There are ever so many products in stores and pharmacies that promise that elusive look: a glowing youthful-looking skin. There may be so many of you who have tried them only to be disappointed, perhaps even upset by the results. Japanese women seem to have escaped that inevitable slowing down in the skin’s ability to revitalize itself, and they continue to look youthful, with smooth unwrinkled skin well into their old age. The secret is in the sort of skin care that they believe in. So here’s a look at those special factors that should help you choose Japanese skincare for the special ingredients contained within. GINZA
It’s thanks to the Japanese people and their centuries-old culinary traditions, that cosmetics research discovered a new wonder ingredient – one that promised the elixir of youthful skin to everyone who longed for it. It goes by the name of wakame or Japanese sea kelp which harvested from nutrient-rich sea water, and added to dishes in Japan has always provided nourishing vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that skin needs.
Noticing the connection, cosmetics manufacturers in Japan started adding it to their Japanese skin care products decades ago. Wakame works in several ways simultaneously to provide the nourishment and support that your skin needs all the more with the effects of age, harsh environmental conditions and stress all working against it. The useful nutrients in wakame are:
- Minerals like calcium, potassium and sodium, all important for maintaining healthy skin. Wakame provides healthy doses of these, especially calcium, which it has in a much higher proportion (15 times more) than does milk;
- Vitamins, especially those of the B group including B12, which play an important role in soothing skin irritations, by maintaining the needed moisture levels in skin;
- Antioxidants, which combat the effects that free radicals can have on your body as it ages;
- Other anti-aging properties contributed mainly by its ability to control hyaluronidase, an enzyme produced in the body that breaks down hyaluronic acid. This acid is what your body uses to keep the collagen in skin and the elastin fibres to stay together, It destruction means that start of skin degeneration.
- Protection against ultra-violet radiation – wakame has natural properties which protect the skin from UV damage.
Wakame has been scientifically formulated in Japan to produce Phytessence Wakame, and this is found in many Japanese skincare products. Remember to look for the proportion of the extract in the product you are researching for yourself. Products that contain higher proportions of it will be more potent and active.
There are other ingredients in Japanese skin care products which have useful anti-aging properties. Look for Nanolipobelle H EQ10 and Cynergy TK. Their effects are similar to wakame in that they help to protect that elasticity and firmness that your skin may be missing.