One week with the japanese beauty ritual of Tatcha

I was always enchanted by Japanese beauty rituals. There is some kind of magic surrounding the ancient wisdom about skin care and Japanese elegance. I was searching the net for Japanese skin care solutions (also because I really admire the beautiful skin of so many Japanese women) when I discovered TATCHA. I immediately liked their design and concept, the simple but very noble and elegant Japanese-style packaging and the fact that in their products there are no parabens, mineral oils and other unhealthy ingredients.

My skin is dry and sensitive, so I normally alway wish to test a skin care before buying a big supply. Not only once, I bought some expensive high quality cosmetics, only to find out after a day or two that my skin did not like them at all.

I was glad to discover travel-size “Starter Ritual” sets for all skin types at TATCHA. This “Starter Ritual” set should last about two weeks (enough for me to notice a difference).

I ordered the “Starter Ritual” for dry skin. They shipped very quickly. As it is sent from the U.S. I had to wait a little, but the package took less thank 10 days to arrive to Austria, which is not bad at all.

It was worth the wait. When you open the package you find a delightful box, nicely arranged, surrounded by (in my case) purple silk paper, and a handwritten, personalised note,  wishing joy with the products.

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In my “Starter Ritual” there are:

∘The “Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil”

∘The ” Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder”

∘”The Essence”

∘The “Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream”

Plus, 3 samples of other products I could choose with my order.

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∘STEP 1: The “Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil” is an amazing cleansing oil one has to apply on dry skin, massage in, and finally rinse with water. It purifies the skin also from make up and water-proof make up, too. The sensation after washing out the oil is very nice, already very clean and refreshed. The scent is very delicate.

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∘STEP 2: The next step ist this amazing “Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder”. It´s a luxurious powder that has to be mixed to a little water to create a creamy texture, that , applied to wet skin, exfoliates lightly the skin and purifies perfectly. After this step, my skin feels very clean, but not dry at all.

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∘STEP 3: “The Essence” is the next step. This fluid hydrates and softens the skin and makes the skincare work better. It has to be applied with the fingers, and it feels very refreshing and soothing.

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∘STEP 4: The “Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream” is a really amazing cream. It´s non-irritating and very, very protecting and soothing. On my skin it feels like a rich protection shield against dryness and environmental damages. Plus, my skin gets the kind of radiant glow that is described as a typical Japanese skincare property. For the whole day, my skin doesn’t get dry and feels very good.

After a week of testing, I am really impressed by the high quality of this “Beauty Ritual” by Tatcha. My skin did not break out, no redness, an improved skin quality and tone, and an healthy glow. For my very sensitive skin, this is more than very good, I am really happy with the results. I can really recommend these products!

For more informations, here the link to Tatcha 

 

As in all my posts, this is just my personal opinion, but I hope you like to read my experiences with the products I use and test.

This week`s beauty product review: face masks by Lavera

Weather changes, an unhealthy diet, stress and much more factors can weaken your skin, as you know. So, as I am going through some busy time, last week I was looking for new face masks. My skin was quite dry and uneven. You know, changes of seasons are always a challenge for the skin, here we got from quite cold, to hot summer!

I did not have the time to go to my usual beauty store and get a full consulting, and I also wanted to try different masks without spending a fortune. You know, high priced products are not always so good for you, it depends a lot on your skin type and personal sensibilities. I have of course a favourite face cream I do not want to miss (more about it in a later post), but it´s an expensive brand, and they don`t sell singular masks, just a big pot for more that one application.

So, I opted for the drugstore (where I normally buy rather cleaners and paper towels than products for my skin). But today, fortunately, you can find very fine natural cosmetic at drugstores, too. So why not give them a try! The only important rule I try to follow, is to use products without silicone, parabens and other unhealthy ingredients.

After some disappointing experiences with other face masks from famous brands I will not name (my face looking completely dry or red after use), I gave Lavera a try. This natural cosmetic brand is completely made in Germany. As I could read on their website, their products are  100% certified natural cosmetic, free from harming ingredients and produced in a sustainable and environmental friendly manner, plus they are against animal testing. This sounds very good.

I bought each an exemplar of the 4 types of the sigle-application face masks. There are a purifying mask, a firming mask, a deep hydrating mask, and a Q10 mask – my favourite for sensitive skin!

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I like also the packaging, it´s pretty and does well in display in your bathroom or on your vanity table.

I am very impressed by the good quality of these products because of the low price (here in Austria you can buy them for less than 1.5€ each, and the portions are quite generous, so if you close them accurately you could have two applications). The price was the thing that made me sceptical in the first place. How could a quite cheap product be really good? But I had to change my mind!

I can recommend each of them, depending on your type of skin and your needs.

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The purifying mask (green one) is perfect for oily skin, but also if you need a deep cleansing of your skin, or, for example if it is really hot outside, this is going to refresh your face and make you feel clean.

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The Q10 mask (light blue one) is my favourite. I have very sensitive and dry skin, and this mask nourishes and evens my face without feeling oily or heavy. I can imagine this mask is also perfect if you had a too long sun exposure, or if you suffer allergies. The formula is very calming, as it contains also organic aloe vera and jojoba oil.

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The deep hydrating mask (pink one) is also perfect for dry and itchy skin, with nourishing ingredients like wild rose and avocados for a deep hydration. The scent is also lovely (and the packaging is pink, so…)

∘ The firming mask (purple one) has some very good anti-age ingredients like white tea, hyaluron, and pomegranate oil. I am lucky not having many wrinkles, so I could not compare the improving effects on my face, but this mask is very pleasing and nourishing on the skin. I can imagine that it might support the elasticity and texture for a quite fresh appearance.

Recapitulating, I can recommend all four masks, as I found the experience an the quality excellent. All masks have a creamy texture, which makes the application easy,  but they do not drop, so you can relax and do other things in the meantime.

Visit the Lavera page for more informations, and to find out where you can buy or order the products from where you live ( and please, don´t hesitate asking questions).

I hope you liked it!

Lavera international

Lavera Germany/Europe

*I would like to point out that this is my personal experience with these products, and I am not sponsored by this brand at all. My reviews are quite personal, but I like to share my experiences and good products with you, as you may be interested.