FutureDerm readers know that I am absolutely enamored with TATCHA skincare products – I love them almost as much as FutureDerm products, even! So naturally, I was quite excited when I was sent a sample of the TATCHA Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 35, which, keeping in line with typical TATCHA fashion, employs a bevy of exotic and scientifically-backed ingredients to protect the skin and tighten the pores. Read my thoughts below!
Zinc oxide and Octisalate Offer Broad-Spectrum Photoprotection
Containing a 15% concentration of zinc oxide and 5% octisalate, the TATCHA Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 offers a degree of sun protection that is seldom seem in most other sunscreens that I’ve tried (and trust me, I’ve tried a lot!). I love zinc oxide-containing sunscreens, partially because unlike the controversial avobenzone and octinoxate, there is virtually no evidence to suggest that zinc oxide is a harmful or potentially irritating ingredient. Zinc oxide offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, but it is so gentle that it can be used every day. It is even generally well-tolerated by those with sensitive skin, by virtue of zinc oxide being a physical sunscreen, not a chemical sunscreen. While some users report that zinc oxide-containing sunscreens leave behind a white residue, you don’t have to worry about this issue with newer formulations; scientists have micronized zinc oxide particles so that they glide on smoothly and won’t leave behind any colored residue (University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, WebMD, Skin Cancer Foundation).
Octisalate has not garnered nearly as much clinical attention as photoprotective powerhouses like zinc oxide, nor controversial ingredients like avobenzone and octinoxate, but can actually offer a significant degree of sun protection. Octisalate is generally well-tolerated amongst users and is believed to stabilize avobenzone, thus resulting in longer-lasting sun protection (Environmental Working Group).
Silk Extract Can Heal Wounds, Brighten the Skin, and Protect Against Oxidative Damage
Keeping in line with their tradition of using ultra-luxurious and exotic ingredients, the TATCHA Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 35 contains silk extract, also known as sericin. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure of silk extract’s purpose in their formulation – would it make the skin silky smooth (sorry for the pun, I just couldn’t help myself), or was it in here just for the sake of novelty? As it turns out, silk extract has hydrophilic and biodegradation properties that make it great for wound healing. This is of special interest if you suffer from acne. In a study from the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, topically-applied sericin reduced the inflammatory reactions in wounded rat skin, and also greatly decreased the wounds’ sizes. Sericin is also believed to provide speedier wound healing than similar treatments, with the same study finding that wounded skin was completely healed, had increased collagen, and no ulceration after just 15 days of use. Sericin’s high absorption rates also ensures that the sericin protein can form a protective barrier on the skin, thus keeping the skin hydrated and protecting it from external damage (International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences).
Research published in 1998 in the journal of Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry suggested that sericin could suppress in vitro lipid peroxidation (when free radicals degrade lipids) and even inhibit tyrosinase activity, with similar findings echoed in the journal Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry. Therefore, it would not be unreasonable to believe that sericin could potentially lighten hyperpigmentation, brighten the skin, and offer a degree of antioxidant protection. A 2014 study from the journal Biomedical Reports also suggested that sericin protein could defend against multiple free radicals, thus suggesting that sericin could indeed offer a high degree of antioxidant protection. However, more research is needed in order to confirm these applications in skincare.
Licorice Root Extract and Loquat Leaves Fight Inflammation and Oxidation
While you may say that the zinc oxide and sericin in the TATCHA Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 are the formulation’s standout ingredients, there are still numerous beneficial ingredients to be found. For example, the Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 contains loquat leaf extract (eriobotrya japonica), which has been found to exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity (African Health Sciences). Working in complement to loquat leaf extract, licorice root extract (glycyrrhiza inflata) has been found to similarly act as an anti-inflammatory agent and alleviating some of the dryness and itching seen on dried scalp skin (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology). While these extracts’ anti-inflammatory properties certainly can help to alleviate irritation and erythema, it is also important to note that by mediating the skin’s inflammatory response, these extracts are also likely to minimize the appearance of pores, as inflammation commonly enlarges the pores.
How to Use
Apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to the face after moisturizing but at least 15 minutes before exposing your skin to the sun. Make sure to reapply the sunscreen once every two hours, or more frequently if you are sweating, in water, etc. Apply the sunscreen beneath cosmetics. This sunscreen can also be used as a makeup primer.
Personal Use and Opinion
I absolutely loved using the TATCHA Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35, although this sunscreen may not be for everyone. The sunscreen has a lovely, light floral scent, and blends well with my other skincare products. However, the formulation’s consistency is a little on the thick side and is a tad sticky – those with excessively oily skin or prone to sweating may not enjoy this sunscreen initially. However, the TATCHA Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 35 is non-comedogenic (read: it won’t clog pores) and really does work fabulously once you learn how to properly blend different cosmetics, so I would still recommend it for those of you prone to acne or oily skin.
While I don’t have any hyperpigmentation on my face to speak of (knock-on-wood), I did notice that this sunscreen made my face feel silky smooth (no pun intended!) and offered a high degree of photoprotection. All in all, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a glamorous broad-spectrum sunscreen.
The TATCHA Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 sets itself apart from most other high-end sunscreens by the fact that its ingredients not only offer photoprotection, but also work to lighten the skin, minimize the pores, and even promote wound healing and hydration. Zinc oxide and octisalate, comprising 20% of the formulation, offer a high degree of broad-spectrum protection, whereas licorice root extract and loquat leaf extract defend against pore-enlarging inflammation. Silk extract works to both hydrate and leave the skin silky smooth by forming a protective layer on the skin. While this formulation is a tad thick and sticky, it is non-comedogenic and blends well once you get the hang of it, so I would ultimately still recommend it to my readers who have oily skin and acne-prone skin.