The Best Products in Japanese Skincare

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It's no secret that Japanese women know a thing or two about beauty. Some of our favorite skin and hair care products come from Japan. From facial exfoliants to a highly coveted foot mask, here are some of our top picks. 

Hada Labo

A facial silky foam cleanser that contains hyaluronic acid is great for gently exfoliating the skin and removing oil and dirt trapped in pores. This cleansing foam gets beneath the surface of the skin to get rid of dirt and oil for good. It's great to use alone or in conjunction with other cleansers if you want to switch things up a bit. Since it's free of mineral oil, fragrance, colorant, and alcohol, it can still be used on sensitive skin types without any problems or major irritations. Start using once a day at night to help deep cleanse skin and remove makeup, before moving onto your regular nighttime skincare routine.  More »

kikusasamune

This sake-based hydrating facial and body toner goes on the skin after cleansing, and contains kojic acid, a skin lightening agent (to help with dark spots), and contains a ton of anti-oxidants to help restore skin and hydrate. You can think of it as a toner for the face and a serum for the body before moisturizer. Its large size will last you quite a while, making it a perfect value size for the cost. Simply apply before moisturizer with a cotton pad or your fingers, and use on the body before your lotion or cream of choice. 

Makeup Artist Tip: If you have sensitive skin and want to use products that contain any type of acid, simply do a patch test the night before to ensure there's no reaction. If your skin is fine in the morning, go ahead and use the product. If you have slight irritation or bumps on the area that you've done the patch test, discontinue use immediately and move onto using something else.  More »

DHC

This cleansing oil deeply removes traces of oil, dirt, and stubborn makeup and is a great product to use before moving on to a stronger face wash. Double cleansing is an ancient tradition practiced by Japanese women for centuries to remove stubborn white ceremonial paint. Modern Japanese women have learned that it also helps with everyday makeup! Double cleansing normally starts with an oil cleanser first, before moving on to a second face wash. The oil removes as much as it can from the skin including eye makeup, and the second cleanser picks up what the oil didn't get. After you start practicing this method you'll notice a huge difference in your skin immediately after cleansing and the next morning, too. A great way to deep clean without stripping your skin of all its necessary and healthy oils.  More »

Kanebo

These small and convenient pods contain exfoliating powder free of artificial colors and fragrances. Add a little bit of water and apply the pod to your face in a circular motion to gently exfoliate the skin. While some exfoliants can be harsh and not always suitable for sensitive skin types, this micro-fine powder removes any dead skin cells on the surface without stripping the skin of its moisture. Exfoliating has never been so easy (or fun!) The compact size of the pods make it super convenient to travel with, and each container has about 2-3 uses, making it a budget-friendly buy, too! Start by exfoliating a few times a week to remove dead skin and watch your complexion immediately transform.  More »

lululun

Sheet masks are an amazing way to instantly give your skin a boost of treatment and hydration, especially during travel when you tend to be more dehydrated than normal. If your skin is feeling dry , go ahead and apply one of these sheet masks, sit back, and feel the magic happen instantly. Formulated with honey and ginseng root extract you'll find your skin is instantly nourished and hydrated within minutes of use. You can mask a few times a week, depending your skin's needs, or every day if you wanted to, the PH balance of your skin after will never be the same.  More »

Choyju

Why take collagen internally when you can literally apply it right to your face? If your skin needs a serious dose, look no further— this 100% collagen concentration contains about three months of collagen use condensed into one little pack. The product is shaped like a small cotton ball so it easily fits in the palm of your hand, all you need to do is rub it all over your face after using your toner, leaving your skin feeling ever so soft and very hydrated. A perfect solution to dry, dehydrated skin that's lacking some serious luster.  More »

Baby Foot

 One of the most common areas that we neglect is our feet, even though we might get regular pedicures they aren't enough to undo the damage that happens from walking and hotter summer months in which we wear sandals and skin becomes dry. This miracle foot mask is actually pretty amazing, as it literally peels the dead skin right off your feet, revealing the softest skin like baby feet, hence where it got its name. There are so many reasons why dead skin accumulates on the heels of our feet, from standing, walking, exercising, and pretty much anything else you can think of. 

Simply apply the mask to feet for one hour, then over the course of 3-7 days watch the skin peel right off to reveal very smooth heels. Natural fruit acids help exfoliate and aid in the natural shedding process. Try it once and you'll be addicted in no time.  More »

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