Clarity and youthfulness of the skin are probably classic attributes of Japanese beauty. Nowadays, several cosmetic products are inspired by ancestral treatments practiced by Japanese for hundreds of years. Among these treatments we find the onsen ritual or the hot spring ritual. What is this ritual? What effect does it have on the skin? And what’s the best way to profit from Onsen therapeutic power?
The origin of Onsens
The history of onsens and their therapeutic virtues is old. History books dating from the 6th century already mention the existence of onsens for purification in the Shinto religion and as an entertainment for the ruling class. Since then, the culture of the bath has gradually democratized. Today, there are nearly 28,000 onsens spread over 3,000 spa resorts. They attract 137 million people annually. The frequency of Japanese onsen attendance is very high due to the tradition and the benefits of water.
Indeed, onsens are natural baths filled with hot water from volcanic thermal springs. They are rich in minerals such as lithium, sulfur, sodium chloride and carbonic acid. Each onsen has a different concentration of minerals which makes each onsen unique.
The legend of Harazuru Onsen
On the island of Kyushu, legends circulate about the powers of water. It is said that the hot spring of Harazuru (town of Asakura) was discovered in the past when a fisherman saw a crane with an injured wing heal itself in the shallows of the river. Surprised, the fisherman went there and discovered the hot spring. Since then, locals have known about the healing powers of water. Today, a pre-makeup lotion is made from this miraculous water. 80% of its composition is from pure Harazuru Onsen Water.
Why are Japanese hot springs associated with the beauty of the skin?
Bathing in an onsen is considered good for general health, it stimulates blood circulation. The minerals cross the skin barrier and enter the body. It has been scientifically proven that water from Japanese hot springs has a rejuvenating effect on the skin and helps heal wounds and lighten scars. It also removes the dead cells, making the skin smoother and clearer.
Rich in sulfur, magnesium, potassium and sodium, Onsen water maintains the skin's pH balance and remineralizes it. Water also has antioxidant properties, and clears the body of toxins, sulfur has long been used by dermatologists to cure acne breakouts. Results: anti-aging effects, rejuvenated, purified, silky skin and a healthier body.
Practical advice to maximize therapeutic effects of your onsen bath
Indoors or outdoors, going to onsen is common throughout the seasons. To better benefit from it, it is better to:
Eat light before going.
Wash well to promote the penetration of minerals into the skin.
Not to exceed 30 minutes but it’s possible to have several baths on the same day.
Take a light shower and moisturize the skin after bathing.