If like me you switch up your beauty products depending on the season, then by now you are probably buttering up those dehydrated elbows and cheeks. In an effort to soften and protect my skin during these cold and windy months, I turned to one of of my trusted brands – Tatcha. Developed to address dry, sensitive, and irritated skin Tatcha Indigo line includes three skin treatments, and I had the opportunity to try two of them – Soothing Silk Hand Cream and Soothing Silk Body Butter.
What is Indigo? Indigo is obtained by processing parts of the shrub Indigofera tinctoria, which is native to tropical and temperate Asia and parts of Africa. The leaves are soaked in water and fermented to separate the pigment, then mixed with a strong base, pressed into cakes, dried, and powdered. Japanese people call indigo ai-iro, which literally means “indigo”, but it also goes by another famous name – “Samurai Blue”. Samurai warriors wore a layer of indigo-colored clothing under their armor because indigo extract is believed to have healing properties. At this time most of the indigo dye used in the world is synthetic, and owning something made with real indigo is a true luxury.