The Water Cream





The Water Cream

This oil-free, anti-aging water cream releases a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients, powerful botanicals and optimal hydration for pure, poreless skin.


Size:  50 ml | 1.7 fl. oz.

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Why It Works

  • Provides nutrient-rich, balanced hydration: Unique water-burst cream breaks upon application to deeply deliver treatment benefits, hydrating without leaving skin sticky or greasy.
  • Clarifies and refines skin with pure, powerful Japanese botanicals:
    • Japanese Wild Rose visibly tightens pores and smoothes skin texture.
    • Japanese Leopard Lily helps control excess oil and clarify skin by encouraging natural skin turnover.
  • Delivers anti-aging Japanese superfoods:
    • Hadasei-3™, an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice & algae, restores healthy-looking, youthful radiance.
    • Imparts a subtle, shine-free glow with a touch of 23-karat gold.


Oil-free. Non-comedogenic. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing. Dermatologist tested. Cruelty-free.
Formulated without:
Mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, sulfate detergents, parabens, urea, DEA, TEA or phthalates.


​Tatcha’s trinity of anti-aging superfoods reveals soft, youthful skin.

Uji Green Tea

Prized throughout Japan as the purest, finest source of Green Tea, this powerful antioxidant-rich botanical from Kyoto is known to detoxify and help prevent signs of premature aging.

Okinawa Mozuku Algae

This sea treasure from Japan’s tropical islands is rich in polysaccharides, essential for skin water retention and renewal.

Akita Rice

This rice is known as the finest rice in Japan for its superior taste and quality. It is also a nourishing moisturizer, rich in essential proteins.

How To Use

Suggested Usage

Scoop a pearl-sized amount of cream with the gold spoon. Massage onto face, neck and décolletage in upward strokes. Use daily, morning and night.

