The Kose Sekkisei Lotion has been around since 1985 and still adored by many around the world. A product that can survive in the competitive cosmetics market, with plenty of other brands which reinvent their products and produce new products yearly, must be doing something right.
The Kose sekkisei lotion is not exactly the Western equivalent of a toner as it serves different functions as, perhaps, Clinique Clarifying Lotion, which completes your cleansing step and further exfoliates skin. The Sekkisei lotion is more of a pre-moisturising step, prepping your skin to receive the benefits of your serum and moisturiser. So the concentration of the Sekkisei lotion, I think, is not strong enough as a whitening serum which can effectively whiten your skin, but I think that it does improve skin texture and provide moisture.
I like it as a lotion mask, by soaking a pill mask in the lotion and using it as a mask. It moisturises really well and yet spares me from stickiness that sheet masks tend to have. The Kose website claims that using the lotion mask ups your moisture level 10 times higher. I'm not sure about the part on 10 times but it does do its job well.
The thing about Kose Sekkisei lotion is that it contains alcohol (second ingredient) and some people are concerned that alcohol will dry out the skin in the long run, yet the sekkisei lotion is purported to increase moisture. It's a bit contradictory in some sense, but I am not one that is averse to products containing alcohol, and I feel that the alcohol together with the use of cotton pad when using the product is helpful in lifting away some dead skin cells and any leftover dirt on the skin.
It is a very easily absorbed product, and after using 2 bottles of the Sekkisei Lotion, I have grown to like it as a mask as well. In terms of whitening, I think that using it as a mask has more whitening effects, but this lotion is more of a product that I use for moisture and the whitening is an added bonus. I also like that Kose Sekkisei line uses herbal ingredients as their whitening ingredients, a nice difference from the chemical alternatives in other brands. I can't say that this is my holy grail product as I will be moving onto SK-II Facial Treatment Essence but if I do end up wanting to return to the Kose Sekkisei Lotion then I will then say that it is indeed one of my favourite products. I am currently using the Kose Sekkisei Emulsion as well and sadly, I can't say that it's as good as the lotion. I guess that's why the lotion is so popular for so many years.
Rate: 4.5/5 Good product for moisture and whitening, great as a mask.
Price: Around $82 for 200ml, $121 for 360ml
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