Saving Face for Great Skin:
Taking care of our skin is so important, but it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. The secret to beautiful, great skin is right at your fingertips – literally! Your own two hands can be incredibly powerful tools for assessing and improving your complexion.
As Japanese skin care expert Chizu Saeki explains, our hands have a special ability to “read” the condition of our skin, like a natural sensor. By gently touching your face each day, you can get insight into what your great skin needs. Does it feel dry or tight? That’s a sign it needs more moisture. Do you feel any roughness or bumps? Exfoliation may help smooth things out.
Built-in Skin Care Tools
Even more amazingly, our hands can also act like built-in skin care tools. With simple massaging motions, we can boost circulation, promote collagen production, and drain away toxins. It’s like giving yourself a natural facelift using just your fingertips! Gentle strokes outward from the nose can iron out wrinkles, while circular motions around the eyes and lips can soften fine lines.
So next time you look in the mirror and see signs of aging, don’t rush to the store for an expensive new cream. Instead, take a moment to care for your skin with your own two hands. This simple, free treatment tapping into your skin’s natural renewal process may be just what you need.
When it comes to caring for our great skin, we can learn so much from experts like Chizu Saeki. She has dedicated her entire career – over 45 years! – to the beauty industry and has helped millions achieve healthy, radiant skin.
In her decades as an esthetician, including for the prestigious Christian Dior brand, Saeki has uncovered simple, effective techniques for at-home skincare and get clear skin fast. She’s shared her wisdom in numerous bestselling books in Japan, including her latest translated into English for the first time: The Japanese Skincare Revolution.
This book offers practical solutions to common skincare concerns like puffiness, dryness, and signs of aging. The techniques use gentle massage and quick homemade facials with easy-to-find ingredients to get clear skin. Saeki developed these methods from her own experiences overcoming flaky, dry skin.
One of her innovative solutions is the “steam pack” facial. By applying your regular moisturizer liberally over your face, then covering with plastic wrap or a shower cap for 5-10 minutes, you create a soothing sauna effect. As Saeki explains, “The moisture will deeply penetrate your skin, giving it clarity.”
Dr. Joyce Davis
To understand the science behind Chizu Saeki’s innovative “steam pack” treatment, we turn to experts like Dr. Joyce Davis, a dermatologist in Manhattan. As Dr. Davis explains, this technique is called “occlusion” – using a protective barrier like plastic wrap to seal in moisture.
Occlusion is often used to soothe dry skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema by trapping the hydration. As Dr. Davis notes, it can provide an instant improvement in skin’s plumpness and smoothness for those with very dry complexions. However, she cautions that heavy moisturizers can clog pores for acne-prone skin.
In addition to occlusion facials, Saeki recommends facial massages to reduce puffiness, wrinkles, and fine lines. These massages likely work by promoting drainage of lymphatic fluid and stimulating collagen production through the skin’s dermis and muscles.
So by combining the deeply hydrating “steam pack” treatment with her specialized massage techniques, Saeki provides a holistic approach to revive skin’s youthful glow. Her decades of expertise truly help us uncover our skin’s natural beauty!
The Doctor’s Verdict?
To wrap up, Dr. Davis provides an expert perspective on the potential benefits of Saeki’s massage techniques. While lymphatic drainage massages can help reduce facial swelling, Dr. Davis notes the massages won’t physically lift or tighten the skin like a medical facelift.
However, many everyday people have found Saeki’s methods make a noticeable difference. Brooklyn resident Jenny Sandbank tried the hydrating “steam pack” facial using basic household items and was amazed by the results. Her skin looked incredibly dewy, smooth, and glowing afterwards. As Jenny shared with a smile, she was even called “Miss” that day – a compliment on her youthful appearance she hadn’t received in years!
So while Saeki’s natural facials may not replace cosmetic procedures, they provide a free, easy way to revive skin’s radiance. Her decades of expertise empower us to uncover our best complexions yet. I hope these tips help you reveal your natural beauty and great skin each day.