Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder - for Dry Skin | How To Use

Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder

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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. 

  • Vogue


    “Eastern Promise: ancient beauty secrets of the geisha”

    “...said to contain never-before-seen details of the heavily guarded beauty rituals of the geisha?”

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    Vogue Brazil

    “Parallel Universe”

    "It exfoliates, polishes and brightens skin for a baby-soft glow."

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    Vogue Brazil

    “Exfoliating Powder from TATCHA”

    "TATCHA's Rice Enzyme Powder works like magic to make my skin clean and smooth."

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    “11 Vogue Editors Reveal The Best Products for Fall”

    "It's a tub of powder that you mix in with your hands with water to create an ultra-gentle exfoliant."

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    Barneys New York

    “Beauty Wars: East Coast vs. West Coast”

    "Gently slough away dead skin with [TATCHA's] rice enzyme powder in three textures."

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    Barneys New York

    “Rice Enzyme Powders”

    "Instantly reveal smooth skin."

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    San Francisco Chronicle

    “"We just fell in love with the textures and fragrances..."”

    "Our entire team tried TATCHA and just fell in love with the textures and fragrances, as well as the way our skin felt and looked after using the products." - Cindy Chua, Barneys New York Apothecary Buyer

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    Modern Luxury

    “Complexion Perfection”

    "TATCHA founder Victoria Tsai's timeline for wedding luminosity."

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    Into the Gloss

    “Brilliant Packaging”

    "Comes in an elegant jar with a salt-box style dispenser, so that the product never gets wet inside the jar: brilliant."

How do I use this product?
Begin with wet hands and a wet face. Pour about half a teaspoon into hands, add water and rub hands together to create a creamy foam. Massage gently onto a wet face in circular motions for 10-20 seconds, avoiding eyes. Rinse and revel in your soft, smooth skin.

What step in my skin care ritual is a Rice Enzyme 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 follow the Enzyme Powder with a 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 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 drier skin, Classic for normal/combination skin, Deep for more oily skin and Soothing for sensitive 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™ Complex?
At the heart of all Tatcha skincare essentials is HADASEI-3™, our own proprietary complex of Green Tea, Okinawa Red Algae and Rice Bran extracts, combined for their anti-aging properties to keep skin looking supple, smooth, and luminous. The result is beauty in balance - skin that is pure, polished, radiant and supple.

Can I use this with Clarisonic?
You should not need to use our Rice Enzyme Powders with the Clarisonic, as the two products serve the same purpose as exfoliants.  For additional exfoliating benefits, we recommend incorporating the Polished Facial Brush by Kashoen 1883 into your ritual, or pairing our Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil with your Clarisonic.

Does each powder contain the same key ingredients?
All three powders are formulated with our proprietary HADASEI-3™ Complex . In addition, the Gentle powder contains Licorice Root extract to help nourish dry skin, the Classic powder, formulated for combination skin, contains conditioning Pearl extract, the Deep powder contains Dokudami extract, a Japanese botanical long prized for its ability to calm acne and balance the complexion and the Soothing contains Colloidal Oatmeal and natural Japanese Indigo extract to help calm easily irritated skin.  

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


    I got the sample packet with my first order and the feeling upon first use was INCREDIBLE! I was taken aback by it actually. It foamed right away & so softly all over my face and hands. I will be buying this. Results instantly!
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  • Very impressed!

    I researched this online and decided to try this polish in the travel size. First day of use I was so impressed I ordered the full size. I couldn't stop touching my face all day. I would have given 5 stars, but took one off for the price.
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  • Loved it

    This was my first purchase of a Tatcha product. I loved it. It makes my skin so soft. I think it also clarifies pores. I loved it so much I ordered the travel size for a friend. Am anxious to try other products as wallet allows. Free shipping is wonderful and honorable.
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  • Impressed beyond words!

    I received a sample of this from Sephora a while back and it is so amazing! It made my skin so soft and smooth! It also cured my winter dryness I just couldn't seem to get rid of! I immediately went and purchased the full size! And I'm more impressed with Tatcha, they even put in some little plum candies with my order which just made my day ten times better! Thank you tatcha for the excellent service I will definitely be buying more of your products!
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  • Love this!

    I am so glad I found this enzyme powder! I use it both morning and evening ; it makes my face feel so clean and soft! I use the dry skin regimen and love all the TATCHA products.
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