Top 5 Japanese Body Care Products Available in Drugstores

Body care products come in all sorts of textures and scents. It probably need not be said that there is a wide variety of products sold at drugstores in Japan. Below are five of the best body care products that are “made in Japan” that you have to get as souvenirs.



1. NIVEA Cream (NIVEA-Kao)

NIVEA Creme is an extremely popular skin care cream that is said to have been a staple among Japanese people since long ago. It blends squalene and jojoba oil as moisturizing ingredients to help give you healthy, gentle, and soft skin. Aside from the body, you can use it on your face and other parts, too. This cream comes in can (medium and large) and tube forms, with all the products bearing the signature blue packaging of NIVEA.

Reference price: Medium can (270 JPY (incl. tax))

2. NIVEA Premium Body Milk (NIVEA-Kao)

NIVEA Premium Body Milk is the premium line of the NIVEA series introduced above. Characterized by its richer moisture and gorgeous fragrance, it fuses moisturizing ingredients such as chamomile extract, marjoram extract, glycerin, and highly moisturizing hyaluronic acid. It gives moisture to the skin to make it supple and soft. It is also recommended to those with dry skin. Its elegant rose aroma that has a calming effect is another one of its appeals.

Reference price: 598 JPY (incl. tax)

3. Yuskin A (Yuskin Pharmaceutical)

Yuskin A is a skin care cream (designated as a quasi-drug) that has been loved for about 60 years, ever since it first came out in the market. It blends the active ingredients – Vitamin E acid ester, glycyrrhetinic acid, dl-camphor, and glycerin – with the moisturizing ingredient, hyaluronate sodium. It helps in preventing cracks, chaps, and frostbite, and adds moisture to the skin to make it softer. There are also types of cream in this series that are recommended for your hands and feet.

Reference price: 70g (718 JPY (incl. tax))

4. Skin Conditioning Gel Hatomugi Moisturizing Gel (Imju/Naturie)

This next product is another very familiar long-time bestselling product among the Japanese: Skin Conditioning Gel Hatomugi Moisturizing Gel, a moisturizing cream with a refreshing jelly-like texture that penetrates and soothes up to the corneal layer of the epidermis. It blends natural hatomugi (adlay) extract – a moisturizing agent – to give moisture to the skin, making it springy and soft. It is fragrance-free, has no artificial colorings, hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, and non-comedogenic tested (it does not mean that it does not create comedones on everybody).

Reference price: 180g (972 JPY (incl. tax))

5. Medical Cream G (Medicated Cream G) (Omi Brotherhood)

Medical Cream G is a medicated cream (quasi-drug) that will help you achieve healthy skin. Its active ingredients are dl-camphor and dipotassium glycyrrhizinate. It protects the skin, as well as pleasantly tightens it to prevent dry skin. This cream also blends soy lecithin and glycerin as moisturizing ingredients, making the skin more moisturized. It comes in a tube or jar.

Reference price: 70g tube (368 JPY (incl. tax))

All the items showcased here are standard products that are very familiar to Japanese people. Get them as souvenirs!


*This article was published on WOW! JAPAN. Click here to see a list of WOW! JAPAN articles.

The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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