PURIFY. In Japan, skincare and bathing transcend the functional act of cleaning. Bathing is a time to unpack your thoughts, soothe the body, and feel weightless in the water. This meditative act dates back to the 8th century when Buddhist teachings advocated pouring cold or hot water over the body as an act of purification.
CONNECT. Because of Japan's numerous onsens or hot springs, the healing quality of the minerals found in the volcanic bedrock have soothed many a weary body. Bathing together is considered a healthy social bonding experience, creating a special kind of platonic friendship when clothes and pretensions are shed. Onsens are where families bond, where connections are built and made stronger. In Japanese, these relationships are called hadaka no tsukiai.
GROUND. Skincare can be meditative when done with consideration. It gives us the space to be with ourselves and be fully present in the moment. Slow down to take pleasure in your own cleansing and hydrating practices. In our increasingly switched on lives, a skincare ritual helps the mind switch off and rejuvenate the senses.
"Osoji," the Japanese word for clean, also refers to the year-end cleaning done in Japan.
According to Japanese philosophy, the practice of cleansing - be it your space, body, heart, and in this case, skin - is an important part in the pursuit of spirituality.
STEP 1. Use the Nomad's Cream Purifying Cleanser for a thorough cleanse. Its key ingredient is konnyaku, the root crop traditionally used in detoxification diets in Japan. Rinse well and pat skin dry.
STEP 2. Use a towel (we like using our ultra-light Washi version) soaked in hot water. Pat on skin for a steam facial.
STEP 3. Once up to three times a week, complete the ritual with the Skin Mud Power Mask. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes or until dry. Breathe the mask's frankincense scent to diminish feelings of stress or anxiety. Rinse thoroughly and use a steam towel to remove excess product from the skin.
There's a name for plumped-up, velvety-smooth skin: mochi hada. It means rice-cake skin, a reference to the Japanese confectionery that are soft and plump.
To achieve this skin goal, a combination of thorough cleansing and intense hydration is important.
STEP 1. After cleansing, mist skin generously with Paradisi Mist Hydrating Essence. Alternatively, spritz it on a cotton pad or infuse a steam towel with the Essence to help skin absorb the product better. Breathe in deeply, the scent of spicy cardamom will gently lift your mood.
STEP 2. Take 3-5 drops of the Magic Drops Balancing Oil Serum. Gently massage the oil in an upward lifting motion from the jawline, cheeks, and all the way to your temples. Inhale the oil's scent of vetiver and jasmine; as you do so, let it soothe and calm your mind.
STEP 3. Dab a small amount of the Little Wonder Lip & Skin Balm on the lips and high points of the cheeks to lock in the moisture and give a natural-looking glow.