Tatcha Deep Hydration Firming Serum

Happy new year dear friends! And now that we find ourselves wedged in the middle of a sneakily brutal winter (at least here in NY), I felt now is as good a time as any to share a goody that has helped to keep my skin from being the dry, flaky mess it was the previous winters (thank you aggressive heater and brisk wind chills!).

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Tatcha’s Deep Hydration Firming Serum is a light gel serum that packs quite a punch! Of course, Tatcha nails the packaging in a beautiful indigo bottle with a pump that dispenses just the right amount of product.

The gel is what I call “The Edward Cullens” effect because it sparkles! And what causes this sparkle? Oh just 23-k gold pigments that brighten and add this subtle radiance to skin. How cool is that? See pic below where I try to capture the gold shimmer:

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Although the serum goes on light and smooth, I was pleasantly surprised to experience almost an instant effect on my skin. It seems to gain strength as it stays on skin, feeling almost like a glove that locks in moisture for the deep hydration and holds skin firmly as the moniker would describe.

This product is what I consider to be a centerpiece item of the Luminous Water collection and is powered by ingredients found in the Okinawa sea including red algae which retains moisture, silk extract which gives it the weightless slip while also helping skin retain moisture and royal jelly extract which is a really healing and powerful moisture locking ingredient.

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Tatcha’s Deep Hydration Firming Serum ($95/1oz) is such a effortless yet luxurious add-on that will do wonders for dry skin and skin that becomes drier during the winter. For those looking to up the ante during this cold season yet are afraid of suffocating moisturizers, this might be your answer. The light texture does not cause breakouts and works over time to draw in moisture so really anyone with any skin type looking to increase the moisture they provide their skin can use this.

I prefer to use this at night in place of a moisturizer to let my skin breathe while waking up to really soft to the touch, plumped skin but I will also use it if I’m going out and my skin just needs to look a little more rested and cared for.

You can find Tatcha on their beautiful website and at Barneys locations in the US and Joyce Beauty in Asia.



  1. Cynthia
    January 11, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Oh loving your site! You got me sold at Edward Cullen sparkle!!

    • April 5, 2015 / 12:38 am

      Thank you! And the serum is so hydrating too! You can’t tell but after the droplet I placed on the paper, the paper was like softened by the water.

  2. Steph
    January 11, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I saw that Sephora just started carrying Tatcha (yay VIB points!) and this will definitely be a try. Do you think a moisturizer is needed if I use this and a face oil? In the summer I am good with just a face oil.

    • January 12, 2015 / 6:19 pm

      If you’re only using a face oil now and finding your skin on the dry side then adding this will definitely help and you may not need a moisturizer. But if you’re already using a moisturizer, I don’t think you should stop, this will just add even more moisture to your routine without really adding on weight so I feel like using all would be okay.

    • April 5, 2015 / 12:39 am

      I think this plus a face oil might be enough because this has a thicker gel texture and seriously, there is no reason to use more than a pump

  3. Lyd
    January 21, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    Hello nice review. On another note, have you tried the gressa foundation? It’s being described as the natural koh gen doh. Would love your thoughts as your reviews are always so honest…

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