Guaranteed results: Three best skincare products recommended by Japanese women!
Many people come to Japan to purchase a lot of Japanese cosmetic products. People love Japanese cosmetics, especially skincare products. Because you apply skincare products directly to your skin, wouldn’t you want to buy ones that are safe? That’s why women all over the world appreciate Japanese skincare products, that are highly regarded as safe and high quality.
Yet, the products that are popular outside of Japan are strangely different from the ones popular among Japanese women!
I thought, Japanese women who live in Japan know which products work the best!
Try one yourself. Or it would also be a great gift for your friend or family.
In this article, I will write about skincare products that Japanese women love and praise! You can find these products at drug stores or specialized shops. Why don’t you try to find skincare products that suit your skin?
* Some products may not be available in small stores. Furthermore, the prices may vary depending on sales or campaign periods.
Oily skin gets easily greasy and shiny no matter how well you wash it. It is because skin produces excessive oil in order to protect skin cells. It is said that excessive oil production of the skin is caused by bad eating habits or stress.
For those who suffer from oily skin, the following three principles should be kept in mind when choosing skincare products!
First, products must contain Vitamin C derivatives that help seep the moisture into the skin. Second, they must not contain a lot of oil. Third, they should be pharmaceutical cosmetics (called quasi-drugs in Japan) that will prevent pimples created by oily skin. With these three principles in mind, we present the top three skincare products recommended by Japanese women!
No. 1: EAUDE MUGE Medicated Lotion
This is the most popular product among Japanese women! It is said that this lotion can wipe out excessive oil preventing the spread of acne bacteria! Because EAUDE MUGE Medicated Lotion is created by a pharmaceutical company, good quality is guaranteed. It also contains the anti-inflammatory agent that removes excess oil and kills acne bacteria. While it wipes out oil, it is also a lotion that moisturizes your skin at the same time. That’s why this is the perfect product for people who want to get rid of pimples.
Price: 970 yen for 160 ml, 2,600 yen for 500 ml
No. 2: Hada Labo Goku-jun Hyaluronic Acid Light Lotion
Not only Japanese, but many tourists find Goku-jun Hyaluronic Acid Light Lotion to be excellent. The great thing about Goku-jun products is their reasonable price! Since the lotion made of Hyaluronic Acid, which moisturizes while penetrating well into the skin, is available for a cheap price, no wonder women from all around the world purchase when they come to Japan! Because the price is 1.5-2 times more expensive in other countries, many buy in bulk on their visit. This light lotion is fresh and suitable for oily skin. Hyaluronic Acid will moisturize your skin well penetrating deep into the skin without making it greasy!
Price: 740 yen for 170 ml
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No. 3: Meishoku Cosmetic Meishoku Bright Facial Water Medicated Lotion
Many women want to obtain beautiful clear skin including women in Japan. “Meishoku Bright Facial Water Medicated Lotion” is highly recommended by those women who wish to whiten their skin. First sold in 1886, this lotion has been helping troubled skin of many women for 120 years! In fact, this product was created by a pharmacist whose wife suffered from pimples. It is a miracle that a lotion has been popular for such a long time. It is also a product filled with love that the pharmacist had for his wife. Because this lotion will remove oil stuck in pores, it will reduce the spread of acne bacteria. It its therefore a perfect product for those who have oily skin or pimples. Another benefit is that it also has a whitening effect along with improving oily skin.
Price: 756 yen for 80 ml
People with dry skin suffer from itchy and flaky skin even in spite of moisturizing it well. This is caused by the extreme decrease of oil and water on the surface or inside the skin. It might also be caused by cool air from air conditioners.
The best lotion for dry skin is, of course, one with excellent moisturizing effects. On top of that, it is also important that the moisturizing agents penetrate well into skin! It is a fact that people with sensitive skin usually have dry skin. Therefore, they should avoid using products that provokes a burning sensation when applied on the skin. It is caused by a high level of alcohol contained in the products. For this reason, it is important to choose products that help moisture your skin instantly and make it feel smooth!
