6 Japanese Skin Whitening Products Reviewed: Do They Really Work?

Image of a Japanese woman with skin whitening

You surely found yourself wondering how Japanese women manage to get such beautiful, silky skin tone & texture. Here we are going to speak of Japanese skin lightening, products that help out at achieving that perfect texture of the skin.  Not to make it all about products, you should keep in mind that there are some genetics related to their skin, too.

It is no surprise that Japan has such big variety of amazing skin whitening products. The love for flawless, white skin has been important in Japan for a very long time – forever, a lot longer before it even started to influence western cultures.

For those unfamiliar about the importance of *flawless white skin, there is a saying that translates to ‘’White Skin Covers The Seven Flaws’’. This saying would mean that even a woman with rather unattractive facial features can be beautiful if she has bright skin tone.

Japanese women have been relying on a lot of traditional remedies back in the past. Now, Japan has *improved and innovated their ways of getting the most effective skin whitening products in the whole world.

Here is a list of their skin whitening products that even you can get your hands on!

Skin Lightening Soaps

It is the best if we start with basics.  Soap is something we all use and this skin lightening soap is a brilliant, close to effortless way to whiten your skin tone. Everyone uses soap.  Knowing that, you might as well just choose a soap that features melanin and other skin lightening ingredients.


This pure gluta white soaPacking image of Shouvy Japanese whitening soapp mixes up our favorite Vitamin C and glutathione. Glutathione is the most popular skin lightening ingredient that we know of and it is known for giving utterly stunning results.

This soap contains a lot of healthy oils to counter the drying effects of most skin lightening ingredients.

Formulated with rice milk extract and glycerin, this formula will moisture your skin and give it a whole new level of glow.

Pic of Shouvy Kajoic Whitening SoapThere is also a product for those who want more than just glutathione:  Kojic Acid & Gluta white soap.

Combining kojic acid and glutathione, this soap might even give you better results, but if you are prone to sensitive and dry skin, the white soap may be a better choice.




  • Great against hyperpigmentation
  • Lovely scent
  • Healthier skin glow


  • Might be irritating to sensitive skin
  • Melts quickly

Whitening Sunscreen

Image of Shiseido whitening sunscreenThere are a lot of skin care products in Japan, but one of the must-have products is Japanese whitening sunscreen. One such item is  Shiseido’s Anessa Whitening UV Protector.  This lightweight formula soaks easily into the skin and is a perfect layer under makeup.

This is also a very smart way to *fade your hyperpigmentation, *brighten up your skin and barely ever get a tan.

Providing broad spectrum *protection against UVB and UVA rays, this sunscreen also contains M-Tranexamic acid that is approved ingredient for skin whitening.  Together with collagen and hyaluronic acid, two ingredients that are known to have great benefits for our skin, Shiseido packs a 1-2 punch.


  • Lightweight, easily applied
  • Quickly absorbs
  • Great skin hydration


  • Might cause dry skin
  • Rather pricey for a sunscreen

Overnight Mask For Skin Whitening

Bottle image of Shouvy Japanese Whitening MaskWho would not want to whiten their skin as they sleep? Try out Shouvy’s Whitening Mask, containing niacinamide, arbutin, kojic acid, glutathione, beta hydroxy acids and retinols – these are known for gently exfoliating your skin.

In case you use this mask, make sure to know that it might *increase your skin sensitivity to the sun, therefore, you are required to use it only before bed.


  • Light, creamy and smooth texture of the cream
  • Renews your skin in matter of days
  • Great whitening results


  • Small packaging
  • Slow whitening results

Skin Lightening Lotions

Bottle image of Hada Labo white skin lightener lotionIn case you have not heard, the best facial lotions actually come from Japan, looking at brightening and lightening perks, Hada Labo’s lotions are the ones to mention! Their hyaluronic acid lotions have gone insane on the market but they also feature a huge range of lightening products (lotions).

The best lotion out there is probably Hada Labo’s Albutin Medicinal Whitening Lotion, containing Arbutin, Vitamin C and Arupuchin. This great lotion is a lot safer than any products containing hydroquinone and together with hyaluronic acid.  Hada Labo may provide great lightening and plumping benefits for your skin.


  • Gentle even for super sensitive, dry skin
  • Results in only a couple of weeks
  • Fades aging spots and freckles


  • Arbutin might have a bad effect for some people

Skin Whitening Pills

Bottle images of skin lightening pills by Mosbeau PlacentaJapan might not be very successful at making perfect skin whitening pills, but there are some quality pills you can get and see the results in low amount of time.

Mosbeau Placenta White has been around for a long time in Japan and it is rather unique way towards skin whitening. Containing horse placental protein, marine placental protein, rose petal extract, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, these pills are taken up to 4 times a day (maximum) and they seem to be working just fine!


  • Improves quality of your skin
  • Anti-aging


  • Takes a while to see the results
  • Slow results of skin lightening

Skin Whitening Body Lotion

Image of Shouvy skin body lotionFor all of you who are lightening your face, please do not end up with a stark contrast starting from your neck. Instead, check out another great product by Shouvy that is a great friend when it comes to body whitening abilities.

Containing glutathione, kojic acid and Vitamin C, this awesome formula by Shouvy does a great job moisturizing and keeping your skin soft and silky. In case you are exposed to the sun a lot in your life, the whole process of body whitening might take a little bit longer. You can speed up your progress by combining other whitening soaps and creams in your daily routine. Regular *exfoliation of your skin may help out as well.


  • Naturally whiter skin
  • Detoxification of skin cells
  • Stronger skin cells


  • Bad for people with dry, sensitive skin
  • Slow lightening results