During a recent family holiday to Japan, I was fortunate enough to experience the infamous Japanese Drug Store. Full of the most amazing makeup and skincare products, I was overwhelmed with the amount of products available and also how reasonably priced they were...
I then went on a quest to find the best cult Japanese products available… and here you have it! Most can be purchased online, so shop away.
Japanese women love their skincare, so let’s start with some beautiful exfoliants and masks that will make your skin glow...
Cure Natural Aqua Gel
This amazing face peel can be used 2 times per week and it truly does leave your skin looking healthy and alive. The high water content made with rosemary, ginkgo, aloe vera and glycerin exfoliates the skin gently without using harsh or grainy ingredients. It’s also free of preservatives, fragrance, artificial colouring and alcohol. This is the number one selling exfoliant in Japan, with one sold every 12 seconds!
Rosette Gommage Peeling Gel
This peel is a combination of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) like lactic acid, citric acid and malic acid. These are effective in breaking down the “glue” that holds cells together, making it easier to buff off dead skin. This can be used 1-2 times per week and leaves your skin glowing.
LuLuLun Deep Moisturising Face Mask (Blue)
An amazing thirst quenching mask for dry skin, this is one of the best-selling sheet masks available in Japan, specifically designed for daily use to deliver exceptional skincare benefits and to effectively boost hydration levels. There are a number of LuLuLun masks available for every skin type.
There are also a number of moisturisers and sunscreens on the market in Japan, and these two products are my favourites...
Minon Amino Moist Charge Milk
A beautifully thick, rich moisturiser that blends in instantly to seal moisture. It’s non-sticky and non-greasy so is perfect for dry skin in humid conditions.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Sunscreen SPF50
Japanese sunscreens are known for being the most silky, soft, and lightweight lotions that literally sink into your skin like water. They leave zero stickiness, white cast or odour, which mean you’re less likely to break out. This is probably the best sunscreen I have ever used and it’s great for a darker skin tone, leaving no residue or colour on the skin.
The makeup shops are endless and the Japanese do know how to create beautiful makeup...
Canmake Cream Cheek
The melting gel-type texture of this blush is silky-soft on your fingers and becomes dry from the instant you apply it to your cheeks! The colours are beautiful and it just melts into your skin.
ISEHAN Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof (Black)
This is the blackest of black mascaras, which also happens to be waterproof and volumising. Use a lash curler before applying and see the curl last all day without smudging.
MSH Love Liner
This is a great, high quality liquid eyeliner, which is both moisturising and easy to apply with a beautiful array of colours.
Excel Glow Luminizer
This is a highlighter that is not at all glittery or shiny; it simply gives more like a subtle shine/sheen. The GLOW LUMINIZER has a mix of pink, gold, white and blues pearls to even out the colour of your skin and give you a natural glow. This product contains 3 types of natural oils, argan oil, rosehip oil and shea butter to keep your skin luminous looking.
If that's not enough, here are a few more beautiful brands that have some amazing ingredients and deliver great results...
Skin Inc is the world’s first skin supplement bar, which offers customisable beauty solutions to help you create an effective and fuss-free regime, that’s specifically created just for your skin. The brand’s products feature highly concentrated, pure, active serums and innovative skincare products from Japan that utilise advanced delivery systems for maximum results. Having used Skin Inc, my skin is more even and looks both more hydrated and firm.
Every Tatcha formula (crafted in labs in Japan and the US) uses three anti-ageing, antioxidant superfoods that form the basis of the geisha beauty philosophy: green tea, rice and algae. Tatcha calls this Trinity the Hasadasei-3 Complex. I love the Camelia beauty oil and lip balm, and the Dewy skin mist .
Shiseido has a rich and vibrant history. For over 140 years, the company has provided inspiration through creativity and innovation, timeless products and pioneering leadership in the fields of beauty and skincare. I love the Synchro Skin Illuminator and Synchro Skin Tinted Gel Cream.