Vic­to­ria tsai

This Har­vard Busi­ness School grad­u­ate’s chance en­counter with a mod­ern-day geisha in Ky­oto in­spired her to cre­ate a line founded on the beauty se­crets of an an­cient tra­di­tion

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Ex­er­cise or diet? When I’m in San Francisco, my ex­er­cise is run­ning af­ter my six-year-old daugh­ter. When I’m on the road, I’ll oc­ca­sion­ally do juice cleanses. I have re­cently been avoid­ing al­co­hol, be­cause it’s bad for the skin, and salt, be­cause it makes you look puffy. Favourite restau­rant in the world? The Tsuk­iji Fish Mar­ket in Tokyo. It’s so vi­brant, even at dawn, and you can get fish fresh from the ocean. Red lips or smoky eyes? I’ve al­ways loved a red lip—clas­sic and glam­orous. When Vic­to­ria Tsai met a geisha in a beauty store in Ky­oto, she was blown away by the woman’s flaw­less, make-up-free porce­lain skin and begged to be let in on the se­cret. The philoso­phies and teach­ings that the woman was to re­veal—con­tained in a 200-year-old text on beauty—in­spired the prod­uct line Vic­to­ria, a long­time suf­ferer of acute der­mati­tis and preg­nant with her daugh­ter Alea at the time, cre­ated later that year. Vic­to­ria fo­cused on for­mu­lat­ing sim­ple, ef­fec­tive prod­ucts made from gen­tle, safe in­gre­di­ents. Nowa­days she splits her time be­tween the San Francisco Bay Area and Ja­pan, where she trav­els fre­quently to work with sci­en­tists, re­searchers and mod­ern-day geishas to cre­ate for­mu­las for the Tatcha col­lec­tion. Beauty prod­ucts you can’t live without? I live on air­planes, which pulls the mois­ture out of my skin, so I rely on our Lu­mi­nous Deep Hy­dra­tion Lift­ing Masks. They triple the hy­dra­tion of the skin in just 15 min­utes.

Is there any par­tic­u­lar food that you be­lieve has health and beauty ben­e­fits? The skin is the body’s largest or­gan, so any­thing healthy for the body is also won­der­ful for skin­care. I par­tic­u­larly love rice, green tea and sea­weed. Your beauty rou­tine? In the morn­ing, I’ll use our Ky­oto Cleanse to pu­rify and pol­ish my skin, then mois­turise with the Sup­ple Mois­ture Rich Silk Cream. In the evening, I melt away the day with our Ky­oto Cleanse, and then ap­ply the Ra­di­ant Deep Bright­en­ing Serum and Age­less En­rich­ing Re­newal Cream.

The geisha taught me to gently ex­fo­li­ate my skin ev­ery sin­gle day. When you pol­ish skin like a jewel, it helps to shrink pores and lighten hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion.

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