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Japanese Skin and Body-Care Favorites

Living in Japan, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to affordable body and skincare. I love trying out new products, and these are the products I'm in love with now.

I avoid products that use heavy scents (I always opt for scent free for skincare when I can), and always go for the best quality for the price. I get most of my products online, but you can also head to your nearest drugstore and find most of these on the shelf.

Minon Amino Moist Charge Milk

Minon Charge Milk 2022 Japan

Minon Amino Moist Charge Milk has been popular for years, and for good reason. It delivers just the right amount of moisture for the face, and because it's light weight and scent free, it's great for sensitive skin. I have combination skin that's prone to breakouts and this product has a permanent place in my skincare routine.


Before coming to Japan, I had no idea what those little dots on my upper arms and back of my thighs were. I had them since I was a teenager, and no matter how much moisturizer I slathered on they never went away. Seeing the NinoCure package on the shelf, I skeptically bought this product without any expectations. Needless to say, I was blown away. It's a small pot of scent free lotion that does exactly what it says it'll do. Those little dots, gone! I find this particularly useful in the winter months when my skin is extra dry and those little dots make their return.

Cleansing Research AHA Facial Cleansing Wash

Clea nsing Research AHA Facial Cleansing Wash

This facial cleanser is leaves my skin with that squaky clean feeling, without the tightness and dryness that some cleansers can leave. Cleansing Research has a great line of products but this one is my favorite. Made specifically for dry and sensitive skin, this is very gentle on my face and keeps my breakouts under control.

House of Rose Sugar Body Scrub

I love a good body scrub! I avoid scrubs that use microplastics or rough materials (like seeds or ground apricot pits) that wreak havoc on my skin as well as the shower drain. House of Rose has a scrumptous line of sugar based body scrubs that get it right. My favorite scent is Green Lemon, and the balance of moisturizing ingredients and scrub make it easy to apply. After a light scrub, the moisturizing oils leave your skin feeling absolutely amazing.

Cure Natural Aqua Gel - Exfoliator


Natural Aqua Gel Best Exfoliator in Japan 2022

Cure Natural Aqua Gel is one of the best-reviewed facial exfoliators in Japan. I need a more gentle exfoliation for my face (especially along my temple areas), and this gel hits the spot. It's oddly satisfying massaging this product in and feeling it work. I researched this product thoroughly before purchasing, and was not disappointed. It works so well, that I often find myself using it for my body in areas like my back and chest. It's more gentle than a sugar scrub, so if you have areas on your body that break out but still need some exfoliation TLC, this could be the answer.


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