The 5 Steps of an Essential Japanese Skincare Routine
Mochi-Hada (Rice-Cake Skin) is the national obsession of Japanese women. A term inspired by the deliciously soft and chewy Japanese dessert, it describes the gorgeously plump and supple complexion that everyone dreams about. With that baby-soft skin, you will no longer need to wear a heavy coverage foundation but can instead focus on an effortless, natural makeup look.
To achieve supple mochi skin, the Japanese have a nourishing philosophy that emphasizes gentle double cleansing, multiple layers of hydration, and sun protection. While the steps have been modified throughout history, the modern Japanese or J-beauty routine, focuses on cleansing, lotion, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. It somewhat goes rather simpler than Korean or K-beauty.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and go on a beauty adventure!
Step 1: Double Cleansing
Cleansing is the center of Japanese skincare. The key is to spend as much time cleaning your face as you do applying makeup. There are two types of cleansers that are specially used for double cleansing in Japan. The first one, an oil-based cleanser, has been around since the 1960s. It helps to bind and remove the dirt on your skin without stripping the skin’s natural oils. Unlike other cleansers, it does not disrupt the skin barrier. For your second face wash, a water-based foaming cleanser lathers up a fluffy, refreshing meringue-like foam that you can easily spread around so that you don’t have to rub your skin vigorously. Meeth’s foaming face wash, Lifty Wash, is specially designed for all skin types to make your skin feel purified and delightfully refreshed.
Step 2: Lotion (Kesho-sui)
The Japanese are enthusiastic about hydration. Kesho-sui (Lotion) is very unique and yet essential to Japanese skincare. It is all about delivering ultra-nourishing ingredients to hydrate, rejuvenate, and illuminate your skin. Unlike the Western toner or lotion, the Japanese lotion has a viscous, liquid texture. It typically contains several water-pushing humectants like hyaluronic acid, aloe, and ceramides. Meeth Morerich Lotion uses the purest water from Hokkaido to restore the moisture barrier. By gently patting in onto your face, it adds water to your skin and prepares it for the next step.
Step 3: Serum (Biyoueki)
Serums are designed to target specific skin conditions, for example, dullness, wrinkles, and age spots. It typically has a consistency like a thicker lotion and more concentrated. There are endless options on the market, but the Japanese like to focus on collagen production and anti-aging treatment. It is also not hard to find antioxidants and collagen in Japanese serums to protect your skin against free radicals and harmful UV rays. Ascorbic acid, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid are commonly found in Japanese skincare to restore the plump, radiant skin of youth. Gently apply a small amount of serum to your face and neck and wait a couple of minutes before you jump to the next step.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Not all the layers that have previously been applied can be absorbed all at once. Japanese moisturizers are therefore designed to seal in all the remaining moisture and potent ingredients left on your face. This gives your skin 24-hours of long-lasting hydration.
There are two types of facial oils traditionally used in J-beauty: the ultra-rich horse oil (sonbahyu) is ideal for oily, acne-prone skin and Squalane is ideal for dry skin. Some women who have oily or combination skin are skeptical about using facial oil because of acne problems. A good facial oil should never leave residue on your face, like meeth Skin Oil. It can penetrate your skin without feeling greasy. If you are truly worried about the oily texture, meeth Twelement Day Cream can be a good option for you. A total of 12 different types of active ingredients are combined harmoniously to nourish and boost your skin’s hydration and energy. Apply to the face by massaging in circular motion, so that the cream can be fully absorbed into the skin.
Step 5: Sunscreen
Japanese skincare follows a strict sun protection routine. Sunscreen, hats and umbrellas are extremely important to Japanese women. No matter what the weather is, sunscreen is applied generously as the last step of a morning skincare routine to protect your skin from sunspots and oxidation. Japanese sunscreens are typically lightweight, have a non-sticky liquid texture, and are suitable for all skin types. In Japan, they even developed their own grading system for UVA-blocking effectiveness: from the lowest PA+ to the highest PA++++. Meeth F Bright UV Base (SPF 44 PA+++) is based on this rating system to prove the performance of this product against both UVA and UVB rays.
If you dream about natural-looking, flawless skin, Japanese skincare is no doubt the best skincare regimen for you to embrace. Listen to your body and feel your skin each day to keep the routine going. Take the time to prepare your skin for a new challenge every day.
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