I reviewed The Japanese Skincare Revolution by Chizu Saeki a few days ago – I think its a wonderful book, and I’ve decided to use her techniques for a month to see if it improves my skin. (You can buy the book here).
I have chosen skincare from products I already own and that I think would be suitable, from Shiseido and Nars (Nars skincare is developed in the Shiseido lab).
My Current Skin…
…is not well behaved. Dry patches but oily T-zone, prone to spots around the t-zone and blackheads. Also very sensitive.
1. Cleanser Choice:
I have gone for Shiseido’s Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam because as well as being Japanese (sticking with the theme) its one of the most non drying and gentle foaming cleansers I own. It gets the skin very clean.
2. Lotion Choice:
The lotion used is a key part of the Saeki skincare system as she uses a lotion mask for a few minutes to hydrate the face. I am going to use Shiseido’s Hydro Nourishing Softener Lotion which is a clear jelly texture.
3. Serum Choice:
My beloved Nars Skincare! I will use their essential vitamin serum which smells like oranges and is full of vitamin C. This must be tapped into the skin, not rubbed.
4. Moisturizer Choice:
Nars again – Balancing moisture lotion is light and sinks in quickly, I also have their thicker cream which is good for drier days.
5. Eye Cream Choice:
I got this for Christmas and keep forgetting to use it! But I will use it now – it comes with a metal roller ball type contraction to apply around the eye.
I bought these Muji premade sheet masks (£1.50 for 5) but if you have to do a mask everyday then I will try to find a cheaper long term alternative. You soak these masks in water then they will decompress, then put the lotion on top.
I will also use Dove Spa’s Anti Pollution fluid if I need SPF, and their Dew Drops mask and Scrubs if necessary.
Wish me luck! Back in a month with the results!