Collagen Bath Salts & Mask

There are many odd products that are sold in Japan and they just have a novelty factor to them (and probably a very short shelf-life) so I’ve never felt inclined to really try them out.

But I was shopping around the beauty section at Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku while my family was visiting back in October and spotted this…

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It says, “W Collagen — as rich as silk; snoring and condensation” (this is a very rough translation) and the words above the brand say, “Moisturizing and beautifying spa bath” (I can’t make out the first few characters as my dictionary doesn’t seem to have those words). I’m probably interpreting this wrong but I think the gist of it is that this is a moisturizing treatment to be used in a bath.

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The instructions say you can use this as is in the bath or you can chill it for two hours in the fridge and then use it in the bath. I read and re-read the instructions and I gather that you are supposed to spread it all over your body and then soak in a hot bath. It also describes this product as パック, which means mask in Japanese. You can often see these characters on sheet mask boxes. By the way, this mask smelled just like caramel which was quite decadent…I thought it was hilarious that the container says, “Don’t eat!”

So I chose the first option and I must say this product completely baffled me as I think the hot bath washed away all the collagen cream/mask from my skin.

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I soaked in a hot bath filled with the same brand of collagen bath salts. The scent was quite lovely — a bit of floral mixed with a hint of soap — and it turned the water a pretty light blue…

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After soaking in this bath for 20 minutes, my skin certainly felt quite smooth but I don’t know if it was due to these products as my skin always tends to feel pretty smooth after a long hot soak. I think it has something to do with the dead skin cells being removed…

But you know, it was fun and as an expat in Japan, I think the only way to get to know Japanese products is to just use them!

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