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  Tricks we can pull from our fridge.

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   There was a show called 魔女たちの22時 (The witches’s 10pm)(I don’t know how to translate this) that aired from 2009 to 2011 in Japan and it was the peak of show biz itself. 

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   Every week, the show told stories of students, housewives, single mothers, mature woman (and men) , people who reached rock bottom and managed to change something negative in their lives, income, appearance, shape, health etc using a creative way, usually DIY solutions at a very low cost. They would play the dramatic reenacting video first, talk about it, built the momentum and then bring the person to the studio for the before and after with dramatic catch phrase: …...カミングアウト! (Coming Out!).

   I got a looooooooot of great insights from the show, perhaps I can share more in other posts, but there were definitely some that made me raise my eyebrows. Like this thirty something lady who looked no older than a 15yo and was one of the celebrity guest on the show. She said her beauty secret is when you’re applying lotion to pat your skin 3x number of your age. It means if you’re 20 years old, you should pat it 60 times. If you’re 50, you better sit down.

   One story stuck with me particularly because I suffered from bad skin for so long, and I always kept eyes and ears out for new things. The story went like this:

   A 40 something woman took a part time job in a clothing shop, and quickly started to get harassed by her younger co-workers because of her skin. They called her ugly “Crater Woman” because of her bad skin and mostly due to her saggy and  enlarged pores. *PAUSE* SAY NO TO SCHOOL, WORKPLACE AND CYBERBULLYING.

   She grew so resentful of her appearance and the constant remarks of her skin, she started to spend all her salary in expensive skin care and cosmetics in order to cover up and treat her ageing skin. She spent around 7-8,000 USD/year with things that didn’t really help but just stalled her progress. Her dermatologist suggested a 100USD/session laser treatment, but again, she only had a part time job and at this point was already broke and desperate.

   This is when when her beautiful breakthrough started.

   She looked around for with things she had at home to replace the expensive products she couldn’t afford anymore. Her first item was:

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  • EGG WHITE: beat 1 egg white and apply to a clean, washed face. When it dries out completely, rinse it off. Try not to laugh or move your face too much to prevent undesired wrinkles. This is an old timey trick. Egg white face mask is toning/brightening a full with albumin and aminoacids. The results were quick and improved the pores and texture of her skin, but she said after a few weeks doing it, there were no major improvements. So she switched to the next one:
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  • YOGURT  + HONEY: 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 1 of honey. Mix well an leave it on for 10 mins. Rinse off. This is one of the nicest things you can do at home. Yogurt has a mild peeling. Vitamin A restores the skin and Vitamin B12 boots your collagen. Honey is also antibacterial and together they will leave your skin smooth and they will text you good night every night.

*Important: remember that every ingredient used needs to be of a good quality. No matter if you put it in your face or in your body.

   She realized when she alternated the treatments to 2 weeks each max, she would get the best of it. She added a final face mask trickstery:

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  • GREEN TEA POWDER: 1 teaspoon of matcha powder. Add flour if you want to add consistency and less drippy. Mix it until you think the texture if fine enough to apply it on your face. Leave it for 15 mins. This one if full of antioxidants and restoring properties.

   After repeating these face masks on a 2 weeks each rotation, the woman got rid of her “Crater Woman” nickname and became a beauty reference for every woman who used to look down on her. Are you curious to see the final result on how she looked like?

….カミングアウト! (COMING OUT!)

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   QUEEN BAE-chan! I wanna get to my 40s looking this fine.

    Also, great lesson to be learned. Never give up. Never let the haters get the best of you. Overcome the obstacles and rub it in the face of those who laughed at you. Buy a boat and go on a summer vacation in Croatia.

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An Article: The gift of Yoga Gifs

You won’t need to buy new Lululemons for your face for this one.

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   Hey amigos. After the positive feedback on the previous An Article post on Korugi massage, it’s time for me to write a few things on Face Yoga. It’s exaclty what you’re thinking it is, with the benefits you have in mind: toning up your complexion.

   Have you heard about a woman who didn’t smile her whole life because she was trying to avoid developing expression lines? Like human emotion lines? FOR REAL, WOMAN?! If she could only understand that the key to life is BALANCE.

   I don’t know if you know but now you know it, I’m turning 27 this year so unless I take active steps and take care of my expressions routinely, people will start thinking I’m 20 yo instead of 18 and that’s a little upsetting.

 I squint my eyes and frown my eyebrows almost all the time. It’s a bad habit and unless my mother is around to warn me, by making eye contact and spreading her eyes wide out, I keep on doing it 24/7.

  It’s a mixture between Cersei Lannister plotting her revenge to kill her daughter in law while holding a glass of wine + Clint Eastwood staring at his enemies + Daryl Dixon close up shots:

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  Like this. But just way uglier and tired.

  I usually do it because I’m slowly becoming nearsighted, but there’s a number of other situations where I just can’t avoid it:

-When I’m confused

-When I dislike something

-When I didn’t hear what someone said

-When they repeat and I still didn’t get it

-When I’m eating food that tastes so delicious there’s no words to describe it

-Also when the food is really bad.

-When I’m trying to remember something

-When I’m listening to rap, trying to look tough

-When I’m trying to make someone feel uncomfortable after catching the staring at my butt bla bla bla etc etc.

