The Amayori Sento — Wellness


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An Easy Weekend Morning Ritual

Little moments of tranquility can have such a rejuvenating impact on our lives. There are so many ways to make everyday moments more beautiful and mindful. All that’s required is a bit of effort, creativity, and intention. I love to read after I meditate and exercise on weekend mornings. I just sit on my couch for 30 minutes or so and read whatever book currently is holding my attention, or I pick a random book and just dive in. What makes this moment go from “reading on the couch” to a weekend ritual is this: Tea: I always make a cup of tea to sit down and read with. Tea stops us and takes us out of the day-to-day. I...

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Taking Care: Nurture the Body, Nurture the Soul

Think about a busy morning. There are certain things that we do without fail before beginning our day. Some of these things include brushing our teeth, taking a shower, applying face care products, etc. One of the areas that often gets put aside when we have less time is our bodies. In my late 20’s, I shared an apartment with a woman who was the quintessential California girl. She was “all-American,” pretty and natural. She always looked fresh and glowed with happiness when she smiled. We were living in San Francisco, which is usually overcast and chilly, so were thrilled to visit her family in a warmer part of California for a chance to go swimming. When we got to...

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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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5 Life-Changing Japanese Beauty and Lifestyle Tips

I have learned so much from Japanese culture, in particular, Japanese women. Japan is a place where diet, mindfulness, art, and beauty all seem to merge into lifestyle. This is just a sampling of some of my favorite lifestyle perspectives that can easily be incorporated into your life. "Regardless of time, a soak is an end-cap to the day.  All women are at their best and most beautiful when they are calm and relaxed." Japanese beauty begins with a bath.™: Japanese women know the value of bathing daily to wash away the cares of their day. Relaxing at home in a bath on a regular basis is convenient, rejuvenating, and a pillar of the Japanese beauty routine. Sometimes a bath...

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