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A Closer Look At Tatcha's Soothing Renewal Treatment

tatcha soothing renewal tratment
Is a Solution for:
Eczema, Sensitive Skin
November 30, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments

Tatcha is an American brand with a Japanese sensibility. The origination myth includes the founder’s encounter with a real-life geisha and blotting paper acquired at a Kyoto pharmacy. The brand is focused on soothing unhappy skin using ingredients inspired by a lucky encounter with the “oldest beauty book in Japan.” I decided to open Tatcha’s kimono by randomly selecting Soothing Renewal Treatment ($98).

The secret sauce is 3% colloidal oatmeal, apparently the highest amount used in a skin care product. Colloidal means that the oatmeal has been ground to super fine nanoparticles. Tatcha says that it soothes the skin and gives it a silky feel. Actually, this is probably not giving the ingredient full credit since, according to a study, it has antioxidant beta-glucans, and phenols that are ultraviolet absorbers. Plus, there’s saponins that account for its cleansing ability (source). A lot to ponder on when you have your next bowl of oatmeal.

Tatcha’s other signature ingredient is a kind of buckwheat known as Chinese or Japanese indigo. It is indeed a blue dye, but I imagine the reason it is used here is primarily because of its antibacterial and antioxidant properties (source), which may be helpful against acne.

There’s nothing outstanding amongst the other (still fairly decent) actives such as soy, rice germ, algae, green tea and chamomile. Ironically, there are some ingredients that are known irritants such as propanediol, Diisostearyl Malate, behenyl alcohol, disodium EDTA, and phenoxyethanol. Most of the other synthetics are silicones or harmless polymers.

My take is that the overall formula is unexceptional, but if the 3% of oatmeal lives up to the science, then $98 to have skin irritations soothed could be worth it.

  • December 16, 2016

    by Amy

    REVIEW on Tatcha - most of their entire line are free of lots of bad stuff. This product was extremely popular (now discontinued) this is primarily for spot or patch treatments for angry, red, eczema, rash, or similar. U can use it all over though & I have used it with great success! I even won at least 5 other people over to loving it.
    NEW! - Indigo triple recovery complex- is free of anything u question, includes anti aging too. (Fragrance free)
    INDIGO line by Tatcha is worthy of its critical acclaim, user reviews. Includes body balm, hand cream, enzyme rice exfoliant, triple recovery complex, body gommage polisher (heavenly) visit ultra friendly website to look at full ingredients list for each product. Each are formulated for their intended purpose. They are a natural beautiful blue Indigo color -They contain high levels & areas of Indigo plant.
    Free shipping along with free returns & more make them a rare customer service entity. Just look for yourself as their line is diverse yet simple. They do not make wild claims either?

  • December 5, 2015

    by Angel

    I love the uniqueness of Tatcha. It leaves my skin smooth and refreshed looking much younger.

  • December 5, 2015

    by Vicki Stevens

    I want to say that I have very dry skin because I use Prescription Retin A to combat wrinkles. I have tried every cream on the Market including La Mer, Chanel, and there isnt room to mention them all. Tatcha Enriched Renewal cream is the only face cream that keeps my face hydrated all day long. I love every Tatch product, the Camilla cleansing oil, the rice powder, and the eye cream. Tatcha is a high end product so it costs a bit more, but it is worth every penny.

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