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Tatcha Skincare Review

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If you’re a beauty junkie, you probably know all about K-beauty multi-step routines which include a double cleanse, toning, essence and a serum. Another skincare routine catching the attention of the beauty world is J-beauty (or Japanese beauty) and one of the brands at the forefront of the movement is Tatcha. A favorite among celebrities such as Meghan Markle and Kim Kardhasian West, Tatcha offers a simplified approached to skincare that combines natural ingredients with Japanese traditions and the latest technology. Here’s a closer look at Tatcha skincare, what it sells and are Tatcha products right for you?

What is Tatcha Skin Care?

Tatcha is the brainchild of Harvard Business School grad Victoria Tsai. While working in finance and suffering from acute dermatitis and eczema, a trip to Kyoto ended up changing her career path- as well as her skin. According to the company, while in Kyoto, Tsai ended up chatting with a geisha in a beauty store and asking her how she achieved her flawless looking skin. This chance encounter sparked Tsai’s deep dive into the world of geishas and traditional Japanese skincare. As the story goes, Tsai also learned about classical Japanese beauty secrets passed down through generations thanks to an ancient text, which the company still uses today for inspiration and ideas. When Tsai adopted a Japanese approach to skincare, her complexion cleared up and the idea for Tatcha was born. She sold her engagement ring to start the company out of her San Francisco apartment and the Tatcha debuted in 2009. Today Tatcha products are created in conjunction with modern day geishas as well as Japanese scientists, and its products are sold all over the world.

What Is the Tatcha Approach to Skincare?

Tatcha’s skincare philosophy is a “less is more.” Rather than harsh exfoliation and daily scrubbing, Tatcha embraces a “gentle but effective” approach using traditional Japanese ingredients such as green tea, pearl, silk rice and algae.

What Products Does Tatcha Skin Care Sell?

Tatcha’s first product was the Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers, which are the same blotting papers used by geisha. This was followed by cleansers, moisturizers and serums, as well as masks and essences. Here’s a product breakdown.

Tatcha Skin Care Serums
Tatcha Violet C Skin Brightening Serum – Packed with two types of vitamin C and the antioxidant Japanese beautyberry, this serum works to brighten skin and improve its texture with AHAs.

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Serum – Key ingredients include Okinawa red algae, hyaluronic acid and 24-karat gold to give skin a boost.

Tatcha Moisturizers
Tatcha The Water Cream – Designed for normal to oily cream, this moisturizer helps hydrate and refine skin.

Tatcha The Silk Cream – This gel cream contains a liquid silk protein and is formulated for normal to dry skin.

Tatcha Cleansers
Tatcha The Deep Cleanse – The Deep Cleanser is a gel that lathers into a creamy foam and natural fruit extracts help to improve skin texture while also cleansing the skin.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleaning Oil – This cleansing oil pulls double duty as it can be used as a cleanser and makeup remover.

Tatcha Exfoliators
Tatcha The Rice Polish: Classic – Water activates the Japanese rice bran into a creamy foam to help whisk away dead skin skills. The Rice Polish is available in Deep, Gentle and Calming formulas.

Tacha Makeup
Tatcha The Silk Canvas – This primer comes in a balm form, and is formulated with silk to help smooth skin and prepare it for makeup.

Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick – The bright ride hue is inspired by a geisha’s signature lip. The Kyoto Red Lipstick is made from pure silk, botanical extracts and rich pigment.

What Are The Best Tatcha Products?

Determining which Tatcha products are the “best” is very subjective and personal, as one person’s miracle product could do absolutely nothing for someone else. That said, some of the best-selling Tatcha items include The Silk Canvas, The Water Cream, The Deep Cleanse, and The Essence.

What Ingredients Are in Tatcha Skin Care Products?

Tatcha’s products are formulated with plenty of naturally derived ingredients such as moisturizing peony, soothing colloidal oatmeal, the antioxidant licorice and 24 karat gold. The cornerstone of Tatcha’s formulation is the Hadasei-3 Complex, a proprietary blend of Japanese anti-aging superfoods: green tea, rice and algae. Some of the ingredients are more obscure, such as Japanese luffa fruit, which helps to exfoliate the skin, and Leopard Lily to help control oil. Tatcha products are also formulated with more common skincare all-stars such as hydrating hyaluronic acid, vitamin C to brighten the skin and moisturizing squalene.

