Karan Johar and ILEM JAPAN

Karan Johar X ILEM JAPAN: Self-Care Routine For Holistic Wellness

How would it be if the man behind the glitz and glam of Bollywood spills the tea on his personal self-care? The man who created the iconic 'Poo' character made us all hopelessly romantic with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and got us all ears into Bollywood with his signature show, Koffee With Karan. 

If you haven't guessed the name yet, we are talking about none other than Karan Johar. From late-night shoots to jet-setting across the globe, KJo knows a thing or two about the importance of looking after numero uno. And guess what? We are welcoming him to our family at ILEM JAPAN

KJo skincare vibe checked right away with ILEM JAPAN, and so they have decided to come together to introduce to the world the beauty and benefits of Japanese skincare philosophy-inspired products at ILEM JAPAN. 

And today's blog? It is going to be all about KJo's approach to holistic wellness and how he does it in style with ILEM JAPAN amidst all the light, sound, camera, and action! 

Karan Johar's Journey to Holistic Wellness

When you see Karan out and about, you see all the glitz and glamor there is—perfectly styled outfits, neat hair, flawlessly radiant skin, dazzling accessories, and just the right mindset—go, ace it! But behind the scenes, he's been on a personal quest for holistic wellbeing with Japanese principles.

For Karan to choose something, it had to be minimal yet functional. That's when we slipped into this routine with our Bio Cellulose Face Mask and Matcha Tea. The rest is history, but we have still shared it below with you! But before that, are you looking for some principles too? Well, we may have a few suggestions! 


Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature to improve your well-being. Mind you, it is not just strolling in the woods. It is about actually engaging all your senses and being fully present in the environment. After all, spending time in forests can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and boost mood.

ichi-go ichi-e 

"Ichi-go ichi-e" is a Japanese phrase that translates to "for this time only", and "once in a lifetime." It speaks about the concept of treasuring each moment as a unique encounter that will never occur again in exactly the same way. It makes sense, doesn’t it? No two experiences are exactly the same. 

So this philosophy is all for mindfulness and appreciation for the present moment. Whether it's a conversation with a friend or a simple walk in the park, "ichi-go ichi-e" reminds you to appreciate the beauty of life and make most of each moment.

Japanese Self-Care Routine

Morning Rituals

We all know Karan has a lot of things going on at once. So it's important he plans his day well, but not before he's mindful of what he has and where he has gotten so far! That's how Karan created his mindful morning ritual with ILEM JAPAN Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Face Mask, premium Matcha tea, and his lovely children. 

The vibrant green brew in the morning fills him with a sense of calm and clarity. It's like a moment of peace within the self and a moment for the self before his work day begins. Plus, it gives him a quick antioxidant boost, full of all the nutrients he needs to make it through. 

Hydrating Sheet Mask

"But why the face mask, you may ask?" Because Karan loves looking all fresh and ready, not just with his attire but his skin too! The Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Face Mask gives his skin the instant hydration it needs to look dewy and radiant! 

Mind you, these two are not even the best part of his morning ritual. It's undoubtedly his children who fill him with so much love! 

Midday Mindfulness

Even when there is so much to do, there's nothing that stops Karan from taking a moment out for himself in the middle of the day. Whether it's a brief walk outdoors or a few minutes of quiet deep breathing to help him recharge and stay centered throughout the day, Karan makes sure to take care of his mental well-being. 

Evening Wind-Down

As the day winds down, he indulges himself in an unwinding routine on the evenings he spends indoors. Whether it is gentle stretching, relaxing showers, or watching or listening to something 'feel-good,' he makes sure to do something that brings him joy and calms him down. 

Now, there's one thing that happens every evening for him—the bedtime skincare routine. It should happen for you too! Here’s how you can do it!

