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The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salt Ingredients: Time-Honored Japanese Skin Care & Wellness

The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salts are a dedication to traditional Japanese wellness and Japan’s artisanally grown ingredients. These ingredients have been used for skin care as well as in the Japanese diet for centuries and are truly time-honored treasures. We have hand-selected each ingredient for its effect on the body (both skin and overall wellbeing), as well as the integrity of the growing and harvesting process. Here is a chance to learn a bit more about the incredible ingredients that go into this very special wellness treatment. The Salts: Dead Sea Salts, Israel: Unrefined and therefore extremely high in minerals, Dead Sea salts are soothing and softening to the skin. They also soothe and relax the muscles. Pink Himalayan Salt,...

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The J-Beauty Trend

Over the past six months I have seen a huge amount of interest from beauty editors in the Japanese beauty, or J-beauty, trend. People are comparing it to the K-beauty (Korean beauty) trend which again, is interesting. Korean beauty uses a lot of bells and whistles. It’s fun, cute, exciting, and somewhat gimmicky. The Korean beauty trend has pumped out numerous products per month – there is always something new and different. So, what about Japanese beauty? At its core Japanese beauty is simple, somewhat austere, refined, elegant, and minimal. Japanese skincare ingredients are time-honored. There is nothing flashy about them. Japanese women know what works and they stick with it. They do invest a lot in skincare, but not...

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Detox This Spring With These Japanese Wellness Tips

Spring is the perfect time to detox your surroundings, mind, body, and diet. The key to detoxing anything is to do things that are reasonable and that you can be consistent with. Here are some of my favorite Japanese wellness and lifestyle tips that are easy to incorporate into your life and will spring-clean your mind, body, and soul. Switch Out Coffee for Matcha: Invest in a good quality matcha and substitute it for your morning coffee. Matcha is made by grinding whole tea leaves. This beautiful bright green powder is packed with antioxidants. It is a strong immunity booster and has AMAZING effects on the skin. The energy lift that matcha will give you is very similar to coffee...

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Hot Springs: Japan's Beauty and Wellness Secret

From my first hot springs bathing experience, I was sold. I immediately fell in love with the concept and the incredible relaxation that hot springs provide. Hot springs bathing truly takes relaxation and well-being to another level. For thousands of years, the Japanese have turned to remote hot springs or onsen when they need to rejuvenate and relax. This is considered the ultimate getaway with adoration surpassing the Western view of the spa. "Hot springs are a chance to return to the self." Hot springs bathing is about simplicity. Here you will find relaxation through nature, minerals, and water. There are no body treatments, no massages, no music, or gift shops. Hot springs are a chance to return to the...

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How to Take a Summer Bath - 2017

If you have been with Amayori for a while you know that every summer I write about one of my favorite things – the art of the summer bath.  Summer bathing can have a cooling, rejuvenating effect on the body and mind. Every year I seem to discover little tips and tricks that make the experience even more special and as always, I love to share these tips with you. Japan has a tradition of something called yusuzumi, which translates to “enjoying the cool of the evening after a hot summer day”. The experience of creating your own yusuzumi ritual is such a special treat and something to look forward to all year long. Here is my summer 2017 yusuzumi...

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