Tatcha Japanese Skin Care | Review

We’re all in search of flawless skin, aren’t we? I’d be happy to just manage my oily skin well, but I’d be ecstatic to experience true flawlessness. The beautiful geishas of Japan are good examples of flawless, porcelain skin, and, though I’m nowhere near skin as clear as theirs, I am getting closer than I ever had before. I was recently introduced to Tatcha, a beauty ritual as old as the geisha herself, featuring beauty products cultivated from their long legacy…

There are four steps in the Tatcha beauty ritual: Pure, Polish, Radiant, and Supple. It’s simply these four steps, available in formulas for Dry Skin, Normal & Combination Skin, and Oily Skin. Not many other skin care lines can say they provide overall results in just four products – most skin care lines tempt with various extra creams and solutions beyond their basic “step” program.

I went into using Tatcha with my main concern being trying to manage my oily skin. What I came out with was exactly what they promised: pure, polished, radiant, and supple skin. The first step in Tatcha is their Camellia Cleansing Oil. While I was concerned about using an oil cleanser on my skin – it went against everything I thought I knew about combating oily skin – I was pleasantly surprised by what it did. It’s made with the oil of a camellia flower, and it removed all my makeup, from foundation and blush to liner and mascara, in a gentle manner. I didn’t feel like it added to the overall oiliness of my skin at all. After I massaged the Camellia Cleansing Oil on my face to remove my makeup, the next step, “Polished,” was using the Rice Enzyme Powder.

I could go on and on about the Rice Enzyme Powder – it is my favorite step in the routine for a number of reasons. First, and most notably, it’s effective! Right off the bat I felt and saw results, even when using the “gentle” strength powder. This water-activated enzyme powder of rice bran, papaya, and HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex (a proprietary blend of green tea extract, red algae extract, and rice bran extract), is easy to use – you simply pour the amount of rice powder you need onto your hand, add a little bit of water to get a good paste, and apply to your face. It exfoliates, brightens, softens, and feels amazing! There are three strengths, Gentle, which is created with licorice root to help soothe sensitive skin and has a light color, Classic, which is created with conditioning pearl extract for combination skin and is more of a light pink color, and then there is Deep, for folks like me, which is created with Dokudami to help clarify active skin is a darker pigment, as pictured in my hand above.

The third step, “Radiant,” is accomplished using the Deep Brightening Serum, a soft, lightweight liquid that brightens and feels so good and nourishing when I applied it to my freshly polished skin. I felt like a million bucks using this serum, it’s so comfortable. By the end of the day, my skin wasn’t oily or weighed down, and it didn’t interfere with the performance of my makeup.

Lastly, the “Supple” step consists of applying the Moisture Rich Silk Cream. Again, I’ve always felt like I needed to avoid heavy creams in my beauty routine, that they would be more detrimental than helpful. This cream is lightweight, and…wait for it….contains liquid silk. It really doesn’t get more glamorous than that, does it? Aside from feeling amazing using it, it didn’t give me an oily feeling, particularly by the end of the day, and it was more like my skin was supple and more pliable, not thirsty. I did, however, feel like I got the best results using it a night after the first three steps.

While not a step in the ritual, one of Tatcha’s banner products is the Aburatorigami Beauty Papers. These blotting papers are unique in a few ways, the most apparent of which is that they contain flecks of gold, another ancient Japanese secret. “For centuries, gold craftsmen used special handmade papers to protect the precious metal they hammered into whisper-thin leafing to enrobe the majestic pavilions. Their gold-leaf artistry transformed the supporting paper into incredibly soft, strong, and absorbent leaflets, ideal for removing excess oils from delicate skin.” 

These generously sized beauty papers do not contain powder, as other beauty papers do, so they do not interfere with makeup or add more product to your face. One paper was enough to remove oil from my forehead, nose, and chin. They come in packages of 30 and are sold for $12, and Tatcha also offers an “Evening” variety of their Aburatorigami, which is a bit smaller, enabling it to fit discreetly in your handbag, and instead of skin-colored, the paper is black (but just as awesome). The Evening Aburatorigami is sold in packs of 40 for $15.

You can find Tatcha online at Tatcha.com or at Barney’s in New York and Beverly Hills. Be sure to follow Tatcha on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on promotions and get involved with other Tatcha fans. While the skin care line can be pricey – and may be a turn off for some – I can assure you that you are getting your money’s worth. Consider this: the products themselves go a long, long way. They are meant to last! They are made with some of the finest natural ingredients this world has to offer (silk, gold, flower oils, etc.). They work, and it’s not just me testifying that. Hundreds of years of beautiful geisha skin speaks volumes!

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  1. Flower says

    Thanks for posting a review on these products! At first I was very hesitant because the line is rather new, and I have super sensitive skin & don’t want to irritate it any further. I was a little peeved at how pricey the regular sized tubs are, but I’m going to try the trial size first. I hope it does everything it says because if I can have baby skin, definitely worth the money! ;)

  2. Tunde says

    I was happy to read your review on Tatcha. I do have samples and can’t wait to try it!
    Thank you!