Japanese Skin Care Routine: 4 Steps For Better Skin

Created 7/21/2022 3:14:05 PM in fashion | spotlight | guide |

Discover the secrets of an effective Japanese skin care routine!

Some people may feel that even with daily skin care, they are not getting the improvements they hoped for. Are you one of them? Well, the cause may be that your skin care routine could use some improvements (or that you didn't have one to begin with).

In this blog post, we'll explain the typical Japanese women's skin care routine for each skin type, as well as the care techniques and Japanese skin care products that you should be using to look and feel wonderful every day.

Are you ready? Keep reading to find out the key to Japanese beauty!





The importance of a skin care routine

A skin care routine is important to protect your skin and keep it clean and moisturized. 

There are various products to use such as lotion, milky lotion, cream, face wash, and beauty essence.

By starting a daily routine and using the proper products, rest assured that you'll be well on your way to improving your skin health in a matter of weeks!

Below you'll find our top picks to keep your skin looking young, beautiful, and healthy.

Note that there are different procedures for the morning and night routines, so make sure not to mix the two up!


Step 1: Facewash & cleanser

A good skin care routine starts with washing your face in the morning and cleansing at night. 

Morning skin care is necessary to remove dust and secreted sebum while you sleep, so try to make it your first thing to do after waking up!

Cleansing removes makeup and is essential to keeping our skin healthy. Though many people do it before or during a bath, we recommend staying one step ahead and getting it out of the way immediately after coming back home. In this way you'll be able to further define a good routine for yourself!

Moreover, makeup tends to oxidize over time, so removing it as soon as possible will reduce strains on your skin. After cleansing at night, be sure to wash your face as well.

For cleansing, we recommend these two top Japanese products:

Juncrea Crystary Wash

Juncrea skin care

Juncrea has more than 50 years of history and expertise to its name. It's considered one of the best Japanese skin care brands on the market.

Their Crystary Wash formula is based on the latest biotechnology research and contains seven exclusive ingredients to promote the activation of cell tissue functions, allowing nutrients to quickly penetrate the tissues of skin cells. It doesn't only wash your skin, it nourishes it too -- keeping it young and healthy!  

This exclusive formula also helps remove dead skin cells that are clogged in the pores, to give you crystalline and smooth white skin. Feel free to use it on the body too for exceptional results.

How Juncrea Crystary Wash works

Juncrea skin care


Juncrea Crystary Wash ingredients

  • Fullerene: This Nobel Prize-winning beauty ingredient has 125 times more antioxidants and stronger collagen production-promoting effects than Vitamin C. It also helps "scavenge" free radicals, which are related to lots of skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema (and just so happen to be one of the key causes of aging and cancer). Removing free radicals with antioxidants is one way to slow down wrinkles and pigmentation of the skin, keeping it young and brilliant.

  • Triple helix collagen: Supports hyaluronic acid, enhances water retention, and moisturizes the skin.

  • Resveratrol: Its popularity in cosmetology and dermatology is primarily associated with the proven ability to penetrate the skin barrier and encourage antiaging activity. It has been shown that formulations with resveratrol can stimulate the proliferation of fibroblasts and contribute to the increase in the concentration of Type-III collagen.

  • Ceramide: Largely used for its moisturizing effects, it produces intercellular lipids that store water and oil in the stratum corneum of the skin. It also helps with antiaging and the repair of damaged lipid barriers.

  • Phenylethyl resorcinol: Has antioxidant properties, increases skin elasticity, and reduces both UV-induced pigmentation and hair pigmentation.

  • Hyaluronic acid: Helps hydrate the skin's outer layers, improving its appearance while making it look more radiant and youthful.

  • Placenta extract: Helps remove blemishes, and is also effective in firming, lifting, and hydrating the skin. It can also treat inflammation such as acne-prone skin and heal skin barriers damaged by over-exfoliation.




Step 2: Toner (Lotion)

Lotion should be applied immediately after washing your face, be it in the morning or at night. After all, when washing your face you're probably going to also remove sebum -- which is necessary to keep your skin moisturized -- thereby increasing the chances that your skin might dry faster.

Gently wipe off the water with a soft towel, then warm the lotion with your hands and then apply it to your face.

Our top picks: 

Juncrea Crystary Lotion

Juncrea skin care

Get your skin moisturized and refreshed with this lotion from Juncrea.




Shiseido Care Emulsion Lotion

Our second pick is this emulsion from Shiseido, another famous Japanese brand.

