From a flawless complexion to beautiful hair, Japanese women are renowned for their beauty and they maintain it with traditional skincare routines. Some of the best Japanese beauty secrets can be used worldwide by women who want to emphasize their natural beauty in a simple and efficient way.

Discover the skincare and diet tips that keep Japanese women beautiful and glowing and see if any of them are right for you. If you love skincare simplicity and natural beauty treatments, you’ll love these traditional Japanese tips.


One of the most important anti-aging food, seaweed is also the basis for plenty of Japanese beauty treatments. 

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, iodine and vitamin C, seaweed is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient in facials. Used as a way to fight redness and keep skin youthful, seaweed powder also doubles as a natural shampoo and conditioner when mixed with water into a green paste.

Seaweed Face Mask

Rice Bran Powder and Oil

Rice has been a part of Japanese diets for a long time, but it also plays an important part in skincare. Rice bran powder is ones of the best Japanese beauty secrets thanks to its mix of antioxidants and powerful vitamins with rejuvenating effects. The powder can be used for a natural face wash, while rice bran oil is a great moisturizer, that’s also used as makeup remover.

Natural Wash Cloth

Japanese women use wash cloths, but not the kind you can find in most stores. Made from unbleached and undyed pure cotton, these natural wash cloths have a soft, uneven textures that cleanse away dead skin cells in the most efficient way, with less soap. The natural fibers get inside every crease of the skin, cleansing it thoroughly while exposing your skin to less chemicals.

Adzuki Bean Facial Scrub

One of the oldest Japanese beauty secrets, Adzuki beans are dried and ground into a very fine powder and used for a rejuvenating facial scrub. Mixed with water and turned into a creamy paste, the Adzuki bean scrub is very gentle and has a natural foaming property that cleanses the skin in a great way, while leaving it soft and glowing.

Skin Brushing

Dry brushing is used in the Western world too, but many Japanese women swear by this old beauty technique. Using a soft bristle brush, dry brushing prepares the skin for any other treatment and it’s the first step of a skincare regimen, followed by moisturizers or serums. Increased circulation is the obvious effect, but skin brushing also prepares the skin for receiving moisture.

Slapping On Moisturizer

Moisturizer Slapping

Japanese women have a unique technique of applying moisturizer. Instead of applying it gently, they slap it on to improve circulation. A good blood flow is very important to collagen production and a youthful skin, so slapping it on has a great effect on your skin either in the morning or at night.


On average, the Japanese eat 10 times more fish annually than Americans. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish is also responsible for a longer life expectancy. The combination of low-fat protein with minerals and vitamins is one of the healthiest ways of helping your skin glow and eating lots of fish and seaweed is definitely one of the best Japanese beauty secrets.

Facial Blotting Paper

Instead of fighting shine with powder, a key product in any Japanese woman’s makeup kit is blotting paper. With a natural mattifying effect that lets skin breathe instead of covering it with powder, blotting paper is the most natural way of fighting shine.

Japanese Tzubaki Oil Benefits

Camellia Oil

Extracted from the seeds of Camellia japonica, this oil is one of the most important Japanese beauty secrets and works wonders for the skin and hair of women who use it. Applied on damp skin and hair, it has excellent moisturizing and nourishing effects. Japanese women use it to prevent dry skin and care for their face and other area, including elbows and cuticles.

Green Tea

Full of anti-oxidants that fight free radicals and keep your entire body more youthful, green tea is another key ingredient in many Japanese cosmetics. Drinking 2 cups a day  is the simplest way you can use its powerful anti-aging polyphenols. Its anti-inflammatory effects are also used in the green tea bath, one of the more traditional Japanese beauty secrets.

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