As a certified skincare junkie there is nothing I love more than discovering a new brand or even better an innovative product that introduces me to a completely different way I can pamper my complexion. If said item comes from a part of the world that focuses on and appreciates good skin-loving ingredients, then I have obviously hit the Skincare Jackpot.
Asia has always been ahead of the western world when it comes to caring for the skin, with most skincare trends starting exactly there. BB Creams and Sheet Masks are excellent examples of game-changing products that were used for years before making their way to North America. There is a deliberate pattern of more importance placed on treating the skin than covering everything up with heavy makeup. I love that concept because it really rings true - if your complexion is unhealthy then makeup application will be that much harder. Asian brands are on the forefront of that concept and inclusion of skin-friendly ingredients continues to spill over into their makeup products as well.
Because of my appreciation for Asian skincare and as part of the Passport Beauty series I wanted to feature a few standout products from the far east.
NARUKO Narcussus Total Defense Night Gelly is the first one and it came to me all the way from sunny Taiwan.
Naruko Narcissus Night Gelly is a new formulated night gelly works ideally as an overnight mask. Enriched with narcissus bulb extract and the patented Phytoferulin® complex provides the skin with hydration and anti-oxidants and enhances the skin's natural self-defense and self-repairing system. Overnight mask to quench skin's thirst. Wonderfully moisturized, deeply nourished and plumped, skin emerges infinitely regenerated. Leaves your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated from the surface right down to the core.
2. Apply the gelly with the middle and ring fingers to blend it evenly on the face.
3. Use the fingertips to gently massage and press it thoroughly. No need to rinse it with water.
Narcissus Bulb Extract
Patented Phytoferulin® complex
NARUKO Narcissus Night Gelly is essentially an overnight, hydrating mask that is used to "seal" in all the treatments applied during your nighttime skincare routine. Its very similar to the Origins Overnight Drink-Up hydrating mask. I like to call this my sleeping mask.
The key ingredients Narcissus Bulb Extract and Phytoferulin combined provide deep hydration, antioxidant protection and activation of the skin's own self-defense & self-repairing systems. The next morning your skin will look brighter, plumped up, dewy and radiant. I was actually surprised at just how visible the brightening effect was on my complexion.
The texture of the Night Gelly is light like jello and feels so soothing and silky on the skin surface. I used this on a few stuffy, hot nights and it had a significant cooling effect, on top of all the other skin benefits. I suggest putting it in the fridge about 20 minutes prior to using it and the icy factor will be beyond refreshing, while the light botanical scent will help relax and soothe your thoughts away. Thats something we all need at bedtime!
I don't usually make comments about the outer packaging of my products but NARUKO deserves a special mention. This company has taken a very unique concept for the reuse & recycle movement by making the outer box transformable into a cute stationary stand. That little detail earns bonus points in my book!
My final conclusion is definitively positive and I would definitively recommend the NARUKO Narcissus Total Defense Night Gelly to everyone because I really believe in its performance. Its a joy to use in the summer and delivers an extra kick of hydration without making me feel greasy. I cant comment on its long term effects just yet but as far as instant gratification goes this is as good as it gets. The brightening results are very noticeable and that alone is an excellent reason to continue using it.
You can find NARUKO products, including the Night Gelly at SASA ($17.60) or Amazon ($22).
Have you tried NARUKO skincare? What's your favorite nighttime mask?
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