Have you ever tried or heard of J-Beauty? What about K-Beauty?
J-Beauty stands for Japanese Beauty and K-Beauty for Korean beauty. Both terms have been around for a good few years now, but personally, I’ve been hearing a lot more about K-beauty in the west.
So today, as a Japanese girl, I want to introduce to you the best of J-Beauty! I’ll be talking about my favorite drugstore j-beauty products, from cleansers all the way to moisturizers. They are also all available online, and I’ve put links on all the products!
My love for J-beauty products is real, and have been using them every single day as part of my skincare routine for almost a decade (since I was 15!). I use and love western products as well, but this post is a special on just the Japanese skincare products!
A lot of these have been mentioned in the past in various favorites and routines posts, but I’ve always wanted to do a full-on J-Beauty post like this – so I hope you like it!
Please share and let me know what you think, and I want to know if you’ve used any of these products or anything J-Beauty!
* Disclaimer: Affiliate links may be used. See disclosure for more.*
I want to start with cleansers, as its the most obvious starting point. There are SO many J-beauty drugstore cleansers that I’m in love with, but have picked three out today which I want to recommend. The SANA Isoflavone range is one of my favourite brands, whether luxury or drugstore, J-beauty or otherwise. I love this brand so much, and their cleanser is one of their best products. Although they have multiple cleansers, this foaming moisturising one is my absolute favourite. I’ve gone through over 10 of these, and I can’t get enough.
Their isoflavone range is all derived from soy extracts, and isoflavones are a great antioxidant. I’ve talked about this product in so many of my favorites and routine posts, but honestly, I think this is such an incredible cleanser at such a bargain. The foam which is created is dense, and gets into all the pores cleaning them out. My skin feels so clean and so so so soft.
You can get one for yourself on YesStyle here!
Rosette Hakudei Lift:
Your best friend when you need a dense foam! This is my j-beauty secret weapon!! Any paste cleanser will be transformed with this magic net. Squeeze out about 1cm length of cleanser into the foam net with a bit of water, and rub the net together until a dense, stiff foam emerges. You can just rinse it off with water when you’re done, and hang it up in the bathroom to dry. It dries super quick because its just a net, but is utterly essential for the foam creating process!
Get it online here
Related post: Winter skincare routine
From Sana, the makers of the soy foam cleanser I mentioned above, their full range also consists of the facial lotions. Their toners range in consistency from light and watery to intensely hydrating and moisturising ones, which are a bit thicker in texture.
This one is the hydrating moisture toner, which is a bit thicker in consistency than the watery light toner. I would use this in the winter after the foam cleanse, when I need a bit of extra moisture. Even though it’s a bit thicker, the product is so easily absorbed into the skin and doesn’t leave any residue or greasy feeling on the skin. It is super moisturising, especially for a toner, and is just what I need when my skin is feeling very dry.
You can get it here on Amazon if you’re interested!
This is the lighter version of the one above, and is a watery and light toner. I love this toner so much, and use it year-round, although I prefer the heavier moisturising one in the depths of winter. I love this light toner in the summer, it is absolutely ideal and has a cooling effect on my skin. The consistency is very very light, and is very watery and my skin just drinks it all up.
This is from the isoflavone range as well, and leaves skin so plump and hydrated. I love that it doesn’t leave any kind of residue behind. My skin is instantly hydrated, even though its a toner. Perfect for the summer because it makes my skin super smooth without the sticky texture that some can leave behind.
Again its available online for a bargain here
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Tsururi Point Clay Pack
This is hands down my favorite pore cleanser! I really don’t like using the pore strips, which stick onto your skin. The adhesive can irritate your skin and pull off the top layer of your skin, which is actually so so much worse for your skin! Its the top protection barrier of your skin, and removing this can cause your skin to get more oily to try and make up for it.
This clay mask is amazing, because it doesn’t stick to your skin but cleanses excess oils and sebum by dissolving it into the clay mask. You simply just cover your nose or any problem areas in the paste, and wait around 10 minutes to allow it to dry. Then you just simply rinse off with warm water and go about with the rest of your skincare routine. Its also super disgusting but satisfying to watch the paste get all gross and spotty as it absorbs the dirt!
