If you’re sick of anything remotely resembling glass skin we won’t blame you. We’ve read and written countless articles on how to achieve anything Korean, with glass skin being among the latest fads, but guess what! Our friends in the East managed to launch yet another skincare trend; Mochi skin! Mochi is actually a famous Japanese snack made with rice and filled with ice cream. Mochi skin, in human terms, is a complexion that is plump, smooth, and free of lines, dryness, shine, or gloss. While glass skin and mochi skin both stress on the importance of a clear smooth complexion, mochi skin on the other hand is famous for two reasons. Mochi skin emphasizes firmness, plumpness and skin that’s three-dimensional in how it appears to be bouncy and hydrated from within yet without any trace of shine or gloss. The second important aspect of mochi skin is that it cuts down on the steps required by Korean beauty regimes.
To achieve a luminosity that is plump, hydrated, elastic, yet completely shine-free just follow the simple steps below.
The Japanese swear by double cleansing for the skin, not only for makeup removal but also for reducing skin aging through the build-up of sebum and other debris. To properly double cleanse you need to start with an oil-based cleanser and then follow it up with a foaming cleanser. Or you can merge the two using a two-in-one formula such as the below.
Mochi skin is about hydration and not exfoliation; therefore to replenish your skin after cleansing you will need to pat on a hydrating toner or essence such as Tatcha’s The Essence which is made with mochi’s main ingredient; rice. In fact, Eastern cultures swear by rice water’s skin brightening benefits. If you’re using a toner, make sure it’s a gentle hydrating one that rebalances the skin’s pH levels and helps lock in the moisture.
When choosing your serum, make sure to find one with peptides and hyaluronic acid to help you achieve the firm and bouncy texture of mochi. A vitamin C serum is also another star ingredient to consider to achieve a brighter complexion. If you’re acne-prone look for serums with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as green tea extract and chamomile. Niacinamide and glycerin are also great for helping you achieve that bouncy firmness.
Since our goal is mattified skin, you will need a lightweight preferably gel moisturiser that can get quickly absorbed and one that helps you lock in all the previous layers. If you have oily skin make sure to use a water-based gel or lotion moisturiser. Skip any facial oils unless you’re in the middle of winter and your skin is exceptionally dry.
Needless to mention that SPF is crucial to help protect against oxidative damage that breaks down collagen and elastin that are much needed for bouncy skin. Look for a fast-absorbing sunscreen that can help you achieve that matte mochi look.
Since mochi skin is all about matte hydrated skin, you can skip anything acid-based for now including in-office treatments as they tend to give your skin more of a glassy glow. Same goes for your liquid exfoliants. If you’re the type to favor in-office treatments, HydraFacials are a good option, as well as any treatment that improves skin texture by targeting pores and fine lines.