  I bring you this new An Article post because luckily, there are a number of things you can do to keep your face toned up without having to reach for cosmetic procedures, expensive skin care products or any sort of desperation.

 Warning: you will look extra dumb while doing the following.

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  I suggest practicing it while binge watching on TV series, specially on that moment when the episode is over and you see your reflexion on the screen and is kinda sad, while washing your dishes, taking care of personal chores, in the presence of a loved one, driving or walking around, while running on a treadmill or if you’re a free spirit human being I suggest also during peak hours in a crowded restaurant. It could be fun! I don’t know. Imagine?

  Let’s get stretchin’!

  The “Fish Face”: tone and firm your cheeks and lips. Try to smile while holding the fish face. You should feel a tension on your cheeks. Always hold for 4-5 seconds do it until you feel stupid:

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The “I hope no one is looking at me”: it helps defining your jaw and getting rid of double/triple chins. Stick your tongue out and count 10 sec. Repeat 10-15 times. It’s even better if you tilt your head up and stick your tongue out for realskies. You could try also sticking your tongue out and moving it left/right/up/down:

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  I don’t know if you realized by now, but the key to Face Yoga is to do use muscles and movements that we don’t usually do as a normal civilian going on with your day.

The “scrunch yo face”:”: It uses most of the muscles on your face so it helps brighten up your appearance, tired face and eyes. Scrunch your face as hard as you can, hold it for 2-3 secs then open your eyes and mouth wide out stretching it all, holding also for 2-3secs. Repeat 10 times. Another version you can try is to just keep saying “A-I-U-E-O” non stop. It keeps your face young and glowing.

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 The “mouthwash”: This one helps with chubby cheeks, and toning the muscles around your mouth. It helps with fine lines around the area too. Blow air on your cheeks and pressure hold each position (left, right, upper lip, lower lip) for 10 sec then transfer it like you’re swishing mouthwash . Do it for 10-15x:

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  It’s just so easy and I’m 100% sure you will find some benefits while doing these steps a couple of times a day. I also hope you are filled with joy and gratefulness with the gift of Yoga gifs I here presented you. 

NA’MASTAY pretty!

An article: Rub and Press

Not your Hollywood newest trend (yet).

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   I’m gonna step away from these 2010 stories a little bit now and start spelling the beans about interesting things I’ve learned while trying to figure my body out.

   I sat through several long airplane journeys this past month, slept late most probably everyday and partied a little too much. A quick visit to the back of my brain and say no more. I’m super ready to share a few DIY AT HOME techniques from eastern/western world that I believe are beautyfing, easy and effective for a desperate times good facial massage with a side benefit for your skin:

  1. Korugi
  2. Face Yoga
  3. Face Scraping
  4. Hands Reflexology

   Starting with Korugi (read more here):

   It’s a face shaping massage method from Korea, widely popular in Japan. Consists in applying pressure to the facial bones while massaging it, working on the symmetry and improving blood and lymphatic system. It helps skin regeneration by getting rid of toxins and of course, making your face look smaller and eyes bigger. (Asia’s beauty standards)(But without plastic surgery)

   This bone-therapy transforms a saggy, tired, bloated and dull complexion into a glowing, smoother skin, reducing eyes bags, dark spots, wrinkles, giving you sharper features and why not, probably also a super power of choice (I chose flying).

   If you’re struggling with puffiness, uneven expression, eye bags, sinking cheeks or simply your make up just doesn’t sit well on your skin, apply massaging cream or your favorite oil and try the following steps. Results are better when done multiple days or incorporated on your routine.

‘S GO!

Shaping. Use the inner part of your thumb, slide first on the higher part of your cheek, from under the corner of the eyes to front of the ear. Slide through your neckline and drain everything to your collarbones. Place your thumb on the central part of your cheek and repeat. Last one, on the lowest part of your cheek. Repeat the number 2 part 3 times. Switch to the other side. *Use pressure, but it shouldn’t be painful.

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De-puffing: Do a peace sign. Fold your fingers.  Place them on the very beginning of the eyebrows like you wanna grab it. Now use the inner part of the two knuckles, specially the middle finger one, to slowly slide all the way across it. (Just realized it looks like I’m scrubbing it). Press the end of your eyebrows near the temple. Both sides 4x. 

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Lifting: This one feels SO GOOD. Place your knuckles under the highest part of your cheekbones. It’s easier if you do both sides at the same time while resting your elbows on a table. Press it UP for 5 seconds x 2.

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Brighten up: How are we doing so far? Hold your hands in a fist, place it the center of your forehead and move it upwards while pressing, from the center towards the hairline. Repeat from the opposite direction towards the middle of your forehead. Repeat 3-4x. Next, place your hands on the center again and do the same thing, but this time doing circular motions. Go and come back. Always pressure when you’re moving your hands up and not down for obvious gravitational reasons. Repeat 2 times.

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   Okay, I’m done. These gifs are exhausting to make, as you can tell by the exponential drop in the quality from first one to last. But I really hope you enjoyed it and use these amazing Korugi techniques as soon as possible. On yourself, your mom, your best friend, your boyfriend or your pet.

I’ll be back with more Rub and Press. bye!