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The Japanese Skincare Revolution: How to Have the Most Beautiful Skin of Your Life--At Any Age Paperback – February 2, 2009

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"interactive and engagingWe all know we don't need to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks, and I'm all for Saeki's feel-good message." Bella Sugar Online "Now we can all find out the secrets to their beautiful skin thanks to The Japanese Skincare Revolution." "And the core of her methodsgetting women to use things they already haveresonates even more as consumers tighten purse strings." Reuters"[The Japanese Skincare Revolution offers] practical techniques to combat everything from puffiness to dry skin, using simple massage methods and quick facials with items readily available at home." The New York Daily News

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The Japanese Skincare Revolution is the Japanese woman's skincare bible. In this groundbreaking volume, author and beauty guru Chizu Saeki shares with the world--for the first time--the natural, low-cost techniques she developed over a career spent in the beauty industry. With it, you'll learn what today's Japanese women do to keep their skin looking young and healthy.

* Step-by-step instructions with photos show you how to perform each technique
* 6 unique massages for toning the muscles of your face and smoothing out wrinkles
* Do-it-yourself lymph massages for a beautiful neck and chin
* Sensible instructions for cleansing and washing
* 3-minute moisturizing "lotion mask" to make your skin grow lustrous
* Remedies for wrinkles, sagging, oiliness, pimples, and blackheads
* and much, much more, for women of all ages, races, and skin types

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (February 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770030835
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770030832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Tara123 on March 16, 2010
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I cannot say enough how much I love this book... easy, nurturing and women-positive suggestions. Not caddy and shallow like many "skin help" books. Advice is easy to follow and straight-forward. I will say however, that what is referred to as "lotion" is really what American's think of as "toner." However, when selecting one to use for the all-important "lotion mask," which I do twice a day you only need a HYDRATING Toner. I use Avalon Organic's Lavender Hydrating Toner for my combo/normal skin. It is AMAZING! Takes out your blackheads while hydrating and refreshing your skin... my ruddiness at the bottom of my cheeks is gone! B/c of the twice daily massages and addition of an Aveeno syrum and sunblock to my regime my 30-something skin looks FLAWLESS! Just don't feel pressure to buy expensive products any relatively natural or organic drugstore brands will do! Finally, I didn't want to buy the big sheets of cotton so I order Cotton Clouds that I wet and add toner to and then separate into thin pieces and lay allover my face like a puzzle for the 3 min lotion mask.
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124 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Ann Kammerer on September 24, 2012
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Let me start by saying that I already used very high quality vegan products and I also use a lot of essential oils (always from doTerra or Young Living) because I am 44 years old and am trying (pretty successfully) to stave of aging. So the issue of expense or buying more products as noted by some was not an issue for me. I already used moisturizing toner (or lotion as called in the book), serum, and moisturizer. My regular products from Caudalie, Arbonne, and doTerra had already taken at least 10 years off my 44-year old face; so I wasn't expecting much more. My biggest issues were smile lines (not bad...but getting worse), rough looking skin, and the recent subtle appearance of age spots on my forehead (issues from the lower layers to be treated through massage and serums, according to the book). Although money isn't an issue, time is (I work 60-70 hour weeks already). This definitely takes more time...perhaps 10 more minutes...but it has brought about such an immediate improvement, that I will find the time.

I was shocked that I started to see additional dramatic differences within days. I started by attacking the wrinkles and texture. The most notable difference was in the smile lines around my eyes and wrinkles in my forehead. I make my own wrinkle tonic from equal parts frankensense, lavendar, and lemon essential oils from doTerra and I started using that first (putting it on and spreading it out. I then immediately cover the oil up with some Arbonne eye cream (just a little to keep the oils from evaporating), and doing the piano, pinching and ironing techniques shown. (For younger ladies, Patchouli oil is known to prevent wrinkles). For me the "ironing" totally worked....and quickly.
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109 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Jeez88 on November 12, 2009
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I have been following Chizu Saeki's skincare for about 3-4 months now. I can honestly tell you that her skincare routine is not a bad one even though it takes up A LOT of your time in the morning and at night.

I can't say that all the time that you are going to spend massaging your face in front of the mirror is worth it, especially for young women. If you don't have wrinkles and stuff, you will not see much of a difference except that your skin is getting quite soft and a LITTLE BIT clearer. However, if you do have wrinkles, this skincare routine might benefit you in some extent. From my experience, most of the fine lines will fade away, just not the deep wrinkles but then again those may need more than just 3-4 months of massage and stuff.

As one of the reviews mentioned before, her skincare routine is not cheap. You need to invest in more stuff than what you saw on the first few pages. The total investment can add up to hundreds of dollars if you are not that into drugstore products.

Also, please take note of the lotion Chizu Saeki used to make her lotion mask. It is not the normal lotion we would think of. This lotion is something like a toner but not quite. If you want to see how her "lotion" looks like, just go to Nars counter and ask to see their hydrating lotion(which is what Chizu Saeki mentioned in her book) or go to Shiseido counter and ask to see their softner (which might be referred to as toner sometimes).
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101 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Lily Shimizu on March 1, 2009
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When I learned Saeki san had finally written a book for English language audiences, I ordered it immediately, knowing it would contain valuable wisdom and well-tested skin care secrets most Japanese women already know well. Saeki san is a beauty goddess in Japan (perhaps internationally in beauty-fashion circles). I've known of her for years, being a former Tokyo resident. She is featured on Japanese television and in fashion magazines all the time, and is highly regarded as a beauty expert by women of all ages. I'm finding her book so impressive, honest, and intelligent. She is a true advocate of taking good care of one's skin and overall health, and treating it like you would a precious, fragile gift. This book provides basic techniques and good habits to practice daily for taking care of one's skin, using one's own hands and intent to achieve positive results, no matter what products are used. She does not have a line of beauty creams to sell -- any will work well, along with her instructions. I really like this about Saeki san. For me it adds to her credibility. I am following her advice, with excellent results so far. She is so sincere about taking personal responsibility regarding skincare health and overall well being. At last, I am able to consider her my beauty coach and mentor, just as my friends and colleagues in Japan do.
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