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Review: Tatcha’s Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35+

My skin loves Tatcha goodies. Not only are the products beautiful and exotic sounding (yes, that’s the marketing, but that doesn’t bother me) but they contain GREAT ingredients that also have scientific backing behind them. If only they were a little cheaper or easier to get a hold of (cheaper international shipping please!). In any case, from time to time I do treat myself, because I am a skincare fanatic of sorts (I wouldn’t sell a kidney for good skin, but I think prevention and investment is important!). I can let you know now, that their Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, is one of the best sunscreen’s I have ever found. It’s just so pleasant to us. I recently spent a day out in the city at a festival and while my shoulders burnt a little because of the scorching Australian sun, my face did not even go pink and I’m quite pale. That’s saying something I think, because my skin probably wasn’t prepared for such an onslaught before this hot summer’s day.

Inspired by the geisha’s skin-perfecting and sun-protecting rituals, this weightless, anti-ageing sunscreen features Japanese Wild Rose, Loquat Leaf, Licorice and Silk extracts to reduce the appearance of pores, leaving skin glowing while providing elegant and effective sun protection. Tatcha’s proprietary HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex offers antioxidant protection and additional nourishment to the skin, while protecting it from damaging UV rays. For all skin-types. Non-comedogenic. Does not contain mineral oil, aminobenzoic acid, homosalate, oxybenzone or octinoxate.

So what makes this sunscreen so good? Well the ingredients of course! The Pore Perfecting Sunscreen 35+ contains two types of sunscreen. Zinc Oxide (15% – a physical sunscreen) and octisalate (5% – a chemical sunscreen). Dermatologists love it when a sunscreen contains both a physical sunscreen a chemical one, because you get the best of both worlds this way. Zinc Oxide starts protecting your skin as soon as it is applied and it helps keep pigmentation at bay (it is great at blocking UVA rays – the ageing ones). It is also great for sensitive skin. Zinc Oxide used to leave a white cast, but the newer generation physical sunscreens shouldn’t do this (they are micronised). Tatcha’s pore perfecting sunscreen leaves no white cast what-so-ever. It is like the invisible man – totally invisible 😉


Octisalate on the other hand, is a great chemical sunscreen because it is often used to help stabalise other chemical sunscreens, which are prone to destabalisation (like avobenzone). It offers great protection from the sun – chemical sunscreen tend to hold up better during the day as they don’t ‘rub’ off per se and tend to be more waterproof, in comparison to physical sunscreens. Octisalate also isn’t as irritating as other chemical sunscreens might be, if you are sensitive. In a perfect world, the Tatcha SPF rating would have an SPF rating of 50+, but also it does not. 35+ isn’t to bad though – I wouldn’t bother using a sunscreen lower than 30+ in this climate. Like I mentioned above however, it does a brilliant job holding up in our climate despite this.

Tip: An SPF (sun protecting factor) rating indicates how long you can stay out in the sun before burning (protecting against UVB rays). This is an individual factor however. I.e. If you can spend 10 minutes in the sun before your skin goes pink, an SPF rating of 30 means you can stay out in the sun for 300 minutes (5 hours). However, make sure your sunscreen is broad spectrum and apply liberally. Sunscreens can degrade if you are swimming/sweating, rubbing (especially in regards to physical sunscreens).


Another notable ingredient in this sunscreen formula is silk (fancy bio name – siricin). Silk in a few studies, worked brilliantly at wound healing (when topically applied to wounded rat skin), as it has hydrophilic and biodegradation properties. Silk decreases inflammation, decreases wound sizes and more quickly than others – this is brilliant news if you suffer from acne. It also increased collagen production and created a barrier on the skin protecting it from external damage (and aiding in moisture retention). Other studies also suggested silk could suppress lipid induced damage and free radicals, caused by oxidative stress. Whilst pores cannot change size permanently, licorice root extract and loquat leaf extract (from an African plant) also inhibit inflammation, so all three ingredients  work to make pores look better (inflammation is key to making them look enlarged). The sunscreen is also non-comedogenic – so it definitely won’t block pores, making them look worse! I don’t have major issues with my pore size, but anything that reduces the likelihood of inflammation and breakouts, is great in my books.

Hadasei-3 Bioactive Complex (Tatcha’s signature ‘three’ complex) is also added for good measure – this includes, the antioxidant-rich benefits of green tea, Okinawa red algae and Japanese rice bran. Japanese wild rose extract is the special or ‘unique’ ingredient in this Tatcha product, and it is said to remedy inflammatory issues and allergens. The Tatcha Institute found that it is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Additionally, it has a naturally astringent effect on the skin to tighten pores—and promotes collagen synthesis to strengthen the pore walls. In case you’re not a fan of rose as a scent, never-fear, the sunscreen doesn’t have that floral undertone! The scent is very minimal, but is your typical ‘sunscreen scent’. It also makes sense that a sunscreen provide anti-oxidant protection (I think all ‘higher-end’ sunscreens should do this) as you are wearing them out in the day and you want to protect your skin from all types of damage (oxidative stress and free radicals).


So why else does this sunscreen work so well for me? It’s texture! It feels super light on the skin and is easy to blend out. It feels like a light cream in application (not runny but not very thick either). While it contains silicone (probably for some ‘slip’) it doesn’t feel super slippery or slimy. I also appreciate that it isn’t to matte or velvety either – I feel that it would change the texture of my makeup to much as I prefer dewey finishes, and I personally don’t like super velvety finishes as they feel drying on me. In saying that, it isn’t shiny in and of itself. Granted, I don’t have super oily skin anymore, but the sunscreen does not look shiny on it’s own or exacerbate shine either. For me, this sunscreen has the perfect texture and finish! It works brilliantly under makeup and I think of it as a primer also. I try and apply my sunscreen liberally (to make sure I am getting enough sun protection) and I have never had an issue wearing it under my makeup.

One negative is that the sunscreen comes in a 60ml tube (and also a smaller travel size) and costs $68USD. While 60ml does not sound like a lot, it does last me quite a while even with daily use (2-3 months at least). A 120ml tube would make me very happy though! The other issue is accessibility, as it is an American brand (though most of the products are made in Japan). While Tatcha ships internationally, their standard international shipping rate is $35USD :/ That’s a lot. It is courier shipping, but still. Free shipping is offered when you spend $250 – easy to do, but not great if you are wanting one product (or two max!). Hopefully this changes soon but I’ve had this hope for a long time and nothing still. Another possibility is to order with a friend, in order to boost the value of your order. I do LOVE this sunscreen, so every now and then it will be my go to sunscreen if I can afford it! Find it at the official Tatcha website here. 

So tell me beauties, have you found your ideal sunscreen???

Catch ya next time,

Beauty Bee~

P.S. If you’d like to read on about how to be sun smart and how to pick a sunscreen (hard to do) check out the Sunscreen 101 post I wrote a while back 🙂

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