Bathing is an important ritual in Japanese skin care and it differs from our daily body cleansing here in the United States. In America, we’re accustomed to taking a quick daily shower since our custom is to exercise proper hygiene. The Japanese people, on the other hand, take a daily bath not only to stay clean but also to help calm their nerves after a long, stressful day. They will spend a greater period of time soaking in a warm bathtub in order to help meditate because they see bathing as a therapeutic experience.
This type of water treatment has been shown to have beneficial physiological effects, such as helping to relieve nervous tension, calm the mind, and help lower one?s blood pressure. Research studies have shown that our emotions affect our health. Relaxing in a warm daily bath can help us take our attention away from negative thoughts and emotions.
Mineral bath salts have been used to treat skin conditions and soften the skin.
In different parts of the world, there are a number of different types of public and private bathhouses. In European countries such as Italy, there are a number of mineral spring bathhouses which specialize in mud treatments. In Japan, up until the mid-20th century, public bathhouses existed, but presently there are very few of these establishments since their homes have bathrooms with bathtubs. The country of Japan is known for its wonderful spring baths. Such health conditions as arthritis and circulatory conditions have been claimed to be helped by this type of water treatment.
For those who cannot frequent one of those private bath facilities, there are mineral salts resembling those found in the healing springs. They are sold in packet form and can be added to the bathwater in the privacy of your own home. There are different types of mineral salts available, and each has its own distinct fragrance. These salts have been added to Japanese skincare formulas.
Another important compound used in Japanese skincare products is squalane oil.
This natural substance is found in olive oil and is derived from shark liver oil. This compound is added to moisturizer formulas to treat dry skin. I have used this oil on my hands in the winter months and it has healed my cracked skin. Many of us spend a lot of time outdoors and, as a result, we are subjected to ultraviolet radiation damage from the sun. We should not only apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, but also massage this oil into our face, neck, and arms before going out into the sun. There are claims that this natural oil could protect our skin from the sun?s harmful rays and help relieve sunburn pain.
Droppings from the Japanese nightingale are used in Japanese skin care products.
The Japanese nightingale is an adorable songbird that tends to come out in springtime. Some people may feel uneasy about using a skincare formula which contains the excrements from a bird because of the fear of bacterial or viral contamination. I am unaware that this type of product has any side effects or any allergic reactions associated with its use.
The positive claims made about Japanese skincare formulas which use this substance are that it effectively moisturizes and exfoliates the skin. This type of skin product has been used for a few centuries in Japan and is available in powder form. It is necessary to add a small amount of warm water to the powdered formula in order to make it into a paste.
Those people that have certain skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, or sensitive skin should first consult with their dermatologist before using this type of product. This powdered skincare formula is not meant to remain on the skin overnight. Rather, it should be left on for fifteen minutes and then washed off.
Many of us may be familiar with the silkworm since this miraculous insect produces silk.
The silkworm goes through different life stages and eventually becomes a moth. In its third life stage, it will spin a cocoon. These protective pouches are used in Japanese skincare products. A protein isolated from the cocoon is called sericin, and it has been discovered that this compound is beneficial in exfoliating the skin.
This compound can also be used for anti-aging skin care purposes as it helps eliminate dead skin cells. You can make your own exfoliating formula by soaking silkworm cocoons in water and then applying them to your face and neck. Always test any new skincare product or formula on a small patch of skin in order to check for abnormal skin reactions. I marvel at the Japanese people for their use of many different natural compounds passed down through the generations to help cleanse, tone, exfoliate, and rejuvenate the skin.