For the past few years, carbonated skin care and hair care products have been popular in Japan. What are the benefits of these newly established cosmetics? How are they performing? Here is the review of a few beauty products on trend.
Why using carbonated water in cosmetics?
The CO2 molecular included in these sparkling products has the advantage to be very small and therefore penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate blood circulation. Who says increased circulation, says faster turnover. And you know how beneficial it is to get rid of dead cells and toxines: as a result, you get a brightened tone, an even complexion, purified pores and a tightened skin. That sounds only positive!
Fizz for Hair
The sparkling water as a beauty tool was first introduced in Japanese hair salons. Instead of using the regular tap water, we use a high density mix of water and carbon dioxide. The particules in sparkling water have the particularity to stick with proteins such as dirt and chemical residues. Rinsing the hair with this sparkling water allows to remove dirt from pores, better than with a regular shampoo. Deep cleansed pores allow to bring roots lift and also shine to hair. This is immediately visible. When a client from India tried it in our makeover plan, the result was so clear!! In the long term, it will also prevent hair loss. Residual chemical agents cause damage to hair. So removing them after hair perm or color process will help maintain the hair healthy.
In Tokyo top salon Dot+LIM, clients love the carbonated head spa. Also we can actually see how it’s really working: after rinsing the hair with the sparkling water, there are so many dirts in the shampoo bowl, it’s amazing (I’m not sure if it’s visible enough on the picture but look at the bottom part of the second picture: it’s all the dirt and styling residues coming out from the scalp and hair !! )
Used along with a carbonated shampoo, also very trendy, the efficacy is doubled! These shampoo are often sold in hair salons only.
Some, like Arimino Sparkling Shampoo, have even a cooling effect thanks to menthol, perfect for the hot and humid Japanese summer! The shampoo comes out directly in the form of foam from the can. The foam is so bouncy and dense that it sticks to the hand! Washing your hair with this rich lather is a real luxury!!
Carbonated skincare products
The Sofina IP Bikatsu Power Mousse has been voted as the best cosmetics product for 2016 1st half by the buyers of department stores cosmetics floor in Japan. The reason of its popularity are:
- the concept: build a healthy and beautiful skin from the foundation, the base. So it is to be used even before the lotion, as the first product to be used in skincare routine.
- it’s a carbonated formula: the micro bubbles (about 10µm) penetrate the skin and enhances the blood circulation and improves the turnover.
- the results: it’s a true healing to the skin that is dehydrated especially in summer by the heat and A/C is hardened and has an uneven complexion. This product alone provides moisture and bounce to the skin but also improves the penetration of the lotion applied afterwards.
The carbonated foam looks more like a whipped cream. We can see how fine the micro bubbles are. You have to apply an amount equal to about 3cm of diameter on a washed face. I have a sensitive skin and I felt a slight stimulus when I applied this beauty foam, but only in the beginning. Once applied on the face, the delicate foam changes into a gel/cream that is very easy to spread on the face. They named the fragrance “ocean energy”, I don’t know about that but it’s very subtle and nice 🙂
The skin after was very supple and moisturized already. Then you keep on the daily routine: lotion, beauty serum, cream or milk. When I tried on half of the face, I really felt that the part with this product absorbed better the lotion than the part without it. Throughout the day, the skin was also more soft and moisturized.
It’s really a pleasant product to use and effective. Not surprising that it’s so popular!
For those who want to try this product, the below link has the international shipping.
To conclude, CO2 induced cosmetic products are well established and accepted in Japan and the efficacy is visible.
However, we often see on internet some pages recommending some baking soda home remedies or explaining how to use sodium bicarbonate for skincare of skin whitening…I wouldn’t recommend to go for DIY skincare of that kind. It’s chemical and a misuse can be dangerous!! Why playing with fire, when you have so many choices of good and trusted products!?