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Best Japanese Face Moisturizer for Every Skin Type

Japanese skincare products are well-known all over the world. Innovative formulations and excellent quality make these products effective as well as popular. And when it comes to Japanese face moisturizers, there are products for every skin type and every budget.

Here’s the list of some of the best facial moisturizers from Japanese brands. Take your pick!

  1. Minon Amino Moist Charge Milk
  2. DHC Super Collagen Cream
  3. Curel Kao Intensive Moisture Cream
  4. Tatcha – The Silk Cream
  5. Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Perfect Gel
  6. Naturie I-Mju Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel
  7. Kikumasamune Sake Milk
  8. Arouge Moist Treatment Gel
  9. Fancl Moist Refine Emulsion II
  10. Sofina jenne Moisturizing UV Milk
  11. Orbis Aquaforce White Moisture-M

Moisturizing is one of the important elements of a good facial skin care routine. An ideal moisturizer provides good hydration without making the face look and feel oily. It provides the outer layer of your skin with the goodness that it needs and penetrates the layers beneath to keep the skin looking healthy.

Top 11 Face Moisturizers in Japan

The core ingredients of a face moisturizer should ideally be able to mimic the natural oils of the skin to achieve the best results. The natural components in the skin that keep it soft and supple are cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides. Below are the details.

Minon Amino Moist Charge Milk

This moisturizer is truly a blessing for those with dry but sensitive skin. It comes in the form of a lotion and has one of the best hydrating formulas. The consistency of the lotion makes application easy and it spreads evenly making the skin feel soft and supple. Even though it is a boon for dry skin, it is suitable for all normal and combination skin types, too.

The quick absorption formula combined with the glycerin and butylene glycol gives excellent hydration in no time. It is a light-weight lotion that works well even during harsh, drying winters.

Video on Minon Amino Moist Charge Milk

What makes it great?

  • 11 types of amino acids for excellent hydration       
  • No artificial colors or fragrances      
  • Free from alcohol and parabens
  • Suitable for sensitive skin

You can buy it by clicking here.

DHC Super Collagen Cream

It comes in the form of a medium-weight cream and from the well-known brand DHC. This cream is great for mature skin. With collagen-boosting peptides and effective antioxidants, it has all the goodness of an anti-aging cream. Fortified with olive oil and jojoba oil, it penetrates deep through the layers of the skin providing nourishment to it. It brightens the skin with the Vitamin C and E in it and hyaluronic acid in it makes the skin look naturally hydrated.  

This cream can be used as a day cream as well as a night cream. It is proven to improve skin texture with regular use. The non-greasy formula works well with oily or combination skin, too.

What makes it great?

  • One of the highest concentration of collagen boosters
  • Affordable price point for the value it provides
  • Slows down the effects of aging
  • No artificial fragrances or colors
  • No mineral oils or parabens

You can buy it by clicking here.

Curel Kao Intensive Moisture Cream

It has a lightweight, quick absorption formula. But it provides deep and long-lasting hydration. It also helps the facial skin retain its natural defense against the pollutants and keeps the skin looking young and supple.

It contains eucalyptus extracts that cool the skin and prevent inflammation. The ceramides nourish the skin and keep it glowing. The gentle formula works great on sensitive skin, too. It spreads on the skin quickly and easily. So, it is advised to use very little quantity of the product on oily or combination skin.

Video on Curel Kao Intensive Moisture Cream

What makes it great?

  • Alcohol-free formula
  • No artificial fragrances
  • Quick-absorption and lightweight

You can buy it by clicking here.

Tatcha – The Silk Cream

Tatcha’s Silk Cream is just the thing you need to replenish moisture to your dry skin. It is a unique formula that uses Japanese superfoods known for their anti-aging properties. The cream helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The skin appears firm and youthful with regular use. It has Akoya Pearl extracts that prevent patchy skin and age spots.

Apart from this, it has a rich hydration formula that penetrates deep into the layers of the skin. The consistency of the cream is gel-like but it is weightless on the skin. The cream promises to make the skin smoother and softer in just a few days.

Tatcha Silk Cream Review

What makes it great?

  • Non-irritating, suitable for sensitive skin
  • No mineral oils, parabens, and sulfates
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • No artificial fragrances
  • Cruelty-free

You can buy it by clicking here.

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Perfect Gel

Review of the Hada Lobo Perfect Gel and other Hada Lobo products

Skincare products from Hada Labo are popular for their excellent quality. It’s so good, even dermatologists recommend it. The Perfect Gel contains Vitamin A, ceramides, and collagen that revitalize the skin and improve elasticity. Three types of hyaluronic acids work to provide deep nourishment. The gel-like formula makes for easy application without making the skin feel sticky.

