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Review of The Japanese Skincare Revolution

Bella Book: The Japanese Skincare Revolution

When it comes to beauty, I'll admit that I can always learn more about having a healthy complexion. So when I heard of a book that Japanese women consider to be their go-to guide to skin care, I took notice. Esthetician Chizu Saeki's The Japanese Skincare Revolution ($14) has recently been translated to English, and it draws upon her 45 years of beauty industry experience.

Focusing on a simple, cost-effective approach, the majority of this short read centers on positive thinking (quit zeroing in on those spots and fine lines) and ideas for tweaking products you already have. The most important tool for beauty? Your hands, says Saeki.

What separates this book from others is her fun ideas: a DIY lotion mask made with cotton pads, a honey lip treatment, a shower cap steam pack (scary looking, but effective), and a water bottle face massage that I'm dying to try. Interactive and engaging, Saeki also includes surveys to help you determine what type of skin you have and tests to determine elasticity, moisture levels, and symmetry of the face (my right side is the "slacker" side). We all know we don't need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks, and I'm all for Saeki's feel-good message. It's like having an older, sage relative dishing advice. "Take in beauty with all your senses," she says. And now I'm off to practice my facial exercise routine by reciting the five Japanese vowels: ah-ay-ee-oh-oo.

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avril-121 avril-121 5 years
just used my free sample and wow made my skin feel so soft and silky and i am 70 thrilled to bits,
shopping42 shopping42 8 years
I just recently went back to Sheseido skin care products- what a difference in my skin! they also believe in message- of course I eat healthier now and drink more water-etc!
funeme funeme 8 years
i love the do it yourself aspect of this because unfortunately i cant always go to the spa for some tlc.
prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
reginosky reginosky 8 years
just checked it out on amazon, and i'm definitely ordering it. thanks, bella!
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 8 years
I definitely want to check this book out! Japanese people are so healthy and never seem to age! I'd love to know some of their secrets!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
water bottle face massage?! Please tell me more about this!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I think that the more healthy, and fish-rich, Japanese diet plays a large role in how well Japanese women age, as does the more old-fashioned beauty standard of fair skin that older women benefit from by having not gone out and tanned all the time. But remember that Japan is also the land of crazy plastic surgery procedures like shaving one's face bones down to achieve a more Western look, and nutty beauty procedures like the IV skincare thing that was covered here a while back ;)
sldc sldc 8 years
Very cool. I stealing a glimpse of it on Amazon now.
kongu kongu 8 years
I live in Japan,and everygirls know her.DIY skin care is famous. That is very unique & fun , but I don't use that way....
Haethre Haethre 8 years
I lived in Japan for two years and many of my girlfriends are Japanese, and you should know that these are NOT home remedies that Japanese women in general use. I've never heard of them before! Perhaps the estheticians of Japan know about them, but most of their skin is due to eating predominately seaweed, veggies, rice and fish all day. When I lived there and ate their diet exclusively, my skin looked luminous, but this didn't change its overall structure. They also use umbrellas when it is sunny and cover their faces a lot with scarves, so most of it is health and very little exposure to sun!
gigill gigill 8 years
Cool book but I think it ultimately comes down to genetics.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Speaking of positive thinking, I always wonder how much stressing about wrinkles and aging just causes someone to age more than they would if they were more relaxed about it.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'd love to read about some of their little at home tricks.
emalove emalove 8 years
A majority of it centers on positive thinking?? I hope this isn't The Secret for skincare...LOL.
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