The warm weather and high humidity can make our skin feel hot and bothered and thus lead to some unwanted guests on our skin (damn you clogged pores). I know we’re all a fan of instant gratification when it comes to our skincare, but sometimes we need to take it slow and really use the right ingredients to treat our skin, instead of using harsh chemicals to scrub away at it. We need to gently care for our skin because after all, you’re gonna be stuck with your skin for the rest of your life, might as well start treating it well.
Geishas are well known for their immense grace and beauty, but you’d be surprised at how amazing their skin is too, and that’s because they really take the time to look after their skin. Not to mention the products they use have some amazing skincare benefits. Now we might not be able to use the exact products the geishas use in their skincare regime, but TATCHA has some products that are pretty damn good, and their products will probably be as close as we’ll ever get when it comes to embracing the geisha lifestyle. (If only there was a cream that gave me grace in movement.)
Cleansing your skin helps to get rid of all the impurities that build up in your skin. But over cleansing can be detrimental to your skin as harsh foaming agents (sulphates) can actually strip your skin of it’s natural oils, causing dry flaky skin and even acne due to your dry, stripped skin producing more oil to compensate for the oil that has been stripped away. TATCHA’s Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is the first step in the geisha skincare ritual; it helps to melt away makeup and impurities for fresh, pure skin. The cleansing oil does not contain mineral oil so it emulsifies completely, leaving skin fresh and pure without double cleansing.
After cleansing, it’s important to follow up with a good moisturiser to nourish and hydrate the skin. Thick and creamy moisturizers work best for dry skin, whereas a gel formula would work best for oily skin. TATCHA has a range of moisturizers suited for all different skin types, but our current fave for supple geisha skin is the new Water Cream. The secret to geishas' pure skin and their fabled natural luminosity lies within this anti-aging water cream moisturizer (okay not really, but it’s pretty good at helping my skin look more “geisha”-esque). The small water particles in this cream release a burst of skin-improving nutrients, which include powerful Japanese botanicals for refreshed, hydrated poreless skin that is perfectly prepped for makeup.
+Before moisturising, don’t forget to follow up with TATCHA’s The Essence, which acts as a catalyst to help your other skincare products penetrate more deeply into your pores.
Finally, to bring back luminosity and life into your skin, give your skin a light spritz of the TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (if the word luminous is in the name, you can be sure it’ll give you radiant geisha like skin). This mist is the perfect way to end your skincare routine (or even to set your makeup) as it offers a boost of hydration for a naturally glowing finish. This delicate mist can be used day or night, before or after applying makeup. And the results from this mist include dewy, silken, fresh-looking skin. Together these three items leave the skin feeling pure, petal fresh and luminous all summer long. What more do you want?
+To protect your skin against free radicals and sun damage, the TATCHA Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen (Broad Spectrum SPF 35) provides protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. The non-greasy formula tightens pores and is perfect as a primer for makeup, making it an everyday essential. Sunscreen is your friend kids, don’t you ever forget it
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TATCHA Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil - HK$440
TATCHA Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen - HK$580
TATCHA The Essence - HK$790
TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist - HK$460
TATCHA The Water Cream - HK$570
All products available at JOYCE Beauty and Lane Crawford.
All photos courtesy of TATCHA. Graphics by Jade Collins.