How Much Do Tatcha Products Cost?

Tatcha skin care products are priced in line with department store finds. The Deep Cleanse is $38, the Violet-C Radiance mask is $68 and the Silken Pore Protection Sunscreen is $65. The Water Cream is $68, and a bottle of the Essence is $95. The Ageless Revitalizing Neck Cream is one of the priciest at $110.

Where Can I Buy Tatcha Products?

Tatcha is sold on its website as well as Sephora and select Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotels. Some products are also available on QVC.

Do Tatcha Skin Care Products Work?

When trying to decide if a product works, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s skin may react differently to the same product, so a little trial and error and some research is always a good idea. Tatcha has certainly made waves since it debuted in 2009. Allure gave a Best of Beauty Award to the Deep Cleanse in 2018. A 2019 round up on the “The 25 Best Skin Care Products to Up Your Complexion Game” by Town & Country included the Violet-C Brightening Serum. In an interview with Allure, organization queen Marie Kondo named the Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil one of her favorite beauty products that “spark joy.”

Customers reviews can be found on Tatcha’s own website as well as on Sephora. The Water Cream gets over 150,000 “loves” on Sephora and has a 4.2 star rating from nearly 2,000 reviews. One reviewer called it a “miracle in a jar”- “This completely transformed my face, of course it had to be the $82 cream BUT dare I say it’s worth it.” Another reviewer claimed it was “so good I could cry.” Those who didn’t rate the cream highly said it wasn’t very hydrating. “I don’t understand why this product is so highly rated. I have combo skin that leans towards the oily side and this stuff dried me out like no other.”

The Silk Canvas Protective Primer has 140,000 Sephora “loves” and a 3.9 star rating out of 5. It was particularly popular among those with oily skin, and fans praised its blurring effect. “This is the most amazing primer. For me, it works magic when I press it into my skin versus just rubbing. It has a soft focus to it and I use less concealer with the product as it creates a barrier of sorts. My makeup lasts longer when I use it. What I also love about it is that it has a blurring effect unlike other silicone primers and helps lessen the look of my under-eye hollows.” Customers who didn’t like the product complained that it didn’t do much for their complexion. “I wanted to love this, but it just does not agree with my skin. I found that it broke down my makeup and made me look very oily all over my face after about 5hrs of wear.”

The Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA is one of the highest rated Tatcha products sold at Sephora, with a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. One reviewer said “LOVE THIS STUFF. My skin did a 180. It took about a week to adjust with minimal acne, but after the adjustment period my skin is smooth, visibly brighter, with fewer fine lines. Highly recommend.” Customers who gave it a low rating complained that it felt sticky or caused a breakout. “The serum feels amazing on the skin, with that being said I have very sensitive skin and this really irritated it. It caused my cheeks to get blotchy and red.”

What Are Some Alternatives to Tatcha?

Tatcha products may not be for everyone, based on the price point or perhaps they don’t react well with your skin. If you’re looking for skincare products to address the signs of aging, consider Formulyst and Advanced Dermatology.

Formulyst’s philosophy is long-term and effective skincare. The brand wants to help its customers achieve their best looking skin, rather than covering it up with makeup. The comprehensive line of products targets everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin- as well as the delicate eye area.

Formulyst’s Luminous Skin Serum tackles skin discoloration thanks to Triple Brightening Technology, a powerful blend of naturally derived alpha arbutin (derived from the bearberry plant), rumex extract (a plant that helps stop the production of melanin) and a biomimetic peptide. The serum leaves skin looking lighter, brighter and more luminous.

To keep skin plumped, hydrated and dewy looking, one of the most effective ingredients is hyaluronic acid. It occurs naturally in the body (including eyeballs and skin), and it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Formulyst Super Hyaluronic Water Moisturize is an oil free formula packed with multiple types of hyaluronic acid and it works as a moisture magnet by drawing water to the skin.

Fans of skincare kits, which take all the guesswork out of creating your own regimen, should try Advanced Dermatology. This no nonsense brand offers a pared down approach to skincare. The packaging is simple and streamlined, and the products bring skincare back to the basics. The kit contains just six essential items including a daily cleanser; serum; anti-wrinkle firming treatment; night cream; day cream and an eye cream. In other words, everything you need to achieve your best possible looking skin.




