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Skincare Ingredient Spotlight: Hatomugi

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Skincare Ingredient Spotlight: Hatomugi

What is hatomugi?

Known all over the world by many names including job’s tears, pearl barley, adlay millet, coix seed, and jali-jali, hatomugi extract is derived from a grain-bearing grass that is indigenous to tropical parts of Asia. The plant has long been a staple in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help invigorate the spleen, support the urinary tract, and cool the body. Today it’s mainly known as a popular health food across Asia, often found in soups, porridge, drinks, and desserts. (P.S. Hatomugi is gluten-free!) But there’s more. Let’s see why this little grain has been a favorite with J-Beauty skincare junkies.   

What are the skincare benefits of hatomugi?

1. Brightening

Frequently featured in J-Beauty brightening skincare products, hatomugi has an impressive ability to reverse hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and regulate melanin production due to its high Vitamin B3 content. Although melanin is a natural skin pigment, UV ray exposure can trigger overproduction of melanin, leading to unwanted discoloration in the skin.  

2. Hydration

Studies show that continued use of hatomugi extract can help increase the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid is the gold standard in hydration due to its capacity to retain up to 5000 times its weight in water, so it’s no wonder that hatomugi is famed for increasing skin elasticity. Not only that, but it’s abundant in skin-firming peptides. 

3. Anti-aging

Hatomugi contains antioxidants that are said to help delay premature skin aging by reducing free radical activity. Free radicals are unstable molecules that attack DNA, break down collagen reserves, and cause damage to our cells.

Our hatomugi skincare picks

Want to reap the benefits of this popular grain? Here are our top J-Beauty picks.

For a no-fuss J-Beauty essence toner, try Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioner.

This one’s a cult-favorite in Japan due to its versatility and affordability. Don’t let its simple and unassuming appearance fool you. Its milky and watery consistency is weightless and fast-absorbing, yet offers a rich boost of moisture without a sticky residue. Fans also say it has a “cooling” effect that helps to calm inflamed, irritated, and acne-prone skin. This skin conditioner is known for its all-in-one properties, so if you’re seeking more bang for your buck, don’t pass this one up!

For a multi-purpose face mask, try Clear Turn Beautiful Skin Artisan Coix Seed Brightening Mask.

Another wallet-friendly option, this mask harnesses the power of classic Japanese ingredients: onsen water and hatomugi. Together they help to moisturize, revitalize, purify, and tighten pores for an all-in-one skin treatment. Plus, the mask’s ultra-soft hand-made paper feels luxurious and fits the face snugly like a glove for enhanced absorption.

The icing on the cake is that both hatomugi-based skincare products tend to do well with most skin types, including dry, oily, combination, normal or acne-prone. This makes them reliable skin companions even when the seasons change. Here are two guys you can keep in your bathroom vanity all year round!

For a lightweight moisturizer with a fresh feel, try the Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel.

This water-based moisturizer might seem basic, but its unique gel formulation and texture make it versatile as a serum, moisturizer, makeup base, and body lotion. Hypoallergenic and fragrance free, the gel is suitable for all skin types and earns its rightful place in everyone’s bathroom cabinet. The gel serves as the perfect last step for oily and acne-prone skin types. Drier and mature skin types may prefer to use the gel as a serum, and can layer a denser cream on top. The gel also acts as a skin-protecting primer and prevents makeup from shifting, thanks to its non-sticky oil-free finish.

Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel

For those who wish to indulge themselves in an extra layer of hydration after the Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioner and Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel, try sealing the deal with the Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Milk.

The emulsion can be used on both face and body, and quickly locks in moisture to guard against dryness and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Like it’s conditioner and gel sisters, the milk is non-sticky, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic, making it a soothing savior for all skin types.

 Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Milk

Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Milk

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