As beauty enthusiasts, we're always on the hunt not just for new innovative products to try but also tried-and-tested beauty practices from the world over. While many locales have their own unique beauty practices, the ones from Japan are undeniably interesting. Many are rooted in tradition and can be traced back from as far as the Edo Period (1603-1868). Here are some unique Japanese beauty routines to try at home.
Rice bran-infused products
The use of rice bran in Japanese beauty routines is an age-old tradition and it was so widely used that it made its way into historical paintings such as in the Sōshi arai by Utagawa Kunisada II (1857) where a courtesan was depicted to have a rice bran pouch for washing face, according to Nippon. Today, rice bran products are still used in Japanese beauty routines because of its high antioxidant properties. The brand Bijin Nuka, established in 1894, is one of the first producers of rice bran skincare products and has an array of selections like facial wash, toners and creams. While it's possible to do it the traditional way — actual rice bran mixed with water — it's not recommend as the grainy texture can scratch your face.
Lotion instead of toner
Instead of using an astrigent toner, the Japanese use face lotion which is described as a moisturising essence. It's applied after facial wash but before essence and face cream. By doing this, the lotion will bring back the moisture that may have been stripped after washing the face. It's also said to prep the skin for maximum absorption of the next skincare layers. Interested? Know more here.