Japanese skincare can be traced back thousands of years. Rooted in simplicity and holistic ingredients, the treatments, and products created in Japan contain many nourishing and healing properties. Tatcha is based on these ancient Eastern approaches and is why it resonates so strongly with me and my philosophy of supporting the skin.
Tatcha’s founder, businesswoman, Victoria Tsai, was suffering from acute dermatitis and began traveling East to research skincare ingredients and the holistic approach that the Japanese use. On a trip to Kyoto in 2009, she met a geisha in a local beauty store who changed the course of her life. The geisha passed down classical Japanese beauty secrets that were housed in an ancient text that serves as a ‘bible’ for Tatcha.
The foundation of the brand is its Hadasei-3™ complex, a trinity of anti-aging superfoods born from the Japanese diet, and the basis for the original geisha beauty rituals: green tea, rice, and algae.
- Green tea is a great source of powerhouse antioxidants, Vitamin C and E. It is an antibacterial agent, which can be used to treat skin conditions including acne, pimples, and clogged pores. It also reduces skin inflammation and redness and vitamin E makes it extremely hydrating.
- Rice bran oil is well known for its antioxidant-rich components including ferulic acid, gamma-oryzanol, and phytic acid
- Marine algae mainly consist of carbohydrates which are utilized as moisturizing agents. In addition, they contain antioxidants and anti- melanogenic properties.
Today, Tatcha works with scientists in Japan and the U.S., to create each formula from scratch. Every ingredient is carefully selected and minimally manipulated to be gentle and safe with maximum effectiveness. The brand’s mission is to heal the skin through whole ingredients, holistic practices, and ‘clean science’.
And, I really appreciate that Tatcha's philanthropic model funds girls' education in partnership with Room to Read with every skincare purchase, helping to nurture the minds of girls in Asia and Africa.
I have been using several Tatcha products for years and really enjoy them.
The Nourishing Lip Balm is abundant in hydration. Rich in camellia oil, which has been used in Asia for centuries, the balm locks in moisture for soft, smooth lips.
Dewy Skin Mist can be used throughout the day to maintain moisture and freshen up the skin. The mist is full of red algae extract and the Hadasei-3 complex that helps moisturize and slow down the signs of aging. To maximize the use of the product, hold the bottle six inches from the face and spray once or twice allowing time for the product to set. Use two to three times a day.
For a light, gentle exfoliation, the Enzyme Cleansing Powder is effective. Made with pearl and rice extracts, this power turns to foam when it comes in contact with water, and leaves the skin cleansed, hydrated and smooth.
I have been using oils since I was a child in Poland and am a big fan of Tatcha’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, which contains rice bran oil which works to break down and lift away makeup and pollutants. Starting with a dry face and hands, use 1-2 pumps of the cleanser and work it into a milky consistency. The result is plump, hydrated skin with no residue.