My Favourite Facial Essences (Part 2)

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Hello! I am back on the second part of the favourite facial essences. If you have not read on the first part, kindly do so before you come back to this post.

For this 2nd part, I’ll be focusing on the mid-range (price less than $150) and the affordable ones (price less than $80).

Prices are stated in SGD

Favourite mid-range facial essence: TATCHA The Essence (Plumping Skin Softener).

Photo credit: tatcha.com

This TATCHA The Essence retails at $140 for 150ml. Compared to SK-II facial treatment essence of $220 for 160ml, the price is pretty reasonable.

I know some might not be familiar with this brand. TATCHA is a Japanese inspired beauty brand based in San Francisco, California, founded by Victoria Tsai in 2009.

Adapted from their webpage: “After a decade of working for large corporations, Victoria Tsai yearned for simplicity and authenticity in her life. Suffering from acute dermatitis and developing a keen awareness of the importance of ingredients on the skin, she began traveling East in search of a more evolved, holistic approach to beauty. On a trip to Kyoto, she discovered a world of pure beauty, craftsmanship and heritage. An encounter with a modern-day geisha changed her life“. Read more: tatcha

What’s so special?

It contains 98.7% of this unique active ingredient: Hadasei-3™.

Hadasei-3™ comprised of Japan’s 3 essential nutrients for a healthy skin and youthful radiance:

  • Uji Green tea: Prized throughout Japan as the purest, finest source of Green Tea, this powerful antioxidant-rich botanical from Kyoto is known to detoxify and help prevent signs of premature aging.*
  • Okinawa Mozuku Algae: This sea treasure from Japan’s tropical islands is rich in polysaccharides, essential for skin water retention and renewal.*
  • Akita Rice: This rice is known as the finest rice in Japan for its superior taste and quality. It is also a nourishing moisturizer, rich in essential proteins.*

*Information adapted from TATCHA webpage.

These nutrients undergo natural fementation to produce lactic acid that help to increase cell turnover for improved skin texture and a smooth luster. Furthermore, It promise to deliver a plumping hydration and maximizes performance of all skincare.

Similarly, this essence is an all purpose product that work on multiple skin concern and also compatible to all skin types including sensitive skin. The viscosity of this essence resembles like water.

Photo credit: tatcha.com

More information: TATCHA

In early 2018, I decided to switch from the SK-II facial essence to TATCHA the essence. What drew me in to purchase was the fact that this essence was formulated without any harmful ingredients such as mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, parabens and many more. And I was curious about how this unique ingredient: Hadasei-3™ can help my skin since it contained my-loved for green tea and rice.

Initially I purchased the travel size of the TATCHA Essence which is 25ml. This size can lasted less than 14 days that makes a great use for vacation. I decided to continue using the TATCHA essence for my skincare regimen and I got a bigger size which is only available in 150ml. This size lasted me for 3 months depending on individual usage.

I have used TATCHA essence for a year and I am pleased that it delivered what its promised. Similarly, the TATCHA essence has a slight pungent smell but it is not as strong as the SK-II. FYI: TATCHA essence is fragrance-free.Overall, my face did feel smooth and hydrated.

The plus point was my skin felt much softer like a baby skin literally and it did not cause any breakout on my skin except for occasional hormonal breakout. For fine lines and wrinkles, I really cannot comment on that because I did not experience those yet but it’s good to start using anti-aging product early to prevent or delayed it.

I don’t think there is any downside to this TATCHA essence, perhaps the cost of it. I can understand that some people are not willing to spend that much on one skincare product. So I suggest if you are new to this, you might want to get the travel size bottle to try and see if this product agrees with your skin before you consider to invest this TATCHA essence into your skincare regimen.

How to apply?

The application is the same as the SK-II facial essence, After using a toner, pour a small amount of essences onto your clean palm and gently pat on your face and neck until completely absorbed. OR another method is to pour a small amount of essence into a cotton pad and gently pat on your face and neck until completely absorbed.