Have you ever looked at mochi and thought: I wish my skin were as pillowy and elastic as this rice cake? Then you need one of the best Japanese moisturizers, five of which you'll find ahead. These face creams hew to the Japanese skin-care tenet mochi-hada — aka skin like mochi — so they contain gentle nourishing ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides to encourage your softest, bounciest, comfiest skin ever.
Which is not to say that all Japanese moisturizers are ultra thick. In addition to rich creams and healing balms, Japanese skin care companies excel in lightweight formulas, like lotions and serum-moisturizer or toner-moisturizer hybrids. So there’s something to suit every skin type and consistency preference here.
Some bad news: Other than those from luxury brands with global marketing reach, like SK-II and Shiseido, Japanese moisturizers (and Japanese skin care products more generally) can be tough to get your hands on Stateside. Some good news: With just a bit of digging, you can find a handful of the most popular Japanese moisturizers from drugstore and mid-range brands right on Amazon.
And the best news: You don’t have to scour the internet to find them, because I already did that! Scroll on to shop five of the best Japanese moisturizers for soft, smooth, dessert-worthy skin.
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