Skip to main content
Access every election story that matters
Enjoy unlimited digital access
per week for 24 weeks
Access every election story that matters
Enjoy unlimited digital access
per week
for 24 weeks
// //

A seemingly effortless complexion, where skin looks clean, healthy and fresh, has been de rigueur for some time, thanks to proponents such as runway makeup artist Gucci Westman, model Daria Werbowy and Glossier founder Emily Weiss. But a radiant complexion requires more than a swipe of highlighter across the cheekbones.

"Dewy skin is the ultimate mark of healthy skin, which is why it's so sought-after," says Vicky Tsai, the founder and CEO of Japanese skincare brand Tatcha. "The ingredients we use are the basis of the Japanese diet – green tea, rice, seaweed – and are known to be good for the health, so it makes sense that they are good for the skin, as well." Consistent maintenance, including healthy lifestyle choices, goes a long way.

A Harvard Business School grad, Tsai founded her brand as an homage to the self-care rituals of geishas, and has since developed a following for Tatcha's hydrating products. "When the skin is healthy and young, it is full of water. When the light hits it, it reflects like light off a pool of water, but with an even deeper glow," she says. To reveal your inner glow, Tsai recommends beginning with exfoliation to create a smooth canvas before plumping skin with hydrating products such as essences, moisturizers, masks and mists. An oil can help treat skin and can also be worn with your foundation for added shine.

Story continues below advertisement

What to try

Tatcha The Essence, $114 through

Tsai created the Essence to quickly deliver deep hydration into skin. Made with Okinawa red algae and hyaluronic acid, this superfluid increases hydration levels by 148 per cent within moments.

Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil, $104 at Murale.

This blend of some of my favourite oils, including hemp seed and avocado, is lightweight and nourishing for a lit-from-within finish.

Urban Decay Drop Shot Mix-In Facial Oil, $45 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Urban Decay and through and

Urban Decay co-founder Wende Zomnir recommends mixing this oil with her Naked Skin foundation for a "dewy, radiant glow."

Story continues below advertisement

Visit to sign up for the Globe Style e-newsletter, your weekly digital guide to the players and trends influencing fashion, design and entertaining, plus shopping tips and inspiration for living well. And follow Globe Style on Instagram @globestyle.

Report an error Editorial code of conduct
Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. We hope to have this fixed soon. Thank you for your patience. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to If you want to write a letter to the editor, please forward to
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons or for abuse. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

To view this site properly, enable cookies in your browser. Read our privacy policy to learn more.
How to enable cookies