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K-beauty may get all the buzz, but Japanese beauty and skincare brands deserve equal attention. Of the many J-beauty brands out there, DHC is truly the OG—not to mention one of Japan’s best-selling skincare and cosmetic brands. While the company has been around since the 1980s, its stateside popularity has exploded in recent years. “DHC is best known for both their cleansers and moisturizers and for incorporating organic olive oil in most of their products,” says New York City dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. And while the brand offers excellent skincare, it also has some can’t-miss cosmetic products.
Ahead, 10 of the best DHC products out there.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
Undoubtedly the brand's most beloved, well-known product, one bottle of this cleansing oil is sold every 10 seconds worldwide. We're aren't mathematicians, but that's a heck of a lot of bottles. It was also the original Japanese cleansing oil, the first step of the double cleanse concept. The organic olive oil formula also contains vitamin E and is powerful enough to break down even waterproof mascara but won't leave behind a greasy residue. Massage it onto dry skin with dry hands and let it do its thing before rinsing.
It also works great as a cleanser for makeup brushes.
DHC Olive Concentrated Cleansing Oil
Dr. Jaliman recommends this slightly richer variant for dry skin, noting that it's great for removing dirt and makeup. "It contains ingredients that dissolve impurities but also hydrates your skin with olive oil, oleic acid, and vitamin E," she says. Like the original, it's also fragrance-free, which is suitable for sensitive skin.
DHC Lip Cream
Another best-seller, one tube of this balm, sells every three seconds worldwide. Credit, you guessed it, a super creamy, hydrating base that combines olive oil with aloe and vitamin E to moisturize even the most chapped lips instantly. Happy reviewers rave about how well it works and how smoothly it glides along lips without ever feeling sticky or tacky.
DHC Velvet Skin Coat
This hybrid primer boasts a unique power-gel formula. Olive oil moisturizes (and offers a dose of antioxidant protection, always a good thing), but it also contains silica to help absorb excess oil. It leaves skin feeling perfectly matte and velvety, though never dry, and ups the staying power of your makeup, too.
DHC Extra Nighttime Moisturizer
Olive oil and squalane do the heavy-hitting hydration in this night cream and are excellent emollients that help to smooth and soften your skin while you sleep. There’s also youth-boosting collagen in the mix. However, it’s overall a pretty mild moisturizer that you can easily combine with any other actives you may be using in your skincare routine. Just FYI, it stays on so well that you will need to use a dedicated eye makeup remover (or perhaps a DHC cleansing oil?) to take it off.
DHC Mascara Perfect Pro Double Protection
Thanks to unique Japanese tubing technology, this formula imparts tons of length to your lashes without ever flaking, smudging, or smearing. The polymers create tiny, water-resistant tubes that form around each hair to make your fringe look instantly longer. A small and flexible-bristle brush makes it easy to reach every lash
DHC Astaxanthin All-In-One Collagen Gel
The namesake ingredient in this anti-ager is a crazy potent antioxidant; astaxanthin is a type of freshwater algae that’s 6,000 times more powerful than vitamin C as an antioxidant and 550 times more potent than vitamin E. Also noteworthy: This is one of the exceptions to the brand’s rule in that it doesn’t contain olive oil. Instead, it relies on lighter, olive-derived squalane, plus a form of hyaluronic acid that makes this moisturizer notably more lightweight than the brand’s other offerings. It is great for those with oily or acne-prone skin.
DHC Olive Virgin Oil
If you want to try the brand’s hero ingredient in its purest form, this is the way to do it. You get straight-up olive oil and nothing else—and the ways to use it are endless. It works great for moisturizing purposes—solo or layered over your go-to moisturizer—for face or body, but you can also use it to combat dry ends on your hair, to hydrate chapped and dry cuticles; the list goes on and on.
DHC Concentrated Eye Cream
Yes, it is essential to use a dedicated eye cream for the sensitive skin around your eyes, and yes, this is a great one to try. A combo of organic olive oil and sodium hyaluronate moisturizes. Still, it also boasts brightening and de-puffing ingredients (think cucumber extract and citric acid), always a win for the eye area. It is fragrance, paraben, and colorant-free, another major boon for this delicate spot.
DHC Face Wash Powder
The brand may be known for its cleansing oils, but if that’s not your favorite cleanser format, or if you’re looking for an exfoliating face wash, don’t sleep on this pick. Mix a tiny bit of this powder with water, and it instantly transforms into a luscious, foamy mousse. Besides its cleansing prowess, it also exfoliates both chemically and mechanically, thanks to the addition of enzymes and finely-milled silica, respectively. It works great on its own but is also perfect to use as the second step of a double-cleansing routine.
Why Trust Byrdie?
Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She distinctly remembers the DHC Cleansing Oil is one of the first products she ever tested for a story.
Meet the Expert
Dr. Debra Jaliman is a New York City board-certified dermatologist. She’s an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai and the author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist.