Geisha have long relied on gold to give their skin an incandescent glow. No matter the skin tone, pure gold adds a glow and a touch of luxury to the beauty ritual.

Science

A study by the Journal for the American Medical Association tested gold leaf on low blood-flow skin ulcers, with positive results. Additional research studies suggest that gold may also be beneficial in treating autoimmune diseases and inflammation.

History

Gold-leaf has long been added to food to show generosity and hospitality when entertaining guests, representing glamour and opulence. It has been used for centuries in Eastern diets and medicine, believed to help heart disease, arthritis and even depression.

Provenance

Tatcha’s 23-karat gold comes from a small gold-leafing workshop outside of Kyoto, renowned for its whisper-thin sheets of gold.

Did you Know?

Pure gold is soft enough to be molded with the hands; one gram can be beaten into a sheet measuring one square meter, so thin that light can shine through.