• Why the Japanese Are Ahead in the Skincare World

    July 22nd, 2015

    Open up any beauty magazine and you’re bound to find an article on Japanese skincare. Topics in these articles range from their intense, multi-step skincare rituals to the advancements in their products through scientific research. So why exactly are the Japanese so “ahead” in the skincare world?

    Their extremely thorough and meticulous skincare routines. In Korea, young girls grow up watching their mother’s daily beauty routines, which often involve multiple cleansings, exfoliation, toning, massages and masks. Japanese women view their skin as a prized possession, which leads them to spending a lot of time (and money) on the best products available. 

    An investment in research allows them to produce top-notch products. Due to this skincare-obsessed culture, many Japanese brands are investing heavily in scientific research for beauty purposes. Korean culture emphasizes the importance of a meticulous skincare regimen focused on the prevention of aging and dehydration. The more the consumers ask for new, innovative products, the more money will be invested in this research.

    They are generally the first to create a beauty or skincare product due to the demand and need of the beauty-obsessed women. Long before they became big in America (we’re talking 8 years before), Korean women were using BB creams, CC creams, cleansing oils, sheet masks, blotting papers, and more. What’s up next? Snail creams, skin cycling, and cleansing water. It’s been said that Korean women spend seven times more on beauty products than American woman, proving they are much more demanding in terms of getting their hands on the “best of the best”.




  • Coffee Vs. Japanese Green Tea: Which is Better For Your Skin?

    June 9th, 2015

    The morning debate between coffee and green tea is something I often face once I’ve arrived at work. Do I go for the zen of green tea or opt for one of the java flavors? While both are super tasty, contain caffeine, and can help you hit your 8 glasses of water a day quota, there are a few differences. Today we’re looking at which is better for your skin- green tea or coffee?


    • One study showed that coffee bean extracts can be responsible for skin cell energy preservation due to its free-radical properties.
    • Another study found that caffeine inhibits the DNA damage response, thus protecting skin against the adverse effects of UVB. The inhibition of DNA damage response may offer a therapeutic option for non-melanoma skin cancer.
    • When coffee promotes blood circulation, it leads to healthy and energized skin, effectively reducing the swelling of tissues and depuffing areas of the skin.

    Japanese Green Tea

    • Green tea is packed with powerful antioxidants called catechins, which have been shown to potentially inhibit the growth of some cancers, including skin cancer. These antioxidants an reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.
    • Since green tea has around 1/3 the amount of caffeine as coffee, it has been linked to stress relief. This reduction in stress could help clear up any stress-related skin issues you may have, such as redness or acne.
    • Studies have shown that topical green tea formulations reduce sun damage. Green tea appears to exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, green tea may enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen.
    • Considering their well-documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, topical green tea polyphenols are likely to slow down the development of some signs of aging.

    The winner? Japanese Green Tea!

  • Japanese Tea That’s Good For Your Skin

    January 5th, 2015

    green teaThere are a variety of foods with ingredients that are great for your skin, ranging from fruits to nuts. Japanese teas are also a wonderful product that is good for your skin, as they contain skin-healing nutrients and vitamins. Japanese tea includes nutrients like catechin, caffeine, theanine, vitamin C, vitamin E and flavonoids.

    Japanese green tea is more than just a delicious thing to drink. The tea is packed with antioxidants, which give the skin a younger and fuller appearance. If you want to delay your aging process and improve the overall quality of your skin, try drinking green tea daily. Chemicals called catechins that are present in green tea significantly improve the activity of SOD (which works to fight the buildup of free radicals in the body)  and therefore provide a large boost to the bodies ability to fight the affect of free radicals.

    Green tea has also been linked to helping reduce sun damage. Both animal and human studies have credibly demonstrated that topical green tea formulations reduce sun damage. Green tea appears to exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Topical applications of green tea extracts (EGCG) have protective effects on UVA- and UVB-induced skin damage (photoaging and carcinogenesis).

