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10 Best Japanese Skin Care Products (Includes Award Winning Products)

I’ve always been asked what are the best Japanese skin care products that you use or what are the best Korean skin care products that you would recommend. The Asian game is strong in the beauty market. While Korean beauty products have taken over the world at the moment, I have always been a great admirer for Japanese products, especially for its roots in traditional Japanese skin care routines. Recently, I visited Japan and had to chance to try some of the best Japanese skincare products my ‘Nihon-jin’ friends recommended me to use.  There were few that I and my girlfriends did not like (we tried with different skin types), but most of them were amazing. Just so that I am not the only one with the information, I wanted to give out my list of top Japanese skin care products.

One strong reason that Japanese skin care products are so popular is because they are really affordable comparing to other products. In Japan, it’s not that difficult to find those products, and when I searched them on Amazon, they were there to be found at bargain price (even cheaper than what I bought from retail store in Japan)

Recommended Best Japanese Skin Care Products at a glance

Just in case, you’re in a hurry, here’s a take-away from our list.

  • Foundation: Shiseido SpotsCover Foundation.
    Pros: Awesome coverage (the sole purpose of this product); Great to hide facial acne, blemishes, scars; Semi-matte finish; Super long-lasting; 20g can be used for a long long time; Super cheap
  • Lotion: Kikumasamune Sake Skin Care Lotion
    Pros: Japanese-sake-based hydrating toner; Ethanol-free; Provide ultra hydration, healing and whitening
  • Sunscreen: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+
    Pros: Super Water Proof (can stand up to 80 mins in water) that can be easily washed off with regular soap and make up remover; Water capsules that spreads smoothly on skin with moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid + royal jelly extract + citrus mix); Allergy tested (Formulated to minimize the risk of allergy); Made in Japan for face and body.
  • Face mask: Shu Uemura Sakura Rose Petal Mask
    Pros: The product lasts for 5 years since manufacturing date; Dewy jelly mask delivers lasting comfort; Works for any type of skin
  • Anti-ageing product: Shiseido Ultimune Infusing Concentrate
    Pros:
     Ultimate treatment for enhancing skins essential multidefensive power against visible signs of aging, environmental factors and daily stress; Has the capacity to restore, protect, strengthen skin; Best for casual use

Best Japanese Skin Care Products (2018)

1. Shiseido SpotsCover Foundation

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One of the most famous Japanese skin care brand, Shiseido has won the hearts of millions — be it young or old — in Japan. Among the Shiseido’s best Japanese skin care products, Shiseido SpotsCover Foundation is very, very popular. This skin care product can cover skin spots, freckles, scratches and any other kind of mark on the skin. I personally use it for my wound mark on my cheek. Apparently, it’s been around for almost 40 years now and to have a product life cycle of beauty product for this long certainly says something about the product. I recommend it to use a good deep cleansing oil if you want to remove the foundation at the end of the day.

Pros:

  • Awesome coverage (the sole purpose of this product)
  • Great to hide facial acne, blemishes, scars
  • Semi-matte finish
  • Super long-lasting
  • 20g can be used for a long long time
  • Super cheap

Customer Rating on Amazon: 4/5

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2. Transino Clear Wash

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This Japanese skin care product was awarded the best face wash product in 2017 by @cosme, the influential website for Japanese beauty industry. It’s provided by Daiichi Sankyo Healthcare, one of the largest medical corporation in Japan. The skin care is creamy in texture, and is good for removing old skin cells, freckle, skin spot, as well as lightening your skin tone. It is one of the products I use frequently.

Pros:

  • Medicated face wash
  • Formulated with 50% moisturizing cream for hydrated feel even after washing
  • Conditions the skin for better toner absorption, providing the skin with translucent effects

Customer Rating on Amazon: 4.5/5

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3. Kikumasamune Sake Skin Care Lotion – High Moisture

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This product is unique as in it infuses traditional dry sake with the skin care lotion. The dry sake is highly known to contain kojic acid and can hydrate the skin. It also contains ceramides, amino acids, placenta extract that protects the skin against moisture loss.

Pros:

  • Japanese-sake-based hydrating toner.
  • Ethanol-free.
  • Provide ultra hydration, healing and whitening

Customer Rating on Amazon: 4.5/5

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4. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+

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When I went to Japan, sunscreen seems to be most popular among everyone. As you know in Melbourne it gets freaky hot in summer days and this is my go to sunscreen every time. With 50+ SPF, it has great protection against strong UV rays and also prevents marks and dark spots. Another amazing this is that this super waterproof, providing protection against water for up to an hour and half for me (could be different for different person; it is advertised at 80 minutes however). It is light in texture and keeps your skin moist. So, if you have dry skin, it is amazing.

