Beauty Patisserie’s pop-up store has just started this week and it will run until 24 April at Takashimaya, level B2! We are showcasing and selling selected specialty beauty products from Japan and there are many exclusive promotions, so check them when you have a chance to stop by Orchard!
My favourite item out of these is the Hot Cleansing Gel which can remove your white and black heads as well as stubborn dirt, as it helps to open up your pores through its gentle warming effect.
Today, I would like to share with you about the secrets of Japanese girls! Since I moved to Singapore, I heard that the people here have a good impression of Japanese girls because they are slim and have beautiful skin. While I was in Japan, I didn’t really notice that our lifestyle could reflect on our body figure and skin, however, after living here in Singapore for a while, I found out that there are some easy tips that can be followed!
1. You can find easily find non-sugar drinks everywhere in Japan
If you are travelling in Japan and looking for something to drink, you will be surprised by so many different types of green tea which you can choose at the convenience store or from the vending machines. All of these do not contain any sugar and have zero calories. Because there are so many different tastes and flavours, we tend to pick the ones which actually help to keep our figure slim.
According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines, we are supposed to take 25g of sugar par day. However, one can of cola contains 35g of sugar which is about 139 calories (about half a bowl of rice). It’s always tempting to choose something with sugar, but choosing a non-sugar drink can help you achieve a healthier life… It’s not too difficult to start now!
Credit: http://mcha.jp/ & http://tokyokanri.com
2. Rice or pasta? Pick the healthier option!
As Japanese people, we grew up with eating rice on a daily basis. These days, the number of western restaurants in Japan has grown and nowadays, whenever we go out for a meal, we have to decide if we want to each rice or pasta. Which is the better choice?
Well, have you heard of a gluten-free diet? The famous tennis player, Novak Djokovic, had a problem with his stamina in the past and his doctor found out it was because he ate a lot of pasta and bread. Recently, there are many scientific researches showing that flour can cause your skin to develop allergies and it can also cause high blood sugar.
Hence, a lot of us tend to choose rice (ideally, brown rice) or soba as they have lower calories compared to pasta and pizza!
Credit: http://pastadenor.exblog.jp & http://matome.naver.jp
3. Pros & cons of the Japanese rush hour
Have you heard about the crazy rush hour in Japan? While I was working in Japan, I had to deal with this every single morning… It depends on the work place but most people tend to travel towards the city in the mornings. Due to the expensive rent in the central part of Tokyo, many of us do not have a choice but to live a bit further from the city and commute for about an hour to work.
I wonder if this is a good or bad thing because on the other hand, walking from home to the office for at least 2 hours every day can be considered a form of exercise. According to the research done by an English university, it is said that if you stand up for 3 hours per day, it burns up about 144 calories and it will reduce about 3.6 kg of fats per year. It may be a very insignificant thing, but instead of sitting down, you can stand in the train and instead of taking the escalator, you can use the stairs. Recently, a lot of girls in Japan tend to get off one station before and walk to their destination as a form of daily exercise.
Credit: http://mama-hack.com & https://ja.wikipedia.org
Hope that these 3 tips can help you to make healthier choices for your lifestyle!