The Essence Plumping Skin Softener
Tatcha’s The Essence Plumping Skin Softener contains a nourishing blend of fermented green tea, rice and algae as well as other gentle, fragrance-free ingredients making this a soothing option for any skin type.
Housed in a beautifully adorned yet sturdy bottle, The Essence Plumping Skin Softener pours out into the palm of your hand as a water-light liquid formula, which Tatcha suggests you then press into skin. The formula absorbs weightlessly and imperceptibly, making this an easy product to layer into your skin care routine.
The mix of plant-based antioxidants help combat the effects of environmental stressors skin faces daily, helping it maintain its youthfulness. You’re also getting ingredients that rejuvenate skin’s surface thanks to their softening and conditioning properties. Penetration-enhancing propanediol helps ensure the formula can get where it needs to in order to work effectively.
As for Tatcha’s claims that The Essence Plumping Skin Softener, “instantly doubles skin’s natural moisture content, above and beyond the results from a moisturizer, softening and plumping the look of fine lines and wrinkles,” that’s a stretch. You’re not likely to see a noticeable plumping effect after using this formula (we certainly didn’t).
For a product that has received as much hype as this has, we like to remind people to keep their expectations realistic. There’s nothing mind blowing about the formula (it’s not the fountain of youth in bottle), but it’s a still has merit and earns our praise for nourishing skin with beneficial ingredients.
Note: The lower portion of The Essence Plumping Skin Softener’s bottle is frosted in an ombre design. Because that may allow some amount of light in, we suggest storing this in a dark place to protect the light-sensitive ingredients (i.e. antioxidants).
- Provides skin with a generous dose of soothing antioxidants.
- Contains skin-conditioning and softening ingredients.
- Absorbs weightlessly, making it compatible with any skin type.
- Fragrance free.
- Partially frosted bottle is best stored away from light to protect the superstar ingredients.
- Overhyped claims (the formula isn’t as robust as the best essences out there.)
A daily seven-second ritual to reveal your softest, most youthful-looking skin, delivering:
- Antiaging: pure, 98.7 percent hadasei-3, a concentrate of nourishing green tea, rice, and algae—Japan’s three essential nutrients for skin health and youthful radiance.
- Smoothing and resurfacing: the natural fermentation of these nutrients produces lactic acid, helping to support natural cell turnover for improved skin texture and a smooth luster.
- Plumping hydration: instantly doubles skin’s natural moisture content, above and beyond the results from a moisturizer, softening and plumping the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Maximizes performance of all skin care: skin’s channels are flush with lasting hydration, creating a pathway to deliver treatments that follow more deeply and amplifying their effectiveness.
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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