You can buy it here.


Bonus Step: Essence 

Essence is a skin care item that you can add to your routine according to your skin characteristics.

There are various types of essences: moisturizing, whitening, and acne care, for instance.

The appropriate usage amount, frequency, and method will depend on the product itself, so always take care to read the manufacturer's instructions!


Step 3: Emulsion

An emulsion is a moisturizing item that contains oil and prevents the water added by the lotion from evaporating. Note that in the context of Japanese skin care routines, "emulsions" are actually closest to Western "moisturizers."

Squeeze some lotion or serum onto your skin, warm it with your hands, and apply evenly to your face (without rubbing) until it dries.

Our top picks:

Juncrea Milky Serenna Essence

Juncrea skin care

For clearer, bouncier skin that truly shines.

Push three to four drops onto your palm, then apply to your face and lips.




SK II Facial Treatment Essence

SK II also offers a good treatment essence. You can buy it here!


Step 4: Moisturizing Cream

Worried about dry skin or wrinkles around your eyes? Pick up some Japanese moisturizing cream to tackle the issue (it's a good idea to use an oily cream instead of an emulsion).

Cream is often used as the last step of a nighttime skin care routine.

The area around the eyes is very delicate, so try to gently apply it without pushing too strongly.

Our top picks:

Juncrea Bionne Moisturizing Cream

Juncrea skin care

Gives firmness and elasticity to your skin while keeping it moisturized. Can be also used on the lips and neck. 




Revi Ceramic Skin Cream

Our second suggestion is Revi skin cream, a little bit more pricey than Juncrea's cream but still worth.

You can buy it here.


Tip: Check your skin type

With so many skin care items on the market, how do you decide which ones are best for you?

Go with the ones that best suit your skin type -- whether it be "normal," dry, mixed, or oily.

Read on to discover what are, in our eyes, the top products for each type.

A. Normal skin

So-called "normal" skin has a good balance of water and oil and is less likely to be susceptible to skin problems.

Still, a few factors that can influence its healthy condition:

  • Climate (dryness of the air around you)
  • Season (temperature of the environment around you)
  • Menstrual cycle

Obviously what this means is that even if you have normal skin, you should always take good care of it.

Juncrea face washes are the best choice for maintaining healthy normal skin, as they help protect it all year round.

B. Dry skin

Dry skin tends to be more sensitive to external stimuli, due to the skin's reduced “barrier function" that keeps it moisturized and protected.

It's no wonder, then, that moisturizing and cleansing care is very important for people with dry skin. 

The best items are lotion and milky lotions with highly moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramide, and collagen.

For cleansing, be sure to choose creamy or milky types without high detergency, so you can avoid washing away more sebum than necessary.

Does your skin feel dry even with your own lotion or milky lotion? If so we recommend boosting your skin care routine with cream or a moisturizing serum, as they have the same function as sebum.

C. Mixed skin

Mixed skin is both dry and oily. It's particularly susceptible to seasonal and environmental changes. If your forehead and nose are oily, but your cheeks and eyes are dry, you probably have mixed skin.

Moisturizing is essential for people with mixed skin, as this skin type is usually more sensitive than the others. Even with a sebum excess, water may not be enough to keep your skin clean and avoid any damage.

You can treat mixed skin in the same way as dry skin, but if you have excess sebum and are concerned about the “glowing” effect, we recommend using fewer oily products.

D. Oily skin

Oily skin is very moisturized and tends to have excess oil, which results in dirty pores, “glowing” skin, and eventually acne.

Washing it often may have a boomerang effect, as that can cause dryness -- which compels the body to increase sebum production to compensate.

Therefore, to balance the oiliness of the skin it's important to either:

  • Use skin care products that can remove excess oil without over-drying
  • Use moisturizers regularly to prevent dryness in the first place


Get in the habit of better skin care

Deciding a proper, consistent skin care routine helps establish good habits that will only make your skin look (and feel) healthier and more amazing!

From washing your face in the morning, to cleansing right after returning home, to moisturizing your face after bathing -- all these small steps are equally important. So make sure you've got everything down pat!

Of course, also remember to adjust your lifestyle habits -- avoiding fatty foods and having a regular sleeping routine, for example, can have incredible effects if you want to keep your skin healthy.

In any case, also consider consulting a dermatologist if you have more doubts.

Looking for other skin care products? Visit our website for more beauty essentials and recommendations!



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