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J-Beauty: Why Japanese beauty is set to dominate the skincare scene

J-Beauty: Why Japanese beauty is set to dominate the skincare scene
Team LF
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Step aside Korean beauty because J-beauty has just entered the skincare scene. Set to be a seriously big skincare trend for 2018, J-beauty hails from Japan where there is a huge focus on innovation and a new way of thinking for skincare.

Brands like Shu Uemura and Shiseido have dominated the beauty sphere for decades with their tried and trusted formulations, but for a while K-Beauty kept rising to the forefront of trends and pushing Japanese brands out of the way. Well, that's all about to change as J-Beauty is staging its comback with a huge surge in online searches.

What is Japanese beauty?

Unlike Western beauty, which focusses on quick-fixes for the skin such as blemish treatments, Japanese beauty very much focusses on the overall look and feel of the complexion. It's all about what will help your skin in the long-term rather than what will treat a specific skin concern in the short-term. It's the same with the hair too. Rather than achieving one day of radiance, Japanese beauty focusses on getting your hair to its healthiest state possible.

Our edit of the best J-Beauty brands

With Japanese beauty coming back into centrestage, we're taking a look at our favourite brands and which product from then that you should be investing in.


One of our favourite skincare brands, and not just when it comes down to Japanese beauty, Shiseido leads the way when it comes to innovation.

With incredible formulations and new and exciting treatments you never knew your routine needed, it's a brand you need to invest in.

Our favourite product is the WASO Clear Mega Hydrating Cream, which has been developed to provide intense hydration for plumped-up, glowing and healthy skin. Part of the WASO collection, which uses amazing natural ingredients such as white jelly mushroom, honey and tofu, the gel-like cream contains white carrot cells which have a huge water content to provide incredibly long-lasting moisture.

Shu Uemura

With luxurious formulations, sleek packaging and incredible haircare technology, no one can deny that Shu Uemura is one of the leading haircare brands on everyone's lips.

Our favourite product is undoubtedly the Essence Absolue which is enriched with Japanese camellia oil to reduce frizz, fight against dehydration and limit the damage of UV rays. Suitable for all hair types, it can be customised to suit your hair's needs, so if you have finer and thinner hair, use less product to avoid excess oil. Discover more about what makes the oil so special here.


DHC is perhaps one of the most popular beauty brands in Japan, and their Deep Cleansing Oil is their hero product. It's easy to understand why of course, once you've tried it. Its silky texture doesn't feel oily on the skin's surface, yet manages to melt away all manner of dirt, makeup and impurities. Enriched with Vitamin E and olive oil, it's a true staple in any beauty lover's arsenal.

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