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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.

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