Japanese Skin Care. What Is It? Why Should You Care?
Did you know that hundreds of women search “Japanese skin care” on the net every day?
Yes it’s true. The word “Japanese skin care” is very popular and searched regularly on the internet every day. And if you didn’t know why then you may be a little mystified about why so many women search this word.
After all, they don’t search “Finnish skin care” or “Scottish skin care” or skin care related to any other country.
So what is it about “Japanese skin care” that excites so many women? Lets find out.
The Japanese, or more specifically Japanese women, are known worldwide for their great skin right into old age. They have a lower incidence of wrinkles, for example, as they get older. And their skin just looks great.
Why? What is it about Japan that seems to result in Japanese women having such good skin?
Of course the Japanese have a good diet. They eat plenty of fish, which provides omega 3 oils, known to be good for your skin, they eat plenty of vegetables and rice and overall their diet is very healthy.
And as we have said here before, a good healthy diet is a great foundation for good skin, as healthy skin is found on a healthy body.
But is there more than just the Japanese diet to account for the great skin that seems so common to Japanese women? After all, there’s plenty of other countries where the people have great diets.
Yes there is another factor, and it’s only relatively recently that science has discovered one specific reason why Japanese women have such good skin. It’s related to one specific area of the Japanese diet.
What has been discovered is that there is a seaweed that is a big part of the Japanese diet that has all sorts of properties that contribute to healthy great looking skin. It’s a seaweed called Phytessence Wakame.
And the Japanese have eaten Phytessence Wakame for centuries, both fresh and dried. You’ve probably heard about how the Japanese eat seaweed, well this is it.
What is so good about Phytessence Wakame for the skin?
Phytessence Wakame is packed with such ingredients as calcium (15 times more than milk), a whole stack of minerals like sodium, iron, potassium, and a lot of the B group vitamins. It has antioxidants too, all important to the skin. And all of these are highly beneficial to the skin.
But there is one other thing about Phytessence Wakame that is very important to the skin. The most important benefit of eating seaweed to the Japanese skin.
You see there is an acid in the skin called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is absolutely essential to the ability of the skin to retain it’s elasticity and suppleness. And if you’ve done any research into skin care you’ll know that maintaining suppleness and elasticity is one of the essential goals of good skin care.
And there is also an enzyme in the skin called hyaluronidase, which breaks down hyaluronic acid. So Hyaluronidase is reducing the effects of that good acid.
And Phytessence Wakame slows up the effects of hyaluronidase, thereby allowing your skin to retain more hyaluronic acid, more elasticity and more suppleness.
There’s the secret of Japanese skin care, only recently discovered.
The really good news is that there is a company at the cutting edge of skin care research that now makes a skin care line with the essential ingredients of Phytessence Wakame included. And studies have shown that these products work extremely well at reducing the incidence of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.
Just like Japanese women find by eating it.
Now of course if you could find the right type of seaweed and eat lots of it you’d probably be able to get the same effects. But really, who wants to eat seaweed (apart from the Japanese)?
So if you’ve wondered about the secrets of Japanese skin care, and why so many Japanese women have such great skin, now you know why.
And now you too can benefit from the advantages of modern science which has allowed us too to benefit from the same seaweed that the Japanese eat, and get great skin care products that give you the benefits of eating Phytessence Wakame without actually eating it.
It’s probably pretty chewy anyway.So now you know the Japanese skin care secrets that ensure that Japanese women have such great looking healthy skin right into old age.
(An update for 2011: It is becoming increasingly clear that there is another important reason why the Japanese have such fantastic skin.
They eat plenty of fish, and seafood products in general.
Fish is particularly high in the Omega 3 essential fatty acids DHA and EPA, in fact fish and other seafoods are the best source of the Omega 3 fats.
There is plenty of evidence that increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fats DHA and EPA is extremely good your health, and that is most likely one of the major reasons why the Japanese have such long life expectancy, the longest in the world.
That’s because most of us in the Western world now eat very little fish.
But what is now becoming apparent as well is that the Omega 3 essential fatty acids are extremely important to good skin health, and it is no coincidence that the Japanese have great looking skin and the Japanese eat plenty of fish.
In fact studies are showing that increasing your intake of the Omega 3 fats can help with a range of specific skin conditions such as psoriasis, as well is improve your skin health generally and help your skin retained moisture.
Read our article about Omega 3 and skin health to find out more about the health benefits of the Omega 3 fats to your skin.)Written by - Natural Skin Health
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