Travel the world and you will undoubtedly pick up numerous different health tips and products along the way. For the longest time the “beauty” world seemed to be all about what the newest thing coming out of Paris, London and Milan, and so North America particularly was drawn to “European” beauty products. Travel a bit more eastward to Japan, however, and you will discover – just as the rest of the world is – that this beautiful country is loaded with recently uncovered beauty tips and products that were not previously available to Western countries.
The Japanese take beauty seriously, as they churn out some of the very best anti-aging skin products that are out there today. A vast majority of their anti-aging products, unlike North American or European produced items, contain products that help preserve an adequate amount of “hyaluronic acid” in our skin. This is a substance that is found in each and every one of your skin cells. Hyaluronic acid is vital to both our skin health and anti-aging, as it aids in cell proliferation (the removal of dead skin cells), it expedites tissue repair and healing, and it helps keep our skin more elastic and pliable. It is able to do this mostly because hyaluronic acid retains water, which plumps our skin and makes it more soft and smooth.
TIP: One of the most popular of the hyaluronic acid ingredients that can be found in Japanese beauty products is Phytessence Wakame, a sort of kelp found off the shores of Japan.
When it comes to eyes, the Japanese often long for longer, healthier eye lashes. As such, they tend to have mascara products that are superior to those that are produced in North America. One of the most popular brands that you cannot so easily find in other countries is “Fibrewig” mascara. Those who use this mascara swear that it is clump free, that it lengthens their lashes, that it doesn’t smudge, run, or drip even in the worst humidity. Best of all, it reportedly is very easily removed also with no need for eye make up remover.
Here’s something else that the Japanese are known for – perfectly straight hair. Japan has the best straightening products on the market, hands down! The now well known “Japanese straightening” procedure can be found in most salons, though you may recognize it by one of its many other names, such as the “straight perm”, “thermal reconditioning”, or the “Japanese straight perm”.
TIP: Since you will be spending a good chunk of change on this procedure, research several salons before you choose the one you want. The best salons use Japanese straightening product brands, the best two being Yuko and Liscio.
The great thing about a Japanese straightening treatment (though the price tag may be rather high) is that it is long lasting (it will last any where from 6 months to a year) and despite the mass amount of chemicals that are being used, your hair is left feeling soft and extremely manageable.