The 10-second beauty trick I want to share with you today originates in Japan…
With a popular beverage that also doubles as an excellent do-it-yourself beauty treatment.
If you’re unfamiliar with sake, it’s a rice wine that’s been enjoyed for thousands of years in Japan, and throughout eastern Asia.
Sake has a distinctly different, lighter taste than the grape wines we’re used to in the Western world, and is served both hot and cold.
Some people like it (I personally do), some people don’t (my wife Kendhal isn’t a big fan)…
But no matter what you think of drinking it, it can have incredible effects when applied to the skin.
In fact, legend has it brewery workers actually experience preserved youth on their hands, from constant contact with the “magic brew”…
Resulting in fewer wrinkles, plumper skin, and a brighter complexion than other people their age.
It’s also said that Geishas would use sake to keep their complexions exceptionally smooth and supple.
Whether or not these particular legends are true, sake absolutely DOES have all the makings of a powerful anti-aging remedy…
It’s loaded with energizing B vitamins, nourishing minerals, and natural ceramides (wrinkle-reducing compounds) that are released when sake comes into contact with skin.
That’s why I recommend my patients occasionally use sake as a toner.
If you’d like to try this for yourself… Here’s how it’s done:
First, head to a local Asian grocer and pick up a bottle of sake. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive one… Any bottle will do.
You may even get lucky and find it at your usual grocery store!
After washing and drying your skin, simply soak a cotton ball in cold sake and gently wipe it across your face in a thin, damp layer, carefully avoiding the eye area.
If you have dry skin, rinse the sake off after about 5-10 minutes. For oilier skin, simply let the sake dry and continue with your normal skincare routine.
Now remember, that’s the most important part – sake DOES contain alcohol, which can dry skin out… So you’ll want to replenish that moisture right away with your favorite serum or moisturizer.
If you’ve got sensitive skin, remember to do a small patch test 24 hours before you plan on applying it to your whole face. This will tell you for sure whether or not sake will be gentle enough for your individual skin type. (This is a good idea with ANY new recipe or product.)
When used about once a week, this sake toner can help “get the ball rolling” on smoother, more youthful skin…
Not to mention, prevent clogged pores and help heal breakouts.
Even better news… If you’re interested in putting the rest of the bottle to good use, an study conducted at a Japanese sake brewery showed that drinking sake can increase skin’s moisture content by up to 30%…
For softer, more youthful skin… and what I personally think is a DELICIOUS treat to pair with any Asian-inspired dish!