The standards of beauty can differ significantly from one culture to the next, and some of those standards can be pretty extreme—at least to those of us in the United States! As an example, tattoos on the chins and lips of New Zealand Maori women are considered beautiful, as is a heart-shaped face in South Korea (with plastic surgery even being used to make the face appear more heart-shaped), and ear-stretching in South America and Africa. Some women in Thailand, Japan, and China have taken to avoiding the sun completely, even using skin whitening products to achieve the pale skin tones most often seen in Western women.
Even Geographically Close Countries Have Different Beauty Standards
Cultures have different standards, from food to the way we do business, and, of course, in what we consider to be “beautiful.” No country is like another, even those that are geographically next to one another. As an example, Japan and South Korea are neighbors, with only a few hundred kilometers between their closest points. While the countries have intertwined histories, and do have certain cultural similarities, there are huge differences between Japanese beauty standards and Korean beauty standards.
What are the Common Modern Japanese Beauty Standards?
Modern Japanese beauty standards tend toward a light, flawless skin, a slim, petite figure, long legs, and a quiet personality—although those “standards” change over time and may be largely ignored by the next generations. Fair skin has long been associated with beauty in Japan in accordance with an old saying which says, “a fair complexion hides seven flaws.”
Simple, natural beauty is a hallmark of modern Japanese beauty standards. Of course, just as with the U.S. “natural” look, it is often a natural look that takes some serious work to achieve! Curly eyelashes are considered a beauty plus in Japan, either achieved with an eyelash curler and eyelash glue, or a trip to the cosmetologist for eyelash perming or even eyelid surgery to achieve curly lashes and double eyelids.
Japanese Beauty Overlaps Skincare, Cosmetics, and Healthcare
While the beauty industry in the U.S. has a definite separation between cosmetics and skincare, the Japanese beauty industry tends to have an overlap between skincare, cosmetics, and healthcare. As an example, Japanese beauty believes preventing blemishes through natural methods is much better than removing or concealing blemishes after they arrive. Japanese women have traditionally used certain foods to keep their skin clear, including exfoliating with crushed up, antioxidant-rich adzuki beans, or using rice water to cleanse the skin. And, not only do Japanese women regularly drink green tea for the antioxidant benefits, some cool the tea and apply it topically as a toner. This natural alternative can give you clear, glowing skin, while reducing the size of pores.
How are Modern Japanese Beauty Standards Different from Korean Beauty Standard?
To maintain a light skin tone, many Japanese women avoid the sun or regularly wear sunscreen or long-sleeved clothing to protect their skin from sun damage. Korean beauty standards are similar to Japanese beauty standards in some ways, yet very different in others. Korean beauty leans toward youthfulness, a slim figure, and clear skin. In South Korea, a person’s level of perceived beauty can actually affect their social standing, and people in South Korea are regularly hired (or not hired) based on their looks.
In fact, jobs with better benefits are often reserved for the most beautiful people, therefore, many applicants submit to plastic surgery as an investment in their career—as many as one-third of Korean women between the ages of 19 and 29 have undergone plastic surgery. So, while both Japan and the U.S. focus on “natural” beauty (that is not always that natural to obtain), Korean beauty focuses more on a flawless, youthful appearance.
How La Vie Précieuse Skincare Fully Upholds the Japanese Beauty Standards
Japanese beauty (J-Beauty) has been getting a major buzz in the beauty world. When we think of Japanese beauty here in the United States, iconic brand Shiseido immediately comes to mind. It’s time, however, to take a real look at what other high-quality Japanese beauty products have to offer. At The JBeauty Collection, our La Vie Précieuse line keeps it simple. Most Japanese women have a much simpler skincare routine, particularly when compared with the Korean 10-step skincare routine. Japanese beauty generally consists of a cleanser, essence toner, emulsion, and cream.
The focus of this routine is hydration and protection. Less really is more. Not only is the La Vie Précieuse skincare line simple and elegant, it delivers the results all women want—skin that is glowing, supple, healthy, full of moisture, and free of discolorations. Add to all of those skincare benefits, La Vie Précieuse products are also environmentally conscious and made with a number of wholly natural ingredients. Let’s take a look at what the “A.P.G. Hydration Theory” in our skincare line really delivers.
The first ingredient in La Vie Précieuse is Aomori apple ceramides. Located in the far northern region of mainland Japan, the cool climate of Aomori, the largest apple-producing prefecture in Japan, provides the key ingredient for our skincare line. These apple-derived ceramides reach every part of your skin, enveloping the water in your skin, filling it with a rich source of moisture. These apple-derived ceramides were discovered after years of research at the Hokkaido Agriculture research Center. The next ingredient in La Vie Précieuse is proteoglycans. Proteoglycans come from the nasal cartilage of salmon, and although known as a “magical” skincare solution, they were prohibitively expensive to obtain.
Then, a much more effective extraction method was found after research was done at Hirosaki University. With water retention that exceeds that of hyaluronic acid, proteoglycans aid collagen, giving you elastic, supple, youthful skin. The third natural ingredient in La Vie Précieuse comes from Aomori’s licorice plants. The low humidity in Aomori plays a very positive role in growing the high-quality licorice roots from which Glycyrrhizinate is extracted. Glycyrrhizinate is a fundamental ingredient for achieving soft, hydrated skin.
La Vie Précieuse, like all of the very best, highest-quality Japanese beauty products, are grounded in heritage, and incredibly well-made. While you might pay a little more for our skincare products, you will receive a luxurious formula with every single detail meticulously crafted. Most importantly, you can expect results—and isn’t that the ultimate goal? Skin that shows its age is not inevitable, and we believe you will agree once you try La Vie Précieuse.