Suggested Ritual

Step 3.
The Essence Plumping Skin Softener

Step 4.
The Water Cream

The Water Cream is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 105.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In LOVE This is an incredible moisturizer! I have been using Tatcha products for about 4 months now. I started with a kit of travel size. I am in love. I am 53 years old and my skin is amazing. I get so many compliments on my skin since using the cleansing oil, the rice powder cleanser, the essence, and the water cream. I just ordered the oil. I have both lipsticks. I can honestly say I will never put another product on my skin ... Oh and I must not forget the incredible beautiful Violet c mask, also just started the indigo recovery cream. Amazing!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Oily-skin savior! Tatcha has never disappointed me with any of their products and The Water Cream is no different! It's so difficult to describe the feeling of applying this moisturizer. When you pick it up on the elegant spoon, it feels like a super emollient cream. But as you apply it, it turns to air, water, something that feels so light and refreshing. You simply have to try it to understand. My oily skin was balanced all day long and when I got home from work at night it still felt soft and plump. The Water Cream is another Tatcha miracle!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ADDICTED AND A PUSHER! 1- I will never go back to revisit another moisturizer! I got a jar of it for Christmas and am on my third jar now at the end of September, so, prepare to use about 3-4 jars a year! And you will - bc it's so addictive. 2- I've had ppl Ive known for years (who don't know I've changed products) tell me how amazing my skin is looking after a solid 2 months of use. My mother (not a beauty fanatic) literally told me that my pores look so good lately. (Working on converting her, but she's cheap). Lol 3- I am so enamoured of this product I've made two friends try mine who are now addicted - and, weirdly, have brought it to work to make a close coworker try it and he was VERY into it! Next purchase for him! If Tatacha had a sales program I'd be on my way to a pink Cadillac! Ladies, try it, you'll love it!
Date published: 2018-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flawless formula, transforms skin! After using a week my skin looks incredible! My pores have disappeared, tone is even, and I'm breakout free! This cream is a miracle!
Date published: 2018-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Grail Moisturizer I have oily skin that's prone to break-outs, and I've been looking for a really nice weightless gel moisturizer that has no shiny residue and cares for oily skin, all without compromising the integrity of the moisturizer. I found that a lot of moisturizers for oily/acne skin were really quite light and didn't give me the moisture I wanted for a night cream. I picked up a tub of this at Sephora after hearing about the brand for a while, and from the first use, I've been in love. The packaging is SO pretty, and I really like how it comes with a golden spatula to prevent contamination and spreading of bacteria. The product smells clean, but it's not overpowering at all. It has the power of a heavy moisturizer, but the finish of a gel - exactly what I was looking for. 10/10 product.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Moisturizer! I received a sample of this product from Tatcha before it's official release. I have been using their products for many years now. This has to be my new favorite Tatcha product! The Water Cream left my skin with a smooth, poreless finish. It was light enough to use in the AM before applying my make-up and also heavy enough to be used as a PM moisturizer. I purchased this as soon as it was available. It is a must have for my oily skin! Thanks, Tatcha for another amazing product!
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER I can't say enough good things about this product. I'm on my third full size of this moisturizer. I have extremely dry and sensitive skin- I use this product as more of a base layer serum, followed by the indigo cream- and those two combined make my skin look and feel so amazing. My pores have gotten smaller, the rosacea on my cheeks has gone away, and I finally feel comfortable going out without any makeup at all.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointing I had really high hopes for The Water Cream because of so many enthusiastic reviews from other oily skinned folks. However using this during the day exacerbates my oiliness. I have given this product a full three weeks of daily use in hopes my skin would adjust to it. On a more positive note, I am having better luck with the Indigo Sensitive Starter Kit Moisturizer that was purchased at the same time - perhaps daytime usage of that set will be more agreeable to my oily skin.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sticky I bought the travel size of this product and I'm so glad I didn't spend the money on full size. I loved how little product I had to use to cover my face but it just sits on top of my skin. Based on past moisturizers, I know my skin could absorb both gel and cream textures. I left this on for about 10-15 minutes before I did my face makeup and I could still see the whole layer of moisturizer. It felt incredibly sticky to the touch. My concealer was blotchy when I tried to blend it and setting it with powder made it look worse. I wiped my face with micellar water after about 3 hours and saw all the dust from walking around stuck to my skin. Not good. I also tried wearing it at night but I could feel my face sticking to my pillow.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My holy grail moisturizer I first stumbled across this product at a partner retailer in-store and reluctantly agreed to try it upon discovering that another brand's moisturizer that I had used as part of my routine had been discontinued. Best. Decision. Ever. I love how this absorbs easily into my skin, especially after using Tatcha's Essence, and noticed my skin beginning to even out, and appear much more hydrated and supple. I knew it wasn't just me when I began to get compliments about my skin. When I saw that the first jar I bought was low I trotted back to the store for another and learned just how much EVERYONE loves this moisturizer because it was sold out. Bought for the second time directly from Tatcha and my skin continues to be happy!
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Won't be without it! I have been using the deep cleansing ritual for 3 months now and will NEVER use anything else again. The water cream for me is what brings it all together. I ran out of it for 2 weeks and just used my old moisturizer in it's place while I waited on it to arrive. I received it a week ago and can't believe the difference it makes to the whole ritual and I will not be without it again. It truly is the best moisturizer I've ever used and is the key to making the whole ritual work and see the best results.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Moisterizer This is special even compared to other water creams. This breaks into the most watery liquid yet and is absorbed fast. It has a light scent to it that disappears fast. This is great for Florida weather year round. I have not broken out in tiny bumps since I've started using this. I use this as a day moisturizer under my Tatcha sunscreen.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really impressed I have combination skin and it's easy for my skin to get greasy when I use moisturizers. I can honestly say when I use this moisturizer it makes me feel hydrated without making my skin oily which is pretty amazing. I originally purchased the travel kit and I have now purchased the full size. I will say I was not a huge fan of the ginger type smell it has but I began to like it after I used it enough times.