Mum-of-two, 47, reveals the skincare secrets behind her impossibly youthful complexion – and the food and drink rules she follows for a radiant glow
- A 47-year-old mum of two’s revealed the secrets to her seemingly ageless look
- The mum said routine is more important than the price of the beauty product
- She never misses a day caring for her skin and has a morning and night routine
A busy mum-of-two has revealed the beauty regime behind her glowing, flawless skin – and says despite being 47 she feels 27.
She told Daily Mail Australia most Japanese men and women start actively caring for their skin when they are 11 or 12 years old – as it is a deeply ingrained way of life.
Kayo Kobayashi lives in Melbourne with her husband and teenage sons, 11 and 14 but she grew up in Japan where skin care is more than a lifestyle choice – it is part of the culture
Kayo revealed she uses SPF 50 every time she leaves the house, and even when she doesn’t in summer. And SPF 30 if she plans to be inside or in the office all day
She fondly remembers her grandmother, who didn’t spend much money on products but always took time with her skin, looking decades younger than she really was.
‘She was 96 when she passed away and she looked 50. She had no fine wrinkles and always had that amazing, youthful glow on her face,’ she said.
Kayo, who has lived in Australia for 21 years, started her skincare journey much later than most Japanese men and women.
She was 18 and had just started university when she took the dive into looking after her skin.
Kayo pictured left at 47 and right at 25 – she says she feels 27 – and she doesn’t look like she has aged in photos
‘I wanted try everything on the market and I have done that. I have paid as much as $300 per bottle for creams but I didn’t really see a difference,’ she said.
‘For me the real results come from consistency – I don’t miss a day of looking after my skin.’
Now after trying everything and anything she has a firm daily routine – but says it only takes ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes at night.
‘I have gone back to basics. It is all about prevention and there isn’t a quick fix. For me it is the ritual that is important to me.’
What is Kayo’s daily regime?
Kayo drinks one teaspoon of Flaxseed oil
In summer only – Use a skin lotion to gently cleanse face
Add a Japanese lotion for moisture, taking time to let it sink in
Put on a hylauronic acid serum
Put on an eye cream
Add sun cream, SPF 50 or SPF 30 if not going outside
DURING THE DAY
Drink up to three-litres of water
Limit coffee intake to two cups
Eat plenty of vegetables and protein
Use an oil-based cleanser first
Then Kayo uses a water-based cleanser
Then she applies her lotion
Then every three days Kayo will use a sheet mask
Then next she uses her hylauronic acid
Every second day she applies her retinol-based product
And lastly moisturiser
If her skin is feeling dehydrated Kayo will mix some oil into her moisturiser
Kayo revealed she uses SPF 50 every time she leaves the house, and even when she doesn’t in summer. And SPF 30 if she plans to be inside or in the office all day.
She uses a hyaluronic acid serum morning and night, moisturises her entire body after every shower and pops on a sheet mask every few days as she prepares dinner for her family.
The mum says looking after her diet and water intake is just as important to her as what she puts on her face.
So she drinks between two and a half and three litres of water each day and has a high-protein, vegetable-rich diet.
‘I avoid sugary things, because I was told it breaks down collagen in the skin, and I only have two cups of coffee a day and never after 3pm in the afternoon because then it interrupts my sleep,’ she said.
Kayo had to overhaul her regime when she came to Australia – to deal with the harsh climate. But she also tweaks her routine depending on the weather and as she ages.
‘For me hydration is everything, so if I feel like my skin is a bit more dry I will do a mask or add an oil,’ she said.
The mum doesn’t cleanse her face in the morning and is interested in the Eastern approach to skincare.
What products does Kayo use?
Cleansing (makeup remover)
Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil $42
Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Hyaluronic Acid Oil Cleansing $29
Lululun Cleansing Balm $40
Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Alpha 3D Hyaluronic Lotion $23
Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion $24.50
Hada Labo Shirojyun Premium Whitening Lotion $24
Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion $22
Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Alpha 3D Hyaluronic Emulsion $23
Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Hyaluronic Acid Milk Emulsion $24.50
Hada Labo Shiro-Jyun Premium Medicated Whitening Milk Emulsion $24
Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Hyaluronic Moisturizing Milk Emulsion $21
Kayo has been using these products for years and now sells them on her website, That Glow. The product she uses from each of the sections depends on how her skin is and the weather.
She prefers the gentle eastern approach to skincare to harsh treatments and chemicals
‘I am not a dermatologist or a doctor and have never had acne problems so I can only talk about my skin,’ she said.
But Kayo doesn’t believe harsh chemicals, or scrubbing the skin raw is helpful.
The 47-year old was an office manager until recently, after Covid lockdowns meant she was no longer needed, so now she is selling the same skincare pieces that she believes have kept her looking young for the last twenty years.
She is in the process of teaching her 14-year-old son about looking after his skin and says teenagers should use SPF and cleanse excess oils from their faces at night.
Kayo doesn’t think it is important for full regimes to start at such a young age, but says it is good to start learning about your skin.