Before arriving in Japan I was sure to do my research on skincare as Asian beauty seemed to be a step ahead of the West when it comes to youthful looking skin. Two items that kept appearing time and time again in product recommendation articles were Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder Face Wash and DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. I choose to double up on the face wash powder as it is usually 1600 yen, and I got an offer for the duo. This is an interesting product as it comes in little capsules with the powder inside which you mix with water to create a lotion, and then use the formula to wash your skin. It has no artificial scents or colours which is beneficial for sensitive skin types, yet it manages to exfoliate and remove excess oil from pores whilst protecting the skin’s natural moisture. After using it your skin feels refreshed and very clean, yet extremely smooth. In fact, I used this product every day in the month leading up to my wedding and it kept my skin extremely clear. On the other hand, the cleansing oil that was recommended is an excellent makeup remover without being too heavy for your skin, at 777 yen it is a damn good bargain.
Much to the dismay of my husband, I love using sheet masks. Yes, they do look mildly terrifying to others whilst they are on but they an extremely good way to hydrate your skin. Thus, I picked up the pink LuLuLun Face Mask Balance Moisture for 1500 yen to give my skin a pamper. The serum contains Hyaluronic acid and soybean extract to promote deep moisturisation without greasiness and can be used nightly. This LuLuLun face masks can found at drugstores all-over Japan.
I also picked up SANA Nameraka Honpo Keshousui Toner (Light) which is a moisturising toner that uses soybean essence enriched with soy isoflavones and soy protein to help boost skin’s collagen and hyaluronic acid levels to improve skin elasticity, tighten pores and fight melanin. It seems to be gentle on my skin so I am happy with it.
Lastly, to complete a Japanese skincare routine I also bought Kose Medicated Sekkisei Emulsion in the largest size available at the drugstore. Emulsion is a slightly more watery version of moisturising cream, this particular one is suitable for all skin types and focuses on giving an even complexion, brightening and softening skin. So far, I have enjoyed using it as I haven’t broken out in spots and it has kept dry skin patches at bay.
I have really enjoyed experimenting with J-beauty and hope to continue doing so – I like the focus that these beauty products have on nourishing skin as I have always been prone to dry skin courtesy of eczema. However, I am by no means finished with the western market as it is so much easier to get access to information about what is in beauty products and whether the brand is cruelty-free.