August 20 2014

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Memoirs Of A Geisha’s Complexion


There are certain purported paragons of historical beauty that we take as fact, even if we have only seen them immortalized in books and paintings. Cleopatra or Marie Antoinette are good examples of such storied good looks, and though the geishas’ tradition is still carried on in Japan, it was centuries ago when the legend of their impeccable beauty was first formulated. Tatcha has always honed in on this particular era of geisha worship when creating its world-renowned blotting papers, and it didn’t divert from the course when formulating its first skincare line. Mimicking the preparations in a 200-year-old document outlining geishas’ skincare rituals, the four-piece line includes a lusciously scented Camellia Cleansing Oil that is meant to be applied to a dry face; three different super-finely milled Rice Enzyme Powders that are massaged into wet skin for gentle exfoliation; a radiance-infusing Serum; and the standout item, a silky, moisture-replenishing Cream that has an almost gel-like consistency. While we typically like to steer clear of precise product regimens, we’re inclined to follow this one fairly literally if geishalike skin will be our reward.

Photo: Courtesy of Tatcha

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