The Water Gel




The Water Gel

An ultralight gel moisturizer designed for oily skin that balances, clarifies and refines skin with timeless Japanese botanicals.


Size:  50 ml | 1.7 fl. oz.

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Why It Works

Why It Works

This unique gel absorbs quickly for oil-balancing hydration and a petal-fresh finish that lasts all day. The formula features Japanese Wild Rose to visibly tighten pores and smooth skin texture. It also contains Japanese Dokudam, known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, to help calm and clarify active skin.

Hadasei-3™, an anti-aging trio of Japanese superfoods—green tea, rice & algae—restores healthy-looking, youthful radiance. A hint of 23-karat gold dust gives skin an instant shine-free glow.


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

How To Use

Suggested Usage

Massage one to two pumps of the Water Gel over face, neck and décolletage in upward strokes. Use daily, morning and night.

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The Water Gel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 59.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for warmer, humid climates Since I began using the entire line of Tatcha products, my skin is clear, bright and balanced. As the seasons change, it becomes necessary to alter my regimen a bit. I find that during the warmer months I don't need as much moisture for my skin. The Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer is going to be an excellent addition to my skin care routine this spring and summer in the hot, humid Georgia weather. It provides the perfect amount of moisture without feeling heavy or sticky. It also gives my skin a beautiful glow....which is always wonderful! Thank you TATCHA for another skincare masterpiece!
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection I have so many Tatcha products, my bathroom counter looks like an outlet. I ordered this as soon as it became available, and I am not sorry. I love everything about this moisturizer. It is so lightweight and melts into my skin instantly. It leaves my skin so soft and makes my makeup just glide over my skin. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I have noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. Just last night a girlfriend told me my face looks wonderful. I'm turning 59 in a couple of months and when people find out, they're shocked and would have guessed mid 40s, max. I use this moisturizer in the morning after the Polish. Totally recommend this and all of Tatcha's products, for that matter.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight moisturizing I'm from a tropical humid country and have slightly dry combination skin. I'm also in my late twenties and dislike slapping on too much things on my face. When I first tried Tatcha using the discovery kit, I felt that the moisturizer was a bit too intense for my liking. The pot sat on my table top awaiting only cold country travels. I have since passed it to my mom who has drier skin and appreciates it more than me. This bottle replaced that moisturizer and I layer it on after the brightener or hydration serum. Suits me to a tee and i definitely recommend it if your needs are like mine :)
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I finally love my skin Finally! A moisturizer that doesn't overwhelm my skin. As someone with oily skin, I have my share of skin woes: breakouts, shine, a constant need to blot and powder. I'm wary about trying new products for fear they'll break me out. When I tried a sample of this pore-perfecting water gel moisturizer, I was so impressed by how light it is. It dries down immediately, meaning I can wear makeup without waiting at all. A lot of the time, I'm powdering so much that my face can look flat and 2D. But with this moisturizer I look glowy without the shine or greasy feeling. I also don't find myself needing to re-powder as often, which really cuts down on the cake-face. This is the skin I've always wanted. Thank you, Tatcha for making a product that has tamed my oily skin!
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight & hydrating! A friend introduced me to Tacha over a month ago and I could not be happier that she did! I started off by getting the travel size of the a few products that included the water gel. First of all, I love that you can get travel sizes. Samples are great but the travel size lets you try a product for an extended period of time without committing to a full bottle. As for the product it's amazing! It's so light and gives my skin this incredible glow. I've suffered from acne since I was a teenager and therefore have acne scares and enlarged pores. Over the past month I've seen the size of my pores considerably diminish and my complexion as a whole has improved. I highly recommend this product to anyone ho has oily skin and isn't a fan of cream moisturizers.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good find! My work has me traveling 70-80% of my time, and also has my skin acting crazy. I used to have steady, normal to slightly combo skin, but since I started flying all the time it has become increasingly oily and I have begun to break out which is completely unacceptable. I started using this after seeing it at my local Sephora and received a sample. I loved the texture and ordered the full bottle and have not looked back. It is incredibly lightweight and it keeps me moisturized but I feel nothing on the surface of my skin after a few seconds. I have also noticed that it has calmed my acne down significantly. I still get one pimple here and there once in a while, but it is much better! I would recommend this to anyone who hates the "feeling" of moisturizers on their face.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superstar -Exactly what I have been searching for... I'm falling more in love with this everyday. It is a drink of water for the skin, I mean - it really gets into the skin. It doesn't sit on top, even though it has an invisible, almost primer like effect. I swear that I wore no makeup for 4 days (without cleansing) with just this on my face and I didn't even break out? (I was under the weather) it didn't clog my pores. Makeup, BB, CC cream all work great with this, and I look lit from within while wearing this alone. Beautiful on the overlooked decollete area too. No fragrance is a real plus. The finely milled, real Gold, gives you a truly hydrated soft glow. It has some sort of protective, invisible, undetectable layer too. Not just for oily skin either even though it works wonders when mine turns more oily this time of year. Absolutely a superstar!!!
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for oily skin I am a new customer to Tatcha and this product is wonderful. It makes my skin feel tighter and helps to reduce the appearance of pores. My skin tends to feel really oily around mid-day, but this has definitely helped a lot! Lightweight and non-greasy; I will buy again!
Date published: 2016-08-10
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Is the Water Gel oil free? 

Asked by: Brittney96
Thank you for your question! The Water Gel is not oil-free. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-06-11

Is The Water Gel package airtight? I forgot to put a cup on after I used it

Asked by: Makeupjunkie
The Water Gel is packaged in an airtight bottle so the delicate formula is not exposed to outside elements. Always, TATCHA
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-07-17

Will this item make me break out?

Asked by: TATCHA
No, our Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer 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: 2018-08-15

Will it clog my pores?

Asked by: TATCHA
No, this formula has been tested to make sure it is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not not clog pores. This moisturizer is ideal for oily skin. In fact, after 28 days of regular use, the Japanese Wild Rose extracts visibly tighten and refine pores.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-31

Does this moisturizer have anti-aging properties?

Asked by: TATCHA
Yes, our Water Gel features our signature anti-aging HADASEI-3™ Complex of Green Tea, Okinawa Red Algae and Rice Bran extracts, combined for their abilities to keep skin looking supple, smooth, and luminous.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

I’d love to try the Violet-C Brightening Serum & Water Gel for my oily acne prone skin (I was considering the water cream too) Can I mix a few drops of my facial oil in with the water gel for extra hydration or would it be better to mix in with the Serum?

Asked by: MaeH
Thank you for your question! 2-3 drops of our Camellia Beauty Oil can be pressed into skin over your Water Gel Moisturizer for extra hydration, or mixed into the moisturizer and then applied. We suggest trying it both ways to see what works best for your skin. We do not suggest applying it before moisturizer. We hope this helps!
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2019-01-10

Is this an oil-controlling moisturizer? Can I use this plus another moisturizer over it to control oil?

Asked by: TATCHA
Yes, this ultralight Water Gel features Japanese Wild Rose, Dokudami and Leopard Lily extracts to help control oil without mattifying skin. This item was not designed to be layered with moisturizers and works best as a stand-alone moisturizer. It can be applied on top of serums. If you wish to layer this moisturizer with an other one, the Water Gel should be used first so that its ultralight formula sits closest to the skin.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15

What is a water gel?

Asked by: TATCHA
Our Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer is an ultralight moisturizer, ideal for oily skin. The name speaks to its refreshing, light hydration and gel-like, non-creamy consistency.
Answered by: TATCHA
Date published: 2018-08-15
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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.