WHEN AUSTRALIA MET TATCHA Was it love at first sight?

It was a long time coming but Japanese inspired skincare line, Tatcha, finally hit Australian shores a few months ago.

Tatcha is readily available at Mecca Cosmetica stores Australia wide where Luminous Dewy Skin Mist can’t seem to stay in stock thanks to eager skincare enthusiasts. And yes, I am one of them. I picked up a few products from the range an after using them for a few months, I have multiple thoughts.

Tatcha creates unique formulas from scratch with scientists from Japan and the US. The basis of all their products is a blend of anti-aging superfoods called Hadisei-3; green tea, rice and algae. Tatcha also utilizing other precious ingredients such as gold, collodial oatmeal, silk, pearl and indigo. These ingredients are combined with inspiration from Japanese beauty regimes to create unique, effective skincare.

Arguably Tatcha’s most iconic product, Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, is essentially a liquid moisturiser in spray form. Full of luscious antioxidants and humectants, LDSM will rehydrate the skin and can be used under or over makeup. Tatcha recommends spritzing 1-2 times, six inches away from the face. I found this was no where near enough and actually required 3-4 times that amount. This hurts when the full size bottle is only 40ml. It’s a very fine mist (which contributes to why you need to spray so much) so it is a super luxe spray to use. I enjoyed this most over my makeup to add glow and dewiness to my complexion. In terms of my skincare regime, I find an essence much more effective.

I also picked up the Camellia Beauty Oil which boasts 23k gold flakes. This is a super light weight oil (or ‘gateway oil’ as I like to call it) with a blend of Camellia Oil and Squalene. If you haven’t quite bought into the idea of using an oil yet, this one is good place to start. The thin consistency makes it comfortable to use and it absorbs rapidly into the skin. Beauty Oil has an impressive lineup of anti-oxdiants and anti-inflammatories such as Licorice Root Extract, Green Tea, Rice Extract and Vitamin E to protect the skin from environmental damage.

Lastly, I caved and purchased the Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream. This blue wonder appealed to me firstly due to its stamp of approval from the National Eczema Association and its 3% concentration of Colloidal Oatmeal. This sounded like just the trick for my red, pregnant skin.

I have really enjoyed this cream but in a very particular way. I found directly applied on top of my cannot/will not live without La Mer Treatment Lotion or layered on top of my regular serums, Indigo cream did not absorb. Like at all. My face stayed super sticky which made for a kind of gross night’s sleep. Now obviously at $195 a pop, I persisted. I mixed a couple of drops of Camellia Oil into my Indigo cream and now it absorbed like a dream. My skin felt plump and moisturised like a rich cream should but not tacky. As I continued with this combination I noticed little red bumps forming so I cut back to using this every second night and it was perfection.

So that’s how I use Tatcha Indigo cream; every second night and mixed with Camellia Oil. Used this way it has dramatically improved the redness and irritation my skin was experiencing. I think the take away here (and the mistake I made) is, Indigo cream is not an average, everyday moisturiser. I consider it a skin treatment and I use it as such.

Although my socks remain firmly not knocked off, I do think Tatcha is worth a look in as they are quite unique formulas and what doesn’t work for one person could be another person’s La Mer Treatment Lotion.

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