Product: Naris Up Skin Conditioner w/ Hyaluronic Acid
Price: ~USD 13 @ Amazon.com
I first became interested in this product when I randomly watched a video by Michelle Phan in which she used one of Naris Up’s skin conditioner’s to make her own emergency mask. Naris Up makes several types of skin conditioner lotions, such as those with Vitamin C, marine collagen, and soybean extracts. I purchased the one with hyaluronic acid since I’ve recently been in a hyaluronic acid kick.
Ingredients: Water (aqua), butylene glycol, alcohol, glycerin, methyl gluceth-10, PEG-20, sorbitan cocoate, methylparaben, ethylparaben, PEG-9M, xanthan gum, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, sodium citrate, citric acid, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, sodium hyaluronate, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate
I ordered this “skin conditioner” solely out of interest – I had no idea what the ingredients would be (other than the fact that it contained hyaluronic acid). This product is to be used like a toner. This is my first product ever used that contained hyaluronic acid. I’m glad that it came with the ingredient list printed in English! I was a little concerned to start trying this product since it contained butylene glycol and alcohol as two of the main ingredients (listed first!). In addition, this product contains parabens so for those of you who are very “anti-paraben”, this product is definitely not for you.
There is significant controversy regarding butylene gylcol, which is a primary ingredient in most cosmetics since it is a preservative that can keep products from spoiling. While it ranks low on the comedogenic scale, some have claimed that it can be irritating to the skin – which can worsen acne. I’ve already talked several times about how alcohol can be very drying and thus damaging to the skin. My skin has personally never reacted well to any products that contain high amounts of alcohol so believe me when I say that I was extremely hesitant to try this skin conditioner.
I soak a square cotton pad liberally with the skin conditioner. It comes in a plastic container with a twist cap that is quite durable. I’ve traveled with it several times and there has never been any problems. I sweep the conditioner across my entire face and neck immediately after cleansing to lock in the moisture.
There is no scent to the skin conditioner. But there was once when I rushed to the gym after only applying the Naris Up skin conditioner (no moisturizer or anything after) and I found that the sweat coming off my face had a weird smell to it. I know sweat generally is supposed to smell but it was a distinct smell that really stood out to me. This might sound conceited but I usually don’t find that I “smell” after a work out. At least, not in a way where I notice it on myself. I don’t know what this was about either.
My skin really eats up this skin conditioner. I’m not sure how big of a role it had in my acne but since I started using it, my acne has improved. But beware that I also use clindamycin, Tazorac 0.1%, 10% benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil to control my acne. I have also been increasing the amount of fiber in my diet, etc. to balance my body. I feel that the condition of my skin has improved since using this product; it feels a lot softer to the touch. I can feel my skin drinking up this product!
On occasion, if I have time in the night or mornings, I will use this conditioner as an emergency mask. To use it like a mask, I thoroughly soak four cotton squares and place them on my forehead, cheeks and chin for about 30 minutes. Don’t be stingy with the conditioner because there is a ton of product in the tube. I generally soak it to the point where it is almost dripping. This conditioner mask is perfect to use to save your skin after an allnighter, a night out or simply when your skin is feeling very dry. You can feel the results almost immediately - your skin will appear more plump and feel more moist and soft.
I’m still a bit wary of the alcohol content in this skin conditioner but it doesn’t seem to have exacerbated or caused any flare up in my acne. In fact, this skin conditioner has done a pretty good job in soothing my skin. You can’t use this skin conditioner to replace a moisturizer though – it isn’t that moisturizing. Most likely due to the alcohol, my skin does feel a bit dry afterwards. I find that it preps my skin for any moisturizing spray and moisturizer that I apply afterwards. I’ve taken off 1 point simply because of the alcohol factor but overall, it hasn’t irritated my skin at all.
I’ve already ordered a second bottle because I’m currently pretty happy with how its been treating my skin.