1. Green Tea
A staple in the diet of the Japanese people, green tea is a great antioxidant that works for your entire body and improves cardiovascular health when ingested. When it comes to skincare, it is a popular antioxidant that is commonly used to strengthen skin against environmental damage.
Try: Boscia Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer, $56 (50 g).
A lightweight moisturiser which protects the skin against free radicals. In addition, it also contains burdock root to help absorb excess oil and regulate sebum production so your complexion remains well-balanced, matte and hydrated.
2. Rice Extract
Commonly found in hydrating skincare ingredients thanks to its ability to support the production of hyaluronic acid within skin cells, rice extract also helps to calm inflammation.
Try: SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier, $98 (30 ml).
It works with licorice root extract, pure hyaluronic acid and Proxylane for short-term and long-term hydration. Expect plumper, smoother and younger-looking skin in no time!
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3. Cherry Blossom
Rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, cherry blossom extract is great for calming the skin and rebuilding its barrier layer.
Try: Snow Fox Skincare Japanese Cherry Blossom & White Tea Smoothing Mask, about $47 (for five pcs).
This handy sheet mask is fortified with white tea extract (another antioxidant) and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and protect it from dryness. It also works to correct dullness and improve skin texture over time.
4. Camellia Oil
An ingredient that geishas swore by to protect and nourish their skin and hair, camellia oil remains a popular ingredient in Japanese skincare products for its ability to improve skin elasticity and neutralise redness.
Try: Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil, $135 (30 ml).
A blend of camellia seed oil, vitamin E, algae extract, rice germ oil and glycerin, it helps to improve skin elasticity and reinforce skin’s barrier layer, thanks to the high content of essential fatty acids. Powerful antioxidants also mop up free radical damage and strengthens skin. Plus, it also has tiny golden flakes which break up upon application and melds seamlessly into skin for a subtle gleam.
5. Reishi Mushroom
A prized herb which is ingested to boost vitality in the body, Reishi mushrooms are known for their high antioxidant content.
Try: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $110 (30 ml).
To reap the optimal benefits of this precious ingredient try this booster serum. Designed to maximise all the subsequent products applied, it sets the foundation for healthy skin, thanks to its ImuGeneration Technology. Harnessing the antioxidant properties of Reishi mushrooms and Iris root, this powerful compound equips skincare to be able to defend itself against oxidative damage for younger-looking skin.
A delicacy in Japan, shiso is widely used in soups and tempura or drizzled over rice, thanks to its complex flavour profile. When applied onto skin, it unleashes its antioxidant powers to protect skin from external sources of damage.