Narrow eyes, small noses, straight black hair — so many of the aesthetics common to Japanese women are considered gorgeous by many Western girls and boys! But what many Japanese girls obsess over as being beautiful is often quite different. There are also plenty of trends that are Japan-specific and developed internally rather than from looking outwards, and these two kinds of aesthetics mingle to create the general Japanese beauty zeitgeist, which is supported by a beauty industry worth 1.
Indeed, the desire for beauty is reflected not only in high art but in popular culture as well. In Japan, beauty has been linked to a light skin tone. During the Nara periodwomen applied a white powder called oshiroi in their face.
Compared to other countries, there is less racial diversity in Japan. Non-Japanese people who live in Japan for a long time will notice that there are many implicit customs which follow an old Japanese tradition. One of the traditions is to try to be same as people around us and not out stand too much from them.
As a child who was born and raised in a tropical U. At 7 years old, I started using papaya soap — a famous Filipino skin-lightening product that is vastly advertised in the Philippines, which I visited frequently. And while it never did work, I also often scrubbed my body with calamansi, a tiny limelike fruit in the Philippines, because rumor has it that it makes the skin lighter. I tried almost every skin-lightening product out there.
Beholding Japanese Beauty. The desire to be beautiful is as old as history. In Japan, beauty has long been associated with a light skin tone.
But why is Japan making such an impact on the skincare scene? The Japanese were among the first to discover skincare treatments and are famous for their high-quality products — which is why Japan is one of the biggest skincare markets in the world today. Jean-Alexandre Havard, VP and international general manager of US brand Origins tells us the brand has long been inspired by Asian ingredients and skincare influences.
But where did all of this come from? Some western media outlets like to report that this desire to have clear, white skin is a reflection on East Asians wanting to look more European. However, these hypotheses barely scratch the surface when discussing the origin of the pale skin beauty standards.
C ompared to other countries, the non-Japanese who live in Japan for a long time will notice that there are a lot of customs which follow a somewhat old Japanese tradition. As a matter of fact, only by watching a Japanese series you would notice this immediately! This was evident throughout my stay in Japan.
Although skin tone varies drastically depending on your racial background along with time spent in direct sunlight with or without sunscreenmuch of the Asian world seems to have an preference for light skin. Growing up in Texas, most the people I knew spent their summers by the poolside, working on that perfect tan. Japan is a little bit different. My husband and I used to just buy whatever facial lotion was on sale.