This gel is good for day use. It is even better for night use. The gel can be applied as a night mask to wake up with a skin that is refreshed and rejuvenated. It acts as a serum as well as a moisturizer.

What makes it great?

  • Non-sticky hydrating gel
  • Suitable even for acne-prone skin
  • Suitable for sensitive skin

You can buy it by clicking here.

Naturie I-Mju Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel

This gel is deeply hydrating and locks in the moisture for a long-lasting moisturized effect. It contains the extract of the Hatomugi (Job’s Tears) that are known for providing a nourishing effect. With an amazing quick-absorption formula, it improves the texture of the skin. Extremely lightweight and non-sticky, this gel is perfect for every weather. It’s not a suitable option for oily skin, though, and can make the face look greasy.

Review of the skin conditioning gel

What makes it great?

  • Non-comedogenic formula – doesn’t clog pores
  • No alcohol
  • Free from artificial colors and fragrances

You can buy it by clicking here.

Kiku Masamune Sake Milk

Review of the Sake Milk from Kiku masamune

The Sake Milk has a thick consistency and has a smell similar to sake. But the fermented quality of the cream makes it an ideal anti-aging skin care product. It is gentle on sensitive, acne-prone skin. It has a soothing effect on the skin. The moisturizing milk gets absorbed quickly and does not leave behind any residue.

It has glycerin to provide deep skin nourishment. At the same time, placenta extracts and amino acids lock in the moisture. The Sake in the cream helps with dead skin removal making the face look fresh and healthy.

What makes it great?

  • Quick absorption
  • Non-irritant formula for sensitive skin
  • Skin-brightening

You can buy it by clicking here.  

Arouge Moist Treatment Gel

This is a lightweight gel that leaves the skin soft and smooth. It is a specially formulated, medicated cream that is suitable for sensitive skin. It contains a nanoparticles blend that ensures deep moisturizing that lasts for hours. This non-sticky gel is ideal as a make-up base, too.

What makes it great?

  • No fragrance
  • No mineral oil or parabens
  • Alcohol-free

BYou can buy it by clicking here.

Fancl Moist Refine Emulsion II

This soothing lotion from Fancl is perfect for refreshing mature skin. It has ceramides and collagen that keep the skin looking youthful and radiant. The lotion comes bottled in a handy size that is easy for travel. It has a good moisturizing effect. However, it might not be suited for very dry and parched skin.

It corrects skin problems such as pores and rough texture. It has the Tachibana citrus extracts that minimize pores on the facial skin. The jojoba seed oil provides nourishment and keeps the skin plump and soft to touch.

Review of Fancl products including the Emulsion

What makes it great?

  • Improves texture of the skin
  • Brightens the skin tone
  • Minimizes the appearance of pores

You can buy it by clicking here.

Sofina jenne Moisturizing UV Milk

This quick-absorption moisturizer is has a non-oily formulation that does not leave your face looking greasy. It also has an SPF of 50 that protects the skin from sun damage. It provides decent hydration to oily or normal skin. However, for dry skin, it might not be enough when used on its own. But the sun protection factor makes it ideal for daily use.

It is perfectly suited for young skin and provides protection against UVA rays. For combination skin with an oily T-zone and dry cheeks, this moisturizer works great. It has a pleasant floral fragrance.

Sofina jenne commercial

What makes it great?

  • Easy application
  • Sun protection
  • Can be used as a makeup base

You can buy it by clicking here.

Orbis Aqua Force White Moisture-M

This transparent gel moisturizer is soft to touch. A little quantity of the product spreads easily on the facial skin. The gel locks in the moisture and keeps the skin moist for a long time. It is suitable for dry skin or normal skin. However, it might be too sticky for oily skin. It has a strong smell of alcohol which can be off-putting for some. But if you are looking for lasting hydration, this moisturizer gets the job done quite efficiently.

Vitamin C in the cream brightens the skin. Glycyrrhizic acid makes the skin tone even. With regular use, the skin looks young and healthy. It firms the skin and prevents sagging.

What makes it great?

  • No artificial fragrance
  • Ideal for very dry skin
  • Strengthens and restores dull skin

You can buy it by clicking here.


While the face moisturizers given here have been dermatologically tested, it is recommended that you do a patch test before using a product. For best results, always choose products according to your skin type.

According to this article, how you apply the moisturizer on your face also plays an important part in skincare. It is advised that only the required quantity of the product should be taken and it should be gently spread over the skin. The facial skin can be lightly tapped to encourage quick absorption.

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Eli Civil

A software engineer, entrepreneur, and Japanese culture enthusiast. I travel the world while working from my laptop and try to visit Japan as often as I can. About Eli Civil

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