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Review – Wakilala Clear Wash & Bright-up Essence

I used to hate the dark patches on my armpits all “thanks” to the dead skin cells which I find them unsightly. Dead skin cells are accumulated due to the bacteria from bad ventilation and sweat glands.

Wakilala Clear Wash, from Japan, a gentle exfoliating peel specially designed for armpit, is one product I swear by. It is claimed to help remove the surface of the skin. It has recently been changed to a new packaging. Many Asian women adore and go GA-GA about this product.


Before you start, do make sure the armpits are dry before applying the Wakilala Clear Wash. And it is best not to use straight after shave or shower.

  • Squeeze a small amount about 1cm onto the loofah pad. (my recommendation – The Body Shop Smooth and Renew Loofah Pad – comes in 3x @ US$6)
  • If required, you may add a small amount of water onto the loofah.
  • Rub the armpit in a circular motion for 20 seconds.
  • Leave it on for another 30 seconds before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
  • Dry the armpit with clean cloth and follow up with the Wakilala Bright-Up Essence.


Wakilala Clear Wash helps to remove the dead skin cells effectively. Skin becomes refresh and clean. The darkening of the skin has significantly lightened.

I love it so much, I couldn’t leave without it. I go CRAZY when it was out of stock for a while, and I couldn’t find a good replacement for it.


Will I buy it again? …… Yes, definitely!

You may want to check out the Wakilala Bright Up Essence. It contains AHA and BHA that are proven to exfoliate the surface of the skin and improve moisture content.

Book Review –
The Japanese Skincare Revolution

Many women like me, will love to know on why the Japanese women have such a beautiful skin and what are their beauty secrets. Before, there have never been a book in English which reveal the secrets of their successful beauty regimens. Not until recently, I finally came across this book named ‘The Japanese Skincare Revolution’ by Chizu Saeki which I bought without a second thought.

The author, Chizu Saeki, Japan’s #1 best-selling beauty advisor, is a practicing esthetician and beauty consultant whose dream is to teach ordinary women how to become more beautiful. Born in the year of 1943, she doesn’t look anything like her age of 66. She has worked all her life in the beauty industry and has been working in big cosmetic companies like Guerlain and Parfums Christian Dior.

Chizu Saeki’s message

  • To achieve a beautiful skin like the Japanese, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on cosmetics and treatments to achieve it.
  • Your hands are the ultimate tools – they can gauge your skin’s condition like a sensor and smooth out wrinkles like an iron. They can also warm and soothe tensed-up skin, making it more receptive to skincare ingredients.
  • The effectiveness of any skincare product depends greatly on its use. It’s how you use your cosmetics, not what you use, that will transform your skin.
  • The importance of proper cleansing and washing

> Step-by-step face cleansing

In this book, Chizu Saeki is proud to introduce the unique lotion mask – a moisturizing treatment for keeping the skin fresh and lustrous; messages for toning the muscles of the face; no-nonsense remedies for wrinkles, sagging, oiliness, pimples and blackheads; water massages to energize the skin; and much, much more.

At a glance

Chapter 1 – Getting Started

  • A short list of essential tools and cosmetics.

Chapter 2 – Skincare Basics & Massage Techniques

  • Simpy touching or pressing your face with your fingers and palms, or wrapping your hands around it, will do wonders for your skin.

Chapter 3 – Lymph Massages

  • Doing these massages daily while sitting in the bath, watching TV, or just before applying makeup will make your skin grow lustrous.

> Lymph node pressure points

Chapter 4 – Everyday Skincare

  • Many women spend a fortune on beauty salons – but you can get similar results at home for a fraction of the cost.

Chapter 5 – Cures for Problem Skin

  • When I turned 40, my skin went through hell. But by looking after it carefully day after day, I was able to solve most of the major problems.

Chapter 6 – Quick Fix Spa Secrets

  • Meeting a friend you haven’t seen for ages? Got a hot date? Have an important interview tomorrow? No worries – here are some emergency remedies for quick results.

My Review

I personally find this book very inspirational. With all the step-by-step instructions, these make it easy to read.I especially fond of the lotion mask and the toning massage.

> Chizu Saeki's original lotion mask

> Chizu Saeki’s original lotion mask

The Lotion Mask is claimed as the key to beautiful skin. All I need is the cotton, water, lotion, and 3 minutes of my time.

> Chizu Saeki-style massage techniques

This book also covers the 6 unique massages for toning the muscles of the face and smoothing out wrinkles. I’ve already made a habit of lifting my cheeks and mouth twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. I really hope to see some improvement from it.


Will I buy her other books? …… Most likely!