Japanese men’s skincare products don’t usually get the spotlight. It’s easy to miss them because most come in nondescript, minimalist packaging. But you shouldn’t sleep on these skincare items. There are Japanese men’s skincare products that are well-formulated to address common skin concerns for men such as hyperpigmentation and dry skin. Not sure where you can find these? Check out our picks, from cleansers to serums.
Bulk Homme’s The Facial Wash
Have you been using soap or harsh cleansers to wash your face? It’s time to invest in a good facial wash. Contrary to popular belief, facial washes that will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean are not ideal because they can damage the skin barrier. You’ll want something that can wash off dirt and debris while still being able to give the skin hydration like Bulk Homme’s The Facial Wash (~USD26.60). Made with the brand's motto of “basic but exciting,” this gentle cleanser has a “selective absorption function” that will remove excess sebum but will leave behind just enough moisture to keep your skin plump. The result is fresh, clean skin that’s mochi-mochi soft.
Where to buy: For those in Singapore, Bulk Homme The Facial Wash is available at TANGS. If you’re in Malaysia, you can buy it at Japan Premium. In the Philippines, you can order it via Kokoro Japan or Buyee.
SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence
The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (~USD213.54) has been a cult favourite for years now; this unassuming clear concoction has actually been dubbed a “miracle water”. It’s packed with a special ingredient called PITERA™, a by-product of the yeast fermentation process, that contains skin-nourishing vitamins and amino acids that will help you achieve healthy, clear skin. If you prefer to keep your skincare routine short for when you’re busy or on the go, this essence is a must-have because it also serves as a hydrating product that you can use in place of a moisturiser.
Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate For Men
Another skincare cult-favourite that’s reformulated for men, this reincarnation of the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate (~USD81.28) specifically aims to strengthen the skin to protect against external factors such as pollution. It also boasts continuous hydration. The best part is that it’s non-sticky and can be absorbed well by the skin so you don’t have to worry about looking oily.
Where to buy: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is available at Isetan in Singapore. For Malaysian residents, you can buy it on ZALORA. If you’re in the Philippines, you can also get it at ZALORA and at Shiseido stores.
Orbis Mr. Lotion & Mr. Moisture
If you’ve got sensitive skin, the Orbis Mr. Lotion (~USD19.95) & Mr. Moisture (~USD23.28) may be the best Japanese men's skincare products for you to try. This combo is a no-nonsense pair that will deliver results and help maintain skin hydration. Mr. Lotion has a jelly-like consistency that feels very light on the skin while Mr. Moisture has a little bit more body but is still a non-greasy formula. Take your pick!
Lissage Men Aromatic Cream
Skincare doesn’t stop with just the face and neck, body skin needs some loving too. Looking for a multipurpose body lotion? You may like Lissage Men Aromatic Cream (~USD24.38) from Kanebo. This skincare product has a pleasant creamy texture to prevent dry skin and a pleasant relaxing “natural oil” scent that may uplift your mood. It contains all the skincare ingredients you’d want from a body moisturiser like water-soluble collagen for skin protection and aloe extract for soothing the skin.