JBeauty Routine: Naturie Skin Conditioner & Skin Conditioning Gel Review

Going on my trip to Japan at the beginning of this year, I wasn’t expecting to buy much cosmetics until the last few days when FOMO hit, and it hit hard. I had a small list of skincare and cosmetic products I wanted to buy, but seeing the price of cosmetics there, I was shocked …

going on my trip to japan at the beginning of this year, i wasn’t expecting to buy much cosmetics until the last few days when fomo hit, and it hit hard. i had a small list of skincare and cosmetic products i wanted to buy, but seeing the price of cosmetics there, i was shocked since i am so used to the affordability of korean cosmetics.

however, there were a few products i regret not picking up the first time i went to tokyo two years back. one of them was the naturie skin conditioner, which i had no information about what it did and why people love it. to be honest, i picked it up because i’m asian and when i see a big bottle for a very affordable price, i buy! i think i didn’t want to buy many japanese cosmetics because there wasn’t a lick of english anywhere on the packaging, making it that much harder to make a decision.

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about naturie, a japanese skincare brand

naturie has a very simple approach when it comes to their products. their philosophy is so simple that their whole brand only has three products to date, despite the rave reviews from consumers for all of them.

all of their products highlight the use of coix seed extract (aka. job’s tears, pearl barley or in japanese, hato mugi), a superfood grain that is rich in nutritional value and 12 kinds of amino acids. if you don’t know the benefits of amino acids, they are one of the main components of nmf (natural moisturizing factor) and are present in your skin to protect you from dryness and external stimuli.

jbeauty routine: naturie skin conditioner & skin conditioning gel review

“hato mugi amino acids contains 12 types:
histidine, lysine, threonine, valine, proline, serine, leucine, arginine, glycine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid.”

coix seed extract is rich in amino acids and is also how these products have helped increase the absorption of the skincare products that follow afterward.

naturie hatomugi skin conditioner

jbeauty routine: naturie skin conditioner & skin conditioning gel review

naturie hatomugi skin conditioner

full name of product:
naturie skin conditioner


limited edition/ permanent?:
permanent


description of product:
“a lotion to retain moisture and condition the skin with natural plant ingredient, hatomugi (job’s tears/ barley) extract (moisturizing component). the formula is rich and moisturizing but the texture is not sticky and blends smoothly with dry, rough areas of the skin. by recharging the skin with moisture, it maintains flawless, smooth skin. it refines and calms any hot flashes from sun exposure. can be used for the face and body. perfect for after showers or baths.”

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amount of product:
500 ml

duration of expiration:
1 year after opening

country of manufacture:
made in japan

fragrance:
no fragrance detected

ingredients:
water, dpg, bg, glycerin, coix extract, glycyrrhizic acid 2k, (styrene / acreates) copolymer, ethanol, citric acid, sodium citrate, methylparaben, propylparaben

how to use:
1) use as a toner: use a quarter coin-sized amount three times after you have cleansed your skin.
2) spot mask: soak a sheet of cotton pad with the skin conditioner and leave it on your skin for 3 minutes to further increase the amount of keratin water.
3) slather all over your body after bathing or after sunbathing.

jbeauty routine: naturie skin conditioner & skin conditioning gel review

personally, with all the different ways it is suggested to be used, i just this as a moisturizing toner/ essence. i take about 3-4 drops on the palms of my hand, pat it into my skin, and repeat 4 times. yes, you read it right, i use this 4 times.

when i first got this product and used it just a regular toner without layering it, i was confused as to why everyone loves this product. after watching someone else’s review and they said to get the best results, you have to layer it up, it changed the game for me! after that, i never looked back and my skincare products afterward just absorbed into my skin that much better. that is exactly how a toner should work!

if you were wondering why they called it a skin conditioner, from my observation when i was in japan, it seems like that is what they call their toners alongside “lotion”. lotion in japan does not mean moisturizers like how we think in the west. they refer to lotion as a toner, which is different than korea and i always have to remind myself.

