I’ve been meaning to post on a few [skin care] products I picked up in Japan from a couple months ago, and I know it’s been a while but I guess that just re-affirms my attestation to how amazing they really are no?!
Please excuse the funk on my carpet; it’s lost its newness, and feet, socks, shoes, and dust roam freely on its prestigiousness lol I tried to vacuum before I shot but alas!
I’ve always been particular about how my skin looks as opposed to makeup and have gone through a jillion products etc. to finally figure out a set routine as to what my face likes and reacts well to. Everyone’s skin is different and different products work on different people as cliche as it sounds lol BUT I think it’s always a bit of a trial-and-error because you’ll never know unless you try right?!
Anyways, below are a few items I picked up, tried, and love. I had done a bit of googling prior to my trip as to what items were popular and worth trying etc. so I wouldn’t be too overwhelmed especially when essentially nothing was written and explained in English! Not going to lie, when I came home I had to google how to use some items because 全く英語はありません mattaku ego wa arimasen! (#noenglish!) You can find almost all the items online via a quick google search; I’ll try and leave some Amazon links as well to make life a bit easier for y’all!
1. Medicated Sekkisei by Kose
This is similar to a toner; meant to even out skin tone, prevent aging spots, improve firmness and the general complexion of your skin. It’s also acts as a whitening agent? But I haven’t paid too much attention to that/noticed anything/not trying to whiten meself!
It’s a liquid so apply on a cotton pad as you would a toner, apply on a clean face, and feel the tingle! mm!
2. Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
These are so cute and fun to use! The box comes with mini pods that you dump in your hand (1 pod per use), add a drop or two of water to create a lather, and work into your skin for a good 30 seconds and wash off. It’s a cleansing powder featuring 2enzymes (no idea which ones!) which unclog pores and prevents spots! It leaves your skin feeling softer, pore-less, and oh so smooth!
3. Cure Natural Aqua Gel
This is so so cool! My sister had brought it with her to Canada and specifically stated that I wasn’t to touch this. So naturally I had to. It looks like it’s got a thicker consistency to it, but when I pumped it into my hand I added some water expecting it to later or foam but it all kind of disappeared and I thought whatever, it’s a lame product lol but upon googling, turns out the product itself is basically water-based anyways and not meant to have more water added to it. It’s said to be the #1 exfoliator in Japan and apparently one bottle is sold every 12 seconds in Japan, so I was like woah I have to try this and picked one up for meself. It acts as a cleanser/gentle exfoliator. When you pump it into your hand it has a clear liquidy consistency to it; apply to a clean face and only when you work it into your skin in circular motions do you feel it working. It gets all grainy (thats your dead skin) and feels oh so satisfying that you can feel the gunk coming off! It’s so gentle on the skin and uber effective leaving your skin feeling soft and clean!
4. Botanical Hair Oil – Apple&Peach
I can’t seem to find a link for this, but it’s a hair oil which smells so so good! I have no idea why its so wonderful but it looks cute and smells cute so it must be cute for my hair! (ps. boys like it in their hair too ini shama?!)
5. Rosette Cleansing Paste
This paste comes in 4 different colors/types (click here if you’d like to have a look). I only found out after I got home and googled how to use it lol but I love this! It’s a cleanser and a little goes a long way. The green one is ‘Sea Clay Smooth’ and focuses on everything ‘pores’; cleansing, un-clogging, exfoliating, smoothing; all that good stuff! Literally a pea-sized amount is more than enough to lather for my entire face.
6. Tsururi Ghassoul Mineral Clay Pack
This is such a good face mask!! I was attracted to it because a)clay mask and b)camel but yay! It’s got good natural ingredients in it (honey, argan oil, yogurt extract etc.) and acts as an exfoliator and scrub at the same time. It comes out as a thick paste and apply as you would any other mask; give it about 10-15 minutes. Not only do you feel it tightening your face, but the color also dries up to an ashy grey clay look which is when you know it’s time to wash off. I always wash my (wet) masks off in circular motions just because I feel it really gets in there and exfoliates the skin, and this one dries smooth but when you work it into the face becomes grainy and exfoliaty and mm and essentially a 2-in-1 lush time for your face! Gets rid of any dead skin, cleans pores any any extra residue.
7. LuLuLun Face Mask
These are so fun to use, especially with someone just because you both look silly and it’s always a good time to share silly. They come in packs of 7, and are those full-face sheet masks with the holes for your eyes/nose/mouth that you lay on your face and let the magic take place lol apparently they come in 7 because it’s meant to be a ‘daily mask’ in order to see the best results, but I use it once a week in between other masks and it still ‘works’!
There are a few colors, each targeted at something different (moisture balance, brightening, high moisture etc.); My sister had tried the pink ones so I figured we stick to that lol they’re the balance moisture ones which I’m happy with. They look uber cool and feel calming and cool on the face; unfold and apply to your face and leave it on for 10-15?! (that’s what I do anyways! >_<) when time’s up you just take it off, fold, and chuck away! I like to pat my face dry after and spray some rose water on after just for toning purposes.
8. Nippon Kodo Deitanseki Soap (Clay&Charcoal Facial Cleansing Bar)
I haven’t tried this out yet, but my sister had raved about it. I’ve always heard good things about black soap and the charcoal being really good at removing dead skin and improving overall complexion so excited to try this at some point!
I obviously don’t use everything listed at once or on the daily and have other ‘non-Japanese’ products I love and use regularly, but thought I’d share in case some of you wanted to try something different! Let me know if you have questions about any products above and if you try and end up loving (or hating!) them! xoxo