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Japanese deep moisturizing: the Lotion Mask method
Elena Lezhneva
Japanese deep moisturizing: the Lotion Mask method

Today we want to share with you a surprisingly simple and incredibly effective procedure for deep skin hydration that might change your skin life. We are talking about the Japanese method of "Lotion Mask", invented by the famous beautician and beauty guru, Chizu Saeki (who is 74!). Her book "The Japanese Skincare Revolution: How to Have the Most Beautiful Skin of Your Life - At Any Age" is the world bestseller.

Do you have a favorite toner (in Japan, they call toners a lotion)? Do you want to get the most out of this skin care product? Use the Lotion Mask method!

Japanese Lotion Mask method

If you spray water on a piece of paper, the water will remain on the surface of the sheet, gradually evaporating and shrinking the paper. But if you put a damp towel on the sheet and leave it for a while, the paper will gradually absorb water and become wet.

The same principle applies to our skin. This Lotion Mask method allows the skin to absorb nutrients more actively and deeply. In terms of efficiency, it's much better than mist spraying or traditional wiping with a cotton pad. Unbelievable but true, after the first use, the quality of the skin and complexion will be comparable to the effect you get after the best face cream or deep sleeping mask.

What you'll need:

  • Water (mineral water, or ordinary clean water);
  • Cotton napkins, cotton pads or compressed sheet masks;
  • Toner (lotion in the Japanese version). We recommend to use an alcohol free product;
  • Cling film (plastic food wrapping).


Step 1. Cleansing

Clean your face as you normally do. If you like, apply a hot wet towel to your face for a few minutes. This will open the pores and prepare the face for the next steps.

Step 2. Preparation of the face

Dampen cotton pads with water

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Squeeze gently to remove the excess water

lotion mask method 

Pour your toner onto this wet pad to soak 

lotion mask method

Repeat to create as many wet cotton pads as you need (usually 7-9 pads would be enough).

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Apply them to the face in such a sequence: nose, nasolabial folds, forehead, cheeks and chin.

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Leave for 3 minutes and carefully remove the mask. Follow up with a serum.

Step 3. Deep moisturizing

You can increase the effect of the above procedure by applying a plastic food film over your face (on top of the cotton pads). Don't forget to make holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. The plastic wrap helps to achieve the sauna effect. Body heat combined with the moisture of the toner will give a lasting moisturizing effect. This method is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive, also skin with closely located vessels and the skin prone to couperose. With the film, the procedure can be extended to 5-10 minutes.

The Lotion Mask method works! The effect is comparable to a high quality sheet mask. The skin will be very well hydrated, small wrinkles will be smoothed out, and your face will look more fresh and rested.

Chizu Saeki recommends using this method as a daily procedure, and we agree with her 100%. It's also a perfect preparation for further moisturizing or makeup application: foundation sits fantastic on well moisturized skin!

Let us know what you think about the Lotion Mask method if you tried it before!

- Korean Kiwi Beauty












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