The philosophy of Formulyst is long-term and effective skincare, rather than covering up any imperfections. The comprehensive line of products tackles everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin. While some brands rely on unnecessary fillers and scents, Formulyst focuses on ingredients that help create results, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many of the Formulyst’s products harness the power of plant and citrus extracts as well as gold-standard workhorses such as retinol. Read More

Advanced Dermatology

The Advanced Dermatology skin care regimen addresses the most pressing aging concerns. It can be used by men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. This award-winning system can help diminish wrinkle appearance, reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, fade away redness, even out skin tone and improve the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. Some of the standout products in this line include the Super Youth Serum, Complete Age Defense and Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Treatment. Read More

Tatcha Essence

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Tatcha Water Cream

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Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream Review

What is Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream? Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream is a rich facial cream that is ideal for dry skin, but can be used on normal skin for those who prefer a richer texture. It is said to intensely hydrate and seal in moisture, helping to replenish ceramides for...

Tatcha Violet C Mask Review

Tatcha Violet C Radiance Mask is a creamy anti-aging rinse off treatment mask that is said to instantly reveal softer, smoother skin. Callicarpa japonica, commonly known as Japanese beautyberry, is a glossy purple superfruit found in the TATCHA Violet-C Radiance Mask. Japanese beautyberry is rich in antioxidants and has the ability to stabilize and maximize the effectiveness of vitamin C. This mask also features kaolin, a natural clay with absorbent properties. Kaolin can absorb excess oil from the surface of skin, as well as remove impurities from the pores.

Tatcha Violet C Radiance Mask features two types of vitamin C: a water-soluble vitamin C derivative (bis-glyceryl ascorbate) that absorbs quickly for an immediate glow and an oil-soluble vitamin C derivative (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate) that remains in skin longer, providing antioxidant protection from UV damage for brighter, more even toned skin over time. Lastly, Tatcha Violet C Radiance Mask contains a gentle 10% AHA complex of seven fruits. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) exfoliate the skin by targeting corneocytes (dead skin cells that make up the top layers of skin) in a process called corneocyte desquamation. By enhancing their breakdown and increasing the separation of skin cells, the rate of cell turnover is increased. Ultimately, this helps to improve uneven skin texture, resulting in smoother, softer skin.


Tatcha Rice Polish Deep Review

The Tatcha Rice Polish Deep is the 4th addition to the cult favorite collection of the Tatch Rice Polishes. This unique and innovative formula has been customized and formulated to now suit 4 different skin types, including normal, combo/oily, dry and sensitive skin types. While the base of each product is very similar and contains almost all of the same actives, there have been a number of additions with each new product to help cater to certain skin types. Looking at the Deep version for combination and oily skin types, we can see how they’ve included Japanese Wild Rose to help tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. This ingredient pairs beautifully with the base of this formula, which includes the brand’s trademark Hadasei-3 complex. This complex features a trio of anti-aging, Japanese superfoods that have been used in beautiful rituals for centuries. Green tea, rice and algae all work together along with a few gentle exfoliating agents to promote natural skin turnover, brighten the skin, detoxify pores and even out skin tone. All together, this product would be a great option for those of you who are looking for an exfoliant that is suitable for oily skin types, but isn’t too aggressive or abrasive on the skin.


Tatcha The Deep Cleanse Review

The Tatcha The Deep Cleanse was designed to serve as an effective, oil-free gel cleanser that lifts away dirt, oil and impurities from the skin. But this product is far from the typical over drying gel cleanser for two key reasons. First is the texture. This product may start as a gel cleanser, but it quickly transforms into a creamy foam that is delicate enough to suit even the most sensitive skin without over-drying. Secondarily, this product features fruit -based exfoliators that help to encourage skin cell turnover and eliminate dead skin cells that could be contributing to clogged pores and acne. In addition to this ingredient, Japanese Wild Rose helps to give the appearance of smaller, tighter pores, while simultaneously smoothing out skin texture. Leopard lily on the other hand, minimizes excess oil and sebum production which can be a great help to those with oily skin types in particular.


