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Japanese women value beautiful skin

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TOKYO, Aug 22, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Over 80 percent of Japanese working women see beautiful skin as the most important determinant of feminine beauty, a survey shows.

In a poll permitting multiple replies, 84.4 percent of the 558 respondents to the online survey conducted in January said a woman's skin was the most important area to concentrate on in maintaining one's looks, the Mainichi Shimbun reported Monday.

"Maintaining health" and "making the inner self shine" were the next most popular answers, with both attaining about 70 percent.

When it came to how women looked after their skin, 74.6 percent said they chose cosmetics carefully, followed by 52.6 percent who said they get a lot of sleep and 51.9 percent who replied that they tried to maintain intestinal regularity.

Asked what they would like to eat to maintain beautiful skin, the most popular choice was unpolished rice, the preferred food for 69.4 percent of respondents. However, when it came to what the women had actually eaten the previous day, 68.3 percent said they had eaten less healthy white rice.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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