From snail slime facials to skin cleansers made with real gold, Japan is the place to go for quirky, innovative and amazing beauty products.
Okay, so snail slime facials are definitely a beauty trend we’d rather ignore, but there are some incredible snail-free products out there that are sure to take your beauty regime to a whole new level. Here are the four products we think are essential to add to your collection…
Japanese Konjac facial and body cleansing sponges are 100% natural, vegan and eco-friendly! They are made from vegetable fibres from the konjac (konnyaku) plant and are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, & E, and essential proteins, lipids, fatty acids, and natural minerals like copper, zinc, iron and magnesium. Sounds good? It gets even better! Konjac is so gentle on the skin that it can even be used on newborn babies! Amazing for removing dead skin cells, blackheads, dirt and oil, Konjac sponges are essential if you are looking to upgrade your skincare regime.
Sounds weird, looks weird, works like a charm. The Japanese sheet mask delivers concentrated skin goodness deep into the skin in a gentle, soothing way. Not only are they super easy to apply – you simply pull it from the packet and lay over your face – they’re also extremely convenient and can easily be packed in your travel bag as they come in airtight sealed packets. Lululun is one of the leading companies in Japan for amazing facial sheets. You can get them here in the UK from Amazon also.
Blotting paper is used to reduce shine and absorb oil on the face. Beauty-savvy readers may be aware of the incredible face oil absorbing properties of Starbucks napkins, but if you’re looking for something a bit more fancy than the tissue that comes with your latte, Japanese blotting paper is the way forward. Originally a ritual used by geishas and kabuki actors to freshen up their faces, blotting paper has hit the masses as it is a quick and easy way to get rid of shine throughout the day without having to use make-up or wash the face.
… and gold!
Venturing into the more, erm, quirky side of Japanese beauty, using real gold flakes in products has become increasingly popular – not just in Japan, but all over the world, where people pay top prices to have the precious metal slathered over their face. So, what does it actually do other than make you look like a statue? Well, not only is it stunning, but gold has antioxidant properties that help to keep the skin looking youthful and glowing! Gold flakes have made their way into bars of soaps, moisturisers and various other products all over Japan, promising beautiful, healthy skin. However, this beauty trend is definitely not cheap and can easily set you back hundreds of pounds. The things we do for beauty!
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