Last week, the Infinite team was delighted to attend MUJI’s sensitive skincare workshop held at their flagship store in Plaza Singapura. We’ve never tried MUJI’s skincare line before, so getting the chance to learn about sensitive skin as well as to try out the products for ourselves got us really excited! So in this post, we’re going to share what we learnt about sensitive skin and we’ll also give you some of our thoughts on the products.
The workshop comprised of two parts – the first was a talk with 4 guest speakers and later a product demonstration of MUJI’s sensitive skincare line.
First Half: Talk Event
Ms Amelia Tan, Associate Editor at Nylon Singapore, commenced the session by talking about sensitive skin and some of its common misconceptions. Firstly, it is important to know the difference between experiencing sensitive skin and actually having sensitive skin. A person who experiences sensitive skin could be due to external factors such as lifestyle, diet and weather, while another might be born with genetically sensitive skin.
So what are some of the signs/symptoms of sensitive skin?
- Tightness/ burning sensations
What should you do if you experience such symptoms?
- Check if the product you’re using contains artificial fragrances. Artificial fragrances in products can irritate the skin, hence, if the product you’re using does contain such fragrances, it’s best to stop using the product right away. (Tip: keep a lookout for fragrance-free products!)
- If you’re using the product for the first time, don’t try it on the face. Do a patch test on your neck or arm and observe if your skin develops a reaction. If there’s no reaction – you’re good to go!
- Test products one at a time instead of replacing your entire skincare regime. This way, you will know exactly which product is causing your skin’s irritation.
- If you start breaking out, stop using the product immediately and switch to more soothing products like aloe vera, rose hip oil, green tea or chamomile.
- If you experience these symptoms on a regular basis, perhaps a change is lifestyle in necessary. Make sure to get enough sleep, exercise and stay hydrated. A healthy body will translate into healthy skin.
Some questions with Ms Hiroko Miyao – Manager of health & beauty department at Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd
Spring water is a key ingredient in MUJI’s skincare products. Why is spring water so important for the sensitive skincare line?
The main ingredient in our toner and moisturizer is natural spring water, while other companies use tap water. Our natural spring water is drinkable and has super soft/ tiny molecules so it gets absorbed into the cells really easily.
How long was the research for the sensitive skincare line, and what was the objective when creating the line?
The sensitive skincare line was actually launched back in 2003. As for the R&D, it took a few years and was done by our predecessors a few generations back. The main objectives were to find different types of water and ingredients that are gentle on the skin.
How do these ingredients help?
The use of natural plant ingredients such as grapefruit seed extract and purslane extract help to provide moisture to the skin and prevent it from dryness. The products also contain an ingredient called Lipidure and we work closely with the company that manufactures the raw ingredient. Lipidure shares the same ingredients with saline and is very gentle on the skin.
How does the skin improve?
The experience differs from person to person, but generally we have heard that most people have reduced irritation and the skin becomes more stabilised.
What about people who have normal skin? Does it also benefit them?
Yes, although it is called sensitive skincare, we consider it as basic and standard and can be used by anybody.
If you have one product to recommend as an introductory product, what would you recommend?
I can’t choose one because I love all of them, but if I have to it would be the all-in-1 essence as it is best for traveling.
Second Half: Product Demonstration
Toner & Moisturisers
For the toner and moisturiser, there are 3 levels of moisture (light, moisture, high moisture) that provides the skin with varying levels of hydration. The light toner and moisturiser are thin and gets absorbed into the skin very easily, while the high moisture toner and moisturiser are thicker and leaves a slightly tackier feeling after application.
These are actually sheet masks that come in this little compact pressed form. All you got to do is soak them in toner and it will expand into full-sized face packs that hydrate and leave the skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
We had the most fun with this one. This cleansing foam lathers up into creamy bubbles and contains 100% botanical cleansing ingredients. Add a coin-sized amount of soap onto your palm and using the MUJI face washing net, rub it against your palm until the soap lathers up.
Our Overall Thoughts
We had a really enjoyable time at the workshop getting to try MUJI’s products for ourselves, and not to mention that it was surprisingly informational! It certainly sold us on their products and we really wanted to bring a couple of them home to try.
We decided to buy the face soap as we thought it was so interesting using the foam to wash the face. Also, the texture of the foam is extremely soft and gentle on the skin, yet it is able to cleanse the skin thoroughly, leaving a squeaky-clean feeling on the skin after the wash. We certainly don’t mind the extra step in the shower!
One thing to note is that using too much soap can make the skin very dry. So remember not to pour too much and just use as much as you need. 🙂