Review of Tatcha and Biossance’s Gel Moisturizers

My dermatologist recommended that I stop using face oils and heavy moisturizers to prevent acne and reduce pore size. I need to use a moisturizer that’s either watery or gel-like in texture. This makes sticking to a really clean skincare routine more difficult since, as Candice from The Eco Hub informed me, skincare products containing water need to include preservatives so they’re safe to use.

In the past few months, I used gel moisturizers from Tatcha and Biossance. They’re free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and their other ingredients scored low on toxicity at EWG.

Tatcha Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer

Tatcha’s luxury skincare line is inspired by Japanese beauty and heritage. Their Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel Moisturizer contains Japanese Wild Rose and 23-karat gold. I used it during the summer, and it was very light and non-irritating.

Japanese Wild Rose is used in traditional Eastern medicine to “bring the body back into harmony, improve circulation and calm the spirit.” In the moisturizer, this ingredient is supposed to calm the skin, refine the appearance of pores, restore balance to the skin, making this product ideal for oily skin.

The 23-karat gold provides a fine shimmer, but I don’t know if it’s supposed to do anything for the skin other than that. Researchers can’t agree whether gold can be beneficial or harmful for the skin. While my skin wasn’t irritated by the gold in this moisturizer, I could personally do without it because of my uncertainty in the ingredient. On the other hand, it was nice to give the skin a boost when dull, even if it’s probably more psychological. At the end of the day, I don’t  think the gold did that much, and it’s not a selling point. This moisturizer seems to be a safe option for my needs, and I’d use it again.

Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer

Biossance’s Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer is a slightly less expensive option to Tatcha. I wanted something a little more moisturizing for the winter. This seemed like a good, basic moisturizer for all skin types. It’s also light, although not as watery as the Tatcha moisturizer.

Biossance products contain Squalane sustainably sourced from sugar cane, which hydrates and locks in moisture. Our bodies also produce a version of Squalane. The jar lasted a couple of months for me. I liked the moisturizer fine for the winter, and it wasn’t rich or greasy at all. My skin wasn’t too dry during even the harshest days.

EWG recommends this product for being low in toxicity. However, Dimethicone is high on the ingredient list. It’s a safe ingredient, but if you don’t want silicones in your skincare, it’s something to consider.

The Verdict

Out of the two moisturizers, I prefer the Tatcha Water Gel. Since it’s so light, I might buy it again for the summertime. The Biossance seems like a adequate moisturizer too, but at the end of the day, I don’t need my gel moisturizer to be super fancy because I have other serums for that.

I just need a basic moisturizer, which is why I’m going to test the cost-effective Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream. I tried it at Whole Foods, and it has a light, gel-like consistency, which is what my dermatologist recommends. The ingredients look cleaner, but everyone’s skin is different; even natural ingredients can be irritating for some people, so that’s something to keep in mind. I’ll see if I like this better in a future review.

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