    In addition to drinking green tea, you can also find it as an active ingredient in various products. Many skin care products, including moisturizers and cellulite creams, are now using green tea as an active ingredient.

  • Dr. Paul Cohen Highlights Skincare for Cancer Treatment Patients

    November 4th, 2014

    paul cohenDermatologist Dr. Paul Cohen recently stopped by a Canadian morning television show to share tips on how to care for skin during cancer treatments and the do’s and don’ts of taking care of your skin. Among the products he highlighted was Shinso Essence. Below is an overview of all the helpful tips Dr. Cohen touched on during the 5-minute segment.

    • Two of the most common changes in the skin during and after cancer treatments are rashes and sun sensitivity.
    • While you’re undergoing cancer therapy, it’s crucial to soothe, heal and protect your skin.
    • A large concern of those undergoing cancer treatments is dehydration. Patients often ask what the best moisturizer out there is. Look for products with natural moisturizing ingredients, such as oatmeal.
    • Avoid products with fragrance or perfume, since the overpowering scents could cause nausea or make it worse.
    • For itchy skin or rashes, use cortisone cream to soothe the skin.
    • Always apply a sunscreen- look for hypoallergenic versions to avoid any irritations to the skin.
    • Shinso products- especially Essence- are like a “facelift in a bottle”. Dr. Cohen praises the products created by a “Japanese rocket scientist” for their face-lifting properties. All Shinso products are also made without parabens or harsh chemicals.
    • Stay away from any irritants when using makeup or other beauty products.

    You can view the video here: http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=478471&playlistId=1.2076720&binId=1.815911&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1

  • Hot Springs in Japan

    October 12th, 2014

    japanese hot springs
     Next time you’re up for a vacation, why not visit Japan? Specifically, the hot springs in Japan. These hot springs represent the single largest sector of the domestic tourism industry, with over 120 million visitors frequenting the more than 3,000 naturally-occurring springs each year. For more than 2,000 years, the Japanese have soothed their bodies, skin and souls at traditional onsens, which are bathhouses centered around various hot springs. The tradition continues to this day!Hot spring baths come in many varieties, indoors and outdoors, gender separated and mixed, developed and undeveloped. Many hot spring baths belong to a ryokan, while others are public bath houses. An overnight stay at a hot spring ryokan is a highly recommended experience to any visitor of Japan.

    There are various types of hot springs, which are differentiated by the minerals dissolved in the water. These various minerals provide a range of health benefits, and all hot springs have a relaxing effect on your body and mind. Depending on the spring, different minerals are dissolved in the water, giving it different colors and smells (in addition to the health and skin benefits).

    Besides conventional hot water tubs, a popular feature of larger baths are so called waterfalls, which comfortably massage your shoulders if you sit below them. Other bath types include sand baths, where bathers are buried in naturally heated sand, mud baths and steam rooms.Making the most of a bath in these Japanese hot springs is simple. First, remove your clothes and keep a towel nearby. Rinse your body with tap water prior to entering the bath. Next, enter the bath and soak for a while. You may need to enter slowly as the water is very hot. After soaking for a while, emerge from the bath and wash your body with soap and water. Then re-enter the bath and soak some more. When you are finally done, emerge from the bath but do not rinse your body with tap water this time. This allows the hot spring’s water’s minerals to have a full effect on your body.

  • Japanese Skin Rituals

    August 15th, 2014

    japanese skinOpen up any magazine and you’re sure to see a mention of Japanese skincare rituals or secrets. Whether it’s straight from a celebrity’s mouth or a secret that makeup artists swear by, the Japanese are known for having great skin and sharing their wealth of knowledge with others. Here are just a few common Japanese skin rituals.

