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8 Skin-Perfecting Techniques From Around The World

While the desire for beautiful skin is universal, the techniques for achieving it are fascinatingly diverse. To pursue a method with a rich cultural and scientific history for attaining ideal skin, explore Japanese SK-II essence.

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1. Black Soap From West Africa

History: Black soap has been around for at least several hundred years and is believed to have originated with the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

Contains: Vitamins A and E, iron, and natural oils.

Used for: Acne relief, soothing of irritation, and skin softening.

2. Venik Treatment at a Bania in Russia

History: Visiting the bania (bathhouses) has been a cultural institution in Russia since the medieval period. These communal spaces were considered centers for healing, cleansing, beautification, and ritual in Russian villages, and they are still widely used today. One of the activities in the bania is venik massage, which involves being stroked, brushed, and even beaten with a bundle of twigs.

Contains: Venik bundles can be composed of oak, eucalyptus, birch, nettle, or fir branches, each of which is suited for particular conditions.

Used for: Detoxification, cleaning, smoothing, invigoration, and healing.

3. Essences In Japan

History: Essences are lightweight, easily absorbed, skin-perfecting fluids that have been used since the late 19th century in Japan. They have been developed from diverse sources and have gained significant international intention since the 1980s.

Contains: Natural extracts, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals.

Used for: Moisturizing, exfoliation, luminesce, anti-aging, and pore minimization.

4. Pearl Powder Application In China

History: The use of powdered pearl was touted as a skin enhancer as far back as the Ming Dynasty, and it has been used as a beauty product for skin lightening since and perfecting ever since.

Contains: Amino-acids, signal proteins, and calcium.

Used for: Improving dry and damaged skin, lustrousness, and dark spots.

6. Argan Oil in Morocco

History: Argan oil is sourced from Argan Tree kernals, and has been used as a skin and health care treatment by people in the Moroccan region perhaps as early as 1550 B.C.

Contains: Anti-oxidants, fatty acids, and vitamin E.

Used for: Combating dryness, wrinkles, and acne.

8. Camu Camu Treatments in Peru

History: Camu Camu is native to the Amazonian Rainforest on the Peruvian-Brazilian border. While any early history of human use of this berry is fairly vague, since a study was conducted in 1957 by the Ministry of Public Health of Peru revealing camu camu to have the highest amount of vitamin C of any botanical, interest in the fruit has grown tremendously since.

Contains: Vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, serine, thiamin, leucine, and valine.

Used for: Brightening and anti-aging.

And SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, for the ultimate in ideal, crystal-clear skin.


History: In the 1970s, Japanese scientists observed that the hands of older sake brewers were noticeably soft and youthful. The scientists concluded that contact with the sake fermentation process was responsible for their ageless skin, and through exhaustive research, eventually isolated the effective strain of yeast.

Contains: 90% PiteraTM, a liquid rich in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

Used for: Uniquely suited for helping your skin's natural rejuvenation process, SK-II promotes flawless skin through agelessness, clarity, and luminousness.