Translated by Jay Issei Karslake
Suggested Japanese Self-Care Goods - Shopping At Drugstores In Japan
Written by Koshizuka Misato
Shopping in-store or online for Japanese self-care items? This article introduces a wide variety of daily products that allow you to relax and enjoy the little luxuries of life, from refreshing eye drops to skin care, to matcha treats.
Self Care Products to Try from Japanese Drugstores
Japanese products found at drugstores are very popular due to their high quality and safety, in addition to their reasonable prices. This article introduces self-care items to try that are commonly available at drugstores and also online via Amazon Japan. Pamper yourself with these recommended products, from refreshing Japanese eye drops to skincare, to delicious matcha sweets.
Lycée Eye Drops - for Clear Eyes
Rohto Pharmaceutical Company Lycée (8ml) 508 yen (without tax)
Lycée is popular for its cute appearance and functionality. Reviews state that it turns your bloodshot eyes, tired from too much smartphone or computer use, back to normal and that it makes black colored eyes stand out while taking into consideration the condition of your tired eyes. It seems that many people purchase it as a souvenir. Lycée is mainly used by those who want to keep their eyes looking clear and alert. It's a product that is priced just right and functions perfectly, making it a great souvenir for yourself or others.
Amazon Japan: View Lycée Eye Drops
Sante Beautéye Eye Drops - Look Bright-Eyed
Santen Pharmaceutical Company Sante Beauteye (15ml) 1,500 yen (without tax)
Sante Beautéye is eye medicine that has taurine, which helps combat the decreased cell turnover that accompanies old age and Vitamin B12 which soothes your tired eyes, as well as other medicines. It's very popular, and many people who use it daily say that their eyes have become brighter and feel less tired.
Amazon Japan: View Sante Beautéye Eye Drops
Ninokyua Lotion - Helps Smooth Skin Texture
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Company Ninokyua (30g) 1,200 yen (without tax)
Ninokyua (ニノキュア) helps lessen the appearance of bumpy texture on your arms that may have been bugging you. It softens the bumpiness that occurs when your pores become clogged and it reduces any redness. It's a cream that's loved by all who dream of having smooth skin on their arms.
Amazon Japan: View Ninokyua Skin Lotion
Haitio-ru C+ Supplements for a Brighter Complexion
SS Pharmaceutical Company Haitio-ru C+ 180 pills 1,795 yen (without tax)
Haitio-ru C+ (ハイチオール C+) is a popular choice if you really want to fix your skin’s imperfections and freckles. It not only lightens any spots that may have already appeared, but it defends against the excessive secretion of melanin and helps to block more marks from appearing. It also displays some effectiveness in promoting your body’s natural metabolism and reducing tiredness and fatigue from your body.
Amazon Japan: View Haitio-ru C+
Recommended Facial Lotions
Please try Japanese face lotions. In Japan, many companies have released their own types that suit issues people may have with their skin. Out of all the options available, the ones that are especially popular are Sekkisei from KOSE, which is greatly supported by users who say it leads to brightened skin tone.
HAKU from Shiseido, ELIXIR also from Shiseido, which is said to make skin firmer, are also recommended. For those in their late 20s, try Suisai by Kanebo Cosmetics Company; users say they can feel the moisturizing action working. Safe and high-quality Japanese face lotions make for a good reward for yourself or as the perfect souvenir.
Matcha-Flavored Snacks for Green Tea Lovers
Matcha flavored snacks are something you can't forget when treating yourself or a friend. Their sweet, yet slightly bitter taste is distinctive to matcha flavored snacks. It's become a classic Japanese souvenir. How about buying a value pack of snacks and then handing them out to your friends?
Coupons for Shopping at Drugstores in Japan
If you shop in-person at either COSMOS Drugstore or Sapporo Drugstore, two chains in Japan, you can save yen with the coupons below. This will allow you to try out some of the products in this article for a reasonable price.
At certain Cosmos Drugstore locations, this coupon code allows shoppers up to 7% off their purchase, and a sales tax exemption (for those with a tourist visa). Simply display the coupon and its barcode to the cashier before paying at check-out.
This coupon for Sapporo Drugstore entitles holders to up to 5% off their total purchase on daily goods and medicine, as well as a sales tax exemption (for those with a tourist visa).