No. 1: MUJI “Light Toning Water and Moisturizing Milk, For Sensitive Skin, High Moisture Type”
Muji is a famous brand known all around the world. You might have seen it since many stores have opened outside Japan, especially in Asian countries. Many Japanese women admire the light toning water and moisturizing milk by Muji. It also offers variety of skincare products for moisturizing effects, fresh and organic products as well as products that offer an overall balance. The skincare products for sensitive skin contain high moisture, which is perfect for women with dry skin! The thick lotion will penetrate well into the skin and make it smooth and moist. The reasonable price is also another reason why it is so popular. You can use it everyday without feeling guilty!
Price: 700 yen for 200 ml
No. 2: Yamano “Kohaku Hada Moisturizing Lotion”
Because lotion is applied directly to your skin, it’s better to choose lotions that are additive-free and made using natural ingredients. Japanese women care, not only about effectiveness, but also safety of the products. “Kohaku Hada Moisturizing Lotion” was created by a pioneer of the beauty industry, Aiko Yamano Group. It contains the essence of amber, a natural stone that has many beautifying constituents and healing power. In fact, it is the only lotion in the world that contains the essence of amber. Because moisturizing agents are additive-free and made of natural ingredients, it is safe to use these for a long period. How elegant is it to apply the lotion made of precious stone?
Price: 700 yen for 200 ml
No. 3: ALOVIVI “Aloe Torotoro Lotion”
“Aloe Torotoro Lotion” is also well-appreciated by Japanese women who care about safety and quality of products. Although it remains unfamiliar outside of Japan, ALOVIVI is a cosmetic brand selling organic skincare products. This “Aloe Torotoro Lotion” is fragrance-free and dye-free. The lotion made using plenty of aloe essence, which is thick, moisturizes skin well. You can use this lotion on any dry part of the body, not only on the face. Containing no alcohol, it is ideal for people with sensitive skin. In fact, aloe plants are medicinal plants that have been used to treat burns or wounds since over 3500 years.
Price: 1000 yen for 500 ml
Now, let’s compare which skincare products foreign tourists and Japanese locals buy!
Fresh Skincare Products for Oily Skin
|Popular Skincare Lotion among Foreign tourists||Popular Skincare Lotion among Japanese locals|
|1||KOSE “Medicated Sekkisei”||EAUDE MUGE “Medicated Lotion”|
|2||Albion “Skin Conditioner Essential”||Hada Labo “Goku-jun Hyaluronic Acid Light Lotion”|
|3||Hada Labo “Goku-jun Hyaluronic Acid Light Lotion”||Meishoku Cosmetic “Meishoku Bright Facial Water Medicated Lotion”|
Moisturizing Skincare Products for Dry Skin
|Popular Skincare Lotion among foreign tourists||Popular Skincare Lotion among Japanese locals|
|1||KOSE “Medicated Sekkisei Enriched”||MUJI “Light Toning Water and Moisturizing Milk, For Sensitive Skin, High Moisture Type”|
|2||Hada Labo “Goku-jun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion”||Yamano “Kohaku Hada Moisturizing Lotion”|
|3||Fancl “Lotion for Dry and Sensitive skin”||ALOVIVI “Aloe Torotoro Lotion”|
We can see “Sekkisei” from KOSE is very popular among foreign tourists. It is particularly popular in China. Since it has been on the Chinese market for a long time, it has became a reference skincare product for both oily and dry skin. It has also become popular because people praise it highly for its whitening effect on the Internet. Yet, you can see that not many Japanese women buy “Sekkisei” of KOSE. It is because Japanese people don’t choose a product based on the brand. They try each product and find out the one that has the best quality. It might be worth trying out these products recommended by Japanese!
Japanese skincare products are popular in many countries. However, those appreciated in your country might be very different from those that Japanese women appreciate. Of course, those that are highly recommended in your country are good quality products. Yet Japanese women know a lot more about the products because they are trying out many products everyday. If you are thinking of buying certain products simply because they are popular or reputed in your country, you might want to rethink!
On the next trip to Japan, why don’t you try the skincare products recommended by Japanese locals? You might be surprised to find a great product that will make your skin smooth and beautiful!
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Nodoka Watanabe Senior Travel Writers
As I have been an “otaku” for a long time, I often go and take part in the events related to comics, anime and games.
I would be glad if my reports mentioning my experience could make you feel like “I want to go to Japan!” or “I was glad to come to Japan.”