Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel Review

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Something that I’ve repurchased over and over again for my skincare routine is the Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel, and I figured it’s finally time to put an official review of this oil-free moisturiser out there. I actually tried the Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioner before the gel, and to be honest, I prefer the gel over the toner! 

You can find my thoughts on the Naturie Skin Conditioner in this first impressions skincare post.If I could only pick one, I’d go for the gel – but both are pretty good products to have in your routine.

Both products come in ridiculously huge packaging, which I love – you get a lot of back for your buck while providing simple hydration. This is an approach that my skin really, really appreciates these days. Here’s my full Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel review for oily skin.

Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel Review

The whole reason this product appealed to me was that it’s a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser. I don’t completely avoid oils in my skincare routine, but for the daytime, I like my moisturisers to be water-based so that I don’t feel too greasy. I already have a naturally oily skin type, plus I’m trying to keep my acne under control. For me, this is my holy grail day moisturiser for the summertime.

Now, one of the things that I want to get straight about the Naturie Gel is that it’s not an oil-controlling moisturiser. That’s not the reason why I like it. I like it because it’s lightweight enough to lock in all the water-based hydrating layers that I’ve applied to my skin, and plays well with sunscreens that I apply over the top.

Another thing that I like is the size – it’s freaking huge! The Naturie Hatomugi Gel comes in a whopping 180g jar which lasts a really, really long time – usually 6 months at least, considering how small of an amount I use each time.

It has a watery texture that easily sinks into the skin. I recommend using a spatula or decanting it into a container with a pump. Trying to grab it out of the jar usually results in grabbing too much – the texture melts down with body heat, and then you’ve got way too much in your hands!

Side by side images showing Naturie Hatomugi Gel on a white background, and showing the white gel texture inside the jar

What are the Benefits of Hatomugi for Skin?

In English, you might know Hatomugi as Job’s Tears or Adlay. It has many uses, from decorative to recipes and even traditional medicinal use. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hatomugi has a cooling property, reducing inflammation and congestion.

Applied to skin,Hatomugi has many skincare benefits! This includes brightening dark spots, increasing skin hydration, and protecting skin from harmful free radicals.

Naturie Hatomugi Gel Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Tocopheryl Phosphate, Coix Lacryma-Jobi (Job’s Tears) Seed Extract, Cholesteryl/octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Phytosteryl/isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Tocopherol, Methylparaben

You can see in the ingredients list that this doesn’t just rely on Job’s Tears Extract, aka Hatomugi. It also features antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, making this gel moisturiser a fantastic all-rounder. 

Graphic explaining four key benefits of Naturie Hatomugi Gel

How to Use Naturie Skin Conditioning Gel

According to the company that makes this product, it can be used more than one way! It can be used as a body moisturiser and has a skincare mask. 

All you’ll need to do is apply a thick layer, massage it into your skin and wipe off the excess. It adds a hydrating boost to my skin, but it does melt down and get a little bit drippy after a while!

For dry skin types, the company suggests using it as another hydrating layer with your serums and moisturiser. I tried this as part of my evening routine but wasn’t a fan of it for my skin. I can see how this could help dry skin stay moisturised, though. I see a lot of cosmetic chemists praising silicone’s ability to trap hydration without feeling too heavy. 

As a day moisturiser, I use this after a few layers of Hada Labo Gokujyun Toner and Shiseido Anessa UV Perfect Milk. This is my ultimate daytime combination during the summertime in New Zealand. I’ve also found this combination works incredibly well for humid South East Asian weather!

Using a spatula makes it perfect for scooping out the perfect amount. For my face and neck, that was the size of a chickpea. I didn’t find that it made my skin feel tacky (probably thanks to the silicones?), which is another bonus!

Here’s a video that shows the Naturie Skin Conditioning Gel Texture, and how easily it applies to skin.

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Ive used this gel for years and years – the Naturie Hatomugi Gel feels so lightweight and non-greasy, perfect for oily skin

♬ Pumpkin – Fred Paci & Nobel

Naturie Hatomugi Gel: The Bottom Line

I recommend this oil-free gel moisturiser for oily and combination skin. I think it locks in the right amount of hydration to prevent flaky skin and dryness, but also doesn’t overwhelm skin and leave it looking shiny. It layers easily, doesn’t pill with my other products, and wears well under makeup. It’s my holy grail daytime summer moisturiser!

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