Julie's Medicine Cabinet – The Japan Edit
This month in Julie's Medicine Cabinet, our founder details what she's currently coveting. Julie's picks for March are her latest skincare formulations blended with ingredients from Japan. From her go-to Cleansing Water to In Fiore's debut face mask and lightweight shape-shifting gel moisturizer, Julie's discoveries are the products you need and never knew you needed.
This botanical micellar water deeply cleanses and removes grime and impurities sans stripping skin. With its hydrating and firming effect, the Cleansing Water is soothing, leaving the skin plumped and hydrated. "I use it before I do the 4-2-4 cleansing method if I want to get rid of that first layer," said Julie. "It's also great if you've been home all day and you're not wearing any makeup and want a little refresh, and it's an excellent stand-alone cleanse or on those nights when you want a pared-down regimen. One of its key ingredients is Luffa cylindrica (loofa) extract, which gently removes dead skin cells and has a firming effect on the skin. I love this product so much that I went through the hassle of importing a case into Mexico." To apply, saturate gauze or cotton rounds with Cleansing Water and gently sweep across the face, neck, and décolleté.
The Intensif System is a two-step treatment that deeply hydrates the skin. Product technique in Japan is super important, so this uses both an essence and hydrating treatment. First, apply the essence to prime the complexion for the hydration process. Then soak a pressed sheet mask in the Intensif Hydration solution until it expands and apply to your face for 10 to 15 minutes. "The Intensif System includes ten treatments in the kit and is something you can do once a week or take when traveling to revive skin. I brought it with me last November when I went to Paris because I knew it would be cold and dry. I used it every night before bed to rehydrate my skin, and it was a literal miracle worker. At home, I use it once a week for intensive moisture treatment."
THE HYDRATING GEL CREAM
This gel cream is perfect for young complexions and anyone that deals with congestion or acnaic skin types. Thanks to its incredibly soothing and hydrating benefits, it helps to bring down any sensitivity or redness. "A big standout in this formula is the oat kernel extract, a beloved ingredient in Japan due to the beta-glucans and active components like polyphenols and antioxidants that support and preserve collagen and elasticity. The formula also has Sansho (Japanese Pepper) combined with Ginger as an activator to improve circulation and lymph flow. This is one of those simple shape-shifting products that feels light but delivers intense moisture and won't clog your pores, all while gently boosting circulation. I like to use it after masking or as a pared-down routine following Cleansing Water by massaging a generous amount into my skin for 1-2 minutes. And I love the portability of the tube for travel."
And since I love these new products so much, I wanted you to have them,
so we worked with our Japan partners to import them so you can also
experience the magic.