Tatcha Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream ($135.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is a rich, deeply hydrating cream that has helped minimize redness in my cheeks and scaliness and flakiness around my nose, while keeping the rest of my skin happy. It is probably one of the more expensive face creams that I’ve actually liked enough (and found effective for my skin) to repurchase.
I’ve had good luck with Colloidal Oatmeal as a key ingredient to soothe my eczema (for my hands and neck, I have alternated between Aveeno’s Eczema Therapy and Cortizone 10 Intensive Healing Lotion for years), so I will be making an effort to try some other (less expensive) options that utilize it to see if they’re as effective for me as this one has been.
It’s supposed to work for “sensitive skin” as an “anti-aging moisturizer [that] is rich in Indigo extract, Colloidal Oatmeal and Sophora Japonica extract, which calm, comfort, and restore skin’s natural resiliency.” Tatcha has a rather detailed FAQ on their site about the product, including results from their own consumer survey (which did not indicate the number of participants). The Indigo range also includes a body cream and hand cream (both of which are excellent), but the facial cream also has the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. I suffer from eczema on my hands, throat, and eyelids most severely, and it was after seeing fantastic results with Tatcha’s Indigo hand cream on my hands that I wanted to try the face cream within the same line.
My face is normal-to-dry, though I have noticed since moving to Arizona, my skin has been more normal and only gets dryness around and on my nostrils, occasionally on my eyelids, and very rarely along my cheeks. I have some redness in my cheeks (and a bit also around my nostrils) that comes and goes but would describe it as minor to moderate pink-to-red coloring overall–enough that I notice but not something I was actively trying to deal with. After the hand cream worked wonders on my hands, I was curious if the face cream would be a miracle worker and if it would help combat some of the stubborn flakiness I would get on my nose. It absolutely did–within a week of using the Soothing Triple Recovery Cream, the flakiness resolved and did not present again while using the product and for a couple of weeks after I used it up.
After three weeks of use, I noticed that my cheeks seemed less pink, that the occasional redness did not seem apparent at all and how hydrated my skin looked. It was actually the clearing of the redness that made me see a few spots of hyperpigmentation that I hadn’t noticed before.
The cream was a richer one, though I did not find it heavy and would say it had more of a moderate-to-rich feel compared to some very rich, intensive, and hydrating moisturizers out there. The actual texture of Tatcha’s cream had more of a whipped, airy feel to it that kept it from having a genuinely heavy consistency, but this texture helped it spread evenly across the skin without feeling greasy nor taking forever to dry down (but note, it had a light tackiness as it dries down!). For me, I found it typically dried down within fifteen to twenty minutes of application. The cream had a very subtle scent–slightly fresh, slightly herbal but subtle to my nose–that did not linger throughout the day (or night).
It took about twelve weeks to go through an entire jar (using once in the evening), and I enjoyed it to the very last use (and believe me, at this price point, I left nothing behind!). If I was going to commit to a permanent skincare regimen (I still find it hard to totally commit, though I absolutely repurchase and use items more than once, and I have since repurchased this product but am trying out Tatcha’s Water Cream at the moment), this would be a very strong contender as my go-to night cream.