs in order to function at optimal levels. These will not only prevent the signs of aging from appearing on your body, but they will also help keep your skin more moist and hydrated, both of which are two main reasons why the signs of aging become apparent on our skin.
When it comes to direct skin care, a primary focus is placed upon the proper exfoliation of the skin. This means that the outer-most layer of skin is sloughed off on a regular basis so that the dead skin cells and any dirt are not interfering with the new, youthful skin cells appearing on the skin.
If you are looking for a natural Japanese skin care exfoliating product, try out adzukui beans, mineral enriched clays, rice bran, or powdered herbs and sea vegetables to really purify you skin. To hydrate, follow up with aloe vera, jojoba oil, camellia oil or any herbal tea.