Wash your face with rice water
Rice is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that protect skin from early aging, soothe it, and make it glow. Japanese women have been using rice water to wash their faces and hair for a long time, and there are several methods for making rice water at home. If you are not in a hurry, try making fermented rice water.
Just put half a cup of rice into a clean bowl and rinse the rice with clear water several times. Add 2 cups of water and soak the rice for 15 minutes and then strain the rice and keep the rice water in a jar for 1-2 days at room temperature.
You can tell your fermented rice water is ready when its smell is a bit sour. Now you can use the rice solution to wash your face and rinse your hair, after diluting it with 1-2 cups of water. Store the remaining rice water in the fridge.
Try seaweed facial masksSeaweed is known for its amazing health properties and it’s recommended as part of a healthy diet. It is widely used in Japan. But apart from just seasoning your food with some seaweed, you can also use it on your face to make your skin glow and feel more hydrated. To make a DIY seaweed mask, mix ¼ cup of seaweed powder with some warm water and olive oil, until you get a smooth thick substance. Apply this mix onto your face and neck, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse with water. You can also apply wet seaweed strips right onto your face, as shown in the picture above.
Try to maintain a high collagen levelCollagen is an important structural protein of our skin and losing it makes us look older. In Japan you can buy all sorts of collagen supplements that are sold in the form of pills, jellies, candies, and drinks. Some scientists believe that there’s no use in eating collagen supplements on purpose, but there are ways to increase your skin’s collagen level naturally. Add bone broth, fish, chicken, egg whites, leafy greens, and citrus fruits to your diet to help your body produce more collagen.
Soak in a hot tubPeople in Japan love the idea of soaking in a tub, whether it is a hot tub or a traditional onsen hot spring. Visiting an onsen is considered to be therapeutic bathing: minerals found in hot spring waters penetrate the body and help you calm your nerves, get rid of skin conditions, and make you look and feel younger. But if you can’t go to an onsen, you can just as well take a hot bath at home. Bathing in hot water will help you reduce inflammation, improve your sleep quality, and even help you burn extra calories.
Give your face a regular self-massageRight after gently washing their faces, Japanese women perform a facial self-massage with their palms. Japanese contouring massage techniques became very popular among women because of the amazing results that can be seen after a just few sessions. The best part of these massages is that you can do them on your own. This is one of the most popular facial massage techniques, and you can try it out right now while following the instructions in the video. Whatever facial massage technique you choose, remember to apply massage oil or lotion to reduce the impact of your fingers. Your motions must be gentle and smooth.
Protect your skin from the sunWomen in Japan avoid being exposed to the sun whenever possible. Aggressive UVA and UVB sun rays damage our skin and speed up the process of aging, causing wrinkles and spots. According to experts, even on a gloomy day, 80% of ultraviolet rays can get through the clouds. Whenever you go outside, consider applying sunscreen and skincare products containing sunscreen.
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