Japanese Skincare Secret: Seaweed
Some years ago, I met a young Japanese woman in New York City, on a shuttle to Kennedy Airport. She was flying back to Tokyo. She told me she worked for one of the giant international advertising firms and she'd come to New York to receive one of the company's major annual awards. It was a little hard to believe. She was clearly intelligent, but very young.
I was bold enough to ask her age.
Amused, she said, "Guess."
"You look about 18," I said.
She laughed. "Twice that. Two months ago, I was 36."
I was amazed. I said, "If you ever want to advertise the secrets of Japanese skincare, you could be your own model."
She laughed again, told me she wasn't sure why she looked so young, and the conversation turned to her award-winning ad campaign.
These days, it's well known that Asian women, especially Japanese women, seem to age beautifully. Japanese skincare is a vital part of that.
Of course, there's more. Many Japanese get regular exercise throughout their lives. The Japanese eat much more seafood than Americans, which makes their diet rich in Omega-3s. These essential fatty acids are wonderful for reducing inflammation throughout the body and nourishing the skin.
But there are Japanese skincare secrets that go beyond these things. Things the Western world doesn't know about yet. A great part of the Japanese woman's healthy and youthful skin appearance is something now called Phytessence Wakame.
Wakame is a type of sea kelp native to Japan. The Japanese eat wakame, both fresh and dried, sometimes crumpled as a condiment. Phytessence Wakame is wakame that has been extracted and purified. Applied to the skin, it has tremendous benefits.
Wakame is loaded with minerals and vitamins that nourish the skin. It is very rich in the B-complex vitamins. It is also rich in potassium and calcium, both essential minerals.
Phytessence Wakame offers all this and more; you might call it Japanese skincare in concentrated form. It helps to keep skin elastic, smooth, and moisturized. That pretty much describes beautiful skin, doesn't it?
Here's how it works:
Phytessence Wakame blocks the action of a bodily enzyme called hyaluronidase. And hyaluronidase has one very undesirable effect: it breaks down hyaluronic acid, which is essential to skin elasticity, smoothness, and youthful appearance.
In your skin, you want all the hyaluronic acid you can get -- it helps keep your skin beautiful.
To say it simply: Phytessence Wakame is a wonderful skin care ingredient because it blocks the enzyme that degrades hyaluronic acid -- and hyaluronic acid keeps your skin healthy and youthful.
So this is one of Japan's best kept secrets -- and in concentrated form. If you'd like to find a skincare product that contains Phytessence Wakame, check out my website. I've done the research for you!
About the Author:
Kathryn Lane is a health and nutrition researcher. She says the most valuable and effective products she finds are rarely the most expensive or the most advertised. Check out her website: http://www.health-and-skin-site.com