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Best Japanese Skin Care Products – Our Top 10

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Best Japanese Skin Care Products – Our Top 10 September 19, 2017

Have you ever wondered how the Japanese have such perfect skin? Their secret (or one of their secrets) lies in the superiority of their skin care products. A lot of Japanese women prefer using local drug-store brands than high-end international ones. This is simply because of the fact that Japanese products are of high-quality. It is easy to find products that are easy on your budget while being free of parabens, fragrance, and colors. Following, I’ve put together, a list of the best Japanese skin care products.

Top 10 Japanese Skin Care Products

  1. Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Bar Soap
  2. Shiseido Perfect Whip Face Wash
  3. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
  4. Hadalabo Shirojun Bihaku Biyoueki Keshousui
  5. Muji Compressed Face Lotion Sheet
  6. Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen
  7. Lululun Rich Moisture Face Masks
  8. Cure Natural Aqua Gel
  9. Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Oil
  10. Eaude Muge Medicinal Lotion

 Top 10 Japanese Skin Care Products

1. Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Bar Soap

Product Description

Sumi Haigou Settuken Charcoal Bar Soap is great for people with oily skin and for those who experience regular breakouts. The soap is made through a process which involves collecting the charcoal from oak branches that have been burned for several days. The activated charcoal helps pull out impurities from your pores while also absorbing excess sebum. It also helps clear out your skin while toning it, leaving you with a radiant glow.

Pros

  • Lasts for a long time.
  • Cleanses your skin effectively.
  • Does not dehydrate your skin.
  • Value for money.
  • Helps with body acne to some extent.
  • Works well for oily skin.

Cons

  • The scent, although neutral, of this soap may be off-putting for some.

Rating

4.75/5

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2. Shiseido Perfect Whip Face Wash

Product Description

Shiseido’s Perfect Whip Cleanser flies off the shelves in Japan. It is a favorite because of how economical and effective the product is. It lathers beautifully and does not strip away the natural oils on your skin. It works well for people with dry skin as well as for those with acne-prone skin types. It also leaves your skin with a pleasant and lasting fragrance.

Pros

  • Lathers well.
  • Softens skin.
  • Cleanses your skin effectively.
  • A little goes a long way.

Cons

  • High pH value.

Rating

4/5

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3. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Product Description

DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil is not a cult classic for no reason. Oil cleansing is a popular skin care ritual in Japan. This cleansing oil helps

Pros

  • Unclog your pores.
  • Effortlessly remove makeup and sunscreen.
  • Work for oily skin.
  • Does not leave any residue behind.
  • Keep your skin feeling hydrated.

Cons

  • Has a subtle olive oil smell that some might not like.

Rating

4.5/5

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4. Hadalabo Shirojyun Albutin Lotion

Product Description

Hadalabo is an extremely popular Japanese brand, and their Shirojun Albutin Lotion is one of the best toners in the Japanese market. The product has a thin consistency and is formulated with gentle ingredients that help retain moisture in the skin for long periods of time. This toner is recommended for people with sensitive skin and for those who suffer from hyperpigmentation.

Pros

  • Extremely thin consistency.
  • A little goes a long way.
  • Helps clear hyperpigmentation and scars.
  • Brightens skin.
  • Prepares skin for moisturizer.
  • Improves skin texture.

Cons

  • Can get sticky if you use too much product.

Rating

4/5

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5. Muji Compressed Face Lotion Sheet

Product Description

The Japanese believe in using “lotion (toner) face masks” for at least 3 minutes every day. Muji’s face lotion sheets are compressed sheets complete with mouth and eye holes. The sheet looks like a large tablet and needs to be soaked in “lotion” AKA your favorite toner for about a minute until it expands into a sheet.

Pros

  • Travel-friendly.
  • Can be used with your favorite homemade face masks or toners.

Cons

  • Some find the sheets to be too rough for their liking.

Rating

4/5

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6. Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen

Product Description

Here’s another gem from Shiseido. The brand’s Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen is waterproof and protects your skin from the Sun with its SPF 50 and PA++++ formula. It leaves your skin with a matte finish and helps prevent premature skin aging.

Pros

  • Works well as a primer.
  • Gives a matte finish.
  • Does not leave a white cast.
  • Excellent SPF value.
  • Works well for oily skin.

Cons

  • Not hydrating enough for dry skin types.

Rating

4/5

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7. Lululun Rich Moisture Face Masks

Product Description

Lululun’s Rich Moisture Face Masks are among the best-selling masks in Japan. The mask is absorbed quickly and helps leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated. The face masks contain 12 moisturizing ingredients which help improve skin elasticity, heal dryness, and leave your skin with a dewy glow. The masks are individually wrapped and presoaked and come with mouth and eye holes.

Pros

  • Expertly hydrates your skin.
  • Leaves your skin with a radiant glow.
  • Improves skin texture.
  • Works well for sensitive skin.

Cons

Rating

5/5

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8. Cure Natural Aqua Gel

Product Description

Cure’s Natural Aqua Gel is one of the most gentle exfoliators out there. The product expertly removes dead skin and unclogs pores to leave your skin feeling soft and healthy. It also helps moisturize your skin and leave it feeling baby smooth.

Pros

  • Works for sensitive skin.
  • Controls breakouts.
  • Expertly exfoliates skin.
  • Improves skin texture.

Cons

  • Not hydrating enough for dry skin types.

Rating

4/5

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9. Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Oil

Product Description

This oil is one of the best makeup removers out there. Not only does it effectively remove makeup from your skin, but it also removes waterproof mascara from your eyelashes while also feeling super light and non-sticky. The ingredients used to formulate this product are so gentle that it can be used on a baby, making it the perfect makeup remover for all skin types.

Pros

  • Non-sticky.
  • Effectively removes makeup.
  • Has a pleasant fragrance.
  • Does not irritate your skin.

Cons

Rating

5/5

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10. Eaude Muge Medicinal Lotion

Product Description

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical’s Eaude Muge Medicated Moisture Retention Lotion has been a loved and trusted product in Japan for over 50 years. The lotion is meant to be applied and then wiped off to help kill bacteria while keeping your skin clean. The product is a favorite among women with acne-prone skin as it helps get rid of bacteria, dirt, excess oil, and makeup from your skin.

Pros

  • Tones your skin.
  • Refines pores.
  • Controls acne.
  • Improves skin texture.
  • Removes residual makeup and dirt.

Cons

  • Fragrance might be too strong for some.

Rating

4.5/5

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The next time you have a friend or relative visiting Japan, you know exactly what to ask for. Have you tried any of these Japanese skincare products? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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