Before the swimsuit season comes!
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The humid rainy season continues,
As soon as the rainy season ends, it's summer.
Are you ready for the lightly dressed season?
The bumps on my upper arm coming out of my sleeveless sleeves,
Darkening of elbows and knees,
Feet full of calluses...
Even if you don't wear a swimsuit, it's an everyday thing, so you're worried about it.
In addition, it is important to prepare early for skin care.
You can't get beautiful overnight...
This time, we will introduce handmade cosmetics made from Japanese essential oils that you can easily make at home.
Perfect for pre-summer skin care! What is the charm of handmade gommage using Japanese essential oil?
With the arrival of summer comes the season when more bare skin is exposed.
Therefore, let's take measures early with handmade gommage using Japanese essential oil .
Gommage means "to rub" or "to scrape off" in French.
It is effective in gently removing dead skin cells and restoring smooth skin.
There are various gommage cosmetics on the market,
I have never seen anything using Japanese essential oil.
I feel that this is very wasteful.
Japanese essential oil is a 100% natural essential oil extracted from Japanese plants.
Each plant has a different scent,
Its aromatic components are expected to have effects on the mind and body.
for that reason,
By incorporating the rich aroma of Japanese essential oils into gommage,
It will enhance your relaxation effect and make you feel like you are having a spa treatment in your own home.
In addition, Japanese essential oil and rice carrier oil,
Due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties,
It is also expected to be effective in improving skin problems.
In addition, handmade gommage does not contain synthetic ingredients,
The concentration of Japanese essential oil can also be adjusted, so it is less stressful on the skin and can be used by people with sensitive skin.
What is the effect of keratin accumulated on the skin?
On the surface of the skin, daily UV rays and sebum,
There are dirt and old keratin that have accumulated due to atmospheric pollution.
When these dead skin cells become excessive, the skin becomes dull and dark,
Make-up doesn't stick well, and it can make you look tired.
In addition, the thickening of unnecessary keratin reduces the permeability of cosmetics,
It can also cause skin dryness and other problems.
Even though I use good cosmetics,
It is a waste if it is in a state where it is difficult to penetrate.
By moderately removing old keratin, your skin's metabolism will be in a normal cycle and aim for clear skin.
What effect does gommage have?
Gommage (scrub) has various effects on the skin.
First of all, it restores the transparency and brightness of the skin by removing old keratin that causes dull skin and poor makeup application.
In addition, the particles contained in gommage massage the skin surface to promote blood circulation.
By improving blood circulation, the supply of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells increases,
Improves skin health.
In addition, the moisturizing ingredients contained in gommage moisturize the skin and prevent it from drying out.
You can see that gommage should be used regularly.
However, even if you don't buy it specially, you can use it as your usual aromatherapy goods.
You can easily make it by using "things that you definitely have at home" .
How to make a Japanese essential oil scrub that you can make at home
Here's how to make gommage easily at home.
- Appropriate amount of sugar (preferably white sugar)
- rice carrier oil (or other carrier oil)
- Japanese essential oil
- bottle that can be sealed
[How to make]
First, put the carrier oil in a storage container, drop the Japanese essential oil and mix.
At this time, adjust the concentration of Japanese essential oil so that it is about 1% or less. As a guideline, 2 drops from the essential oil bottle is 1% for 10ml of carrier oil.
- Add the desired amount of sugar to the blended oil from Step 1 and mix well.
- The scrub you make should be tightly sealed, stored in a cool, dark place, and used within a month.
that's all. it's simple.
[How to use]
- Take an appropriate amount from the container, gently apply it to the skin after cleansing, rub it gently and rinse it off.
- Since carrier oil is used, the oil component remains even after washing off, but it is absorbed by the skin and acts as a moisturizing ingredient on the skin surface, so there is no need to wash it off with soap.
- Recommended use is about once a week. Please adjust according to the condition of your skin.
Note) When using gommage in the bathroom, it will be slippery if it has carrier oil on it, so be sure to use it while sitting down and rinse thoroughly in the bathroom.
Also, if your skin is irritated, discontinue use.
What's the point of using sugar in a sugar scrub?
In Gommage introduced this time,
I will show you how to make a sugar scrub.
Sugar scrubs are generally made with sugar as the main ingredient,
First, sugar has fine particles,
You can gently massage your skin.
As a result, the skin becomes brighter,
It also helps improve spots and dullness.
Plus, since sugar is a natural humectant,
Keeps skin hydrated and prevents dryness.
In fact, there is a study in which beet sugar from Hokkaido was used as skin care for infants, and improvement in skin condition was observed.
However, since sugar particles are different from finely ground powder,
If you have sensitive skin or have pimples, please do not rub it, just apply or rub it, and do not apply pressure.
- Efforts to manufacture skin care products from Hokkaido sugar beet sugar -Case study of Abyssal Japan Co., Ltd.- https://alic.go.jp/content/001211274.pdf
What is the charm of rice carrier oil used for gommage?
Rice carrier oil is an oil extracted from rice bran.
Domestically produced oil is gaining popularity as an ingredient in cosmetics.
Rice is very familiar to Japanese people, but rice carrier oil can only be obtained from fresh rice bran. Therefore, oils that can be used as cosmetic grade are rare.
The ingredients of rice carrier oil are rich in tocopherol, which is called vitamin E and super vitamin E, and can be expected to have antioxidant effects, that is, to prevent skin aging and to maintain firmness and elasticity.
