Tatcha Exfoliating Powder - Classic

Classic Rice Enzyme Powder - for Normal + Combination Skin | How To Use

Classic Rice Enzyme Powder - for Normal + Combination Skin

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When brewing their fabled drink, sake masters, or Toji, constantly immerse their hands in rice bran, only to have them emerge fresh, pure, cherubic. Geisha noticed this phenomenon and rely on rice bran even today to polish their skin to a luster.

The secret? Japanese Rice Bran (Komenuka), prized for its skin soothing and smoothing enzymes and gamma oryzonal, a potent anti-oxidant against UV-induced oxidative damage.

This same Komenuka is at the heart of all TATCHA POLISHED Rice Enzyme Powders. 

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How do I use this product?
Begin with very wet hands. Dispense about a half-teaspoon and rub to create a creamy paste. Massage onto face for up to 1 minute avoiding eye area. We recommend beginning with 10-15 seconds before working up to a minute. Rinse and revel in your soft, smooth skin.

What step in my skin care ritual is the Polishing Powder?
Use of the polishing powder is the 2nd step in your TATCHA ritual. For best results, use after removing makeup with the Camellia Cleansing Oil, then followed with the Deep Brightening serum and a Tatcha moisturizer.

When should I use this product?
The enzyme powders are gentle enough for everyday use (or even twice daily use morning and night).

Can I use this as a cleanser?
Yes, if you are not wearing makeup or if you’ve already removed makeup, this product can act as a 2-in-1 cleanser, both cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin at the same time.

Why is it in powder form?
The formula is actually water-activated so it’s important to keep it in a dry form before use. Upon pouring the powder into wet hands and adding water, it turns into a creamy lather that can be massaged into the face with highly efficacious cleansing, exfoliating and conditioning results.  

Is it okay to exfoliate everyday?
Unlike conventional Western exfoliants, which are often too harsh and stripping for everyday use, TATCHA’s Rice Enzyme Powders are specifically formulated to be used everyday and won’t strip the skin. This is one of the key differences in the approach of traditional Japanese skincare and Western skincare regimens.

Which Rice Enzyme Powder should I use? Can I mix and match?
Generally, the Gentle version is best for people with more sensitive and/or drier skin, Classic for normal/combination skin and Deep for more active skin. However, your skin needs can be different each day and from morning to night and using different versions can be beneficial at different times for the same person.

What is HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex?
At the heart of all TATCHA skincare essentials is a proprietary anti-aging complex of Green Tea, Okinawa Red Algae and Japanese Rice Bran extracts.  Together, these time-tested extracts work to keep skin looking pure, polished, luminous and supple.

Can I use this with Clarisonic?
Use of the Enzyme Powder satisfies all of your skin’s exfoliation needs. You should not need to use any additional exfoliating tools or products with our Polishing Powders.

Does each powder contain the same active ingredients?
All three powders are formulated with our proprietary HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex . In addition, the Gentle powder contains licorice extract to help soothe sensitive skin, the Classic powder, formulated for combination skin, contains conditioning pearl extract, and the deep powder contains dokudami, an anti-acne, anti-inflammatory extract to help with active skin.

Can I use this product around my eyes?
We do not recommend using the Enzyme Powders around your eyes.

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    I have been plagued recently with pimples that are very painful and small hard pimples that take forever to go away. I very rarely had acne when I was young so getting it at 49 and now 50 years of age has been quite annoying especially since I have dry skin; I think hormonal changes are the reason. Nothing I was doing was working including acne creams. All they did was give me dryer skin along with the painful acne. I started using this once a day and now twice a day, morning and night, and it has done wonders at decreasing the amount of acne I have been getting. Recently I actually went 3 days with no pimples and I was ecstatic! I use facial oil as a moisturizer and my skin has improved greatly. The dry skin has decreased along with the acne. I do still use a stronger exfoliator 1 to 2 times a week as this product seems to be more of a cleanser than an exfoliator for my skin. I also use this product on makeup free skin only. I love it and will use it from now on and highly recommend it for middle aged women who are trying to keep their skin as beautiful as they can for as long as they can. I do not mind getting older, I do mind looking older....
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    I've only used this product for four days and there has been a noticeable improvement in my skin. Smoother, much softer and my pores are disappearing. I probably should have gotten the sensitive skin exfoliant (next time) but the regular isn't irritating my skin. Love this product!!!
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