Editor’s note: Our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton first wrote a version of this post in October 2019, when Tatcha had a very rare sitewide sale. Today, June 27, is the last day of Tatcha’s 2022 Friends & Family Sale, and many of Rio’s favorites are 20 percent off again with the code FF2022. So we’re republishing her post to help you shop the sale smartly before it ends tonight.
Tatcha was one of the first high-end skin-care brands I fell in love with. During some of my most brutal skin phases, Tatcha products have single-handedly saved my complexion from bad breakouts, dullness, and dryness. They also have some of the best dewy-inducing, radiance-boosting, pre-event skincare I’ve ever used. What I love about Tatcha is that while the products are incredibly effective, they’re equally gentle — you get results without harsh chemicals or skin irritation.
Of course, there’s a downside: Tatcha’s goods are horrifyingly expensive. Their Indigo Cream may have made my dry, eczema-prone skin supple and soft last winter, but paying $85 to re-up became unsustainable. And while the Silk Primer rid me of my fear of primers (they usually make me break out and this one decidedly did not), 0.7 ounces of it will cost you a shocking $52. Are you upset? Ready for some good news? Here it is: Tatcha is having a 20 percent sitewide sale from now through Tuesday, September 21, if you use the code FF2021 at checkout. If you’re overwhelmed or curious where to start, I’m here to help. I created a list of all my favorite products from the Tatcha sale — some you may recognize from previous articles, some are new friends.
This Dewy Skin Cream from Tatcha has quickly become on my all time favorite pre-makeup skin prep heroes. After applying this cream, you’ll instantly notice that your skin looks plumper, brighter, and intensely nourished. I have super temperamental, eczema prone skin that loves to curse me with flakey dry patches as soon as the temperature drops below 70 degrees. This cream heals any of that and gives me the glowy skin base of my dreams. Plus, makeup glides over it like a dream. This is a must-have for any dewy skin enthusiasts or makeup lovers.
One of my all-time favorite, pre-event staples is this Violet-C Vitamin C Radiance Mask. Just to get this out of the way: This mask is the most beautiful violet color, so taking photos in it is super fun. But apart from the aesthetic delights of this product, it has awesome skin-brightening and skin-nourishing ingredients. This mask is packed with green tea, algae, and rice for anti-aging, skin-softening, and hydrating benefits, as well as two types of vitamin C (oil-soluble and water-soluble), so make sure your skin is getting that antioxidant protection and serious radiance boost.
As someone with super dry, irritated skin, I love an essence. If you haven’t yet incorporated an essence into your routine, it’s a great supplementary step to ensure your skin is getting as much moisture and nourishment as it needs after exfoliating. This essence from Tatcha I tried a little while ago and fell in love with. Much like the dewy skin cream, the ingredient list includes what Tatcha deems their “holy trinity”: green tea extract, algae, and rice which, when fermented, all have this amazing plumping, softening, and hydrating effects. This is great for anyone who struggles with dryness as it doubles the skin’s moisture in take.
This is one of the best nighttime moisturizers I have ever used. It’s very rich, but it absorbs into the skin very quickly so it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy or sticky. The product’s blend of oatmeal and Japanese indigo is calming and reparative, and has helped me calm redness from breakouts and eczema. For anyone with dry, acne prone skin, this is a must-try.
When it comes to face mists, this one is the one to try. On rushed, no makeup mornings, I sometimes use this as the only step in my routine: A few spritzes on clean skin provides nourishment and moisture, and makes my face look super-bright and dewy. On full-on glam makeup days, I use this as my final, makeup-setting step. It makes everything melt into my skin and gives a perfect, flawless finish.
I wrote a full-length review of this product, so if you want the nitty-gritty, read it. But very long story short, this is one of the only primers I’m willing to use. Not only does this never, ever make me breakout, it also keeps my makeup looking frighteningly fresh and flawless — like I’ve just applied it — all day long.
If you’re looking for a great, everyday sunscreen this one is definitely worth buying. It absorbs super quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave a white cast. Plus, after you apply, makeup glides on super easily on top of it. It also has a slight matte-ifying effect on the skin, so it won’t leave you looking greasy — which I think we all can agree is unique for an SPF.
This lip balm is not only the perfect gift (it has pretty gold flakes in it), it’s also really effective. Apparently Japanese female free-divers have used camellia oil (the main product in this balm) for thousands of years to protect their skin and hair from the salty ocean water. I can see why: this super-thick and creamy lip balm does a truly incredible job at soothing and healing chapped lips. It is probably my second favorite chapstick of all time, right after my beloved Bite Agave Lip Mask.
This is a physical — not a chemical — exfoliant. Though it is technically a scrub, it is incredibly gentle — it contains rice bran and papa enzymes and transforms into a foam when you add water to it. Tatcha’s motto is, essentially, “doing small things for your skin every day will give you the best results” (instead of using super-intense chemical exfoliants, in other words). This product the definition of that ethos: It’ll never make your skin red and dry, and will make your skin noticeably smoother within just one use.
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