The sun has got his hat on! Hip hip hip… oh, poo.
It’s now summer here in sausage land and don’t I know it. I have a wonderful farmers’ tan on my arms and chest. I should be happy – usually I only go red, like a lobster, but I sit and eat my lunch on a park bench so building up a nice tan like that has actually worked this year.
When my tan was still red, I pulled out all my sun protection products – including this one above – Shideido’s Benefique Day Protector. Nothing protects my face better, and it’s light weight and it doesn’t make me break out. A tiny bit goes a long way so although it was expensive, it’s worth the money. I did a little google search of this and found that although Shiseido do sell in the West, this is not a product that is sold here.
Then today as I was browsing fashionista.com I saw an article on “Secret Japanese Drugstore Beauty Finds“. It’s pretty interesting but there are some things you have to know when going into Japanese beauty products.
Firstly, many products say they are “specially for Japanese skin”. Aside from colour changes in make up, nothing should change between different types of skin. Skin is skin. So this means that you don’t have to give up on a product just because you’re not Asian.
Another thing is that a lot of face products, including the one in the article if I remember rightly, contain whitening agents. I found it really hard to find facewashes that didn’t contain chemicals to whiten my skin. I wish that in this day an age people weren’t trying to chemically change their skin colour, though I guess it’s no different to spraying on a tan.
It’s great that we can buy Japanese products through Amazon though. I wonder if I can find some of my old favourites… Though nothing beats being able to wander round Japanese drug stores and picking up new random potions and products!! The article is right – Japanese people do know how to pamper themselves!