At this point, it's safe to say that Korean and Japanese skincare trends have set the bar when it comes to innovative beauty treatments. Why do we love K-Beauty and J-Beauty so much? Because Japanese and Korean-inspired skincare is all about glowing, healthy and plump skin. One of our favorite J-Beauty trends right now is "Mochi skin," a Japanese trend that aims for super hydrated and bouncy skin with baby-like softness.
Keep reading to learn more about mochi skincare and how you can get on board this trend.
What Is Mochi Skin?
Okay, you're probably wondering—what exactly is mochi skin? You'd be correct if you guessed the Japanese dessert, mochi, inspired mochi skin! Just like the delicious rice-cake treat, mochi skin is all about creating a complexion that is smooth, plump, and free of lines. Similar to the K-Beauty trend of "glass skin," mochi skin puts a big emphasis on the fresh-face look. However, where glass skin favors a dewy finish, the mochi skin trend is all about matte.
When you think of K-Beauty, a myriad of serums and essences, exotic overnight masks, and spa-worthy cleansing oils might spring to mind. If the thought of using a small arsenal of beauty products has previously put you off trying K-Beauty trends, you'll appreciate the simplicity of the mochi skin trend. Unlike Korean beauty trends, J-Beauty favors a pared-down approach to products. And with only a few items being used for the mochi skin regimen, mastering it is definitely within reach!
How To Get Mochi Skin
Want to see what all the hype is about? Here's a five-step game plan for achieving mochi skin.
The first step to achieving mochi skin is using a cleanser that respects the natural skin barrier and does not strip away natural oils. This means avoiding harsh exfoliating cleansers and cleansers that contain drying ingredients like alcohol. Instead, consider using a hydrating cream cleanser, like Avari Beauty All-in-One Bamboo Charcoal Cleanser. If your skin is on the oily side, fear not—this gentle cleanser can be used for doubling cleansing without drying your skin.
Avari Beauty Tip: J-Beauty typically avoids the use of chemical and physical exfoliators. For a true mochi skin result, stay clear of exfoliators and double cleanse.
Load Up On Antioxidants
Unlike glass skin, mochi skin focuses on a more matte complexion, with less emphasis on shine. Quick-absorbing, light formulas are critical in achieving this look. We love Bella Aura's Antioxidant Booster because it's a lightweight emulsion that targets congestion, dullness, sun damage, and skin laxity. For best results, apply after cleansing and let absorb for a minute before applying moisturizer.
Turn Up the Hydration
Lightweight, soothing moisturizers are an essential part of the mochi skincare routine. Look for products that maintain even pigmentation, boost elasticity, and include anti-inflammatory ingredients like Bella Aura's Daily Repair Moisturizer. This lightweight formula is a nourishing, lipid-replenishing blend that brightens, hydrates, and firms skin.
For extra juicy, mochi skin, pair with Bella Aura's Hydra Repair Treatment. This oil-free serum soothes and balances the appearance of skin to create a youthful, glowing complexion.
Avari Beauty Tip: Layer under your daily moisturizer for deliciously dewy skin.
When it comes to Japanese and Korean skincare, sunscreen is a must. We recommend opting for a mineral-based broad-spectrum SPF, such as EltaMD's UV Clear Facial Sunscreen. This zinc oxide facial sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, plus it contains niacinamide to help reduce inflammation and minimize the appearance of flaws.