In addition, rice carrier oil is rich in oleic acid and palmitic acid and has excellent moisturizing effect, so it is also used by people with dry skin.
As a special ingredient, it contains Γ-oryzanol, which is said to have the effect of suppressing the production of tyrosinase by ultraviolet rays. In other words, it works to prevent stains.
Despite the attractiveness of this rice carrier oil , when used in gommage, the oil envelops the sugar particles and gently protects and massages the skin.
What is the best Japanese essential oil for sugar scrubs? Introducing the effects of fragrance and the points to choose!
Recommended Japanese essential oil "Kuromoji essential oil"Kuromoji essential oil has excellent antibacterial properties, so it has long been used as a toothpick for cutting Japanese sweets in the tea ceremony. It is effective in preventing problems caused by bacterial growth such as acne and eczema. It also has antifungal properties, which helps prevent fungal dermatitis such as athlete's foot. The relaxing scent is also attractive, and it is expected to promote cell growth, so it has become widely used in skin care products. In addition, as I introduced in a previous blog, linalool, which is the main aromatic component of kuromoji essential oil , can be expected to have the effect of masking aging odors.
Recommended Japanese essential oil "Yakusugi essential oil"
Yakusugi essential oil is said to have six times the antibacterial effect of Honshu cedar. That's why it's been preserved for over 1000 years. You can expect to work to suppress skin inflammation and prevent troubles. In addition, Yakusugi essential oil has the effect of suppressing the production of melanin, so it is also useful in preventing dark spots. Unlike other cedar essential oils, the aromatic molecules are heavy, so the scent rises slowly and lasts for a long time. The sweet, tropical scent of pineapple enhances relaxation and is perfect before going to sleep. It is also easy to use for men, and is recommended for removing old keratin from skin with excessive sebum secretion.
Recommended Japanese essential oil “Yuzu essential oil”
The characteristic of Japanese essential oil is that the essential oil of citrus fruits is extracted by steam distillation. Therefore, it does not contain phototoxic ingredients and can be used as skin care during the day. Above all, when it comes to Japanese scent, yuzu. It is a fragrance that is highly appreciated all over the world. Yuzu essential oil has been found to have high antioxidant and tyrosinase production inhibitory effects, so it is useful for aging care and stain prevention. It also has a blood circulation promoting effect and astringent effect, so it is recommended for those who aim for brighter skin by promoting blood circulation in the skin.
Hiroyuki Ukeda, and Faculty of Agriculture. "Biochemical analysis of biological effects of citrus essential oil." Cosmetology Research Report 11 (2003): 23-27.
Recommended Japanese essential oil “Mugwort essential oil”Mugwort , a familiar medicinal plant, has long been recognized for its medicinal properties. The essential oil is dark blue, and it looks beautiful when you make handmade cosmetics, so you feel good. Mugwort is known to have anti-oxidant effects, so it can be expected to be effective as an anti-aging treatment. There is an image that it has been used as a medicine for wounds and to stop bleeding, but the wound healing action also has a role to lead the turnover of the skin normally. Mugwort has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, and has been used to treat atopic dermatitis because it prepares rough skin and suppresses itching. However, please do not use sugar scrubs for skin problems such as atopy.
Reference: Research on the antioxidant effect of mugwort https://www.kansai.ac.jp/pdf/kuhs_kiyo_06/02_rv_toda.pdf
Recommended Japanese essential oil "Yamato Toki essential oil"
Yamato Toki is a very rare cultivar that is cultivated only in parts of Nara Prefecture and Wakayama Prefecture in Japan, even among Toki, which has the name "Masa ni, Kaeru". In order to make Yamato Toki a special product in Nara Prefecture, various studies are being conducted. Yamato Toki is rich in polyphenols and has a high antioxidant effect. In addition, it has been clarified in experiments, but it is known that the component "ligustilide" contained in essential oils promotes blood circulation and raises body temperature. From these results, it can be expected that using Yamato Toki essential oil in a sugar scrub promotes blood circulation in the skin, allowing blood and oxygen to flow through the cells, helping to create lively skin. It is also suitable for aging care due to its antioxidant action.
Impressions of actually using a sugar scrub
I actually made a sugar scrub.
The concentration is about 1%, and white sugar is used.
It's really easy to make, just mix it up and it's done in 5 minutes.
When you actually pick it up, you can feel the grains of sugar in the thick oil.
It's a little sticky while massaging.
Most importantly, it smells really nice.
The bathroom is in a state where ventilation is turned off, so the scent spreads on the steam,
It was so relaxing.
I tried using it on ankles, knees, elbows, heels, etc.
It is very easy to wash off and dissolves quickly.
I like that it doesn't leave residue like peeling.
Also, since it is a grain that dissolves in hot water, it seems that the pipe will not be clogged.
After rinsing off, rather than being smooth and smooth, the skin feels moisturized and smooth without dryness.
It was convenient to kill two birds with one stone without having to apply body cream after taking a bath.
Sugar has a high moisturizing power, so it's so moist.
I will continue to use it and observe the effects.
Summary of pre-summer skin care: Gommage with Japanese essential oils to make your skin smooth!
Considering the cycle of turnover,
Before summer comes, I want to start preparing little by little.
In addition to the recommended Japanese essential oils, combine your favorite scents,
Please try your own original gommage.
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