The Japanese skincare industry is a booming one, and it’s slowly taking over the world.
From incredibly light yet powerful moisturizers to affordable and effective sunscreen, there is not one skincare concern that Japanese companies have not formulated an amazing product for.
One question that many people have on the tip of their tongue when traveling to Japan is: how does everyone stay so youthful?
It’s a common thing to grow up in Japan ensuring that your skin is properly taken care of. You will see many people looking much younger than their actual age.
It can be attributed to many factors, however, that doesn’t stop the intrigue of Japanese anti-aging products from spreading worldwide.
Achieving the same youthful look as those in Japan is possible if you use the right products. Although aging is inevitable, its physicality can definitely be slowed using products such as anti-wrinkle creams, retinol serums, and sunscreen (religiously!).
We’ve selected the top 10 best Japanese anti-aging products here for you to consider.
1. R.N.A New Age Essence by SK-II
As with most Japanese skincare products, the brand SK-II is at the forefront of anti-aging products. In particular, its lightweight, milky-textured R.N.A Power Essence Serum is one of the most recommended anti-aging serums for people of all ages and skin types,
When applied, it works to smooth out the texture of the skin for a clear look whilst hydrating the skin layer to moisturize the facial barrier and reduce wrinkles.
The product is loaded with ingredients that contain loads of antioxidants as well as niacinamide, which helps to reduce and get rid of any aging signs.
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Contains niacinamide
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
2. Pola Wrinkle Shot Medical Serum
Anyone who has anti-aging concerns in Japan will have a Pola Wrinkle Shot Medical Serum tube in their house. This cult-favourite is one of the best Japanese serums that has a steady and passionate following, and for good reason – it boasts 15 years of research behind it!
The unique ingredient in this product is the ‘NEI-L1’, an active ingredient that was founded by the company to effectively fight any signs of wrinkles.
Applying this serum daily to witness anti-wrinkle results, particularly around the three-month mark.
- Fights wrinkles
- Keeps skin hydrated
- Slightly more expensive than most for a smaller quantity of serum
3. Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator
We have to admit, one of our favourite things about this hydrating serum is its packaging – it comes in a super cute pump bottle with gorgeous cherry blossoms lining the outside! It makes for a stunning gift, for your friends or for yourself.
If you’re experiencing dry, stiff skin that’s likely to result in wrinkles and signs of aging, this is a great product to get your skin to bounce back.
It contains hyaluronic acid, retinol complex, and collagen to inject moisture back into your skin and increase firmness and elasticity.
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It’s a gentle, lightweight formula that is free from fragrances, parabens, dyes, and mineral oil.
- Fragrance, parabens, dyes, and mineral-oil free
- Contains 3 types of hyaluronic acid
- Not suitable for super oil or dry skin types
4. Cure Natural Aqua Gel
Many people who start looking at anti-aging products often go straight to the formative moisturizers and serums, often forgetting that exfoliating is just as important a step in maintaining a youthful look!
Natural Aqua Gel by Cure is a fantastic and affordable exfoliator that is devoid of harsh chemicals and ingredients whilst still effectively removing dead skin cells.
It contains 91% of active hydrogen water to hydrate the skin and inject deep into the layers. It’s a gel-based peel mask that employs strong acids to dissolve the proteins.
It is free from harsh chemicals such as parabens and mineral oils, and also free of colour, fragrance, and preservatives, making it perfect for all skin types but especially for those with sensitive skin.
- Free from fragrance, colour, preservatives, and harsh chemicals
- 91% of active hydrogen water to moisturize skin
- Suitable for most skin types
5. Benefiance Wrinkle-Resist 24 Day Cream by Shiseido
Many of those who have dabbled in Japanese anti-aging products have recommended the Benefiance Wrinkle-Resist 24 Day Cream by Shiseido as being one of the best anti-aging creams to use.
Its popularity stems from its sun-protection capability (SPF-18), lightweight formula, and targeted effects. It addresses wrinkles, fine lines, and sun-related skin concerns.
It contains glycerin, water, and phenoxyethanol, all of which help return skin radiance and clear, bright complexions without excess oil build-up.
- Free of harmful chemicals
- Proven anti-wrinkle abilities
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6. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Of course, we cannot have a list of the best Japanese anti-aging products without mentioning the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, a product that is the best for literally everything!
Aside from using creams and serums to target and reduce wrinkles and fine lines, proper cleansing is required to ensure that the skin remains clean, hydrated, nourished and youthful.
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The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that will deep clean impurities and hydrate your skin, resulting in a fresh complexion.
It notably contains vitamin E, which promotes cell turnover and regeneration.
- Free from colour, fragrance, and residue
- Suitable for all skin types
- Contains Vitamin E, which promotes cell turnover and regeneration
7. Vital Age Q10 Facial Cream by Kose
Kose’s Vital Age Q10 Facial cream is a popular night cream that contains the super ingredient coenzyme Q10 which helps to hydrate the skin, return its elasticity, and bring firmness back. It also helps to retain the moisture in the skin and encourage vitality.
Whilst it’s marketed as a night cream, it can also be used both day and night for a hydrated and glowing complexion. Its rich cream texture is thicker than most but once applied, has a pleasant and soft feel.
- Contains coenzyme Q10 which helps with hydration, firmness, and elasticity
- Retains moisture
- Can be used both day and night
- Slightly thicker texture
8. Kao’s Curel Aging-Care Lotion
Kao’s Curel Aging Care Lotion is known to be super moisturizing and is great as an all-rounder lotion for the entire face including around the eyes and mouth.
The lotion itself contains the active ingredient allantoin, which targets rough skin caused by sun damage. However, it’s formulated with simple ingredients and is alcohol and fragrance free, making it suitable for sensitive skin types.
The texture is slightly thicker than average, but when applied it easily blends into the skin and results in a soft and supple complexion.
- Fragrance and alcohol free
- Contains allantoin, which targets rough skin
- Super moisturizing
9. DHC CoQ10 Quick Gel Brightening Moisture
This gel moisturizer is an ultra-hydration product that pairs perfectly with oil skin. It targets dry skin concerns without leaving behind any excess oil residue and promotes skin smoothness and suppleness.
Coenzyme Q10 is the hero ingredient in this Japanese moisturizer, which is a naturally occurring antioxidant that targets any signs of aging.
- Q10 coenzyme to fight aging
- Suitable for oily skin types
- Super moisturizing
10. Japanese Tsubaki AntiAging Face Oil by Amaki
This gorgeous glass bottle of anti-aging face oil is from a skincare range created by a certified aesthetician who uses traditional Asian beauty methods passed down from generations of her family.
It contains a complex combination of camellia oil, rice bran, and antioxidants, as well as a myriad of vitamins including A (for cell renewal), B (antiaging), D (reinforce skin barrier), and E (protects skin from damage).
It gives the face a dewy, supple and glowing complexion whilst targeting wrinkles and fine lines.
- Targets fine lines
- Soothes and hydrates
- Use for a dewy, supple and glowing look
Anti-aging is a considerable concern across many people across the world, and Japanese anti-aging products have proven time and time again that their formulas are just as effective as they are affordable.
From serums to moisturizers to cleansers, there are plenty of ways that you can address signs of aging using Japanese beauty products.
As with most skincare and makeup products, make sure you understand your skin type first before looking at products that will suit you best.