Korean brands aren’t the only ones to check out for your skincare routine; Japanese brands also deserve a place in your bedroom dresser. Here are just some of the well-loved and recommended beauty products, from face masks to cleansers, to hunt down and hoard on your next trip to Japan!
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
This award-winning sunscreen brand is loved by Japanese locals for good reasons; it’s great on sensitive skin, has a watery consistency for smooth and even application, and doesn’t leave a white film like regular sunblocks do.
Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Bar Soap
Charcoal is becoming a mainstay ingredient in everybody’s skincare routine because of its effectiveness in pulling out dirt and grime off your pores. So if that’s something you’ve been looking for, get the Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Bar Soap in your beauty arsenal! It’s made from activated charcoal powder from the Kishu Region of Japan. Not only does it treat oily skin, but it also exfoliates and moisturizes your face.
Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
The Suisai Beauty Clear Powder is an active enzyme powder cleanser which exfoliates, hydrates, and brightens the skin. All you have to do is put the powder on your palm and mix it with a bit of lukewarm water before applying it to your face. And because they are packaged in these cute pods, they’re easy to bring around during your travels or while you’re out and about during the day. Just don’t mistake them for tiny milk or creamer cups!
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
You might be surprised to know that this product sells every 10 seconds in Japan, but the reviews can pretty much explain why. It’s rich in emollient olive oil which can remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup you have on. It’s also pretty gentle on the skin. The best thing about this is that the product comes off easily upon rinsing, so you don’t have to worry about it leaving your face sticky and oily.
Lululun Face Masks
It would be a crime to come home from Japan without getting Lululun Face Masks. They come at affordable prices and are packaged in bulk (either 7 sheets or 32 sheets in one bag) so you’re really getting great value for your money. You have three types to choose from: Hydrating (pink packaging), Deep Moisturizing (blue packaging) and Whitening (white packaging).
Shiseido Perfect Whip Foaming Cleanser
Handy, effective and affordable, this Senka Perfect Whip Foaming Cleanser is definitely one of Shiseido’s more popular skincare products. It leaves your skin feeling clean, soft and hydrated, and is perfect for your evening double cleansing routine.
Quality 1st Deep Moist Eye Mask
If it’s a simple and affordable eye mask brand you’re looking for, Quality 1st Deep Moist Eye Mask is your best bet. It works like an instant miracle — just put it on for a few minutes every morning to let it restore the moisture and firmness around the delicate eye area, and face the day with brighter and clearer eyes! It even has its own pair of tiny tweezers to help you get each cotton sheet out. A pack will last you for at least a month.
If you’ve never heard of foot peels, don’t watch a video of one just yet! They look, feel, and kind of are really gross but take our word for it — it’s super effective in ridding your feet of callouses and dead skin. It works like this: you trap your feet in these gel-filled plastic booties in at least an hour. After around five days, all the dead skin on your feet will magically peel off, leaving you with smooth and soft feet!
You can buy affordable ones at Daiso, or hunt down for the popular brands like Baby Foot.
Which ones do you swear by? Share with us your thoughts below!