#1 Shu Uemura Porefinist2 Sakura Refreshing Cleansing Oil, from $50
The first step to clear skin is none other than keeping your pores and skin properly cleansed off makeup, which is why just cleansing once might not cut it. The Japanese are sticklers for double cleansing because the second round of cleansing picks up on what’s leftover from the first round. This cleansing oil features sakura petal extract, sakura sake extract, green tea and hinoki wood that keeps the oils at bay.
#2 Shiseido Waso Fresh Jelly Lotion, $45
A must-have to achieving the coveted mochi skin is a product called facial lotions, or kesho-sui to the Japanese. Waso’s version is an alcohol-free lotion that first dispenses as a jelly-like substance, it transforms into a softening liquid that locks in moisture for plump, dewy skin. Formulated with white jelly mushroom, the refreshing gel helps to mattify and reduce the appearance of pores while delivering rich hydration for a healthy look.
#3 Albion Skin Conditioner, from $60
Lotions are also known as skin conditioners. They’re both of a watery consistency and are best applied to the face by gently patting it into the skin – not via a cotton pad. Albion’s skin conditioner has been well-loved for 45 years for its cell renewal prowess. Made with its star ingredient -Job’s tears extract – which Albion specially cultivates in Hokkaido, it boosts the skin’s self-recuperative ability and regulates cell renewal cycle to keep the skin healthy and less prone to breakouts, irritation and dullness. It also refines the skin texture and brightens up dull skin, delivering visibly more radiant, clear and translucent skin.
#5 Orbis U Moisture, $49
Made to emulate the soft texture of souffle cheesecake, this moisturiser taps in on key porin booster, which has radiance-boosting properties; oat kernel extract, which has anti-inflammatory, soothing and moisturising properties; and thick water jelly, which has a full texture that feels like liquid petroleum jelly to deliver moisture to the innermost skin layer.