Our regular author Marina Syutaeva told which books reveal the secret of longevity and where to find express advice on skin care.
Korean Beauty Secrets or Flawless Skin Culture, Charlotte Cho, ed. "Sinbad"
I am sure no one will argue with the fact that Koreans have taken over the beauty market for a long time. And it's not about the financial performance from the sale of local advanced cosmetics around the world (although this is also the case). And the fact that it is in this country that the coolest beauty discoveries take place, the most reckless trends are born, innovative products appear, which then willingly copy respected European and American brands, receiving super profits.
Here is the Korean woman Charlotte Cho, who was born and raised in the United States, having matured, she decided to move to Seoul. And after moving, I found out a lot of interesting things for myself, in particular, about the attitude of Korean girls to self-care. In short, all the residents of Seoul and the surrounding area are fanatical beauty victories, buying up tons of cosmetics and spreading them on themselves in incredible quantities (not without result, by the way) in pursuit of the skin of their dreams - pale, fresh, well-hydrated, as if washed with dew drops.
Surprisingly surprised, Charlotte eventually collected all the most amazing facts about Korean beauty secrets - and wrote a book that can be used as an encyclopedia of beauty, a guide to Korean beauty hits, or just as an inspirational read. What is missing here: lists of must-haves, without which no cosmetic bag will be considered impeccably packaged; detailed instructions for skin care in Korean - multi-stage and very effective; the magical effect of moisturized skin "choke-chok". And also interesting about Korean spa chimchilbans, the tradition of hard exfoliation, men's skin care and addiction to hair chemistry, the origin of snail mucin and other effective ingredients. In general, if you want to know everything and a little more about fabric masks, snail creams, tints, emulsions and cushion - you are here.
“Korean fermented cosmetics are a recent innovation. During fermentation of fruits, plants, herbs and yeast, the skin's favorite and easily assimilated amino acids and antioxidants are released. Brands such as Su: m37 and Goodal are making serious efforts to develop this direction in cosmetology."
“The Japanese revolution in skin care. Perfect skin at any age,”Chizu Saeki, ed. "Eksmo"
The author of the book, Japanese skincare consultant Chizu Saeki, is 70 years old, but this woman looks amazing. Yes, wrinkles are clearly visible on the face, where can we go without them, if I’ve already changed my eighties. But the skin at the same time, even in appearance, is quite dense and elastic, without hyperpigmentation and other age-related imperfections. And the oval of the face is almost perfect. According to her own words (and there is no reason for mistrust), Chizu Saeki manages to maintain the skin in excellent condition, without resorting to hardware cosmetology and even more so surgical intervention. There is no magic here - only careful care. It is not for nothing that Chizu devoted her entire life to studying the beauty theme: at the age of 24, she graduated from cosmetology courses, worked for several years in a beauty salon, then joined the Guerlain brand team.and later became the international training manager for Christian Dior Parfums. In addition, she has written about 30 books - both on self-care and memoirs. One of these bestsellers is The Japanese Skin Care Revolution. What is revolutionary about it? In fact, you will not find global innovations on the pages of the publication. But you will find a lot of useful tips. For example, several types of self-massage of the face, including lymphatic drainage, with photographs of the process and a brief description of the correct movements. Chizu will also teach you how to determine the type and needs of your skin, check it according to several important criteria, such as moisture, density, smoothness, elasticity. But the most valuable thing is chapter 6 entitled "Express Beauty Tricks": a quick steam mask from a shower cap, quick moisturizing of lips, water massage to replenish energy,morning salvation for tired skin, express rejuvenation for 10 years in one night. All the advice and recommendations that Chizu gives are extremely simple, easy to do at home, do not require financial costs. Already interesting, right?
Lymphatic drainage massage for lips
“Massage the jawline with the pads of the thumbs, moving slowly from the chin to the ears. Remember stagnant lymph. If you have dull lips, this massage will make them appear pinkier. I do this massage every morning before applying lipstick. A natural pink lip tint will highlight the color of your lipstick."