Its available online here
Quality 1st All in one Moisture Sheet Mask:
This is my favourite face mask – and its SO cheap! It comes as a huge pack, with 70 face masks, soaked in over 700 ml of product. Its super hydrating without being overly greasy. I love that it comes with so many face masks, and because its so cheap, its easy to just pop on after showering before doing the rest of your skincare routine. The sheet mask is really refreshing, and *unpopular opinion(?!)* but I’m usually not a fan of face masks! I find them too heavy and wet, but I love this product!
You can get it here on amazon
Curél Moisture Eye Zone Essence:
This is another well known drugstore brand in Japan – Curél. They have a wide range of skincare products, and one of my favourites is this eye cream. Its very soft and glides on, which is super important to me because I absolutely cannot tolerate tugging in the under-eye area. This is quite light for an eye cream, and is great for when you’re using more heavy serums or if its particularly hot and humid out. Because of the light formula, it doesn’t fall or glide down. I hate the feeling of products kind of seeping down my face instead of being absorbed by the skin. This is great for those hot days when formulas tend to run rather than sink into the skin.
Get it here on amazon
Another one from the Sana isoflavone range is the wrinkle eye cream. This cream is my all-time favourite eye cream! J-beauty drugstore products are vey affordable, and I’m so impressed that this comes with the drugstore price range despite it being an eye cream. I also love the packaging that it comes in. The tube makes it really easy to get the product out, and the cream comes out really thin, so you get exactly the amount you need. This is actually part of their anti-aging range and contains retinol. I’ve been using this since I was a teenager, because I think prevention is key!
Also, the area under the eye has the thinnest skin, and needs the most special treatment. So in my opinion, you can never start too early!
Get it online here
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This is the facial lotion version of the toners from above. Its in between a toner and a moisturiser, and is still liquid and flows. It’s intensely hydrating and easily absorbed by the skin because it’s not quite a cream, and is liquid enough to sink in. Definitely the perfect addition to the skincare routine if your skin is super dry, like in the winter months. However, I also love to use it when a heavy moisturiser is too much. In summer, or on days when I’m feeling more oily, it can be a replacement moisturiser. It is a light moisturising lotion, and if I’m using it as an extra, I put it on after serums and treatments. Otherwise, I use it at the end when I would usually put on a cream to seal all the products in.
You can get it here
Curél Intensive Moisture Cream:
Another magical little product from Curél is this amazing moisturiser. I’ve probably gone through about six or seven of these, and they are the perfect cream whatever the season. It’s the least greasy moisturizer I’ve used, and seals in all of the other products really well. My skin loves this, and is never greasy when I’m using this. Its intense enough to use in the colder months when my skin gets really dry. But I also love it in the summer, where it makes my skin really soft and smooth, despite the extra sweat and oils, as well as sunscreen. It was the first moisturiser I think I really fell in love with, because I hate that greasy, heavy feeling. It is so amazing how smoothly it goes on, despite being an intensely moisturising cream.
I always get a couple when I’m home in Japan, but they can also be bought online here!
I bought this product on a whim – and I’m so glad I did! I call this the “magic cream” because the texture is amazing! Its this incredible gel, which is super fun to touch! This cream/gel is technically an all-in-one (or 6 in one as they say) and can be used straight after cleanser or toner. I was worried about how greasy it would be because its an all in one, but it was surprisingly smooth! It glides on to the skin, and is absorbed into skin really quickly. When I’m feeling particularly lazy, I love this because I can cleanse (double of course), tone and then apply this gel everywhere! Its definitely one for the evening after a shower and a long day.
Get it online here
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Hope you enjoyed this post and learnt a little something new about J-beauty skincare products. I’m so happy to be able to share this with you. Japanese skincare is one of my favourite products, and their drugstore products are some of the best to me!
You definitely don’t have to break the bank to get great quality products, and I hope you will be happier to try out some of the products if you like the sound of them!
Please do let me know any products you’ve tried or want to use, and let me know if there are any other similar posts you would be interested in reading!
As always, thank you so much for reading, and I hope you like it!
See you in the next one,