Liquid gold for my skin – The Naruko Supreme Rejuvenating Elixir Oil

Author: Jenny Wu
Jenny Wu

Blake

Monday 4th of May 2020

No offense was meant. The general consumer doesn’t have access to the actual percentages of ingredients, so it was my oversight on the low percentage of the essential oil blend — although seldom are these good for the skin.

As a physician, carrageenan is an ingredient I ask people to eliminate given the untoward effects on the gastrointestinal tract and it’s link to certain cancers.

I love Paula Begoun, but she is not a physician. And I don’t mean to diminish in any way her monumental empire she has worked so diligently for, but her research has been limited solely on dermatologic care. Depending on use of these products with other skincare techniques, like microneedling, you can achieve some systemic absorption of carrageenan, which may increase the body’s risk of inflammation.

Lastly, be mindful of what evidence we DO have. Seldom will people sign up for studies where risk is known =).

I appreciate your honest reviews. I ordered items from this Naruko brand (sheet masks and your “liquid gold”). I was hopeful to see someone as science drive would have loved Saint Jane, as it was a product I was considering in the use of my entry level facials.

Jenny

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

I understand that essential oils can be potentially irritating and some people prefer not to use it, which is why I always list them in irritants. If they are listed above any preservatives (which are typically limited to 1%), I will stress them again in my reviews as that is higher than I'd like to see them. Since these are not I didn't feel the need to call them out multiple times, especially given the plenty of beneficial ingredients this contains.

I think there needs to be some distinction between what's beneficial consumed vs topically applied. While Paula isn't a physician, she does cite reputable journals to back up her ingredient claims from a dermatological perspective, which is my only concern when it comes to reviewing skincare products. You bring up a good point about microneedling enhancing absorption and it's something I will read into more.

The issue with skincare is that we can only derive so much from the ingredients listed and their relevant research. Without completely understand the formula and knowing the % behind the ingredients, reviews will always be subjective. It's interesting that you bring up the Saint Jane Serum as it has several essential oils as well, though the % is unknown since there are no preservatives to act as a benchmark. I had high hopes for the Saint Jane serum myself, but like I did find it overpriced for the results I saw.

Blake

Monday 4th of May 2020

Rose, bitter orange peel, carageenan, witch hazel, ginger...NONE are good for the skin. I am sorry, but are you a dermatologist?

Jenny

Monday 4th of May 2020

Some more skincare knowledge for you, ginger extract is actually good for the skin too: https://www.paulaschoice.com/ingredient-dictionary/skin-soothing/ginger-extract.html

Jenny

Monday 4th of May 2020

Are you? I never claimed to be one, nor did I claim any of those ingredients you listed are good. The only thing I'm doing is sharing my experience with this product. Also love how you're ignoring all the other beneficial ingredients and focusing on the essential oils which are all in concentrations of less than 1%. If you're so offended by EO's, go find something that's fragrance free, it's not that hard.

Lastly I'm not sure where you got the idea that carageenan is bad for the skin because it actually has water-binding properties: https://www.paulaschoice.com/ingredient-dictionary/plant-extracts/carrageenan.html

Ayeza Kate Sabitsana

Saturday 12th of January 2019

I agree with you.. i’ve been using this product for 4 mos now and it’s perfectly blend to my skin. And i can see the result straight away, no drama.. I just use it in the night time coz I’m saving it, bit pricey ???? but worth the money.. girls! you should invest in this product and stick to it.. you won’t regret it.. i am purchasing another bottle next month..

Jenny

Saturday 12th of January 2019

Glad to hear you're getting great results!

Samantha

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Hi, can this be used as eye cream alternative?

Jenny

Thursday 12th of July 2018

You can use this around your eyes, but this won't help lock in moisture. So if your eye area is really dry, I still recommend using an eye cream.

Huey Wong

Wednesday 14th of February 2018

I got myself a bottle after reading your review and boy, i agree with you. I love this oil and will put it on whenever i feel like it. I am now hooked and want to try the whole Jing Cheng range! Thank you for sharing this great review, Jenny!

Jenny

Thursday 15th of February 2018

I'm so glad you like the oil!! The essence is also quite nice if that's something you're interested in, I liked it better than the brightening enhancer which I also tried, but I'm not a fan of.