I decided to try the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder because they had finally made into my Sephora to sample. Don’t ask me why, my skin has been freaking out at all my cleansers but one lately so I went out and got some samples to see if I can find something better. It doesn’t matter if I’m using my Clarisonic or not, my skin is just rejecting cleansers that have worked for me up until now with the exception of my Gabriel clay cleanser. While Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder won’t take off my makeup, I only wear any makeup or sunscreen a few days a week, as I’m home the rest of the week. The SA raved about this cleanser, so into the sample jar it went. This isn’t my first tango with a powder cleanser. I first tried Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant in my late teens which was very helpful for oily and acne prone skin. In my 20’s, I switched to AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel which was exceptional. I stopped using it when I switched to using the Clarisonic regularly and Exfolikate. I’ve moved through other exfoliators, but I’ve been missing the rice style type in my day to day routine. I would have gone back to AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, but the first ingredient is Lactose! Guess who is allergic to Lactose?
What it is:
A gentle yet effective exfoliator, cleanser, and toner for daily use.
What it is formulated to do:
This creamy, water-activated exfoliant polishes skin daily to a jewel-like luster. Nourishing Japanese rice bran blends with papaya extracts to address fine lines, uneven skintone, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. Crushed pearl conditions and balances skin while natural exfoliants gently buff away dullness and dead skin cells—leaving skin perfectly prepared for your favorite serum or moisturizer with more effective results.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
“The true secret to the geisha’s radiant skin is gentle, daily exfoliation. The Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder softens, exfoliates, and conditions, revealing baby-soft skin every day. I am delighted to tell you that your purchase of a Tatcha skincare item will send an incredible girl to school for day through our Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.”—Victoria Tsai
This product is non-sensitizing, non-irritating, cruelty-free, and dermatologist-tested. Ideal for normal skin types, the effective but gentle formula does not contain harsh abrasives.
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Potassium Myristate, Cellulose, Water, Papain (Papaya Extract), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin (Pearl) Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Dextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.
Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is a fine powder that has slightly larger rice particles in it that aren’t scratchy, but I think they deter from the overall experience of using the cleanser once it hits your face. You don’t need much, I use about a dime size amount. I know you are supposed to use more but if you are only washing your face, that’s about all you need. Before using the powder, I splash my face with warm water. Then I pour the product into my hand and add a few drops of water. I massage my hands together until the product is mixed and then apply it in circular motions with my palms over the larger areas of the face. Then I use my fingertips around the smaller areas and any area that might need a little more love, like the T-Zone. I then splash the cleanser off with warm water and go about my normal routine. The result is clean skin, that’s fairly soft and smooth. There is no irritation when I use this product and my skin doesn’t get red at all. There is no residual film on the skin. Over time, I’d say you might see a little brightening of the skin but over a few uses from a sample, probably not. The exfoliation from this powder is very gentle, perfect for every day even with sensitive skin. I’ve continued with my normal exfoliation routine since using it all this last week with no ill effects. My current routine is a few nights a week of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes and a PTR Un-Wrinkle Pad once or twice a week. The powder has a light pleasant smell, like rice and herbal tea. Don’t worry, though, it’s not strong and it’s from the ingredients not added fragrance. I’ve also used this as a second cleanse after removing makeup with oil and it performs well though your face is slightly softer after than with the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder alone.
Even though the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is a fine product, I still prefer the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel as it is slightly more exfoliating, smooth all the way through the powder, and it brightened my skin from the first time I tried it. Obviously, since I’ve developed an allergy to one of the ingredients a few years ago, I won’t use it anymore. It’s also a slightly better value. If you can sample it and compare the two, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Where I prefer the Tatcha is in the scent as it’s much more natural and less floral. The Tatcha is also slightly more moisturizing on the skin. Other than the slight grit to it, I love the product and the results. I give the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder an A- and I will probably buy a full size. I may buy one of the other strengths, though.
Have you tried Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder? Have you tried any of the other strengths like Gentle or Deep? Let us know if you have and why you like it!