July 28, 2020
Korean skincare trend glass skin has been very popular for a few years now and has also crossed over to the western markets extensively. To achieve the glass skin and its dewy, luminous complexion, a 9-steps routine has to be followed, comprising a great number of products.
In Japan, a trend called Mochi Hada or ‘rice-cake skin’ promotes a more bouncy, soft skin and poreless look that is inspired by the traditional Japanese dessert. Following the idea that less is more, this trend focuses on a simple 3-steps routine :
1/ double-cleansing : very popular in Asia, the double-cleansing technique consists in first using an oil or balm to remove impurities and to then wash the skin with a gentle foam cleanser.
2/ lotion : this is probably the most important step to get a plump Mochi skin. The use of kesho-sui’ (化粧水) or Japanese facial lotions, is a bit different to what we are used to in the West. Here the lotion is applied directly with the hands onto the skin. You have to pat the face until the lotion is fully absorbed. This will gives the first layer of hydration.
3/ moisturizer : use a lightweight cream or serum to add that second layer of hydration that will give a plump, bouncy skin and finish with an SPF to protect from UV.
No exfoliation is necessary as the cleansing will help remove dead-skin and it is believe in Japan that exfoliating can be too harsh on the skin and creates even more blemishes.
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