Mochi-Hada - the dessert which serves as beauty reference for asian women and the Geishas

Mochi-Hada and what a dessert has to do with Japanese skin care, the meaning of Hanbang and Glass skin as beauty ideal

June 10, 2019

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Mochi-Hada - the dessert which serves as beauty reference for asian women and the GeishasDas Schönheitsideal der japanischen Frauen? Ein wirklich wunderbares, rundes, weißes, weiches Dessert. Reis-Kuchen, oder eben „Mochi-Hada“. Mochi-Hada sieht ein bisschen aus wie eine kleine Dampfnudel und wird mit allerlei Leckeren (und nicht so Leckeren  ) Sachen gefüllt: Erdnussbutter, süße Bohnenpaste, Erdbeerstücke…Findet alles seinen Weg in die Küchlein aus klebriger Reismasse. Und wieso nochmal soll ein japanisches Frauengesicht jetzt eben nach Möglichkeit Mochi-Hada sein? Eben weil diese Küchlein von außen wunderbar weich, zart, weiß, ebenmäßig und prall sind. Das Konzept „Sanftheit“ ist übrigens ein Thema, dass die gesamte japanische Hautpflege durchzieht. Viele westliche Schönheitsprodukte sind auf hohe Effizienz „getrimmt“, sind aber häufig leider auch ziemlich aggressiv. In Japan dagegen setzt man seit Jahrhunderten eher auf sanfte, natürliche Hautpflegerezepturen und -wirkstoffe wie Algen/Seegras bzw Wakame, Reis, Kamelie etc. Hier merkt man auch die kulturelle Verbundenheit zwischen Japan und Korea. Obwohl man in Korea eher „Glass skin“ statt „Mochi-Hada“ Haut anstrebt, werden auch hier gerne traditionelle, natürliche Wirkstoffe genutzt, häufig bezeichnet als „Hanbang“ Wirkstoffe.

Traditional Asian medicineHanbang steht für traditionelle, holistische Medizin, die auf einer ausgeprägten Nutzung von pflanzlichen (Arznei-)Mitteln beruht. Besonders wichtig ist hierbei auch die biologische Weiterverabeitung durch Fermentierung, die Wirkstoffe besonders konzentriert, bioverfügbar macht und mögliche Allergene fast vollständig reduziert. Doch auch die asiatische Hautpflegeindustrie – egal ob Korea oder Japan- orientiert sich Richtung Westen. Hier entstehen die neusten und wirkungsvollsten Hautpflegeinnovationen, die asiatische Beautyfirmen nutzen um ihre eigenen Rezepturen zu verbessern und noch effizienter zu machen.  Übrigens ist ein Charakteristikum der Hanbang Pflanzen und Biofermente ihr hohes Gehalt an Antioxidantien und ihre entsprechenden Slow-Aging Kapazitäten. Mit am Häufigsten wird Bambus, Ginseng und grüner Tee verwendet.


Mochi-Hada - the dessert which serves as beauty reference for asian women and the GeishasThe beauty ideal of Japanese women? A really wonderful, round, white, soft dessert. Rice cake, or just "Mochi-Hada". Mochi-Hada looks a bit like a little steam noodle and is filled with all kinds of tasty (and not so tasty) things: Peanut butter, sweet bean paste, strawberry pieces...everything finds its way into the cakes made of sticky rice mass. And why should a Japanese woman's face be Mochi-Hada again? Because these cakes are wonderfully soft, tender, white, even and plump on the outside. The "softness" concept, by the way, is a theme that permeates all Japanese skin care. Many Western beauty products are "trimmed" for high efficiency, but are often quite aggressive. In Japan, on the other hand, gentle, natural skin care formulations and active ingredients such as algae/seagrass or wakame, rice, camellia etc. have been used for centuries. The cultural ties between Japan and Korea are also noticeable here. Although in Korea one rather strives for "Glass skin" instead of "Mochi-Hada" skin, traditional, natural active ingredients are also used here, often called "Hanbang" active ingredients.


Traditional Asian medicineHanbang stands for traditional, holistic medicine, which is based on a pronounced use of herbal remedies. Particularly important here is the biological further processing through fermentation, which makes active ingredients particularly concentrated, bioavailable and possible allergens almost completely reduced. But also the Asian skin care industry - no matter if Korea or Japan - is oriented towards the West. This is where the latest and most effective skin care innovations are developed, which Asian beauty companies use to improve their own formulations and make them even more efficient. By the way, a characteristic feature of Hanbang plants and bioferments is their high content of antioxidants and their corresponding slow-aging capacities. Bamboo, ginseng and green tea are among the most frequently used.

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