I am a big fan of powdered exfoliators–I find them fun to use (there’s just something about mixing the product with water to form a paste that brings out your inner science-geek/child ), gentle, and really effective. It took a long time for me to get over “the bigger the grains, the more effective” type of mindset that I had when I was younger but once I started playing around with exfoliators with more refined grains, I never looked back. It’s just like sandpaper–the finer the grit, the more even the polish. TATCHA’s is one of the most refined powders I have tried–it’s super gentle but surprisingly effective.
This exfoliating cleanser comes in 3 versions: Classic, Gentle, and Deep. TATCHA recommends that those with sensitive skin use the Gentle version, which contains licorice root to soothe. The Classic version contains conditioning pearl extract and is recommended for normal to combination skin. The Deep version, which contains the herb Dokudami to help clarify, is recommended for oily and/or “active” skin. I have tried the other 2 but my favorite is probably the Classic, despite having oily, acne-prone skin. It has enough texture to really do its job but is also gentle enough for me to use every day, if I wanted to.
The enzyme powder comes packaged in an elegant jar made of pearly plastic. There is a stopper over the product to minimize waste and mess. To open, simply slide the white tab up and it reveals a small circular opening to pour the product out of (see photo below).
I have tried many of these types of powered exfoliators/cleansing products–Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, bareMinerals Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser, Dermalogica Microfoliant…after having tried these, I have really come to know what I am looking for. I like when a powdered exfoliator retains a bit of it’s grainy texture after water has been added. With all of the other ones I’ve tried, once you’ve mixed with water in the palm of your hand, the grains tend to dissolve almost completely. Amore Pacific’s version turned into a silky lather with virtually no grains, as did bareMineral’s. Dermalogica had a tiny bit of grain left but not enough that I could really feel it.
*UPDATE: it’s worth noting that you should be really careful about how much water you add to the powder. For best results, I suggest just barely turning the tap on and adding several drops at a time until you reach your desired consistency. If you add too much all at once, the powder is rendered quite ineffective and you lose that all that great texture
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Now I know what the point of micro-exfoliation is and I don’t necessarily need to feel like I’m rubbing sandpaper on my face, but I do like to actually feel there are some grains to buff my skin a bit. The Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is an effective micro-exfoliant, is truly gentle enough for everyday use, and even works well as a stand-alone cleanser, though if I’m using it alone, I usually reserve it for mornings-only when my skin just needs a very gentle cleanse to remove oil (I wouldn’t rely on just this to remove all the sweat, dirt, oil, and/or makeup from your face at the end of the day). Otherwise, I will wash my face with TATCHA’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil at night and then follow with the Enzyme Powder to get a little micro-exfoliation in.
With these types of powdered exfoliants, I have a tendency to want to dump a large palm-full into my hand for some reason but please refrain with TATCHA’s version–not only is it pricey ($65/2.1 oz. [60 g.]) but you only need a tiny amount (I would say nickel to quarter-sized, depending on your preference) to cover your entire face and neck. The product actually lathers up quite nicely but, as mentioned before, does retain a bit of it’s graininess to provide some gentle buffing action.
I have been using this product for over a month and I have had no adverse reactions–only smooth, polished, clean skin. I feel like it does its job well and would truly work for all skin types. Though I think it’s great that there are 3 different versions available, I maintain that Classic can be used for all skin types–it’s really the perfect in-between. It’s gritty enough to really micro-exfoliate but also gentle and fine enough to work on the most sensitive skin. Those with very sensitive skin may not be able to use it as often but I do believe it will work for them just as well.
I will definitely be repurchasing this product. Though it’s the priciest one I’ve found yet, it’s also the most effective and worth every single penny. It really has to be tried to be believed! If you have been searching for the perfect, gentle micro-exfoliant, look no further than TATCHA. The brand’s offerings will blow you away!
»»Pricing: $65/2.1 oz. (60 g.)
»»Recommended for: all skin types (though there are 2 other great versions available as well)
»»Overall Rating: A
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