When designing a product, Japanese manufacturers primarily focus on whether the formula sets well on the skin and is comfortable and also that it is gentle and causes no irritation. The country has many popular bestselling skincare products worldwide because people trust them to work on their problems and not just talk.
Without further ado, here are lists of outstanding, innovative formulas you can trust with your skin:
Natural Aqua Gel Care
This gel is a very moisturizing exfoliator that is careful not to dry out your skin. It’s been globally popular for many years now and highly recommended.
We need to massage the gel onto dry skin (avoiding the eye area) for a couple of minutes until your pores start unclogging. You will see the whiteheads and blackheads when they come out.
It contains aloe vera gel, rosemary oil and plant extracts.
Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist
This lotion is another wildly popular bestseller by Hada Labo. It is a pH neutral, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, moisturizing (because of the hyaluronic acid) lotion, and it is light and can act as a toner and essence. A little bit of this goes a long way. It’s lovely on the skin, especially for sensitive types.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
It is an excellent makeup remover and good for hydration. Apply on dry skin and gently massage till the makeup dissolves into it. It’s water-soluble and will rinse off with just water, but you can always use a water-based cleanser afterwards to double cleanse.
This product does not dry your skin out and contains antioxidants and vitamins.
Sumi Haigou Settuke. Charcoal bar soap
This soap is a soft, highly moisturizing charcoal, bamboo and vinegar product that helps disinfect and even skin tone. It’s gentle enough to use on your face, though you should be more careful if you’ve got sensitive skin. The product is also cheap and lasts a long time.
Cow Brand No Additive Cleansing Milk
Like all milk cleansers, this is a gentle formula, fragrance/colouring/alcohol-free, and contains ceramides to protect the skin barrier. It’s an excellent daily cleanser and can remove non-waterproof makeup quite easily. It’s a go-to for anyone who has sensitive skin.
Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence & Hada Labo Sunscreen
These products are light sunscreens that don’t form white casts on the skin and are not cakey. Biore’s sunscreen works well even in bright sun and does not smell bad like most sunscreens. Hada Labo’s has fame as safe and functional on sensitive, acne-prone skin.
Shiseido The Collagen & Utena Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask
Shiseido claims that its collagen drinks are among the best collagen production enhancing products on the Japanese market. The drink comes in many flavours and prevents your skin from sagging and wrinkling. It also brightens skin.
Utena’s mask is a jelly-filled collagen mask containing amino acids and ceramides. It’s good on dry skin as well.
Both of these are anti-aging, skin firming treatments. They are also on the expensive side of things.
Rohto Melano CC Vitamin C Intensive Anti-spot essence
People have claimed this as one of the few spot treatments that have to lighten their acne scarring. It is a light, oily textured vitamin C treatment for spots. It absorbs well, though not quickly and is relatively cheap.