Mochi—the Japanese rice cake—is delicious, for sure, and it’s also a true inspiration for skin goals: It’s soft, plump, and just the right amount of shiny. For those who want skin so good it could be a dessert, DamDam Mochi Mochi Luminous Moisturizer ($48) has got you covered, and as the name suggests, it’s a rich moisturizer that feels like mochi in a jar.
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Based in Tokyo, DamDam was “born from Japanese craftsmanship and time-honored plant ingredients,” and it’s a minimalist’s dream. The line is formulated with 100 percent natural ingredients that leave skin nourished, many of which have been used in Japanese beauty routines for generations. Heritage ingredients like rice bran oil, which has been historically used to boost hydration, and konnyaku, a root crop that encourages detoxification, can be found alongside other botanicals in the brand’s vegan formulations that support skin holistically.
When it comes to this moisturizer, however, the main ingredient is shiso leaves, an aromatic herb that has been a staple in traditional Kampo medicine. A member of the mint family, shiso leaves have long been utilized because they’re loaded with antioxidants, and they help stave-off damage from free radicals while aiding with things like inflammation and redness. The oil extracted from leaves is fairly fatty, which gives skin an extra boost of nourishment and hydration when it’s applied.
These shiso leaves are the reason why DamDam Mochi Mochi Luminous Moisturizer feels so luxurious (and smells so fresh) on your skin. You can use the moisturizer both morning and night, and it goes really well after a purifying cleanse using DamDam Nomad’s Cream Purifying Cleanser ($38), which gently scrubs away dirt from the day without leaving you feeling stripped. Scoop a little out with the included spatula and rub some on your face and you’ll see what I mean—the rich cream melts into your skin, sinking deep into your epidermis rather than just sitting heavily on top. It leaves skin feeling smooth and plump—just like the dessert it’s named after.
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