Here’s a short list of things I’ve tried to combat my dry winter skin: I’ve consumed more water. I’ve exfoliated once a week. Heck, I’ve even tried twice a week. I’ve invested in fancy schmancy devices (like the Foreo Luna, which did help a little bit). I’ve tried countless products, some oil-based, some cream-based. I feel like I’ve tried it all.
But toward the tail end of 2019, I found a product that finally made a difference: The Water Cream from Tatcha.
Yes, it’s a brand beloved by Meghan Markle—who, pre-Prince Harry, talked about her love of the Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder—but that’s not how I found it. A friend sang it’s praises and I decided to test the cream out. Simple as that.
Before I go on, it’s worth providing a mini-explainer on what water-based actually means. While this moisturizer is creamy in texture, it kinda feels like you’re splashing water onto your face when you use it. (Tatcha describes it as a unique “water burst” that hits upon application to better hydrate your skin without leaving it feeling greasy or sticky.)