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don’t listen to the nay-sayers I can’t possibly begin to comprehend how someone would claim this is un moisturizing- it does EXACTLY what it claims and literally feels like you’ve splashed yourself in the face with water after application. My skin feels soft, plump, INSANELY MOISTURIZED, non greasy, and my pores do appear diminished after use. I’ve only had this for 3 days now and I can’t wait to see what 2 months of use reveals.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I have combination skin and I ordered this with high hopes. Unfortunately this made my skin break out badly and did not provide enough moisture. The texture reminds me of potato flour mixed with water. I really don't know what the hype is about.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the philosophy I like the formula of this Water Cream- like a gel-cream, lightweight, and easy to absorb. And the fine gold powder gives a subtle glow. This is best for combination to oily skin, and I prefer to use it as a night cream. If use it as day cream, you need to put some SPF on top of it because it's so light and doesn't have protective SPF.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from one small problem... This is the best cream on the market I have tried by far! A little goes a long way and my face is more hydrated and smooth. Everything was perfect until i opened the cream... it had a huge air bubble in it and doesn’t have very much product in it :( and that is my go to everyday cream. I’d give it 5 stars but now i have to order another water cream...
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from no oily feeling I hate most creams/moisturizers because of the oily layer it leaves. This feels really great to put on and is only slightly sticky for 1-2 hours. It then absorbs and feels nice for the rest of the day/night. There IS a scent that is pretty strong when applying.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm Giving this water cream a ring! The best moisturizer I've ever had! Believe me, I have tried a lot and I haven't stuck to any moisturizer, almost every one of them disappointed me. Only the water cream made me very loyal! Its not heavy, its great under my make up, it won't make my foundation "clumpy" like other moisturizers after couple of hours. Thanks Tatcha, for sharing this beauty secret! ❤️
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny I have only had this product for a few days now, but the difference it has made in my skin has been amazing! I use the Water Cream morning and night and it's true that a little goes a long way! Every other moisturizer I have ever used made me feel greasy and heavy by the morning or mid afternoon but this does not! It's so light but so effective that my combination skin feels like its getting all it needs and I'm not dry in any area or overly oily in others. My skin has never felt better and my redness has calmed down so so much already! I will for sure purchase again and again!
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works wonders on my dry skin Some reviews I read felt the product didn't hydrate but I find it to be the opposite for me. This is a wonderful lightweight but powerful cream and leaves my skin hydrated and feeling soft. I don't like creams that just sit on my skin and this one does not so I even use it sometimes at night. I live in a humid area and thicker creams that don't absorb can tend to make my face feel sticky, I have no problems with this wonderful water cream. I find these products to be the best I have ever tried, and I have spent ALOT of money through the years to try a product then give it away because it either didn't work or it bothered my eyes. And...I LOVE the beautiful packaging...jars, little holders for the spoons etc.
Date published: 2019-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great daytime cream for the hot days I'm glad the sun is finally here but all my heavy winter creams won't do. Tatcha has provided us with a truly specular cream that is light, airy and feels like a refreshing burst of zen on your skin. The smoothness, clarity and refined complexion will follow. A must have in the summer months for a cool refreshing and light moisturizer
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love,Love, Love! Absolutely love this cream! It has not only kept my skin hydrated but also has helped keep my skin clear. I use it day and night. I notice a difference immediately if I skip using it just one day. This will forever hold a spot on my vanity. Now if Tatcha would just make a jumbo size like they did the oil I would be one happy camper.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for a boost of hydration! As the title goes! I have combo oily skin and use this as my night cream. Love that it glides super easily on the face and gets almost instantly absorbed into my skin! Gives a gorgeous dewy glow and works beautifully for hydration. Gonna switch to the Water Gel for a substitute when I'm done with this just to see which I like better for my night routine. The spatula does give a more luxurious feel but would much prefer a pump for a quicker application! Overall, awesome product!
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing texture! Have been using this for a week now. I use this for night and the water gel for day. Absolutely love the texture and how the cream bursts on my skin and becomes like water, infusing the skin making it soft. I have sensitive skin and so far so good, no breakouts. Absolutely love this cream!!!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is not very moisturizing This is not very moisturizing nor does it truly help with enlarged pores. At least that was my experience. I went through three moisturizers from Tatcha and just couldn't find one that would work for my skin, which is combo.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Interesting, a real Life saver! I was intrigued by this product, as I have really oily acne prone skin, and I struggle with the balance between too drying and too oil/sticky when it comes to moisturizers. However after using this for the first time a month ago, I was so impressed. It goes on so smooth and soaks in super fast. I have found after a full 30 days of using it, that my skin feels so soft, my texture is better, and my skin doesn't get nearly as oily by the end of the day.
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! I love the new Water Cream moisturizer! It soaks right in. It will be my new daytime moisturizer and I will use the Silk Cream for night.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a Fan I wanted to love this product but it felt really sticky on my face and it felt like my skin wasn't absorbing it like it does with the silk moisturizer. My dry patches have also come back from using this and for some reason it made the area under my eyes swell up.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Moisturizer for unbalanced oily skin I have struggled with dry/oily/acne prone skin my entire life. Having times of great skin and times of bad skin. At age 40 the last 3yrs I have struggled with unbalanced oily skin prone to breakouts and have tried many products to try to get my skin back on track. 1 month of using the water cream helped stop the oiliness and rebalance my skin. I am a believer! Absolutely love the Tatcha products. I currently use the the water cream day and night and add the skin perfecting sunscreen during the day. I can’t wait to try more of this line.
Date published: 2019-02-18
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Question, I looked at the ingredients and it says it has parfum/fragrance and alcohol. Is it naturally derived or other?

