Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TATCHA Founder Victoria Tsai Talks Ban-No and Water Cream

TATCHA Founder, Victoria Tsai

Like many of us, TATCHA founder Victoria Tsai often feels like she has too much on her plate. But even though multi-tasking is a fact of life it can often leave us feeling off-balance and pulled in too many directions. Victoria traveled to Kyoto seeking a new approach to skincare, but instead she stumbled on a new approach to life. Many of the beautiful Japanese philosophies she learned help her to be more mindful and balanced, without losing the efficiency of multi-tasking.

One of her favorite philosophies that apply to both life and skincare is Ban-No, meaning all-purpose and all mighty. And translating this into life, your things should work hard for you so that you don’t have to work as hard. Every TATCHA formula is crafted to deliver multiple benefits, offering skin everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t.

The newest addition to the TATCHA family is Water Cream ($68) -- this is an anti-aging moisturizer created to hydrate, balance and refine skin in one step.  The unique, oil-free formula is a burst of Zen for your skin, releasing refreshing hydration and powerful Japanese botanicals that leave behind smooth, poreless skin that is perfectly prepped for makeup and one less thing for you to worry about.

Some of Victoria’s other favorite philosophies for mindful multitasking at home that she shares with us are so basic, and yet, so very profound. These are the philosophies that our own founder adopted as a means of survival and we encourage you to sit back, relax, read, and implement what you can into your own world.

  • Wabi sabi: Imperfections make things more unique. We can so often feel off-balance by a desire to do each and every thing perfectly, in work and in life, but this philosophy teaches us to embrace the flaws. Cooking a meal for a loved one doesn’t have to be Instagram-worthy—a chipped plate or a crooked sushi roll only makes it more treasured.
  • Ichi-go, ichi-e: Just this one moment, once in a lifetime. This saying reminds us of the preciousness of each interaction we have. There are ways to multi-task while also allowing us to spend time with the people we care about. Instead of taking a work call while making dinner, catch up with a friend or loved one while chopping veggies.
  • Omakase: Entrust to others. This word is most often encountered at sushi bars, but also applies to our lives. When ordering, it gives the chef authority to make what they want, at the price they set. In life, it reminds us to trust and lean on the people who surround us to help us achieve what we need to do.
  • Kaizen: Make small, continuous improvements. It might not seem like much, but kaizen teaches us to take small steps, towards the change we want. It’s much easier to multi-task when you’re working on small changes towards a goal, rather than trying to accomplish something radical. 
  • Shankankan: The beauty of taking your time. It is easy for us to rush through our work, turning them into mindless endeavors but Shankankan reminds us to slow down, to take time and enjoy the work at hand.
  • Nyunanshin: Have a flexible mind. Originating in martial arts, the concept of nyunanshin says that we should maintain an open mind and be receptive to new teachings. There are always more efficient or better ways of completing the task at hand so it’s important to seek out new perspectives.
  • Chisoku: Know when enough is enough. Chisoku comes from a Zen principle that says there is no limit to human desire. As such, it is up to us to know when to be satisfied. It can be easy to lose ourselves in a flurry of work, but chisoku reminds us to know when our work is done, so we can step away and enjoy other things.
  • Yataiki: Find joy in small things. Even when tasks seem mindless, there are ways to make them uplifting. Allow yourself to notice the beauty of the flowers as you run, or the sound of your favorite song as you work.

We are beyond thrilled to have been able to share Victoria’s insights with you and looking to the future of TATCHA, you can expect a revitalizing treat -- Violet-C Radiance Mask ($68) -- launching in July 2017. The TATCHA Violet-C Radiance Mask is a creamy treatment packed with the anti-aging and brightening power of 7 fruits, 2 unique types of Vitamin C and antioxidant-rich Japanese Beautyberry that rinses away to unveil bright, radiant skin.

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