Thursday, May 19, 2011

The best whitening skincare products from Japan

My mom has young looking skin, but not by good genes...she has skin younger than her real age (62 ahem..) But since she is camera shy, I took photographs of her fascination with anti-aging products from Japan -- Cosme DeCorte. And since in Malaysia, and most Asian countries, there is an obsession with fairer looking skin that clearly indicates health and prosperity. Not just snow-white skin, but skin that glows from whithin.

Hence, she swears by Cosme DeCorte which has helped her acne prone, pigmented and saggy skin since 3 years ago... and I have been a witness to her transformation that really reversed signs of aging. The few pictures below really shows her current collection of Cosme DeCorte things along with other skincare line that she has experimented on. Now you know the influence of beauty regimes and skincare products come from ....and infected this mind of mine :)

Cosme DeCorte on the left, make-up on the right
Moisture Liposome looks like candy here

Night cream, day cream, cleansing cream....

That's not enough to shock anyone of course, but take a look at her cupboard full of Cosme DeCorte samples that she has collected over the past year!!!!

From Melority to AQ to Liposome ranges from Cosme

Closer look, I spotted Kose de Beaute too
 Hence, I thought I'd try a sample from her stash - the Cosme DeCorte White Science Premium White Lift Mask. Small little single serve butter like packaging -- am I opening up Pandora's box?

 Cosme DeCorte White Science Premium White Lift Mask review
Cute little packaging - I can't wait to open this up.

Once opened, the texture is thick and smells sweet!
I applied the thick creamy texture onto all over my skin. One serve is for one application, and it will cover your entire face perfectly. I left it on for about 15 minutes. It was really cooling on my skin and I thought it would be very good to use it after mild extraction (refer to Etude House's Blackhead Gommage). It'll gently soothe your skin. You should also use this in a cool area or an air conditioned room for pure relaxation.

Cosme DeCorte Whiteologist Spots Concentrate review

It has a nice droplet dispenser to measure the exact amount needed

Rumoured to be the best whitening skin care product from Japan (ie, the world... there is no one else who can make skin whitening/brightening products as well as the Japanese)... I've been using this for the past 2 weeks religiously at night. Here's how you use it...

 This amount on my hand is enough for an area of freckles or discoloured skin, after applying, gently massage into skin until completely absorbed.
The product absorbs so well.
So here are the results from using Cosme DeCorte White Science mask and serum! I have to say that I am impressed although my freckles have not been wiped out. My skin is so much brighter now and I've been asked if I was a fresh graduate (ie less than my current age). I have to spread the word about this brand.

Key Takeaways:
1. Whitening products don't "whiten" skin. In fact, it's use so interchangeably with "Brightening" and they use most of the same whitening/brightening agents in both eastern and western skin care lines such as kojic acid.
2. You must use the whitening serum for at least 2 weeks religiously, and with the right application of light massage, else the effects are less.
3. Freckles will be difficult to disappear, however whitening serums help to brighten skin but also slowly lighten freckles.


  1. Oh boy. You sure do have loads of cream stashed up there!! I've always wanted to try whitening cream but am afraid of the after-effects (think Michael Jackson). Does it make your skin more sensitive?

  2. Hi Anonymous :)

    Those creams are my mom's, but that's great cause I know where I can find something new to try INSTANTLY!

    The "whitening" creams will not cause skin to turn white, but rather brighten skin to give it a youthful glow. The ingredients normally used in whitening/brightening products controls the production of melanin in skin, which absorbs harmful UV from the sun and thus causing dark pigmentation on skin. So don't worry, you won't end up looking like Michael or LaToya Jackson :) You'll have healthy skin that's radiating!

    If you have very sensitive skin, you might want to try something milder and not the Spots Concentrate. Perhaps, a brightening serum such as Bruno Vassari's Brightening Serum will work wonders on your skin. The challenge with whitening products that are off the shelf is that it is generally more drying than normal skin care, so use a hydrating serum like one from Aesop or Cosme DeCorte's Moisture Liposome.

    Let me know how it went! :)

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  4. Great article....!!!Nice to know about new things with helping concept.

  5. Thanks brightening skincare products :)

  6. Nice things you have shared on skin care you do great work !! Best wishes on your new blog..

  7. Hi! Thanks for the post! I can see your mom really is a firm believer in Cosme DeCorte! That collection is really impressive!

    Have you heard of your mom talking about other products? I have wanted to try skin whitening I am a pretty much set on getting some Shiseido Sekkisei skin creams and/or Shiseido Pure White.

    Do you know anything about these?


    And where does she get her Cosme DeCorte?

    Double thanks!

  8. Hi Skin Care Products,

    Thanks for your feedback!


    Yes, my mom loves Cosme DeCorte and she has been a user for many years now. Kose Sekkisei is a good range to try as it has a much researched concoction of Japanese and Chinese herbs. I've also tried Shiseido Pure White, but I would choose Sekkisei over it.. but that's just personal preference.

    She gets it from Japanese retail outlet - Isetan.
    Not sure where you are writing from but do let us know if you can find it in your area!


  9. Good to know, thanks a lot! It's so hard to buy a new product when no one seems to have tried these things.
    I order at a Japanese site. Thanks again!

  10. Anonymous...

    Which range did you choose in the end?
    Any good?


  11. Hello, I am intending to try out cosme you mind checking with your mum if the aq repair series is better or the vitalising lotion/emulsion series is better ? The repair series is v expensive so am checking out first. Thanks

  12. Hi,

    Sorry for the late response.

    The AQ series is definitely the top of the range.
    She's a big fan of that.

    I've used AQMW. It made my skin youthful.
    Unfortunately, too pricey to keep using it!

    What have u decided on?

    1. Hi, am back to tell you I am glad I across your blog. My complexion has improved after 6mths usage. :-). I have used meliority, aq, aqmw, whitelogist spots correction, moisture liposome. Facial oil & lots of samples that the sales lady gave me. Of course meliority is the best of all. :-). Very very exp.. But I m close to 40 so have stick to meliority now. V effective product! Much much cheaper if you purchase in hong kong. I m surprised by the price gap. My husband now regularly stock up for me when he goes he for biz trip. In fact I have switched him to use moisture liposome & he is now a believer in skincare.. :-). Thanks agin for your blog, keep up your good work!

  13. where i can buy that product???

  14. Hey, you can pick it up at any Isetan store. Let me know if you need help!

  15. Do you know of any creams etc that actually whiten instead of brighten?

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