One of the products I definitely wanted to bring from my trip to Japan, was the mythical Sekkisei by Kosé. I saw it in every article that was listing the best Japanese skincare products, so of course I had to give it a try.
Launched in 1985, this Sekkisei has thousands of beauty followers all over the world. In Japan, this product is literally everywhere. This little blue bottle found its home in almost every drugstore and supermarket in Japan. It is quite likely that every Japanese woman has used the Sekkisei emulsion at least once in her life. Sekkisai also offers day creams, serums, lotions and so on – and they all look the same, if not for the little note on the store shelf! The Sekkisei emulsion also exists in different formulas depending on your skin needs. The catch is that the bottle looks almost exactly the same for each one of its different versions. Without notions of Japanese I found it actually quite challenging to choose the version I wanted. Finally I went for the so-called medicated Sekkisei version. The version I chose, is the ‘enriched’ emulsion, thus it is more creamy than the lotion.
According to the Kosé official website, the Sekkisei line is inspired by untouched luminous snow, and is based on ancient asian remedies. The emulsion supposedly contains ingredients from 100 types of plants, and has primary moisturising and brightening properties. For those familiar with french skincare, this emulsion reminds me of the universally beloved Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré, that somehow always makes it into top ten lists of best French cosmetics (I will do a post about my favorite french skincare soon, so stay tuned!). Just as its French counterpart, the Sekkisei enriched emulsion is soft and white, with a delicious creamy smell. According to the Kosé website, the Sekkisai line key ingredients are the Angelica Root extract, the Coix Seed extract and the Melothria Root extract that all have brightening and ‘whitening’ properties as well as Inula Britanica Flower extract and Paeonia Albiflora Root extract. The emulsion also additionally contains Vitamin C, although the exact concentration of it is not specified.
I usually use this emulsion as a first lightweight moisturizer, before a more heavy night cream. This emulsion is literally a super hero when it comes to calming irritated skin. As a big fan of various sheet masks, I love experimenting with always new ones. But I sometimes get sheet masks that leave a slightly burning sensation around my lips. When this happens, I literally run to my bedroom to apply my Sekkisei emulsion. The instantly cooling sensation this cream gives is very soothing. The emulsion also doesn’t leave a sticky feeling, and absorbs quite fast. Another advantage? A little of this emulsion goes a long way. It’s been several months I came back from Japan, but I am still using it.
A few words of caution thought, I do not have any acne-problem, but I read reports that the Sekkisei line doesn’t work quite well with a more acne prone skin. Also, yes, it does contain alcohol and paraben. But strangely, it didn’t dry my skin at all, as alcohol can sometimes – quite the contrary actually! Maybe the lotion version contains more of it than the emulsion, because I really can’t smell any alcohol in it. I found the ingredients list here:
- Ingredients: Water, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Stearate/Rosinate, Squalane, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Coix Lacryma Jobi (Jobs Tears) Seed Extract, Gentiana Lutea Extract, Inula Britannica Flower Extract, Melothria Heterophylla Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare Wheat Germ Oil, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Disodium Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Glyceride, Laureth-7, Peg-8, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Sorbitan Stearate, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.
Where to find it? You can find it on Amazon.
Have you tried any skincare from the Sekkisai line or other Kosé cosmetics? What are your thoughts?