Many of us are familiar with Adzuki beans, or red beans, as a sweet paste that's stuffed into the warm pockets of a taiyaki. But before they're baked and mixed with sugar, these beans have tons of uses besides becoming a sweet confection. It's a time-tested skincare ingredient that geishas and Japanese noblewomen have sworn by for centuries to attain a fresh and bright complexion.
Of course nowadays, we've got shelves of beauty products that replace this traditional method. However, many beauty brands and their products take inspiration from these rituals and emulate their formulas to work just as well, if not better by adding more benefits such as plant extracts and oils.
There seems to be trend in traditional Japanese beauty. Most of their basic beauty ingredients are also a large part of their daily diets and lives - rice, sake, green tea, yuzu, seaweed, azuki beans, and more. Beauty goes beyond the skin's surface, and Japanese culture and cuisine seem to reflect this. Their health-conscious attitudes and diets run parallel with their beauty practices and as the saying goes you are what you eat!