“Chinese Study. Simple and Quick Recipes, Del Schroof, Leanne Campbell, Thomas Campbell, ed. "Mann, Ivanov and Ferber"
To make it immediately clear what the attraction of this book is, it is worth recalling what Chinese research is and what is its value to humanity. To date, this is the largest study conducted in the provinces of China and Taiwan for several years in order to identify the relationship between human health and food consumption. The results were unexpected, somewhat shocking. After many years of observation, it turned out that, contrary to popular belief, animal protein is harmful to health, can provoke and accelerate the course of diseases of the cardiovascular system, oncology, and diabetes. While no vegetable protein has been seen in anything like it,moreover, a balanced diet and dietary adjustments in the direction of avoiding animal protein helped to reduce the symptoms of the disease or to cure altogether. The head of the experiment, Colin Campbell, an American scientist and professor at Cornell University, summarized the obtained data in his book "China Study", which immediately became a bestseller. The book was reprinted several times, and Colin himself had a mass of followers willing to reconsider their eating habits in the name of a healthy lifestyle.willing to reconsider their eating habits in the name of a healthy lifestyle.willing to reconsider their eating habits in the name of a healthy lifestyle.
There was only one problem: how can modern people, over-busy with work and household chores 24 hours a day, find time to prepare the right food? And here Del Shruf, a well-known chef in the culinary circles of vegetarian restaurants, came to the rescue. He himself is a vegan with experience, which means he perfectly understands that dishes should be tasty, simple, healthy, balanced and varied. And the plant products for their preparation are natural and unprocessed, only then the food will retain its useful properties. So Del developed a whole system for preparing the right food, in which you do not have to spend a lot of time fiddling around the stove. He came up with designer dishes that fit into the "cook once, eat all week" concept. The first trick is to plan the menu for the week ahead. The second trick is to calculatehow many servings of each dish will you need for the next 7 days. The third trick is to prepare sauces and dressings at the beginning of the week, then to diversify various dishes with their help. The dishes themselves can be used in various ways: for example, red rice warmed with almond milk, cinnamon and dried fruits is an excellent breakfast; the same rice mixed with vegetables is a complete lunch. To help everyone put this knowledge into practice, Del compiled a recipe book with tips. To help everyone put this knowledge into practice, Del compiled a recipe book with tips. To help everyone put this knowledge into practice, Del compiled a recipe book with tips.
“Almost every dish on my menu is used in at least two ways. For example, peanut sauce is suitable for Thai pizza and rolls with rice and vegetables. Brown or red rice is a versatile ingredient for any meal: breakfast, lunch or a light late dinner."
“Ikigai. Japanese Secrets of a Long and Happy Life”, Héctor Garcia, Francesc Miralles, ed. Alpina Publisher
You have probably heard about the Blue Zones of the planet - settlements where people live not just for a long time, but for a very long time and they meet deep old age in their right mind and with relatively good health indicators. One such Blue Zone is Ohimi Village on Okinawa Island in Japan. It was there that the researcher Hector Garcia and the writer Francesc Miralles went to finally reveal the secret of the longevity of the local residents, the youngest of whom, by the way, is “only” 83 years old.
This secret can be summed up in one short word ikigai. In Japanese philosophy, this concept denotes a sense of one's own purpose in life. For some it is work, for others - a family, for others - a hobby. It doesn't matter what you do, the main thing is that your occupation brings you satisfaction and maintains harmony in your soul. Another prerequisite for ikigai is not to be alone. That is, without friends and like-minded people, communication with whom will take place on a daily basis, a potential long-liver cannot do. For these purposes, the residents of Ohimi create moai communities - hobby groups.
Of course, lifestyle, physical activity, spiritual practices are important for gaining longevity - the authors will also tell about all this in detail and even publish the main exercises from yoga, darumataiso, tai chi, qigong, shiatsu. Proper nutrition is also of great importance, and, as you might guess, the Japanese have one of the healthiest diets in the world: seafood, plant foods, tofu. The most difficult thing is to comply with all the conditions at once.
“In Okinawa, it is customary for residents to communicate closely with each other. Moai is a group of people with common interests who help each other. For many Okinawans, serving their community and helping others are part of the ikigai. Moai members pay a mandatory fee every month, which allows the community to host meetings, joint dinners, shogi (Japanese chess) games, and other shared hobbies.”
Text: Marina Syutaeva