Using a unique combination of Japanese and Chinese herbal extracts.m, Sekkisei promises to hydrate, replenish, and illuminate the skin while minimizing the appearance of sun spots and age damage.
I am really into cleansers and this cleansing oil became yet another favorite. The Treatment Cleansing Oil ($35) promises to remove makeup and dullness with coix seed oil, sesame oil, and safflower oil. It has a lightweight oil texture that feels really gentle on the skin with a hint of floral smell. You can really feel how simple and hardworking this cleansing oil is. Don’t be fooled by the gentleness, though, as it easily removes SPF and makeup with just a few swipes on the face. Mixed with water, this emulsifies into a milky texture with a blue tinge. It rinses immediately without leaving any filmy feeling or any residue. It just leaves the skin clean and soft. What sets it apart from the multitude of cleansing oils I’ve tried is that it feels so light but is deeply nourishing and hydrating to the skin.
A peel-off mask, the Clear Whitening Mask ($32) aims to unclog pores and remove dead cells with coix seed extract, angelica extract, melothria extract, chinese quince extract, and red oolong tea extract. This black colored one is easy to apply and it applies thinly. It surprising that it doesn’t smell like glue. It’s heavily fragranced, a bit musky, so I can honestly do without it. It dries after about 15 minutes and boy, peeling it off hurt. My face was a bit red after removing it. So I don’t really like using this. It does brighten and exfoliate the skin thoroughly though but it would be fun for those who like peel off masks.
The Lotion ($68), which is was J-Beauty names their toners, claims to penetrate instantly to get rid of dullness and promotes an even, refined skin tone using coix seed extract, angelica extract, melothria extract, and licorice extract. It’s light, watery, and it sinks in really fast before leaving the skin hydrated. I can use this either morning or night with ease as it doesn’t feel tacky or heavy. It’s so light that unlike the other hydrating toners I’ve tried, this doesn’t leave the skin bouncy, just soft and smooth. I like using this when I’m about to use the heavier serums in my stash or if I am using a heavy SPF to balance the tackiness.
Water-based moisturizers are my bias so this Cream ($50) worked well with my existing night routine. It works to strengthen the skin’s natural defense system with korean ginseng extract, cordyceps sinensis extract, coix seed extract, angelica extract, and melothria extract.
This moisturizer has a gel consistency and a runny texture. It feels like a sleeping mask with how it forms a silky veil on my face once applied. It leaves my skin feeling nourished and moisturized and it feels like it’s locking in all the products I put beforehand. It leaves my skin tacky, though, so I like using it at night but I love how soft and smooth my skin feels in the morning after using this.
Overall, I have liked how these Sekkisei products brightened and nourished my skin. They, with the exception of the Clear Whitening Mask, are all very gentle and lightweight. A standout of me though is the Cleansing Oil as it’s one of the most nourishing cleansing oils I’ve tried and the Lotion for being so light yet hydrating, These products are a good support to acids and actives as they help hydrate and moisturize the skin.