What do you do to look 10 or more years younger?
A bright skin complexion with no blemishes (dark spots, scars, and hyperpigmentation) is a clear sign of a fresh and youthful skin. And if this description matches your skin features, you shouldn't worry about your actual age, even if you are going through your 60s.
However, most people are not completely satisfied with their skin appearance. No matter its' color, the brighter and fresher-looking skin gives the impression that you are younger.
Why is that??
- Fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable
- There are no age spots or old (acne) scars covering your face
- The undereye circles, so typical for the natural aging process, are not a characteristic of the bright skin complexion
My answer to your question is I just make my skin look younger.
In the past, I used to smoke, I had a sleeping disorder, due to a medical condition (it took me hours to fall asleep and I only slept 2–3 hours per night), I still don't have a very healthy diet... But I do take proper care of my skin.
Have you heard about the ancient geishas, who used to wear too much makeup, covering their entire face and neck? Well, this makeup was constantly clogging their pores, depriving their skin cells of oxygen. But they still looked amazing, right? This was a part of their job - having beautiful clothes, skin, and hair.
One of the routines they passed on to the next generations is the rice water application (see more rice masks here). This is how they kept their skin soft, youthful, and blemish-free. This recipe is proven to provide important nutrients to the skin cells while keeping them well hydrated.
This is what made their skin ligher and fresher, this is why you cannot define the exact age of a geisha woman.
Now, I would like to share my own experience with rice water.
I found an article Online where they explained the story behind geisha women and the effect of rice water on the skin and decided to give it a try, as the recipe is very easy to prepare.
You just need to soak a handful of rice in some water, put them in a bowl, leave them for an hour (the rice shouldn't be boiled or cooked!) and then apply the rice water to the face and neck. It's like a toner - you don't even need to wash it.
So, I prepared it and started applying it on a daily basis (usually, before bedtime). I have acne-prone skin and I also have some scars on my cheeks due to excessive picking (I do know there are easier and less time-consuming scar treatment methods out there).
The effect I noticed after the first week was a visibly brighter complexion, which impressed me, as I didn't expect anything to happen.
But I decided to do something else. I needed a more intensive effect, this is why I decided to use rice flour (this is basically blended rice), mix it with some water and use it as a facial/neck mask.