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This Traditional Japanese Treatment May Be Just What Your Skin Needs


In Japan — and now at some spas in New York City — you can take sake baths. They tout the surprising health and skin benefits of the beverage. Try this before your Valentine’s date.

Sake is a rice wine that is fermented. As a result of this fermentation, it produces amino and kojic acids. Kojic acid is one of go-to non-hydroquinone skin lightening/brightening agents. These agents can do things like fade dark spots on the skin, and are used in anti-aging products. Sake is also known skin moisturizing and softening qualities.

If you want to try the treatment at home, you should pour two 75-milliliter bottles of sake into a hot tub of water and relax.