Luminous Dewy Skin Mask
Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mask absolutely leaves skin glowing and contains a handful of beneficial ingredients; unfortunately, the formula is held back by its potential to sensitize skin.
The culprit? The wafting amount of fragrance emitted while you wear this sheet mask, which is potent enough to leave us concerned about the risk of irritation for skin (see More Info for details).
We also have to point out how messy Luminous Dewy Skin Mask is. While we appreciate the fact that Tatcha didn’t skimp on the milky-serum formula, the sheet mask is so saturated and liquidy-wet that it drips all over the place, even on to clothes. The slipperiness also made it difficult to keep the sheet mask from sliding off—we constantly had to readjust it.
That’s a bummer considering this mask otherwise has a lot to offer—particularly for dehydrated, lackluster skin. It leaves a truly luminous, dewy glow that lasts for hours thank to the blend of skin-softening, replenishing ingredients including glycerin, squalene, sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) and beneficial plant oils. We also appreciate the mix of antioxidants for added anti-aging benefit.
Here’s to hoping Tatcha will make a fragrance-free (and less drippy) version in the future! Until then, you’re better off checking out the best face masks we’ve reviewed.
- Contains beneficial antioxidants + moisturizing/skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Leaves skin soft, with a dewy glow that lasts for hours.
- Highly-fragrant formula spells trouble for skin.
- Ultra-saturated sheet mask tends to drips throughout wear.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
A silky soft, skin-fitting sheet mask that delivers a healthy drink of ultra-hydrating botanical oils and extracts for a dewy glow in just one use.
The allure of ancient beauty treatments coupled with modern science is tempting for many peopleand the Japan-inspired brand Tatcha plays that combination up to the max. As the story goes, Harvard graduate and businesswoman Victoria Tsai, had a chance encounter with a modern-day geisha on a trip to Kyoto, Japan. What followed was an introduction to a fabled book on the beauty secrets of the geisha, which led to Tsais desire to translate these secrets and tips into a modern-day skincare line.
The hallmark ingredients Tsai and her team seem most interested in are of Japan-inspired such as green tea, red algae, and rice bran which are supposedly mentioned often in the ancient geisha beauty book. Although all three of these ingredients have merit for skin, research hasnt shown them to purify or do some of the other things for skin that Tatcha claims. What you really need to know is none of these are the solution for any skin concern or for any skin type.
One more point, the entire premise of Tatcha is built around Japanese geishas beauty routines, but this assumes that under all of their decorative makeup, geishas have (or had) beautiful, flawless skin. In all likelihood, some do and some dont, but its quite likely that when unadorned and viewed close up, these women have the same types of skin issues as women the world oversave for perhaps fewer signs of sun damage, as most east Asian cultures are careful about avoiding sun exposure.
Enough about the marketing story because what really matters is the quality of the products and whether or not they are beneficial for skin. The short answer is this line has more problematic formulations than beneficial ones.
Chief among the concerns that keep us from getting behind this line are an abundance of fragrance (natural or not, fragrance can irritate skin) and several products housed in jars that expose their delicate ingredients to light and air.
Admittedly, its easy to get swept up in what the ancients knew and kept to themselves for centuries, only to have these seemingly amazing secrets finally divulged. We wish that were a wise way to find the best products for your skin, but despite Tatchas promises, your skin will be left wanting more.
For more information about Tatcha visit www.tatcha.com.
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