5 Beauty Tips To Survive The Japanese Summer

Savvy Summer Care

By Emi Schemmer
July 14, 2017
Health & Beauty

Keep looking gorgeous and feeling great even when you're melting under the sun.

As we step closer to the much hotter days of summer, we are also more prone to the hardships our skin faces due to the humidity, scorching sun, and increase in pollution throughout the city. To avoid these troubles it’s essential to adjust your daily beauty and skincare routine. Here are five tips of what you can do to make sure your skin stays radiant, fresh, and glowing even when the sun is melting you!

1. Use SPF 45+ Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an absolute must if you’re looking to create a skincare regimen that is not only proactively anti-aging but also preventative. Sunscreen helps to not only protect us from harmful UV rays, but keep us looking younger by helping to prevent sun or age spots, premature wrinkles, and of course melanoma skin cancers.

Many Japanese UV creams and lotions are designed to act as a primer, which only makes our makeup routine that much more efficient! For those ladies who don’t wear foundation or much makeup, find a non-comedogenic or oil-free sunscreen that you can apply on your face every day. Often you can swap your moisturizer for a great facial sunscreen.

For your body sunscreen routine, try a spray-on product. They are absolutely wonderful since most these days are SPF 50+, quick drying, and of course super easy to apply.

Recommended products: Nov UV Shield (SPF50+), Skin Aqua Sara Fit (SPF50+), Anessa Perfect Aqua Booster, Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence. Available at most drugstores and cosmetic stores.

2. Drink Lots of …. Tea To Stay Hydrated

During the summer months, it’s even more important to stay hydrated to avoid heat stroke, extreme fatigue, and to make sure our bodies have proper sodium balance. Keeping hydrated also helps to flush out toxins, which is also an important must-do when living in a city like Tokyo.

Enjoyed either hot or iced, Japanese herbal teas have many health benefits ranging from beautifying the skin, allergy relief, and even helping the body remove toxins. Here are some of my favorites which are particularly helpful during Tokyo hot summer months:

  • Yomogi-cha: Beautifies the skin, helps to reduce blemishes, age spots, and sun damage
  • Biwa-cha: Helpful for inflammatory skin conditions, boosts general skin immunity (against infections)
  • Hatomugi-cha: Lightens the skin, helps to improve complexion, and reduces freckles and spots

3. Use Face & Body Mist

If you work at a regular office, you’ve probably noticed that the environment there can get extra dry from the air-conditioning and airflow. One way to handle that without going to the doctor or ruining your skin is to carry a hydration spray in your bag for a quick mist fix here and there. These products are great because they not only make you feel refreshed and rehydrated but also can act as a quick pick-me-up when feeling a little sluggish or tired (that 3 p.m. danger snooze, anyone?)

Recommended products: Jurlique Lavender Hydrating Mist, Evian Natural Mineral Facial Spray, Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist

4. Choose the Right Food To Avoid Natsubate

Summertime in Japan often comes with the unpleasant feeling of ‘summer fatigue’ or natsubate. In order to combat this, fuel your body with healthy and nutritious foods to help energize, invigorate, detox, and of course, cool down. The seasonal foods which we begin to notice more and more at the start of the hot season here in Japan all come from a long-standing history of things the Japanese would strategically eat to combat the hardships of summer before the inventions of air-conditioning systems and ice machines. Mugi-cha, cold soba noodles, and shaved iced desserts are wonderful ways to cool down, but foods like unagi and dojo are also great. Those sleazy creatures have high levels of not only Omega-3 fatty acids but also Omega-A oils, which many believe to help stamina and reduce the lows of natsubate.

Enjoy the variety of fruit and veggies, too! Melon, for example, is a fantastic summer fruit that is not only packed with antioxidants but also gives us a boost in hydration which helps keep the skin glowing. Tomatoes, packed with Lycopene and Vitamin C, are also a must to increase in your daily routine as studies have shown that these yummy veggies help to fight the damaging effects of UV radiation on our skin.

5. Keep Your Hair Moisturized

Summertime can be very hard on our hair whether from the strong sun rays outside, increase in air pollution, or even the drying effect from air conditioning. Also, if you’re one to go to the beach or pool often, salt water, as well as chlorinated pool water, has a very drying and damaging effect on our hair and scalp. Find a shampoo and conditioner that is moisturizing or even made for damage repair. To add to that, use a natural hair oil at night time while you sleep. This will help restore the hair cuticles and keep your hair looking healthy, strong, and resilient. You can also find great UV sprays for your hair and scalp to help prevent unwanted sunburns and also damage. 

Recommended products: Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer, P&G Hair Recipe Moist Shampoo, Dove Moisture Oxygen Spray. Available at most drugstores and cosmetic stores.

What’s your secret tip for staying gorgeous and feel great during the Japanese summer? Share in the comments!