jbeauty routine: naturie skin conditioner & skin conditioning gel review

texture-wise, this is a very watery product with not many bells and whistles. their ingredients list is very menial and straightforward, a common theme i find in a lot of japanese cosmetics.

i’ve also had my bottle for 8 months now and still have a ton of it. even with all the layering, i still got a good 80% of my bottle. i definitely recommend this for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin that can’t use anything with fragrance or any irritating ingredients. i still haven’t tried to use this as a face mist, but that will be on my to-do list for sure.

naturie hatomugi skin conditioning gel

jbeauty routine: naturie skin conditioner & skin conditioning gel review

full name of product:
naturie skin conditioning gel

limited edition/ permanent?:
permanent

description of product:
“a moisturizing gel containing coix seed extract, a natural moisturizing ingredient that conditions and hydrates the skin. a protective film is formed on the surface of the skin. it continuously pumps water into the stratum corneum, leaving the skin moisturized. non-greasy and fresh feeling. when the gel is applied to the skin, it turns into a liquid. with a fresh feeling that suppresses oil content, you don’t have to worry about stickiness. fragrance không tính phí, uncolored, hypoallergenic, alcohol-free.”

amount of product:

180 g

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duration of expiration:

1 year after opening

country of manufacture:

made in japan

fragrance:

no fragrance

ingredients:

water, glycerin, dpg, dimethicone, ascorbyl tetrahexyldecanoate, na tocopheryl phosphate, honeybee extract, di lauroyl glutamate (cholesteryl / octyldodecyl), (acrylic acid / alkyl acrylate (c10-30)) crosspolymer, (acryloyldimethyl) taurin ammonium / vp) copolymer, bg, peg-12 dimethicone, sodium hydroxide, carbomer, dimer dilinolate di (isostearyl / phytosteryl), octyldodecyl myristate, tocopherol, methylparaben

how to use:

1) use it as a beauty essence after toner by applying two quarter-sized amounts onto the face and continue on with the rest of your skincare routine.

2) makeup primer before cosmetic application, use a thin layer of the skin conditioner gel for a layer of hydration to keep you looking cakey throughout the day. it is light and not greasy and will not disrupt your makeup throughout the day.

3) wash off mask: apply a generous amount of the skin conditioner gel all over your face and leave for 5 minutes before wiping the excess off and patting the rest into your skin.

4) body lotion: apply it all over your body daily after your bath or after being in the sun.

to be honest, i can’t really see myself using this other than as a moisturizer or a layering product for the rest of my skincare. using it as a wash-off mask is a bit of waste or will you use the excess product and apply it on your face?

jbeauty routine: naturie skin conditioner & skin conditioning gel review

naturie hatomugi skin conditioning gel

naturie’s skin conditioning gel comes in a huge huge jar, measuring at 8.75 cm in diameter and 6.5 cm in height. i can definitely see why they suggested using it as a body lotion. how on earth will i finish this!! like how the description mentioned, i use this both as either a moisturizer itself or a layering piece in my routine.

during the summertime, this would be just enough hydration but not feeling too heavy for my dry skin. i normally do layer this 3 times for an optimal hydration effect but during the wintertime, i use this almost like a moisturizer primer before my heavy-duty moisturizers. it is a simple, effective, and “clean” moisturizer and definitely an easy go to use on a daily basis.

jbeauty routine: naturie skin conditioner & skin conditioning gel review

texture-wise, this is a true gel moisturizer and melts into the skin like nothingness and is exactly like the original skin conditioner, just in a gel form! with both products, my skin is definitely more hydrated with all those amazing amino acids in the coix seed extract.

overall i’m not surprised i love the skin conditioning gel as much as the skin conditioner. do you need both? hmm that is kind of a hard question for me to answer. it is definitely more dependent on what your needs are and if you see yourself using this more as a toner/ face mist or if you need a moisturizer with a slight bit more hydration levels. my skincare fanatic would say get both but my sensible side would say, it is all up to you and your needs because they both perform just as amazing.

sources:

  • https://www.naturie-net.jp/coixseed/
  • https://www.naturie-net.jp/gel/
  • https://www.naturie-net.jp/lotion/

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