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Remember the skin care book I recently purchased online? The Japanese Skincare Revolution?
If not, you can read my intro post about it over here.
I promised to share some of the most interesting parts that I have come across, as I read through it. Well, I’ve now finished the book and really enjoyed it!
Saeki-san’s book is a light read in that it’s only 126 pages including appendices, but it is chock full of ideas and includes plenty of handy photos to help guide you in following her skin care and anti ageing advice. Due to this, I have decided to write a series of posts on it. If I was to try and fit all the things that I had found useful and interesting in one post, it would be wayyyy too long!
The first section of the book focuses upon The Tenets of Saeki-style Skincare.
What really stood out to me is the point she makes about caring for your skin when it is stressed, breaking out or behaving badly:
Gear down in times of trouble
Saeki-san considers that excessive skin care can actually damage the skin – which I agree with! Consequently, she recommends that once a week you simply let your skin do its thing, completely au naturel. This means that you can wash it gently with water, but do no else. No products at all. She argues that by doing this, you allow the skin to maintain its natural defenses and protective mechanisms in this way. She recommends the same when your skin is stressed – breaking out – or otherwise being cheeky (no pun intended! ).
I admit that I always endeavour to have at least one day a week in which I wear no makeup at all, but doing nothing to the skin was a new concept to me. I’ve been trying it on my makeup free day (usually it ends up just being one day). I haven’t noticed any particular changes as such but it is quite liberating! The only thing I would say about this, however, is make sure you have a plan for sun protection. You wouldn’t want to do this on a day you’re headed to the beach!
What I also found quite intriguing is her technique for discovering your past, present and future faces using a mirror. The idea is that by doing this you will identify areas you need to work on now to slow down the natural ageing process, oh and I suppose reminisce about your younger self!
A picture will explain this more clearly – this is taken straight from the book:
When giving this a try myself, I didn’t identify any wrinkles (wahoo!) but rather, I looked like a bloated puffer fish! Is this a sign I need to go on a diet?! LOL Realistically I don’t believe that I won’t get any wrinkles, as I am already getting some smiley lines (fine lines) around my eyes.
So this particular point I found amusing but that was about it… I thought it was worth sharing, however!
I hope you have found this post interesting and that you’ll find the future posts about it interesting too! Posts on this will appear roughly once a month - once every two months, until I’ve worked my way right through! The next post about the book will focus on Saeki-san’s tips for assessing the status of your skin.
What do you think of these ideas from Saeki-san? Have you tried them?