I just received a book called “The Japanese Skincare Revolution- How to Have the Most Beautiful Skin of Your Life- At Any Age”, by Chizu Saeki.
Saeki is “a practicing esthetician and Japan’s most revered beauty advisor” and this book is the distillation of her most essential techniques.
There are lots of cool things in it, like face massage techniques, quick fix spa secrets, as well as methods to diagnose your skincare needs.
I love this random tidbit. Hold a mirror above your head and look up. This is what your face looked like 5 years ago. Hold the mirror below your face and look down. This is what you’re going to look like 5 years from now. (Ahhh! Please God, no.)
Thankfully, I’m short, so I often look up at others, so they get my 5 years ago face. (So take that tall, leggy people.)
The following was my favorite tip. It involves using Saran Wrap to create a facial sauna.
Why is this photo on a stock photo website????
I improvised on her method a bit. Here’s my version. I applied face cream. Put a piece of Saran Wrap over my face. Poked holes where my mouth and nose were. (I didn’t poke holes where my eyes were, because I was afraid I would poke my eyes out and I could see through the plastic anyway.)
I wore the mask while blow drying my hair, to maximize the sauna effect.
15 minutes later, I peeled the plastic off.
It took a few minutes for the excess moisture to evaporate, but once it did, I had a little, post-sauna, healthy, detoxed, dewy complexion going on.
I swear I looked a few years younger (and it wasn't just a hallucination, from having just cooked my face in Saran Wrap).
The youthful look lasted all day. The guy at the pizza place even called me “Miss”, which never happens any more.
I could be wearing pigtails and skipping down the street, sucking a lollipop and people would still call me "ma'am", so this was a big deal for me.
So from now on, I'm blow drying my hair with Saran Wrap over my face. (Never thought I would utter those words.) Now I’m wondering if I can do a full body sauna with dry cleaning bags. (Joke. I know they’re not a toy.)
Don't forget to check out the book.