Spooning Beauty



11 January, 2015

Less is More for your Skin!

If you are anything like me, beautiful skin is not one of my talents.  My acne-prone skin seems to be ungrateful regardless of the constant care and fortune I have devoted. It is no longer a myth that some others, born with a charmed life, have naturally clear skin. My sister is a living example. And after dwelling in Japan for the past few months, I finally dyed-in-the-wool that Japanese people (generally) have healthy skin! Being the chronically vain person I am (or as I claim to be), I perused through magazines and popular beauty products in Tokyo to uncover a list that formulates Japanese beauty. In this post, I bring you five natural ingredients that you can count in servings of teaspoons to ease and better your skin!

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A common ingredient found in facial wash and scrubs that Japanese people are proud of. Azuki red bean grains can help to gently buff away dull surface flakes, unclog pores and smooth your skin's texture! Ladies, please don't take exfoliating regimes lightly. Directions: Help yourself to two or three teaspoons of Azuki beans and grind them to smaller chunks. Add teaspoon of water and apply the mixture in a circular motion, rinse it off with warm water after.


Double cleanse with pure honey! And this is a proud discovery I am adding to my beauty resumé. I read about this prevalent beauty tip in a winter issue of & Premium Magazine. Apparently, honey gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. Raw honey also has natural antibacterial and probiotic properties that effectively reduce breakouts and prevent new acne. Directions: Simple take a teaspoon of honey on your fingertips, drizzle a bit of water, and cleanse your face. I personally recommend leaving it on your face for no longer than 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Just like pooh bear's head stuck in a honey pot!


There is plenty of truth in the cliché perception that Japan people drink an absurd amount of tea per day. Green tea to be exact. Restaurants in Japan serve a snug cup of warm green tea without adding it to the bill. Most people here drink that instead of plain water. It has been proven that green tea can help to slow down the production of excess skin cells. In layman, it reduces redness. Directions: Drink a cup of green tea twice a day in the morning and night! Tea leaves are more sensible than the powdered ones.


Tan is sexy. I get it. However not so 'hot' anymore when your get older. You have probably seen this in commercials and magazines columns infinite times but it's about time to be wise and take their advice. Ceaseless exposure to the sun causes premature ageing, which can make the skin become thick, wrinkled, and leathery over time. In Japan, sunblock in summer sells better than donuts at a Krispy Kreme joint. Directions: Apply sunblock as a base before starting your make up regimen!


For those who have never tasted Natto before, let's just try to toss the public portrayal here for starters. Seriously, it's not that bad! I have been eating it with rice since I was a child. Natto is fermented soy beans, and well-known for it's vast health benefits. Unlike most foods it contains Vitamin PQQ, an important nutrient for the skin! It can be found in Japanese supermarkets across the world. Directions: Just try it before you hate on it.