Sunday, August 27, 2017

Shiseido: WASO skincare for millenials. All things beautiful come from nature.

Japanese cult brand, and also one of the oldest beauty companies in the world, Shiseido has released a new skincare line called WASO targeted for millennials with fast-paced lives and addresses the needs of 20-something skin (such as impurities, visible pores and dryness). Sounded all too familiar.... so I happily accepted the offer to try out the 5-piece set from WASO. 

 "WASO is inspired by the Japanese culinary tradition of washoku, which ensures that each and every product has been created with respect for nature, whilst harnessing the power of botanical ingredients.
Formulated with traditional Washoku ingredients like carrot, loquat, honey, tofu, and white jelly mushroom, the collection helps balance and build skin’s stress defense, hydrates skin, and targets oiliness and visible pores."

How beautiful is this packaging.... designed to be compact and easy to use on the go. 

With busy schedules, who has time for 10-step skincare, millions of different serums, essences, oils, and masks. Shiseido WASO line is fuss-free and makes skincare very easy and straightforward. Products supposedly fit well for all the skin types: normal, oily, dry, sensitive, and combination.
 I tried out the following five products and I feel now that's really all I need on daily basis... for some reason my skincare routine was a lot more complicated before and I used an endless array of different products which all took up too much space in my cabinet/suitcase (blaming Seoul and all the K-beauty stores here..). 
less things feels good. 

1. WASO Quick Gentle Cleanser (yellow bottle)
This alcohol- and oil-free honey-gel cleanser foams without water and rinses off clean. It works really well for removing make-up and mascara too (although, I didn't try with waterproof mascara). Very easy to use and didn't irritate my eyes like most cleansers do.
2. WASO Fresh Jelly Lotion (blue bottle)
As the second step of my morning and evening skincare routine I used Fresh Jelly Lotion instead of a toner. It helps with oiliness on the forehead, makes the skin look very dewy and moisturized at the same time. I feel like if you haven't used any Japanese or Korean skincare before, the concept of lotion might be strange. It leaves your skin somewhat glossy and sticky and I remember at first I always felt an urge to wash it off... but better leave it on! It helps to restore moisture, lock in water and prepare skin for the last step - cream.
I liked that you don't need cotton pads to apply the product, just 1-2 drops on the palm of hands, smooth it all over the face and then gently pat until it's absorbed.

3. WASO Clear Mega-Hydrating Cream
Cream is a bit misleading name because it's actually thick gel that becomes incredibly smooth and nice when applied on face. It contains whole carrot cells for hydration and anti-pollution powder that helps skin resist the effects of pollutants. You can also apply it over the make-up during the day when extra hydration is needed. 
4. WASO Color-Smart Day Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This is probably the most exciting product from the WASO line. It comes out of the tube white, turns red on my face and then adapts to my skin color making the tone even and leaving a healthy glow. Ever since I've started using it, I've skipped sunscreen, primer and BB cream altogether and only add some concealer where necessary and I'm ready to go! Total game changer.  

5. WASO Soft + Cushy Polisher
I would use the face scrub only once a week after cleansing because too much exfoliating is never good. It's made with soy extracts, has a nice whipped, tofu-like texture and doesn't feel too harsh on my skin like many face scrubs do. It is also good to know that WASO polisher is made with biodegradable and plant-based granules instead of environmentally harmful plastic microbeads(!)


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