If you’ve been following our Tokyo Beauty Stars newsletter, you’ll know we’ve been talking all about hair care until now. Get ready for that to change with our very first skincare blog introducing a time-saving skincare routine! Naturally, we hear a lot about our international customers’ hair problems in the TBS booking requests we receive. Nowadays, however, skincare inquiries are on the rise.
“I started having breakouts after moving to Japan, I wonder if tap water in Japan is not safe for my skin? ”
“I’ve never had any problems in my twenties but am now suffering from sensitive skin and skin allergies in my 30’s. Please share some quality, reliable Japanese skin care products I can easily get my hands on here in Tokyo.”
These are no surprising news to us. In fact, I myself have been experiencing serious skin problems until just several years ago. Let’s be honest, skin and hair problems are some of the biggest concerns for us women. And guess what? There’s no shame in admitting that – both are very important elements of self-care.
Wake Up Your Skin’s Immune System
“More pimples have popped up! My skin is dull, and if I look closely, I can see wrinkles and fine lines! ”
“No amount of skincare is working. My skin is simply not improving and it’s very frustrating.”
“My skin flares up when I am stressed or during busy season.”
As a matter of fact, all of the above-mentioned issues can be related to the skin’s immune system.
Before we begin, let us recall that friend with perfect skin. Who, when asked about her skincare routine, says “I’m not really doing anything special.” And although we tend think otherwise, that friend may actually be telling the truth.
Immune beauty is a Japanese skincare philosophy based on the concept of restoring the skin’s inherent immune power without excessive use of cosmetics. Accordingly, someone with a healthy skin immune system will enjoy naturally beautiful skin as well as a time-saving skincare routine.
In order to provide you with quality skincare advice, we at Tokyo Beauty stars have also taken the time to complete immune beauty-based skincare training courses conducted by the Japan Immune and Beauty Association.
Too Much Skincare May Be Your Biggest Problem
Find yourself purchasing luxury cosmetics every month? Have a full line up of lotion, moisturizer, essences, mask, and night creams placed all over your bathroom countertop?
We’re sorry to break it to you, but you may be doing skincare wrong. Taking too much care of your skin, over a period of many years, can actually weaken your skin’s protective barrier.
On the contrary, if you have a healthy immune system, your skin will naturally glow from the inside out – even if you don’t have a complete morning to nighttime routine.
First of all, the skin is not a place to put in, but a place to put out, or excrete, waste. Therefore, we shouldn’t be applying unnecessary products to the skin as it may disrupt our skin’s organic detox process.
The key to clear, flawless skin, then, is by keeping it simple and putting a stop to skincare overload.
Take the Skincare Routine Quiz
Before diving into the world of immunity beauty and a time-saving skincare routine, let’s take some time to understand your personal approach to skincare by doing a quick evaluation of your current routine.
Please read the following statements and check those that apply:
⬜︎ You supply your skin with plenty of nutrition, religiously applying beauty essence or night cream on a daily basis.
⬜︎ There is a travel-sized bottle of moisturizer in your handbag for when you feel your skin is getting dry.
⬜︎ You take your time applying lotion and milk to ensure the ingredients thoroughly penetrate your skin.
⬜︎ You try to choose products that contain active topical ingredients such as fullerene, ceramide, fulvic acid, etc.
⬜︎ You believe your skin will experience premature aging without adequate skincare.
⬜︎ As skin contains a slightly acidic pH balance, you often purchase slightly acidic cleansers and lotions.
⬜︎ You experiment with different skincare brands and products to find one that best suits your skin.
⬜︎ You are a proud owner of a facial massager and occasionally enjoy facials.
⬜︎ You are using anti-aging skincare to prevent wrinkles and pigmentation.
⬜︎ You own various skincare products for targeting pigmentation, wrinkles, and dullness.
Understanding Your Skincare Routine
How many of the above statements did you check YES to?
If you checked 0 to 1:
You like to keep things simple. Therefore, you probably don’t have a problem with skin damage from excessive skincare. However, getting to know how your skin’s immune system works can help you put together a basic skincare routine for achieving clear, healthy skin.
If you checked between 2 to 5:
You don’t pay too much attention to skincare and are not loyal to any particular skincare brand or product. Most of your current products are recommendations from friends and colleagues. Let’s learn more about how your skin works so you can choose the right products for your skin.
If you checked 6 or more: You are a skincare enthusiast and more interested in skincare than anyone you know! You are knowledgeable about all the latest skincare trends and products, however, your skin may have suffered some damage from all the experimenting. Let’s get to understand the secret to naturally beautiful skin without excessive product use.
What kind of skincare routine do you have? Did you learn a little more about your skincare habits and purchases? If you did, please keep that in mind in our next skincare blog, where I will be talking in detail on a time-saving skincare routine that enhances your skin’s immunity. Stay beautiful until next time!
Wake Up Your Skin’s immune System for Truly Healthy Skin
Lastly, here is the best facial cleanser for skin troubles using Japanese skincare philosophy.