    • Indigo is an ingredient used in some beauty product. It’s  a proven anti-inflammatory and soothes the skin. In Japan it’s referred to as “Samurai blue” as during the Edo period the samurai wore indigo-dyed cotton under their armor to help heal their skin.
    • Japanese women are very vigilant with sun protection. Fair skin is considered very beautiful,  so during the summer months, sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are key.
    • Japanese women generally follow a standard regimen that begins with makeup removal, followed by cleansing, application of softener, then lotion and/or cream if they have mature or drier skin.
    • Since ancient times, Japanese women have used products made out of nightingale droppings to maintain their silky porcelain skin. The nightingale facial, which is popular in spas worldwide, uses these droppings to make sure that dull skin is taken care of completely.
    • Shiatsu massages are a traditional Japanese healing method believed to cure disease resulting from blocked energy within the body.


  • The Secret to Easy Skin Care

    February 28th, 2011

    Japanese-luxury-skin-care-Shinso-easy-tipsBetween working, running the kids to and from school, car pooling, attending team practices, making dinner, checking homework, and managing household duties, you are left with no time to breathe.  It becomes a chore to squeeze in time to take care of yourself.  However, what about your skin?  Are you taking care of it on a daily basis?  Do not brush off the importance of proper skin care.  It is vital to your overall health.  Our Japanese luxury skin care line solves the issues of time constraints without sacrificing results.

    With Skin Care, You Get What You Pay For

    Skin does not have to be difficult to maintain.  It does not take much time out of your day to apply skin care, but it feels tiresome when you use the wrong product.  After spending a week of using drugstore brands without noticing a difference, you give up.  You need to be selective in choosing a line to stick with.  Find skin care that works!  It may cost more but it is worth the money.  In all honesty, no one has time or money to spare on skin care that does not deliver.

    Find Skin Care Products that Work

    It is essential to find products that work ensuring it coincides with your demanding lifestyle.  You need results.  Locate skin care products packed with nutrients, essential vitamins, natural ingredients and clinically proven results affecting the skin in a positive manner.  With these attributes, the cost is justified.

    The goal is to maintain youthful, radiant, glowing skin while showing mercy to your insanely busy schedule.  Discover skin care that meets all these requirements.  Do not settle for less.

    Find out more by checking out our Japanese luxury beauty serum today.

  • 3 Anti-Wrinkle Skin Care Tips

    February 23rd, 2011

    anti-aging-luxury-skin-care-Japanese-serumSearching for the fountain of youth is always a goal for those who wish to maintain youthful, radiant skin.  If you research the topic online, there is an abundance of solutions ranging from kitchen home remedies to skin care products.  But how do you know what acquires results?  Japanese luxury skin care lines are one way to attain this goal.  For there are products within the line addressing the tricks of the trade ensuring you are on the right path to unveiling young-looking skin. 

    Today, I am sharing with you the top three anti-wrinkle tips every person is able to start adding to his/her daily beauty routine today.

    Exfoliate to Reveal Radiant Skin

    One way to maintain healthy skin is by exfoliating.  By exfoliating skin, you remove dead skin cells stuck to the skin’s surface.  By eliminating the dead skin cells, you allow fresh, clean skin underneath to shine through.  The results reveal smooth and bright looking skin.  There are exfoliating serums to help you attain this goal.

    Hydrate to Exhibit Glowing Skin

    Moisturizing is essential to maintaining healthy, glowing skin.  It does not matter if you have oily or dry skin; moisturizing is vital to your appearance.  You need to find an all natural moisturizing solution packed with nutrients specifically designed for your skin type, but do not skip out on this step.  It keeps wrinkles and signs of aging away.

    Intake Proper Supplements

    Your skin’s appearance is a direct reflection of your diet and health.  If you do not take care of yourself, then it shows.  Your skin looks dull.  I am a firm believer that you are what you eat.  Be sure to ingest dietary supplements packed with vitamins promoting optimal health.  It is the third component on the road to gorgeous, radiant skin.

    To find out more about how to maintain flawless skin, contact one of our experts at Shinso Skin Care today!