I bought this spray because I was impressed by jelly-like texture and skin softening properties of its traditional moisturizer incarnation that I tried as a deluxe sample. Since the solid version had no SPF, making it unviable as my primary moisturizer, I decided to opt for the spray. I was introduced to facial mists as I read about Korean skincare and the technological Cold War breaking out between skincare brands in search of the newest, most potent ingredients. As I explain here, skin mists and essences have become mainstays of the now global obsession with K-beauty. I went into this skeptical, but I’m surprised by how much this product affects my skin.
Primarily composed of glycerin, royal jelly, squalane, and red algae, among other active ingredients, this is one spray whose components do at least some of what the brand promises. Glycerin is a commonly used, cheap humecent, something that is hydro-phyllic and draws moisture out of the air. Because it’s so cheap, many sprays of varying quality use glycerin.
Royal jelly is a milk specifically made by worker bees to feed an infant queen. It has been proven to promote collagen production in the skin, and as an article in the Journal of Bioscience, Biothechnology, and Biochemistry states, “royal jelly (RJ) promoted collagen production by skin fibroblasts in the presence of ascorbic acid-2-O-alpha-glucoside.” Other studies have found its topical application augments wound healing. This means the product isn’t vegan, but I’ve never understood avoiding honey. Because the world has become so unwelcoming to bees, I would rather purchase honey products to incentivize beekeeping. Bees are too important to avoid raising them. If there is a compelling counter agreement, I’d be happy to hear it; however, I know that bees (particularly bees in apiaries) make more honey than they need, so I reject that using honey is stealing their food.
Squalane is a saturated form of squalene that is less susceptible to oxidation, while red algae is a rich source of polysaccharides. Squalene is sometimes derived from shark livers, (ahh! don’t hurt sharks!) but Tatcha uses an olive-origin version. It is natural moisturizer and one of the most common lipids found in human skin cells. As an interesting aside, squalene may have chemopreventive properties, protecting those who eat it from illness. This would be especially true for those who eat a Mediterranean diet, heavy in olives and their oil.
The spray itself feels great. The fine mist seems luxurious and instantly hydrates thirsty
skin cells. I’ve noticed it makes my skin glow more in that lit-from-within way and it stays moisturized for longer. That being said, this is not necessary for healthy skin. I like it, but if you had to choose between this or a serum, I’d choose the serum. They have more potent ingredients and would probably do more for pores, redness, or discoloration than would a spray. If you already have a skincare ritual that you are looking to refine, this could add some moisture and soothing qualities. I’m always campaigning for more skincare and less makeup; if you have beautiful skin, you don’t need a million and one primers, color correctors, and contour kits (unless you want to use them). This is an optional product, but if you have some extra money, consider buying this instead of a highlighting pallet. You might be happily surprised to find it gives you a similar effect.