Living in Bangkok means we’re only a few steps from the best Thai massage, local aromatherapy products and spa treatments, but with the harmful UV rays and pollution we’re exposed to everyday, the best way to protect our skin is to use the right facial products in our daily skincare routine.

Notable for its award-winning research ‘Development of a Shield Technology to Keep Off Air Pollutants.’, Shiseido is an expert in preventing air pollution particles from adhering to the skin. The leader in Japanese prestige beauty and skincare understands the environmental challenges your skin is coping with (especially in Asia, where air pollution is rampant), and is here to help you counteract it. Its Future Solution LX Universal Defense is already a firm favourite, but its latest addition, the Essential Energy, is slated to be a game-changer.

Essential Energy Moisturising Cream

The new collection is consisted of three products; Essential Energy Moisturising Cream (THB 2,100), Essential Energy Moisturising Gel Cream (THB 2,100) and Essential Energy Day Emulsion (THB 2,000). Utilising the latest ReNeura Technology inspired by neuroscience, the range reawakens the skin’s responsive power, allowing it to better react to outside stimulus or environmental stressors, preventing damage in real-time.

What makes Essential Energy an effective product against pollution is its key ingredient, ashitaba, a lush green plant that naturally grows on coastal land in Hachijo-jima, Japan. Charged with vital energy, healers have used it for centuries and call it the ‘tomorrow leaf.’ Once you pick its leaves, they resprout tomorrow. A magical plant full of vitamins and minerals, ashitaba is infused with natural power to regenerate your skin, making skin more responsive to daily skincare regimen.

Essential Energy Day Emulsion

All three of the moisturisers come with silky soft, yet fresh and hydrating texture that absorbs quickly into the skin. Our favourite is the Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream, a daily moisturiser that cares for unnoticed skin damage, such as dullness and subtle signs of aging before it surfaces. Made for those who want their skin to glow, it recharges your skin from the inside out, deeply moisturising your skin with its scientifically advanced formula and non-greasy texture. For those who’d prefer a water-based moisturiser, Essential Energy Moisturising Gel Cream features the same formula that improves your skin’s hydration and radiance levels but with a cooling effect, making it the perfect skincare product for summer.

Another thing we love about Essential Energy is the packaging. Inspired by the art of raku ware, a type of pottery traditionally used in Japanese Tea Ceremony, the jars are designed in the form of handcrafted Japanese tea bowls — with 64 unique shapes that fit naturally in your hands, but different every time.

Slather it on your face, neck and décolletage area and reap the results of awakened skin. Trust us, once your skin gets that extra boost of energy, there’s no turning back.