Holistic Beauty part one - 4 Natural Japanese Ingredients used in Skincare

New 'Holistic Beauty' Blog Series

When I started studying Japanese Beauty on Okinawa, the ‘island of longevity’ in Japan, I realised there was a much more natural approach to beauty overall, including skin. In Japan, they have a holistic approach to beauty, and recognise that your skin is the outward reflection of your health and overall well-being. 

Introducing my new 'Holistic Beauty' Blog Series in which we explore the holistic features of Japanese Beauty in which beauty and well-being are connected, and how we can incorporate that lifestyle into our own life to find our beauty balance. 

Part One - 4 Natural Japanese Ingredients used in Skincare

Many of the ingredients that are commonly found in the Japanese diet are used in skincare formulas too. Naturally, what is healthy for the body is also healthy for the skin––it is our largest organ. Japanese Beauty holds some of the most potent natural ingredients that have been used for centuries.

Meet below 4 natural Japanese ingredients, and how to start using in your skin routine to transform your complexion.

1. CAMELLIA OIL (JAPANESE ROSE)

Camellia oil, also known as Japanese Rose or tsubaki-oil is used for making edible cooking oil. Furthermore, it has also been touted as the beauty secret of the geishas for centuries. Blossom-light and deeply nourishing, geishas first began using the oil to remove their heavy performance-style makeup. Discovering how soft and supple feeling it left the skin, camellia oil became a staple in their coveted beauty regimens.

Camellia oil is rich in olein (oleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid), vitamins A, B, D and E and omega-3. Camellia oil strengthens the natural skin barrier function by replenishing essential lipids, locking in moisture and enhancing elasticity. Don’t be afraid to include oils in your skincare regimen. The skin barrier needs natural lipids to stay balanced. A balanced lipid barrier protects your skin and results in healthy, plump and dewy looking skin.

Incorporate Camellia oil in your skincare routine:

2. GETTOU (SHELL GINGER)

Getttou is a plant related to ginger which grows on Okinawa, and is used in the region as a herbicide as in cooking or medicine. As Okinawa archipelago is under strong UV radiation and exposed to a constant powerful sea breeze, its plants grow in a hostile environment, and survive thanks to their strong antioxidant levels.

The antioxidant has strong benefits to maintain beauty and a healthy skin; correcting signs of age, preventing sunburn, and aiding skin repair. Gettou has exceptionally high antioxidant levels (its leaves contain 30 times more polyphenols than red wine), and delivers radical rejuvenating results. Moreover, Gettou has aromatherapy benefits that calms the mind.


Incorporate Gettou in your skincare routine:

3. YUZU

A sweet and sour citrus fruit from Japan, Yuzu is often known as the Japanese grapefruit. The fruit isn’t usually eaten whole–but is used in the kitchen/as seasoning in teas, liquor and more. 

Yuzu contains powerful vitamin C, boosting skin immunity and the production of collagen which firms the skin, as well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Yuzu is perfect to brighten your complexion and enhance radiance. The citrus aroma can help energise your senses and mood. Applying products with yuzu will brighten not only your skin, but your mind as well. 


Incorporate Yuzu in your skincare routine:

4. SILK

Silk has been part of the Japanese lifestyle since ancient times. The sericulture technology (silk work) was brought from China to Japan with rice farming around 200 BC. Sericulture began to be practiced throughout the nation by around the Nara Period 710 - 794 AD, and presentation to the Imperial Court started to take place. Silk began to be used for every kind of occasion in Japan after this, such as the development of unique silk textiles.


The silk that silkworms naturally spin is 100% protein, and consists mainly of two proteins, fibroin and sericin. Fibroin is the structural center of silk, and sericin the gum coating the fibers, allowing them to stick together. When used in cosmetics, sericin has been found to have superior benefits for our skin: natural protection, exceptional moisture-retaining function, increase of elasticity along with skin renewal stimulation. 

Incorporate Silk in your skincare routine: 

 

I hope you enjoyed the first part of my new 'Holistic Beauty' Blog Series!

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