Japanese brands prefer to use ingredients that are commonly found around Japan, ingredients that we may be unfamiliar with. Hence, we will be introducing commonly used Japanese ingredients as well as scary-sounding scientific ingredients in our blog as well!
Today’s focus is on scientific ingredients that help to hydrate and/or lighten our skin.
Lithospermum (Japanese: Edomurasaki)
Extracted from the root of Lithospermum Officinale (Japanese: Murasaki, 江户紫 or 紫根), Lithospermum has a natural purple pigment. As an antioxidant that helps to maintain clear skin. As an anti-inflammatory agent, it also sooths sun-exposed skin and always keeps the skin in a clean condition. Its antibacterial action helps to guard from bacteria, prevent acne on troubled skin and skin roughness. Lastly, Lithospermum is known for its moisturising effects on skin.
Loved by the Japanese people for its beautiful skin care for many years, there is a poem specially written for Lithospermum in the “Manyoshu”, the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry.
At the end of the day, Lithospermum helps you to achieve smooth, clean and moisturised skin.
Extracted from the Bearberry plant, Arbutin has Sun protection properties and prevents the formation of melanin. Less irritating than other skin-lightening agents, Arbutin has proven to be an effective skin whitener for all skin times. Research has also shown that Arbutin’s skin lightening properties acts faster and more effectively than others.
Essentially, Arbutin helps to reduce the degree of skin darkening after Sun’s exposure, improve pigmentation, lighten acne scars due to its skin lightening effects.
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the human body, as a gel like water holding molecule that helps to retain over 1000 times its weight in water within the skin’s cells. In simple terms, Hyaluronic Acid is an excellent moisturiser that helps to prevent the skin from producing excess oil when it is fully hydrated.
Most Hyaluronic Acid in products are chemically conceived in a laboratory, however its functions and effects remain the same. The compound helps to stimulate production of collagen in skin thus preventing anti-aging while improving skin hydration for youthful, moisturised skin.
We hope this post has increased your knowledge on what is specially added into Japanese skincare and cosmetics products! Stay tuned for more informative posts coming up!