All things beautiful come from Nature…
Before I knew WASO whenever I heard of Shiseido, I immediately thought “Expensive” beauty products. Luxury skincare and beauty products is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the Japanese brand. Let’s not forget it is one of the oldest cosmetics companies in the world, founded in 1872.
Imagine my surprise when they launched WASO, a line of skincare for millennials which is actually quite affordable! All products cost less than 50€! Their products are formulated with active components of natural ingredients like carrot (carotene-rich), honey (antibacterial), soy bean (natural super moisturizer) & loquat leaf (oil-balancing). Their packaging deserves some attention as well ; the minimalism of the tubes reflecting their slogan “Simplicity”, pastels colors & designed white lids.
Since 20-something skin has need of her own and that I am still in my twenties, I had to give it a try. Here is I think after a year of using the skincare line.
1. CLEAR MEGA-HYDRATING CREAM
A pure, clear cream that PLUMPS, SOFTENS & HYDRATES from the get-go. The cream looks like a gel that melt into the skin. It is the perfect nourishment to use under and/or over your makeup.
Carrots are high in water and nutrients that can help keep skin looking healthy, so carrots for nourishment.
2. COLOR-SMART DAY MOISTURIZER
The brightening moisture for combination skin with a tint that changes color to enhance skin tone. It’s long-lasting hydration will nourish you skin, brighten it and protect it with an SPF 30. With this one you’ll get the glowy, healthy natural look we all hope for every morning! You can use alone if you’re in a hurry or as foundation kick-start. Personally one of my absolute favorite… I killed it! … I mean finished it.
Carrots are cause for celebration. Feel-good carrots also represent the color of happiness and celebration in Japan.
3. QUICK MATTE MOISTURIZER OIL-FREE
An oil-free, oil-balancing emulsion that smooths, hydrates and mattifies. This one was perfect during summer! I had enough highlighter to shine, I didn’t need any sebum excess to make me glow. The real summer savior!
Loquat leaf for a delicate oil balancing act. It also has an amazing antioxidant effect known to help suppress sebum breakdown.
4. Color-Smart Day Moisturizer Oil-Free
An oil-balancing, mattifying emulsion with sun protection (SPF 30) and a tint that changes color to enhance skin tone. The perfect moisturizer for summer as well to help you get a healthy glow, ideal under make up. Just be careful, if your skin is dry it’s not going to be pretty.
Loquat leaf doesn’t let popularity go to its head. A traditional and widely grown herb, loquat leaf has been used for centuries in Japan.
5. Softy+Cushy Polisher
A gentle, creamy plant-based polish with soy, and cellulose granules in a whipped, tofu-like formula. It will reveal a fresh-looking skin and leaves it feeling smooth. On the list of polishers, this one is in my top three. To use whenever needed, personally one or twice a week.
Soybean curd for smoothness it’s start-over time. An essential food in washoku, Tofu is made from soybeans. Lecithin, in soy, is also found in natural membrane walls. It can help to smooth and support.
6. Quick Gentle Cleanser
This cleanser foams without water to break down dirt, excess oil and excuses to sleep with your make up! Rinses off leaving your skin soft and smooth. With its honey-like gel texture you’ll enjoy the process of quickly taking care of you skin. Perfect for your night-time routine. Don’t forget to team it up with a make up remover lotion for your eyes!
Honey for purification it is perfectly simple. Honey, an ancient treatment known for its antibacterial powers, is valued as a health and beauty food in Japan. Royal jelly extract from bees contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals which can help to moisturize.
7. Fresh Jelly Lotion
My absolute favorite… Not only because of it’s pastel blue color but also for the epic hydration this gel-to-lotion procures me! The formula plumps skin and helps it hold onto water. It’s your daily shot of dewy hydration. It will instantly refresh and restore your skin! You can use it like a hydrating serum: right after cleansing, as a base layer under your night cream or SPF-containing day lotion or foundation.
White jelly mushrooms for hydration, YOU DEW YOU! The kikurage or white jelly mushroom has long been treasured in Japan as food for beautiful skin. Like a sponge, it holds onto water. Stored dried, it bounces back to its plump, just-picked state when soaked.
8. Beauty Sleeping Mask
An intensive overnight sleeping face mask with yuzu citrus to recharge your skin and your mind during the night. The gel moisture wrap replenishes and recharges your skin overnight. The capsules burst open and immerse skin in moisture until morning. The result is a radiant, healthy looking complexion that is energized from within. I am still using it and still loving it! I haven’t a night cream/mask that works better for me yet.
9. Purifying Peel Off Mask
A peel off face mask concentrated with the power of red shiso to reset your skin and mind after a long, stressful day. It will reveal a pure, smooth looking skin. You will fall in love with the fragrance of this mask trust me! I don’t want to finish it to fast so I only use it once every two weeks but it’s recommend once or twice a week.
No Parabens + No Mineral oil = Positive negatives. Right?! Because less isn’t more. It’s everything.
I’ve been gifted with all the products, but the opinion remains my own. I just love the products so much I decided to share the love with you.