Tatcha the Satin Skin Mist Review

Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist is an oil-free, liquid powder face mist that is said to help keep skin fresh without disturbing makeup or drying, as well as visibly minimize the appearance of pores and refine skin texture over time. The mist is infused with 20% Hadasei-3™ Anti-Aging Complex, a combination of three Japanese anti-aging superfoods: Okinawa red algae, Uji green tea, and Akita rice. Okinawa red algae is rich in natural polysaccharides, sugar molecules that can absorb a high amount of moisture. When applied to the skin, Okinawa red algae enhances water retention and barrier function. This natural algae also provides beneficial nutrients such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins, and proteins. Uji green tea contains antioxidants that help the skin combat free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Akita rice is rich in essential proteins and provides the skin with nourishment.

Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist also contains two types of natural clays: kaolin and bentonite. Both have excellent absorption properties, which means they can absorb excess oil from the pores and help to reduce shine. Another oil-absorbing ingredient in Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist is silk powder. Due to the large particle size of silk powder, this ingredient can remain on top of the skin to give it a smooth feel and appearance by entrapping oil and minimizing the visibility of pores without clogging them. The crystalline structure of silk powder reflects light away from the face, and the natural glossy property of silk is what gives skin a glowing appearance. Lastly, Tatcha The Satin Skin Mist includes Japanese wild rose (Rosa multiflora) fruit extract, which visibly minimizes the appearance of pores and refines skin texture over time.


Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask Review

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask is a skin-fitting sheet mask that is said to deeply deliver a healthy drink of ultra-hydrating botanical oils and extracts for a dewy glow in just one use. The delicate ultra-fine microfiber sheet (100 times thinner than a strand of hair) delivers 20 mL of serum into skin for maximum absorption and benefits. This sheet mask features Tatcha’s signature ingredient Hadasei-3™. Hadasei-3™ is a trinity of Japanese anti-aging superfoods: green tea, rice, and algae. Green tea has a high concentration of antioxidants that help to combat free radical damage, rice provides the skin with important proteins, and algae improves skin hydration. These three components are fermented with saccharomyces (a type of yeast), which breaks them down into smaller molecules and enables them to be better absorbed into the skin.

A blend of lightweight rice germ oil, derived from the most nutrient-rich portion of rice packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, is also used in the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask. In addition, you’ll find a high concentration of botanical oils and extracts in this mask, such as licorice root extract, ginseng root extract, royal jelly extract, and more. These extracts help to nourish skin and brighten your complexion. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask also contains several skin-replenishing ingredients, such as glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, and squalane. While the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask can be used by all skin types, it is ideal for those with dry, dull skin.


TATCHA Ageless Revitalizing Neck Cream Review

TATCHA Ageless Revitalizing Neck Cream is an antioxidant-rich cream developed to specifically hydrate, smooth, and nourish the delicate skin on the neck and décolletage for a visibly renewed look. This cream features Tatcha’s signature ingredient Hadasei-3™. Hadasei-3™ is a trinity of Japanese anti-aging superfoods: green tea, rice, and algae. Green tea has a high concentration of antioxidants that help to combat free radical damage, rice provides the skin with important proteins, and algae improves skin hydration. These three components are fermented with saccharomyces (a type of yeast), which breaks them down into smaller molecules and enables them to be better absorbed into the skin.


Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder Review

If you’re looking for a minimalist, yet highly active exfoliator, you may want to try the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder. This unique powder contains a significant amount of rice powder, and a formula that was designed to exfoliate without damaging the surface of the skin. But there are a number of aspects that make this product incredibly unique in the world of exfoliators. First of, this product is actually available in four different formulations. This means that you can choose a formula based on your skin type, while still receiving all of the benefits and active ingredients. There is one available for normal to oily skin types, normal to dry skin types, extra dry skin types and sensitive skin types. The other unique factor to consider with this product is that it is actually a powder that transforms into a gentle foam while combined with water. This cloud-like foam gentle cleanses and exfoliates without stripping the skin or disrupting the skin barrier. As a result, skin feels soft and smooth, ready for the day ahead.


