The Best Tatcha Skincare Products For Summer According To Founder Vicky Tsai (& How To Use Them In Your Routine)
As you click through Sephora's website, hunting for the best Tatcha skincare products, you may find yourself with more questions than answers. If so, you're not alone. "I’m often asked about understanding J-beauty and how to incorporate it into one’s skincare routine. People are really interested in the idea of high-quality ingredients that have withstood the test of time, but they don’t always understand how to apply that to themselves," explains Vicky Tsai — founder of the luxury J-beauty brand Tatcha and speaker at the recent stop of the SEPHORiA Masterclass Tour in Houston — to The Zoe Report over email. And while Tsai helped lead a masterclass over the weekend, the beauty mogul had a few extra tips to share with TZR — including which products she personally adores.
There can be a learning curve to Tatcha's lineup, though. "I’m often asked what an essence is, or how to use cleansing oil, or what daily exfoliant does for the skin? People also want to know how they can use skin care to make makeup go on easier and last longer. Lately, 'clean' has been a big source of questions — what does it mean, how important is it, what ingredients should I look for or avoid?" Tsai explains. (Tatcha's products fall under the Clean at Sephora umbrella, which means they're specifically made without certain ingredients like parabens or sulfates.)
However, Tsai notes that there are plenty of easy-to-understand skincare steps you can take at home — whether you're a newbie or not. "First and foremost: sunscreen! You should be wearing one every day," Tsai says. "We created our Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen to be free of any questionable ingredients, and lightweight enough to wear every day, even under makeup. It has silk extract in it for a bit of hydration and leaves skin with a satiny finish."
Make sure you keep an eye on your local weather station, too. "Your skin may need different moisturizers based on the weather and humidity. In the summer, try a lighter moisturizer like The Water Cream — it’s an oil-free formula with Japanese wild rose to help clear and tighten pores," Tsai notes. "Even in humid weather, skin is in need of hydration. We created The Satin Skin Mist to help keep skin hydrated and oil balanced — it has Okinawa Kucha clay to help absorb excess oil, and a water-light formula to keep skin hydrated and nourished."
Of course, you may get all your burning skincare questions answered if you happen to live close enough to attend the SEPHORiA festival and Tsai's beauty workshop. "The masterclass is about re-thinking skincare as self-care. We often disassociate our skin from our mental, physical, and spiritual health," she says. "We’ll be talking about how your skin is a reflection, and caring for it isn’t about more steps and harsher ingredients; it’s about caring for yourself."
Feeling prepared to embark on your skincare journey? Tsai also shared seven of her personal favorite Tatcha products with TZR — and you can see all of them just by scrolling down.
Shop Vicky Tsai's Tatcha Picks
"No matter how busy or tired I am, I always take my makeup off at the end of the day," Tsai says."This cleansing oil turns what used to be a chore into something I look forward to. It melts away makeup, dirt, excess oil, and SPF, leaving my skin feeling fresh and pure."
Unlike other exfoliants out there, Tatcha's cult-favorite Rice Polish is easy on skin — yet still effective. "I used to think of exfoliating my skin as a harsh scrub once a week, until I learned about daily exfoliation. The Rice Polish has enzymes to gently polish the skin like a jewel, helping to remove dead skin and debris while promoting cell turnover," Tsai explains.
"For years, I didn’t understand what an essence does and thought of it as an unnecessary additional step," Tsai says. "Our skincare scientists at the Tatcha Institute created this and gave it to me to try, and it was transformative. It plumps your skin with hydration, allowing any treatment you use afterwards to work even better. I use it twice a day now and won’t go without it."
"I can’t leave the house without this," Tsai says — and she's not alone. This primer is a cult hit, with more than 1,200 perfect reviews at Sephora. "It’s created of layers of pressed silk that form a weightless barrier on the skin. If worn alone, it creates a filter finish and protects skin from pollution. If worn under makeup, it helps makeup glide on more smoothly and last longer, and it keeps the makeup out of pores and skin."
"We wanted to create a serum that would help with brightness, softness, and smoothness. The Violet-C Brightening Serum has natural acids from seven different fruits to soften and smooth the skin, while Japanese Angelica root and 20 percent vitamin C help create a bright, even tone," Tsai notes.
Wondering if you're the only one to swap out skin care depending on your mood? Turns out, this professional does it, too. "I change my moisturizer depending on the seasons, travel, or whatever my skin needs," Tsai says. "With all my travel lately, my skin has been dry and I have been using our Dewy Skin Cream. It contains Japanese purple rice and Okinawa algae to help the skin retain hydration and leaves my skin glowing."