  • Start double cleansing with our Gentle Cleanser to remove all the dirt from the day and leave your skin squeaky clean. Next, reach out for the Soothing Toner to calm your skin down and give it a quick hydration boost. 
  • Then, pick up the secret to your flawless, spotless skin—Brightening Serum infused with essential Vitamin C. Take out a little on your palm and pat it into your skin in a gentle circular motion, letting it absorb slowly into yourhis skin. 
  • Next, reach out for a Rejuvenating Night Gel with Japan's heritage ingredient, Plum extract, to make sure you wake up with a radiant complexion. As the final step, end it with a Nourishing Eye Cream for well-rested eyes.

D. Weekly Self-Care Practices

But hey, it's KJo. Truth be told, we are expecting a little more on the weekends, aren't we? Let us tell you this: He does go the extra mile for his weekly self-care routine by exfoliating his skin well and enjoying a moment of pause.  

To do the same, you can exfoliate with the Face & Body Scrub with soft, natural Glucomannan-derived beads. It contains two Japanese heritage ingredients, Japanese Uji Tea Extract, which calms your skin down, and the Goji Berry Stem Cells, which boost your skin's collagen production.

“And what can I do for a moment of reflection?” you may ask. Well, indulge in a slow, mindful tea ceremony, where youyour prepare your favourite matcha tea recipe to sip on as you reflect on what's happened this week and what should happen next. 

Benefits of ILEM JAPAN Products in Karan Johar's Routine

It's natural if you wonder why KJo loves ILEM JAPAN products so much. In Karan's words, "It honestly feels like a feast for his skin!" But we will tell you exactly why! 

Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Face Mask

"So it has three layers with the cellulose mask snug in the middle. So different and oh so unique," said Karan when he first used the Hydrating Bio Cellulose Face Mask

Hydrating Sheet Mask

Infused with Japanese Rice Bran and Hyaluronic Acid, the mask is your shortcut to mochi skin. The hydrating Hyaluronic acid and antioxidant Japanese Rice Bran Extract work together to give you a plump, supple, and irresistibly touchable complexion for long-term healthy skin.

What makes it unique? The material of the mask. It is made from plant-derived cellulose sheet, primarily coconut water, making it super cooling on the skin. Unlike other face masks, the serum does not evaporate with air. How so? The mask's material creates a barrier that seals in the serum, allowing your skin to absorb every last bit of it.  

Matcha Tea

Stone-grinded from the first harvest into fine powder, Karan Johar's cup of Matcha brims with antioxidants. These help him keep his stress levels in check and help him think better. Plus, it keeps his heart healthy and gives him sustainable energy throughout his day without any crashes. 

Matcha Tea

Furthermore, it keeps his immune system strong because, when you are working in a business where the good can turn bad and ugly quickly, you need the power to fight illnesses that can keep you from performing your best! 

Insights on Japanese Wellness and Self-Care

Following Japanese wellness and self-care is pretty easy because it works on a very simple philosophy:

  • Eat well
  • Drink well
  • Less is more for skincare
  • Be mindful, always! 

So here are some tips for including Japanese wellness in your daily routine:

  • Focus on eating fresh, whole ingredients with lots of greens for their antioxidants.
  • Sip on plenty of fluids throughout the day. You can add traditional Japanese beverages like Green tea or Matcha Tea to your daily routine for an antioxidant boost and a moment of calm.
  • Switch to gentle, natural products that nourish and protect your skin. You can explore our bento bundles to start the right way. Why do we say so? The bentos are created after making sure that the products improve each other's effectiveness and do not cause any adverse effects.
  • Aim for healing from within by a good diet and calming practices like meditation.
  • Create a mindful morning routine that sets the tone for the day. It could be yoga and breathing or just some tea, journaling, and music. Choose whatever you like.

Karan Johar X ILEM JAPAN: Way To Holistic Wellness

Just like Karan found his minimal yet functioning skincare partner in ILEM JAPAN, we are sure you will, too. ILEM JAPAN is built on core Japanese philosophies, which you will fall in love with once you explore them. They are simple, hassle-free, and all for holistic wellbeing. 

Our products are specially formulated with skin sensitivity in mind. We have picked the best ingredients from Japan's history and combined them with the best of the world without harming our environment. We are taking care of both you and our world! 

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