It is no secret that the Japanese have almost flawlessly perfect skin. They often compare nice and soft skin to the soft and delicate Japanese desserts. Unlike the Western world’s fascination with using harsh chemicals, Japanese skin care products are much more mild and natural. This is perfectly in line with the Japanese philosophy of nourishing, cleansing and hydrating the skin multiple times a day to keep it healthy and gentle. And obviously, the Japanese skin care products are doing an amazing job. The Japanese swear by their range of trusted local range of moisturisers, cleansers, lotions, etc and even prefer the local brands to some renowned foreign brands.
Best of all, high quality does not necessarily mean high price, as many of the Japanese brands are available within a reasonable budget. So, next time you are in Japan and want to pick up some skin care products, here’s a list of what you can look out for these…
1.Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Soap
I bet that you hate those regular skin breakouts, especially if you have oily skin. My girlfriend definitely hates it when that happens. So, she always has friends coming from Tokyo, carry a couple of bars of Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Soap for her. According to her, this soap is a blessing for anybody with oily skin. It is made of charcoal collected from oak tree branches, that have been kept burning for a few days. The activated charcoal pulls out any impurities from the skin pores, giving your face and skin a glowing, refreshing look. Unlike many other products, this soap does not dehydrate the skin, and even helps to reduce acne. But, if you are sensitive to strong scents, you may want to stay away from this soap, as some people may find the smell of this soap a tad offensive.
2.Shiseido Perfect Whip Cleanser
Another product my girlfriend swears by is Shiseido’s Perfect Whip Cleanser. This rich foam cleanser is perfect for dissolving make up on dry and sensitive skin. It also works wonders with people suffering from acne as it softens the skin, without removing the body’s natural oils. The Perfect Whip Cleanser contains hydrating agents including amino acids that help maintain the natural moisture of the skin. It also penetrates into the skin cells to clean excess sebum, leaving the skin clean, soft and hydrated.
3.DHC Deep Cleaning Oil
The Japanese take their facial cleansing quite seriously. Women cleanse their face up to three to four times a day. They need to use a powerful, yet gentle, deep cleansing oil, and one of the most popular ones in Japan is the DHC Deep Cleaning Oil. It is guaranteed to unclog the skin pores and effortlessly remove make up and sunscreen even from oily skin. This ultimate cleaner is so effective that it can remove almost all traces of dirt and cosmetics, including waterproof mascara and eyeliner from your face.
It even hydrates the skin, and leaves behind a mild scent of olive oil.
4.Lululun’s Rich Moisture Face Mask
One of the fastest selling face masks in Japan, Lululun’s Face Masks quickly moisturise the face, leaving the skin soft and smooth. The ingredients in the mask improve the elasticity of the skin and gives a radiant glow to the face. It contains hyaluronic acid, citron fruit extract, royal jelly extract and seaweed extract and is perfect for almost all skin types. Do remember that the packs are colour-coded and each colour stands for a particular function. The blue masks are mainly meant to moisturise your face and improve skin elasticity. The Pink Masks are for Regular Type skins and are perfect for use on a daily basis. The White or Silver mask helps to brighten the skin and also smooth out the skin texture.
5.Bioré UV Aqua Rich SPF 50+
Japanese women wear sunscreen almost every single day. As a result, Japan has some of the best sunscreen lotions in the market. Hugely popular in Japan, the Bioré UV Aqua Rich is a sunscreen gel cream that disappears instantly. It feels more like a gel moisturiser on the skin, rather than a greasy sunscreen, and has a cooling effect on the body. It offers SPF 50 level protection to your skin and is perfect for use in really sunny conditions. One drawback of this product is that it is not water-proof, and needs to be used along with other SPF protection lotions or creams if you plan to be around the beach or the pool.
6.Transino Clear Wash
Transino Clear Wash is a medicated face wash that helps remove old skin cells and freckles, and also brightens up the skin tone. It contains micro-fine bubbles that reach deep into the pores to get rid of dead skin cells and blackheads. What remains is luminous, translucent skin. It is also enriched with Vitamin C and akebia extracts to moisturise the skin, without stripping the skin of its natural oils and elements.
7.RMK Clear Cleansing Milk
RMK Clear Cleansing Milk is another Japanese product used by many loyal fans to remove makeup, sebum and dead skin cells. It makes the skin brighter and more cleaner. It has a mild texture that smoothly removes traces of make up while hydrating the skin at the same time. Many users prefer this cleanser as an early morning cleanser, as it leaves their skin feeling moisturised all day.
One of the most striking features of any Japanese woman is that they seem to age extremely slowly. It’s almost as if their skin care routine and products contain a magic formula that keeps them looking young forever. This obsession with wellness and looking young is clearly seen if you take a simple stroll through the streets of any big town in Japan. You will find numerous beauty salons and stores that sell skin care and beauty products. It’s almost like taking good care of their skin is a national priority in Japan. Each drugstore has a wide collection of skin care products, suited for every skin type and more importantly, every budget. So, put your chemical-based products out of sight for a change, and take a chance with some of the Japanese skin care products. No doubt, you will be impressed.
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