TATCHA Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA Review

What are the Best Skin Care Products of 2019? The newest and most exciting launch from Tatcha skincare is their Violet-C Brightening Serum with 20% Vitamin C and 10% AHA. While there have been a number of new high powered vitamin C products on the market in the last year, this product offers something different from your average vitamin C serum. Alongside 20% vitamin C, this formula also 10% alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids help to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells in order to. The 10% AHA that is in this product comes from 7 different fruit sources including apple, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, hawthorn, and jujube. Because this product is so packed with active ingredients, we recommend this product mostly to those who have used vitamin C and exfoliating acids before. Seasoned skincare pros will love how highly concentrated this product is, but it could be a bit too much for a beginner.

Related: Best Vitamin C Serums


Tatcha Ageless Eye Cream Review

The Tatcha Ageless Eye Cream was designed to serve as an anti-aging eye serum and nourishing moisturizer in one product. This product features a variety of plant extracts to energize the skin underneath the eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The main actives in the formula are Peony extract and honeysuckle extract. This ingredients work together with the Hadasei-3 Complex which is unique to Tatcha Skin Care products, to help address some of the main skin concerns that relate to the under eye area. The Hadasei-3 Complex includes Uji green tea, Okinawa Mozuku algae and Akita rice. Green tea acts as a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect the skin from environmental damage, while algae and rice extracts work to nourish the skin and aid in moisture retention.


Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist

Tatcha has become a huge name in the green beauty space over the last few years. Several of their products have become cult favorites for bloggers, celebrities and skincare guru’s alike. But are their premium ingredients worth the luxury price tag? Today, we’re going to be looking at one of their most well-known products, the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, to answer that exact question. We’ll be investigating the claims for this product and the formula behind it so you can decide for yourself whether it’s worth the investment. So without further adieu, let’s get started!


Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream Review

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream is a rich, hydrating cream that is ideal for dry skin, but can be used on normal skin for those who prefer a richer texture. It is said to intensely hydrate and seal in moisture, helping to replenish ceramides for a healthy bounce and instant luminosity. The Dewy Skin Cream features Tatcha’s signature ingredient Hadasei-3™. Hadasei-3™ is a trinity of Japanese anti-aging superfoods: green tea, rice, and algae. Green tea has a high concentration of antioxidants that help to combat free radical damage, rice provides the skin with important proteins, and algae improves skin hydration. These three components are fermented with saccharomyces (a type of yeast), which breaks them down into smaller molecules and enables them to be better absorbed into the skin.

In addition to Hadasei-3™, Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream contains a special blend of Okinawa algae and hyaluronic acid. This blend captures water to help replenish skin’s natural moisture reservoir, immediately leaving skin soft, comforted, and deeply nourished. It also helps to replenish ceramides to ensure optimum skin barrier function, aiding in the reduction of future moisture loss, for skin that is visibly smooth and plump with hydration.Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream also features a blend of extracts and oils from ginseng, wild thyme, and sweet marjoram. This botanical blend nourishes skin, enhances the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture, and imparts a dewy glow.


Tatcha Cleansing Oil

TATCHA One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Individuals with dry skin may be routinely making their condition worse by over-drying their skin with harsh cleansers, and may benefit from a gentler cleansing product like TATCHA One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, for example. This formulation was created by TATCHA, a U.S. company that formulates products based on ideas rooted in Japanese skin care. When the manufacturer created TATCHA One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, the basic premise was to formulate a cleanser that dissolved dirt and makeup without removing vital oils from the skin. After all, skin dryness doesn't simply cause discomfort and skin flaking; it has a profound effect on how quickly the skin ages. Day after day, small amounts of over-drying accumulate into early onset of wrinkles, collagen deterioration and crepey skin. TATCHA One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil aims to provide a viable alternative to consumers who are conscious about such skin dryness. But does this oil cleanser really work? Can it effectively remove dirt and makeup without clogging pores? To answer these questions, we need to carefully assess the ingredients in this formulation.

How TATCHA One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Works

To cleanse the skin, many facial cleansers rely on surfactants to remove the buildup of oil and dirt on the skin's surface. Surfactants make it easier for oil to mix with water by reducing the tension between water molecules and lipids present in oils, thus making it easier to remove the buildup. For example, think of when you're doing the dishes, and need to wash an oily cooking pan. Simply using a stream of water will not work well, because oil and water don't mix.


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