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Top 18 Best Japanese Anti-Aging Face Washes to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

Have you started to feel like the facial cleansing products that you’ve always used in the past aren’t working for you anymore? Or are you looking for a product that suits your skin type better? There are many choices for aging skincare on the market today, and Japan has some great products. We collected 18 popular aging-care face washes, the top-sellers on sites like @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten, and tested them to determine which are really the best!


mybest consulted with an expert in cosmetic ingredients. Then we actually bought and used all of the products to test for the following three points:


1. Cleansing power

2. Moisturizing ability

3. Ingredients

  • Last updated: 01-09-2020
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Why Do I Need Anti-aging Face Wash?

Your skin is constantly renewing itself, but as you age, the process doesn’t happen as quickly as it used to. If you don’t remove the outer layers of old keratin, all your moisturizers and serums won’t penetrate. But if you use the right aging-care cleanser, you can remove this layer to keep your skin clear and bright.

Top 19 Best Japanese Anti-aging Face Washes to Buy Online

We picked out 19 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: how cleansing it was, how moisturizing it was, and how much good stuff was inside.


Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 19 Japanese anit-aging face washes available online.


※Japanese prices for the some of the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.

1

ShiseidoPrior Esthetic Face Cleansing Gel

$19.70

Cleansing5.0
Moisturizing2.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall score5.0
2

Max FactorSK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser

$63.40

Cleansing4.0
Moisturizing4.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score4.0
3
Cleansing3.0
Moisturizing5.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score4.0
4
Cleansing3.0
Moisturizing4.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score4.0
5
Cleansing3.0
Moisturizing3.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score4.0
6
Cleansing3.0
Moisturizing2.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall score3.0
7
Cleansing3.0
Moisturizing2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score3.0
8

ConfianceDr. Linn Sakurai Treatment Foam

$20.24

Cleansing3.0
Moisturizing1.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall score3.0
9
Cleansing3.0
Moisturizing4.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score3.0

Compare the Best Japanese Face Washes for Anti-aging

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1
Shiseido Prior Esthetic Face Cleansing Gel 1

Shiseido

2
Max Factor SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser 1

Max Factor

3
Kanebo Dew Cream Soap 1

Kanebo

4
Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip Collagen In 1

Shiseido

5
Covermark Mineral Wash 1

Covermark

6
Orbis U Wash 1

Orbis

7
Pola B. A Wash 1

Pola

8
Confiance Dr. Linn Sakurai Treatment Foam 1

Confiance

9
Fancl Aging Care Washing Cream 1

Fancl

Name

Prior Esthetic Face Cleansing Gel

SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser

Dew Cream Soap

Senka Perfect Whip Collagen In

Mineral Wash

U Wash

B. A Wash

Dr. Linn Sakurai Treatment Foam

Aging Care Washing Cream

Featuresmybest Overall Score Winner...The Best Anti-aging Face Wa...The Most Unique Ingredients...The Most Affordable Face Wa...A Dense Foam That Has Good ...Best at Removing Dead Skin,...Good quality, but OverpricedGood Wash for Those Who Wan...Great at Moisturizing but w...
Price$19.70$63.40$21.51$8.99$25.80$33.99$86.01$20.24$20.00
Cleansing5.04.03.03.03.03.03.03.03.0
Moisturizing2.04.05.04.03.02.02.01.04.0
Ingredients2.03.03.03.03.04.03.04.03.0
Overall score5.04.04.04.04.03.03.03.03.0
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Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Products That Were Just OK

Products That Were Just OK

Shiseido Elixir Rufre Balancing Bubble (#10) was gentle but cleansing was only average, and their Prior All Clear Soap (#11) was a bit drying.

Products That Just Didn't Clean That Well

Products That Just Didn't Clean That Well

We thought these products didn't do a good enough job at removing dirt and sebum, especially considering the prices of some of them. However, they were decent in the moisturizing department. 


Dr. Ci-Labo Enrich Lift Washing Foam EX (#12) has unique ingredients, and Pola Allu Wash (#15) makes a good foam and smells nice. 


As for Shiseido Elixir Superiere Cleansing Foam (#14), we expected more from a major brand. Rosette Age Clear Cleansing Paste (#15) smells very strongly of roses, so you should probably steer clear if you're sensitive to perfumes.

Products We Honestly Can't Recommend

Products We Honestly Can't Recommend

Pax Naturon Face Clear Soap (#16) contains honey and glycerin, so we had high hopes, but they were dashed by it having basically zero cleansing power.


Aiming Soap from Three (#17) smelled good, but was overpriced and ineffective. Evita Beauty Whip Soap by Kanebo (#18) was cute, because the foam came out in the shape of a rose. Other than that, we have nothing good to say about it.

Introducing the Expert Who Lent Us Their Knowledge

<Sensitive Skin Beauty Researcher>

She's a scholar at an academic institution that researches the creation of new medicines. Besides that, she utilizes her previous work experience as a beauty product researcher and developer to review and analyze products for people with sensitive skin. She holds multiple certifications as a high-grade cosmetics ingredients specialist and concierge.

Mizuha has also been using social media to further her reach by providing cosmetic ingredient ratings and surveys.

How We Tested the Face Washes

We put each of the face washes through a series of three tests.


Test ① Cleansing Power 
To test cleansing power, we applied the face wash to artificial sebum on glass and checked how much was removed.

Test ② Moisturizing Ability
To determine moisturizing ability we used a corneometer to measure skin moisture before and after washing.


Test ③ Ingredients: 

Finally, our expert, Ms. Mizuha, analyzed the balance of the ingredients within.

How to Choose an Aging-Care Facial Cleanser- Buying Guide

These two points will help you find the right cleanser.

① Choose the Right Product for Your Skin Type

Most women’s skin tends to produce less sebum as they age, but if your skin is shiny or oily, look for cleansers with powerful soaps towards the top of the ingredients list. 


If it contains potassium or sodium hydroxide, along with fatty acids and oils, it’s likely to be good for those with high sebum production. Washes containing clay are also recommended, because this helps remove dead, dull skin. 

If your skin tends to dry out, look for milder cleansers containing amino acid detergents. Sodium cocoyl glutamate and sodium lauryol methyl are two examples, which are often made from coconut and vegetable oils.

② Look for a Good Balance of Moisturizers

A facial cleanser will wash away dirt and makeup, but it will also take away sebum and your skin’s moisture. Since most women have drier skin as they get older anyway, this can put you on the road to wrinkles! 


You may think, “It’s just getting rinsed off anyway. Why do I need moisturizers in my face wash?” But these ingredients act as a buffer that protects your skin from drying during washing, so they’re very important. Again, it’s a good idea to look for products which contain lipids and amino acids.

Need More Skincare? We've Got More Recommendations for You

Need More Skincare? We've Got More Recommendations for You

Here's even more suggestions for skincare to keep your face looking fresh and lively.

Summary

mybest looked at 19 of the most popular aging-care face washes available online and chose the best based on cleansing, moisturizing, and ingredients. We found that the price didn't always indicate a better product, but we found some great choices to add to your skincare routine today!

Author: Yukina Fujii/Translation: Susan Lucier-Ogawa/Photos: Yuuki Inagaki, Kan Takigawa

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