Hi, everyone! During my late teens and most of my twenties I wore sunscreen every day. I knew it was key strategy for keeping my complexion wrinkle-free and I had a go-to SPF moisturizer that made sticking to a sun protection regimen easy. But then the formula of that moisturizer changed, I became increasingly interested in higher-end and natural skin care, and my skin got annoyingly sensitive and breakout-prone. Taken together, these factors caused me to let my religious sunscreen use fall by the wayside. Sunscreens started feeling like another uncomfortable layer on my skin, especially as I'd tried several supposedly light sunscreens that left me a greasy mess. Being stringent with sun care was no longer appealing! But when Tatcha released a new facial sunscreen last year that promised a weightless texture, anti-aging properties, and pore-minimizing qualities, I was instantly intrigued! Let me introduce you to the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35.**
I know that a book's cover isn't the most important factor, but Tatcha's packaging always blows me away. The attention to beauty and detail really adds to the special feeling of using the product. The Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen**, like other Tatcha products, come in a cardboard box with a wood-like motif, gold lettering, and blue detailing.
Inside the box is a beautiful blue and indigo print that includes the story behind developing this product. Tatcha explains that this sunscreen was born from a mix of historical exploration as well as scientific research.
The internal packaging further explains that this sunscreen is inspired by the geisha's skin care ritual that included formulas to both perfect and protect the skin form the sun. The Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen** was designed to mimic this tradition, while being weightless on the skin, offering anti-aging properties, and including natural ingredients to reduce the appearance of pores. Like many other Tatcha products, this sunscreen also includes their proprietary Hadasei-3 Bioactive Complex, which touts antioxidant protection as well as skin nourishment and protection from UV rays.
The ingredients reveal that the sun protection elements are Octisalate (a salicylic acid-based ester that blocks UVB rays) and Zinc oxide (a traditional mineral sunscreen). The formula also includes natural extracts like wild rose, algae, silk, green tea, and licorice, as well as more typical skin care ingredients like glycerin and various forms of silicones.
Outer packaging aside, the sunscreen itself comes in a light blue squeeze tube with metallic gold lettering.
The first thing I noticed upon squeezing the tube was was the texture of the sunscreen was quite thick and creamy. This concerned me at first, as many such creamy formulas feel heavy on my skin. But given that some fluid sunscreens have actually been among the greasiest I've tried, I kept an open mind!
Upon applying the sunscreen, I immediately noticed a few key elements. First, although the texture feels rich at first, it sinks into skin incredibly well, leaving my complexion hydrated and soft but not at all heavy, shiny, or greasy. Despite the higher SPF, I found there to be a very minimal white cast, just enough to calm down the redness in my skin slightly. The sunscreen also has a very light, elegant rose scent that is in no way overpowering. Quite lovely, actually!
Here I am, having just applied a fairly generous amount of the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen.** As you can see, my skin doesn't look shiny or white. There is some redness in my complexion, but this is not due to the sunscreen at all- it's just how my skin rolls!
After using this sunscreen several times now, I have to say I'm properly impressed!! In addition to the amazing texture and scent mentioned above, the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen** also works incredibly well as a makeup base and, while I do not think it minimizes oil, it definitely does not increase oiliness throughout the day one bit. I'm not sure about pore minimization, but it does smooth the texture of my skin very well, with a mild blurring effect. It also has not broken me out at all, which says a lot given how finicky my skin is! The only downside I can spot is the price- at $68 USD, it is quite the investment!
Overall, this is a completely lovely sunscreen that feels luxurious on the skin while not adding any weight, oil, or irritation. If you've had terrible luck with sunscreens in the past like I have (or would like to do sunscreen geisha-style- who wouldn't?!), I would definitely recommend giving this a try!
What is your favourite facial sunscreen? Do you wear sunscreen daily? Have you tried anything from Tatcha?
Have a wonderful day! xo
**This product was sent to me as a PR sample for consideration and review. All opinions expressed are 100% authentic and my own!