Top 8 Japanese Skin Care Secrets
Japanese skin care is centered around health, balance, and hydration. Each step of the Japanese beauty regimen focuses on the skin's ability to best absorb product while remaining youthful and radiant. Here, we're going to share with you the top Japanese skin care tips for the most healthy, glowing skin!
1. Makeup Removal
One of the most important steps in the Japanese skin care routine is to thoroughly remove all makeup and debris from the skin.
For most Americans, makeup removal and cleansing is often merged into one step, although in Japanese skin care, removing makeup first ensures the skin's ability to absorb product effectively. Therefore the first step in Japanese skin care is to use an oil-based cleanser to remove the first layer of makeup, sunscreen, and pollutants from the skin.
Oil is a very effective agent for removing makeup and product-related buildup. Harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils, whereas oil removes debris while sealing in moisture.
The next step in Japanese skin care is to rid the pores of dirt, grime and sweat that has accumulated throughout the day. For this, many women use a foaming cleanser which helps to clean the pores without stripping the skin.
For many Japanese women, this is an important step especially for minimizing pore visibility. Americans tend to recognize toners as an astringent which typically contains alcohol and dries out the skin. In Japan, toners are known more as an essence, which is a cross between a serum and a traditional toner. An effective toner should remove any debris left on the skin after cleansing while closing up the pores and leaving behind a light level of hydration.
After the toner, you should follow up with a light hydrator to moisturize the skin. The Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion is great to use after your toner or essence to add an extra layer of hydration back to the skin.This light lotion also works to smooth the skin and improve texture with Hyaluronic Acid.
The use of masks is very important in Japanese skin care, in particular sheet masks. A sheet mask is a thin fabric mask with cutouts for the eyes, lips and nostrils. These masks are drenched in a nutrient-rich serum that can be smoothed into the skin. One thing we love about sheet masks is that are that they are extremely easy to use. They require no peeling or rinsing. Simply leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, remove and smooth the serum into your skin.
In Japanese skin care, serums are very important for hydrating and firming the skin. They deliver a light level of moisture and nutrients to the skin without clogging the pores. Therefore many times, serums will be layered, allowing time for the skin to fully absorb the product.
Lightening products are very common is Japanese skin care. These products are not meant to change the color of your skin, but to help even the skin tone and repair dark spots caused by damage. If you experience hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, or dark spots due to sun damage, these products can be very useful to you. I would recommend using a product that contains Vitamin C which is well known for it's ability to protect, brighten and even out skin tone.
Layering is key in Japanese skin care. Therefore even though, you've already hydrated with a serum and a toner, it's important to use a more substantial moisturizer, especially during the colder months. This moisturizer should be used toward the end of your skin care routine- it's best to apply your products from lightest to heaviest. This process allows for better absorption of your products.
For Japanese women, sun protection is extremely important. Over-exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore use a sunscreen to finish off your skin after moisturizing. Sunscreens come in a variety of textures from light to creamy, therefore find a consistency that works best for your skin type.
We hope you found a few Japanese beauty secrets you'd like to add to your skin care routine! These tips will deliver a level of hydration that results in more youthful, glowing and healthy-looking skin.