Australia’s summer season is just around the corner and you need to keep looking gorgeous and feeling amazing even when you are melting under the sun.
Summer brings happiness and a lot of activities but our skin is more prone to suffer due to the humidity, the sun, and the salted water. To avoid this it is important to adjust your daily beauty routine. Here are five tips Japanese women do to make sure their skin stays radiant, fresh, and glowing even in the hotter days!
1. Prepare your Skin: Exfoliate
The first step you need to do is to prepare your skin for the hot weather. Japanese women prepare their skins by exfoliating with azuki beans. Azuki beans, are red beans that are are not only part of their healthy diet, but they are also used for healthy-looking skin.
They are used to gently remove dirt and dead skin cells, unclog pores and make your face look radiant as they stimulate blood circulation.
To do your azuki scrub all you need is:
- a coffee grinder
- ½ cup of dried azuki beans.
- Transfer the mixture into a jar and store in the fridge for a couple of hours.
To use it mix ½ teaspoon of the powder with a few drops of water. Keep in mind it will be thick. Then apply it to your wet face in a circular motion. Do this for at least 2 minutes then rinse with warm water. You can do this two or three times a week.
If you are not able to find azuki beans in Australia a great solution is to use Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, a homemade recipe infused with grainy sugar granules, that will open your pores to encourage effective absorption of the rich minerals and vitamins within.
Sunscreen is a must in your skincare regime. The sunscreen will protect you from harmful UV rays, as they help you look younger by preventing sun or age spots, wrinkles and of course melanoma skin cancers.
Many Japanese sunscreens and lotions make your makeup routine more efficient. Just make sure to find a non-comedogenic or oil-free sunscreen that you can use every day.
Japanese women always wear their sunscreen in a clean face. So make sure you wash your face with Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser before applying your sunscreen.
3. Drink and Use Green Tea
Green tea is an important part of the Japanese lifestyle. It is high in antioxidants, it is antibacterial and has anti-inflammatory properties. Japanese people include green tea in their beauty routines, especially in the summer, to keep their body and skin hydrated.
You can find green tea in lotions and tonics such as Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum. This serum works to revive, hydrate, and restore your skin’s clarity and reversing signs of aging. Or, TonyMoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream that it's best used in very hot or dry weather where the skin loses abundant hydration or to maintain your skin's natural levels of moisture each day.
Remember, green tea can counter damage caused by UV rays, it also reduces inflammation and it helps balance skin tone.
4. Take Care Of Your Hair
During the summer season, your hair suffers from the strong sun rays outside, the drying effect from air conditioning and the saltwater. All of these elements have a very drying and damaging effect on your hair and scalp.
Japanese women use a shampoo and conditioners that moisturize and they also use a natural hair oil at night to help restore the hair cuticles and keep their hair looking healthy, strong, and resilient.
5. Eat a Healthy Diet
In Japan when they feel unpleasant summer fatigue or natsubate they fuel their body with healthy and nutritious foods. Eating a healthy diet helps your body be energized, invigorate, detox and cool.
Try to eat high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-A oils, they will help reduce the lows of natsubate. Also, don’t forget to enjoy a wide variety of fruits and veggies to help you fight the damaging effects of UV radiation on your skin.
Now, let me know what is your beauty secret to stay fabulous during the Australia summer?