Japanese skin care methods are said to be based on five simple ingredients that make up the base of other permutations and combinations.
Seaweed products, rice and its derivatives, herbal derivatives, camellia and red beans are the ones on which most Japanese skin care recipes are based. The other additives are Aloe Vera, ginseng, vinegar, jojoba and grains etc.
The Japanese give more importance to internal methods (through diet, herbal tonics, decoctions etc) than external applications like lotions, creams etc. According to traditional Japanese skin experts this approach works beneficially in the long run, keeping the skin young and charming.
Organic Japanese Skin Care Solution
Seaweeds form a major part of Japanese diet. These are the algae and marine plants belonging to green, red and brown coloured varieties. In this section you can read about some of the special recipes made from these plants for skin care.
Kelp Algae Recipe
- Take 3 strands of kelp, 3 teaspoons of soybean sauce, 1 cup of water, 15 grams of soy (cooked) and 3 teaspoons of maple syrup.
- Cut the kelp strands and soak them in water (use separate bowl of water for soaking) for about 40 minutes. It helps in softening of strands.
- Take a bowl and add all the ingredients into it. Heat in low medium flame for about 10 minutes and cool to room temperature.
Skin Benefits: Kelp algae contain chlorophyll, fatty acids, carbohydrates, amino acids and vitamin A as the main ingredients.
Chlorophyll is known for its toxic element removal property. It removes them from your large intestine, liver and other metabolic organs that are directly connected with your skin.
Blood purification is another important role of chlorophyll which helps in supply of fresh oxygenated supplies to your skin layers.
Fatty acids are essentially collagen and elastic generators in your body. In fact the basic structure of collagen is made of amino acids like glycerine, proline, Hydroxy-proline and Hydroxy-Lysine etc which are found in algae.
Carbohydrates provide essential healing ingredients for the skin. They help in quick recovery from sunburns, cuts and wounds, infection related inflammations and other skin disorders.
Vitamin A is known to be a powerful antioxidant. It removes excess oily and dryness causing elements from the skin and normalizes its condition.
Sushi is another Japanese recipe which helps in caring for your skin in many ways. The ingredients include sushi rice (special type of Japanese rice), vinegar, salt and sugar.
- Take 1 cup of rice in a bowl and wash it till the water becomes clear.
- Boil the rice for about 20 minutes and let it cool to room temperature. Add two teaspoons of vinegar, salt to taste and two teaspoons of sugar. Mix well and keep aside for 10 minutes.
- Take 1 cup of sliced tuna, ½ of cut cucumber, ½ cup of fermented soybean two teaspoons of salt, one teaspoon of pepper powder and 1 teaspoon of garlic. Take three teaspoons of olive oil in a pan, heat it gently and add the ingredients. Fry moderately till the tuna becomes brown.
- Take Sushi roll mat and spread the rice on it evenly. Spread the tune ingredients on top of rice and roll the mat. Let the ingredients mix for about 15 minutes. Now the recipe is ready to be served.
Skin Benefits: Vinegar contains antioxidant elements which help in balancing the oil content of your skin.
It is a collagen and elastin builder. It helps in formation of new skin cells and elimination of dead skin. It helps the skin cells to trap moisture and retain it.
Sushi rice contains carbohydrates, healthy fat, proteins and fiber. All these ingredients are needed for skin to get nourishments, natural glow and skin tightness.
Effectiveness of Japanese Skin Care Ingredients
Japanese skin care herbs are derived from Adzuki bean powder contains folic acid, insulin receptors, folate, potassium, magnesium, fiber and proteins.
- Amino acids help in creation of new skin cells and tissues.
- Minerals provide tensile strength.
- Proteins boost the energy levels.
- Folic acid helps in enhancing the skin glow. It also helps in preventing cancer cells from developing in your skin. It provides firmness and eliminates many aging signs like wrinkles and lines.
- Camellia oil (also called as tea seed oil) contains Omega-6 and Omega 9 fatty acids. It has an antioxidant property derived from polyphenolic agents.
- Linoleic acid provides quick relief from acne. The acid is helpful in reversing the oxidation process initiated by UV radiations from sun. That means it not only balances the melanin level but also goes on to reduce it for enhancing fair skin. It dilutes the thickness of skin oil generated by sebum and keeps it at moderate levels. Hence it is highly recommended for oily skin.
Calendic acid is highly useful for healing inflammations, protection against radiations (recommended for patients undergoing radiation therapy), protection from skin infections, bur healing etc.
Adrenic acid has been proved to be helpful in protecting the skin from many infections and diseases caused by bacteria, yeast and fungus like ringworms, lupus, sores, psoriasis etc.
Moisturizing your skin means much more than watering the cells. It is the process by which your skin cells are nourished with vitamins and nutrients. They are able to retain essential skin fluids. Their energy levels get higher. Tensile strength increases. They can withstand stress from sun, heat and dry external conditions. Suppleness level increases. Skin becomes strong without getting hard.
Japanese Skincare for Oily Skin
Most of the Japanese skin care tips for oily skin focus on seaweeds like:
- Snail enzyme
- Bladder wrack
They are used in food recipes, skin lotion recipes and for other external applications. They are also available in the forms of supplements which get absorbed by your skin quickly. They for the core of Japanese collagen skin care as you can read in many a Japanese skin care review.