Asked by: Seph34789
Thank you for your question! We never put synthetic fragrance in any of our treasures. Some contain an all-natural scent made with skin-loving essential oils and aromatics to evoke notes of green tea, young bamboo, and fresh cucumber. The alcohol in our collection is derived from grain and is used to help disperse ingredients or as a preservative system in ingredient blends within the formula as an alternative to other harmful ingredients like parabens. We use it in concentration below 0.5% in all formulas (less than the amount found in ripe fruit), and clinically and dermatologist test all items to ensure they are non-irritating and non-sensitizing. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-04-30

Is it safe to keep this cream in the fridge?

Asked by: Laurlaur
Thank you for your question! The Water Cream may be stored in the fridge if you like, but it is not necessary. Just keep this treasure away from direct light and heat and it will be good for 2-3 years unopened and about 6 months once open. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-09-03

Does this moisturizer have anti-aging properties?

Asked by: TATCHA
Yes, the Water Cream features our signature anti-aging HADASEI-3™ Complex of Green Tea, Rice and Alge, combined for their abilities to soften, smooth and restore youthful radiance.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-31

What is the difference between The Water Cream and The Silk Cream?

Asked by: TATCHA
The Silk Cream is our classic gel-cream, rich in nourishing Silk extracts to offer anti-aging, weightless hydration for normal to dry skin. The Water Cream is a water-splash formula designed for normal to oily skin that balances the complexion and refines pores. Both feature our signature, anti-aging HADASEI-3™ Complex.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-31

How does this compare with the Silk Cream, i.e. what benefits from either? I have the cleansing oil and rice exfoliant and am trying to decide which step 3 in the ritual to use. Thanks.

Asked by: Violinistgrl
Thank you for your question! Our Silk Cream is ideal for Normal to Dry Skin. It is a gel/cream hybrid that feels lightweight, but provides ample hydration. Silk and pearl extracts mimic the amino acid composition of healthy, youthful skin adding to the appearance of smoothness and glow. The Water Cream is ideal for Normal to Oily and acne prone skin. It is oil-free, and bursts upon application releasing Japanese botanicals to help balance oil production, minimize the appearance of pores, and keep breakouts at bay. 23K gold adds radiance without adding shimmer. We hope this helps highlight some of the differences in these two treasures!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-03-28

How long does The Water Cream last?

Asked by: Nate
Thank you for your question! All full sized items are designed to last about 3 months when used as directed. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-03-04

Will this item make me break out?

Asked by: TATCHA
The Water Cream is tested to be non-comedogenic (meaning it will not clog pores or cause breakouts). This moisturizer features ingredients known to balance the complexion and improve the appearance of acne.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-31

Can Water Cream be used around the eye area?

Asked by: TLargo
Thank you for your question! The Water Cream is not tested for use in the eye area, therefore we suggest stopping application at the orbital bone. For treatment of your immediate eye area, we make a few treatments to choose from which can be viewed at the link below. If you need assistance choosing the best for your concerns, feel free to reach out to and our experts will be delighted to assist. (
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-05-12
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Purity Promise

We promise our formulas will always be free from parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA, TEA and many other ingredients. The collection is non-irritating, non-sensitizing and dermatologist tested.