Pros:

  • Super Water Proof (can stand up to 80 mins in water) that can be easily washed off with regular soap and make up remover.
  • Water capsules that spreads smoothly on skin with moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid + royal jelly extract + citrus mix)
  • Allergy tested (Formulated to minimize the risk of allergy)
  • Made in Japan for face and body.

Customer Rating on Amazon: 5/5

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5. Gommage Rosette Gel

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One of the best Japanese skin care products, Gommage Rosette Gel is for deep-cleaning your skin. It works by removing dead skin cells and prepares your complexion to absorb serums and moisturizers. It is better to use this Japanese skin care product by cleansing 2-3 times in a week. But you have to pay attention if you have sensitive skin since the product is very powerful with its ingredients.

Pros:

  • Gently Removes Dead Skin Cells
  • Subtle Floral And Fruity Scent

Customer Rating on Amazon: 4.5/5

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6. Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel

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This Japanese beauty product won the best skincare product award during the Best Cosmetics Awards by @cosme in 2017. It shows why my Japanese friends were praiseworthy for this product. Not only that, it is highly affordable in Japan. It has light, non-sticky texture and can go deep into the skin instantly. It is formulated with Hatomugi, a natural plant ingredient (also known as Job’s Tears). The skin care product is best known for its multi-purpose as it can be used as toner, serum, emulsion, moisturizer, and even can work for your body.

Pros:

  • Fragrance free, colorant free, gentle for sensitive skin
  • FDA approved
  • Non sticky formula
  • Water base gel moisturizer

Customer Rating on Amazon: 4.5/5

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7. Shu Uemura Sakura Rose Petal Mask

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This is on the list of our best Japanese skin care products because it works on any type of skin to deliver the right amount of moisture, soothe and improve overall texture. It is fused with real rose petals and sakura leaf extracts, the combination of whichprovides luminous skin and softens the skin. The best way I recommend for you to apply is to first cleanse your face and hands, take the right amount, apply gently, leave it for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse it off with water. It works best if you use it 2 to 3 times a week.

Pros:

  • The product lasts for 5 years since manufacturing date
  • Dewy jelly mask delivers lasting comfort
  • Works for any type of skin

Customer Rating on Amazon: Not available

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8. Shiseido Ultimune Infusing Concentrate

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Another Shiseido product on our best Japanese skin care products. Why not too? The Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate has won multiple awards for best Japanese beauty product. IT is a pre-treatment used to defend against aging and damage. Personally, the best way to use it is on top of moisturizer or serum as it enables them to work harder.

Pros:

  • Ultimate treatment for enhancing skins essential multidefensive power against visible signs of aging, environmental factors and daily stress
  • Has the capacity to restore, protect, strengthen skin
  • Best for casual use

Customer Rating on Amazon: 4.5/5

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9. Minon: Amino Moist Mask

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 In 2016, this Japanese skin care product was awarded with “Honored Award for beauty Products” during Best Cosmetic Award by @cosme in 2016. I found it to be very reasonable and trust worthy, especially for both dry and sensitive skin. It contains NINE moisturizing amino acids that helps to keep skin hydrated and healthy, and also supporting skin’s natural barrier function.

Pros:

  • Suitable for dry and sensitive skin
  • No fragrance or colours
  • Great to moisturize deeply and clarify skin

Customer Rating on Amazon: 3.5/5

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10. Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder

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Powders should always be a part of your skin care pack. And for me, Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder is amazing. It won multiple beauty awards in the past year too. This powder has enzymes that works effectively to make skin soft and clean. It also helps to remove old keratin on skin, cleansing poles and black heads, ultimately resulting in resilient and smooth skin. The packet comes with small capsules containing powder that are used for single use. And thus, it is easy to carry in your bags, especially if you’re travelling.

Pros:

  • Works great to make skin soft and clean
  • Good for cleansing poles and blackheads
  • Travel-friendly as it comes in packets of small capsules

Customer Rating on Amazon: 4/5

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Summary of Best Japanese Skin Care Products:

Best Japanese Skin Care ProductsShipping WeightAverage Customer RatingPrice
Shiseido SpotsCover Foundation1.3 ounces4/5Check out the latest price
Transino Clear Wash4.8 ounces4.5/5Check out the latest price
Kikumasamune Sake Skin Care Lotion – High Moisture1.3 pounds4.5/5Check out the latest price
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+8 ounces5/5Check out the latest price
Gommage Rosette Gel9.1 ounces4.5/5Check out the latest price
Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel1.1 ounces4.5/5Check out the latest price
Shu Uemura Sakura Rose Petal Maskn/an/aCheck out the latest price
Shiseido Ultimune Infusing Concentrate9.6 ounces4.5/5Check out the latest price
Minon: Amino Moist Mask4.6 ounces3.5/5Check out the latest price
Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder1.6 ounces4/5Check out the latest price

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