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
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.
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.
Prior Esthetic Face Cleansing Gel
SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser
Dew Cream Soap
Senka Perfect Whip Collagen In
B. A Wash
Dr. Linn Sakurai Treatment Foam
Aging Care Washing Cream
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And why they didn't quite make it.
Shiseido Elixir Rufre Balancing Bubble (#10) was gentle but cleansing was only average, and their Prior All Clear Soap (#11) was a bit drying.
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.
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.
<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.
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 ③ Ingredients:
Finally, our expert, Ms. Mizuha, analyzed the balance of the ingredients within.
These two points will help you find the right cleanser.
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.
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.
Here's even more suggestions for skincare to keep your face looking fresh and lively.
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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