I used to have decent skin when I was younger, but I never took care of it, and I always took it for granted. Now I am middle aged and have brown splotches all over my puss. I am not that bothered about it, but I do like the idea of having decent skin. So, when I read about Japanese beauty guru Chizu Saeki and her book The Japanese Skincare Revolution
, into my amazon shopping cart it went.
The book is essentially a skincare manual. She has all sorts of tips and techniques in there, including massages for your face and lymph massages. Some of the tricks include putting honey on your lips then sticking a little piece of plastic wrap over them to remedy chapped, dry lips; giving your skin a break by avoiding cleansers, moisturizers, anything, one day per week; and keeping cold, wet towels in the fridge to cool down your face after a day in the hot sun.
She is also a big advocate of the “lotion mask,” which will make you look like Jason from Friday the 13th, but if it makes your skin look good, who cares! The lotion mask seems a bit involved, but I’m going to give it a try. Now, here’s the thing–facial lotions are very common in Japan, but they are pretty much unheard of here in the US. Here we like to use toners and then moisturizers, but lotions are NOT toners. I tried finding some low-cost alternatives to the one lotion the book shows (NARS Hydrating Freshening Lotion), but so far I have been unsuccessful. The thing is, lotions are usually clear or slightly milky, and they are kind of runny, but most bottles are opaque, so it’s impossible to tell if it’s the correct type of lotion. If anyone has any suggestions out there, please holler; in the meantime, I’ll keep searching.
Honestly, there are so many technique in this book, including a very involved set of steps for cleansing your face, that I feel like I need a giant, laminated sheet of instructions to stick on the bathroom walls!