Geisha’s are well known as the beauties of Asia. They demonstrate beauty and healthy, flawless skin. I decided I needed to know the secrets to their skin care routines and what makes them the perfect picture of prettiness.
I just recently watched that movie – Memoirs of a Geisha. It was a super good movie but up until that point I had no clue what a Geisha actually was… Well lets just say I would never want to be one, and I’m surprised they had so many in Mulan.
This first tip I have is a bit strange as it isn’t very common in our Western civilization. It is the persimmon fruit, which looks kinda like a tomato on the outside, but the inside is sweet. It was called the fruit of the gods in Ancient Greece because of how incredibly nourishing it is; it contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, iodine, and its vitamin content excels past most other fruits. Japanese geishas understood all the benefits of the fruits and used them many different ways; in face masks, skin tonics, and ate them for their nutritional benefits. The fruit itself has a strange taste and texture, but nonetheless it is delicious. Try a persimmon mask by mixing a teaspoon of persimmon with a tablespoon of honey, one egg yolk and a tablespoon of your favourite type of oil – grapeseed, olive or sweet almond. This mask will nourish your skin, hydrate and protect your skin from acne (the egg yolk).
Next we’re going to go over your body – we want to keep the skin youthful and healthy don’t we? Add two cups of apple cider vinegar to a bath about twice a week and soak for at least 20 minutes before washing yourself off. The apple cider vinegar has healing antioxidant properties that fights against free-radicals and skin damage. It also works well on oily skin.
A huge part of a geishas skin care routine was oils – sasanqua and camellia oils were the main two used and both help to keep skin soft, wrinkle free and radiant. Sasanqua oil is light and easily absorbed and filled with antioxidants and antibacterial properties. This will provide hours of hydration without reapplying oil to your skin. The nutrients and specific fats in this oil also helps to increase your skin’s elasticity.
Lastly, as Japan sits on the ocean it only makes sense that sea salt would be a part of the geisha’s skin care routine. Salt of course is used in a body scrub; however instead of mixing it with oils geisha’s mixed sea salt with whipped cream to achieve a velvety smooth texture.
I hope your skin is now glowing as much as a geisha! Just make sure not to get in the habit of acting like one…