Japanese Lotions

Japanese Lotions

Many people are often confused by Japanese lotions. Lotion is an all encompassing Japanese beauty term for toner, softener, and Korean’s “skin” and “first essence”.

Here are what Japanese lotions are NOT:

  • They’re not a type of moisturisers (although most do hydrate skin).
  • They’re not formulated to remove traces makeup left behind.

Functions of Japanese lotions:

There is no equivalent product available in North American or European brands. This step is primarily a Japanese concept and it is considered an essential in a Japanese skin care routine.

  • Prepare for skin care products that follow by softening skin.
  • Hydrate skin. Majority of them contains a blend of several humectants (e.g. hyaluronic acid). Many skin care brands offer 2–4 different moisture levels to suit different skin types.
  • There’re also a myriad of additional features available (depending on the product) like brightening, soothing, firming, anti-ageing, treating acne… the list goes on. These formulas act as a skin treatment in addition to the first 2 basic functions listed above.

There’re 3 main methods of applying Japanese lotions, and the method you choose depends on how much time you have and what you have available.

  • Pour appropriate amount onto your palm and gently pat into skin till absorbed.
  • Pour appropriate amount on to a soft cotton pad and gently press and hold it against your skin.
  • Saturate a sheet mask (or a few cotton pads) and place on skin for 5-10 minutes as a lotion mask. (This is generally done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in addition to applying it twice a day using the one of the 2 methods mentioned above.)

How can they moisturise the skin when most are high in alcohol?

Alcohol is a common ingredient in Japanese lotions (and other skin care products like sunscreens). It is added to give the product a lighter texture and to help it absorbs into the skin faster. In a lot of Japanese lotion formulas, the alcohol doesn’t dry out the skin due to the high concentration of hydrating ingredients that are also present.

Alcohol is an important ingredient in very high humidity environment like Japan. Without it, the product can take quite long to completely absorb or skin will feel sticky — even on dry skin. There are alcohol-free options available but they are generally unpopular in Japan for the reasons just mentioned. They can work well, however, if you live in a very dry environment.

You can browse through all the Japan lotions in this site here!

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Awilda
Awilda
4 years ago

Are skin conditionner the same as Japanese lotions ? I have the Naturie hatomugi skin conditionner and use it has I would use a Korean essence meaning pat it with my hands onto my skin !

Awilda
Awilda
4 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Oh I see,thank you 🙂

Awilda
Awilda
4 years ago
Reply to  Awilda

I have been wondering these days,should I use it right after cleansing or can I use my regular rose water before ?

SkinCare
SkinCare
5 years ago

Hello Razilla, Thank you for all the explanations. I was just reading the Skin Revolution book, and I have started treating my face with massages and am thrilled to see first results. The complexion of my skin feels and looks so much better already after two weeks after having changed my routine. – I have one question for you: Can you recommend a good product to use for the Cotton Pad Lotion Mask in Saeki’s book? It is not possible to get Japanese products here in Switzerland and I’m not sure about what to use instead. Thank you for sharing… Read more »

Odeza Mae B.
Odeza Mae B.
5 years ago

Hi there,i bought a MILK LOTION in a japanese store.Is this a toner or a moisturiser?I know usually the japanese skin care is Cleanser,Lotion,Serum,Milk then Cream…….so forth.I’m just confuse!

Odeza Mae B.
Odeza Mae B.
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thank you! I appreciate your respond 🙂

Sugarplum
Sugarplum
7 years ago

I’ve often heard that alcohol denat (not moisturizing cetyl types) will damage skin even if it doesn’t actually dry or irritate. Is this just fear mongering or does it have root in fact? I’m a bit worried because my oily skin generally prefers products that contain alcohol.

Thanks so much for all the great info on your site btw. It’s such a great resource.

Sueanne
Sueanne
7 years ago

Which Japanese lotions brands would you suggest?

Pedro
Pedro
7 years ago

Personally do you prefer using lotions with cotton or hands?

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

I’ve bought the Astalift Jelly Aquarysta and Lotion (Japanese version – great products!). I think the company says to use the lotion after the jelly. Am I right? Sounds a bit strange…

http://shop-healthcare.fujifilm.jp/astalift/products/skincare/

Anni
Anni
8 years ago

Hi there, your site gave me the exact info I was looking for. Thank you for that.
However, what’s your opinion on shiseido softener? Any Japanese lotions you can suggest that’s available online?

Thankyou so much.

Nadine
Nadine
4 years ago
Reply to  RatzillaCosme

Hi, I am wondering if lotion is the same with “booster” in Korean trend? Cause it has hyaluronic acid and helps the skin absorb moisture? And if that’s the case, do you think it’d be safe to like have a booster first (lotion) before a toner which cleanses pores? Or is it the other way around- toner forst then lotion? Thank you so much!

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