Just like K-Beauty, Japanese or “J-Beauty” is rooted in culture. Known for its luxurious, streamlined approach of only 3 – 4 steps, fresh textures and natural ingredients, it’s a beauty routine that aims to achieve the soft, smooth and bouncy quality of a baby’s skin.
Japanese beauty products we can’t get enough of
Shu Uemura Blanc: Chroma Cleansing OilCharcoal is a game-changing ingredient that acts like a powerful magnet to absorb micro-impurities hiding within the deeper layers of our skin. This cleansing oil also features bilberries (a superberry!) to help remove dead skin cells and balance uneven skin tone for a brighter complexion.
Available at Shu Uemura.
Tatcha Rice PolishTatcha’s Rice Polish contains Japan’s three essential ingredients for long life and ageless skin – Uji green tea, Okinawa Algae, and Akita rice. These nutrients are concentrated and when brought together, they create an ideal harmony to help nurture healthy skin and restore a youthful radiance.
Available at Tatcha.
Koh Gen Do Cleansing WaterBrands like Koh Gen Do source the purest water and minerals from areas like Japan’s Izumo Yumura Hot Springs and France’s Sea of Bretagne. Containing mineral-rich hot spring water and six essential herbs like lavender, rosemary, and sage, this cleansing water helps to protect and nourish skin from irritation and dryness.
Available at Peach & Lily.
Sekkisei Herbal GelDrawing its name from the Chinese character for “snow,” Sekkisei features complexion-brightening products inspired by the beauty, brightness, and pure quality of snow. Its main ingredients include natural herbs, which have been used throughout Chinese and Japanese historical traditions for its anti-oxidizing effects.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Clé de Peau Essential Refining EssenceSilk is a fortified structure comprised of protein and amino acids that closely mimic the compositions of our skin. Pearl, on the other hand, acts as a potent antioxidant, which helps boost our body’s own enzymes and reduce cell damage. Containing both silk and pearl ingredients, Clé de Peau’s Essential Refining Essence helps stabilize moisture and improve dryness for radiant skin.
Available at Nordstrom.
Muji Toning WaterMuji Toning Water This is ultra-soft, natural water from Muji contains a low mineral content and is collected from the Kamaishi mountains in Iwate. Combining grapefruit seed and purslane extract, this tonic water features a similar alkaline pH balance as our tears and helps to defend the skin’s natural barrier against dryness.
Available at Muji.
Shiseido Waso Purifying Peel Off MaskThe red shiso leaf extract from the shiso leaf helps to reduce dullness, and is great to achieve dewy, healthy-looking skin. It brings out brightness and helps skin revel in clarity. This peel-off mask by Waso also includes peony root extract, which improves appearance of clogged pores and helps to prevent the formation of blemishes.
Available at Shiseido.
NatureLab Perfect Volume Texture MistThis hair mist by NatureLab is inspired by the light, feminine floral aroma and benefits of Japanese sakura flowers. Rich in antioxidants and essential acids, the sakura extract helps to repair cell damage, securing colour protection, and locking in moisture for brighter and heathier-looking hair!
Available at Amazon.