October 2015 Partner Tips

Each month we feature a short editorial from one or more of our strategic partners containing useful information related to work and life.

In October, organic beauty salon, Elana Jade, and fitness club, Club 360, offer tips on curing sun damage and looking after your heart

1) Elana Jade – 3 important steps to cure sun damage

Sun rays can damage the DNA and the genetic material of the skin cells deep in the dermis layer. As a result, these cells become dysfunctional and may not adequately produce collagen causing the skin to sag, which creates lines and wrinkles. If these damaged cells do not renew properly the skin becomes thick, dull and sallow. Trying to protect itself from the sun, the skin produces the melanin pigment to absorb ultraviolet light, which results in sunspots. So how do you avoid this?

Step 1: Exfoliation
Exfoliation or peeling rids the skin of damaged cells and allows it to absorb moisture and nutrition more readily. Exfoliation of the skin’s top layer has also shown in many studies to stimulate production of new collagen in the deeper dermis layers thus helping to improve the signs of photo-aging.

Step 2: Daily Concentrated Serum 
When skin becomes dehydrated its barrier against environmental hazards and free radicals is very low. This makes the skin more susceptible to damage and ageing. To boost your skin’s moisture and protection level you can choose a serum with a strong antioxidant. Antioxidants act as a magnet for moisture and creates the ideal environment for healthy and beautiful skin.

healthy dietStep 3: Improve your Diet 
Beautiful skin comes not only from cosmetics, but, also from a healthy diet rich in vitamins. In fact, whatever sophisticated topical treatments you apply, you won’t get high quality results without providing your skin with the vitamins and minerals vital for its function and youth from within. Your diet should include fruits, vegetables and “good” fats like fish, olive oils, and flaxseed oil. Please avoid processed foods, especially those high in sugar.

2) Club 360 – Looking after your heart!

Show your ticker a little love with these strategies:

*Get at least 7 heart-healthhours sleep- Those who have an average of 6 or fewer hours have higher levels of inflammatory markers than those who are well-rested.

*Keep up with your exercise– not every session has to be the hardest but it is important to keep moving every day by incorporating more walking (e,g walking up the stairs or to work) with regular weight and cardiovascular training.

*Eating more thoughtfully– having the right nutrition plan can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Here are some tips on how to improve your food intake: Controlling your portion control. eating more vegetables and 1 to 2 pieces of fruit per day, be selective with your grains, limit unhealthy fats and eating more healthy oils.

*Embrace your ‘time out’– stress management should be a part of your daily life as chronically elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol is linked to cardiovascular disease. Try different ways of reducing your stress levels, such as meditation, deep breathing, or reading something not work related to help cool the stress.



Q&A with Jackie F. Steele and Megumi Ishimoto

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist at the University of Tokyo, and Megumi Ishimoto, Executive Director of NPO Women’s Eye. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Join us […]

Published on 14th March 2018

March Strategic Partner Member Offers and Other News

Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners here! Our Strategic Partners are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. And go to our Strategic Partners page to learn more about all of FEW’s Strategic Partners, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services […]

Published on 1st March 2018

February Meeting Recap: Survivor – How to Overcome Adversity

You never know where life is going to take you. That was the message from our February guest speaker, Maxine Van-Cliffe Arakawa, who has had a decades-long career as a fashion stylist, make-up artist, and fashion show director in New York and Japan. She shared her personal experiences dealing with bi-polar disorder and gave her candid advice to […]

Published on 1st March 2018

March Community Services Feature: Five Tokyo-Based Organizations That Fight For or Empower Women

In honor of March’s International Women’s Day, we’d like to present to our FEW community a list of five organizations that have established themselves as organizations who fight for or empower women as well as a list of five events that you can attend to show your support for this year’s theme of #PressFor Progress. […]

Published on 28th February 2018

How I Got Here: Johanna Nousiainen

I first came to Japan as a study abroad exchange student. That year changed my life, even though at first I didn’t know it would. I was supposed to become a journalist in Finland, since that was what I loved to do – looking for information, interviewing people, writing articles about unique encounters you have. […]

Published on 28th February 2018