Before I start, let me say this. I don’t know what to call the RMK Skintuner. Is it a lotion? It sure feels and looks like one. Is it a moisturizer? It doesn’t remotely look like it! But it does a lovely job at keeping my skin plumped and moist. What is it?
I dug around a bit for information and according to the RMK website, the concept behind the Skintuner is a bit of an all rounder product. It is regenerative, moisturizing, self-plumping and refining. It contains beta catotene and royal jelly extract to drench the hyaluronic acid within our skin so you have smoother more polished skin. Sounds complex but here’s the deal. Its super easy to use once you get the hang of it, and if you don’t have very dry skin, this one bottle might be all you need!
The product was launched in 2011 I believe and in 2012, they have added a Brightening version that comes in 2 formula – Light and Moist. The one I have is the Moist version which would, I believe, be targeted at those who have slightly drier skin types. The Light version might be suitable for those who have oilier skins.
The lotion comes in a tall 150ml bottle and like all RMK products, is very minimalistic in packaging. According to the website, this is a moisturizer that contains Rhododendrol to inhibit melanin production. Regular use will help prevent freckles and skin discolouration and possibly treat existing problems.
I must at this juncture tell you about the texture and why it puzzles me so. You see, I thought that a product like this will come in a liquid gel or maybe emulsion form. What I did not expect was water. It is literally clear water when squirted out from the bottle. That is what puzzles me.
How can such a watery liquid act as a moisturizer? My feeble brain just could not get my head around it. It smells lovely though, of zesty slightly bitter citrus and berries on first sniff. Its refreshing! But confusing!
Which is where I come to the packaging. I have a beef with the method of dispensation.
I personally find that the nozzle of the pump is too large and unwieldy so there is practically no control over the amount of product that is dispensed with one press of the pump. Also, the lack of directional control means it can and will get everywhere if you aren’t careful.
I don’t know what would be a better method of dispensing this liquid. A slimmer more narrow nozzle maybe? I’m not sure. But it does detract from what otherwise is a very lovely product.
According to the directions, you should pump 4 times on dry hands or on a piece of cotton pad, then apply to your face. Let me tell you that this does not work. Pump 4 times of this liquid into your palm and you will be unable to contain it because it will overflow.
Instead, here’s what I do.
- Pump 1 pump into my palm
- Spread the liquid between the palm of both hands
- Spread on face and lightly pat till absorbed
Seriously, 1 pump is more than sufficient for me! I don’t understand the need for 4 pumps. That said, if you choose to use a cotton pad instead of your hands, then perhaps 4 pumps would be perfect. The pad will be left sopping wet and you can then spread it easily on your face. If you don’t want to waste, then 1-2 pumps is more than sufficient.
I must say that I wasn’t sure what to expect when using this product. But after almost a month, I’ve decided I quite like it. Within the first few days of using this both day and night, I found that it helped my skin feel instantly rehydrated. My skin does feel smoother and more plumped up. However, I will say here that I use it in addition to my existing skincare, as an extra hydrating lotion.
So for me, I use it thus – Cleanser, Melvita Facial Floral Water, RMK Skintuner, serum, moisturizer etc. It must also be said that I have skin that tends to being a little dry and I’m in air-conditioned places a lot, so this sequence works for me. If you have oily skin then this is probably sufficient on its own.
As for brightening properties, I can’t quite tell. I am most impressed with the hydrating qualities above others, and the very lovely fresh scent that is at once light, but uplifting to the senses especially in the morning. Despite the packaging, I could potentially see this as remaining a staple in my skincare.
In a nutshell
The RMK Skintuner Brightening Moist is a very liquid solution that operates as a moisturizer with an active ingredient to control melanin production. It will take a lot of getting used to, the first time it is used, because of the very liquid texture. I find that the nozzle of the pump is a bit too large so a lot of product is dispensed at one go. The recommended 4 pumps would be far too much for anyone so I would suggest just 1-2 pumps. I use it as a hydrating lotion/serum and as part of my skincare line up. The intention of this product is to enable you to use it on its own as well, so if you don’t have very dry skin, then this one product can take the place of lotion, serum and moisturizer. I personally just prefer using my regular skincare in addition. The light fresh citrus-berry scent is uplifting and the product makes my skin feel plumped up, smoother and more comfortable.
Pros: Very light watery texture that is easily absorbed by skin, Skin feels almost immediately plumped up and hydrated, Can be used alone as moisturiser or as a hydrating lotion as part of regular skincare
Cons: The nozzle is a bit unwieldy and can dispense too much product, The product can take some getting used to for most
Who will like this: Those who want a boost of moisture and hydration to the skin, Those who want to use as few products as possible as this can take the place of a lotion (toner) and moisturiser
I make no comment about the price which is RM120/150ml. I do not think it extremely high and in fact, I’d consider it fairly priced for a product by RMK and in comparison to other products in a similar price range. In fact, I know of no other similar product! I do not have the ingredient list, I’m afraid. The box only had Japanese writing on it, and I can’t tell if its an ingredient list, an address or just a product description
A quick tip: Because its so watery, I sometimes saturate some pieces of cotton pad or a paper mask and use this as a quick mask. Its really nice on the skin this way especially when you don’t really want to faff about with sticky sheet masks or wash off masks. Just lay the cotton pads on your skin, then in about 10-15 minutes, toss them and go to bed
Have you ever used the RMK Skintuner? Do you have thoughts on it? They have 3 variants for now – Skintuner EX (moisturizing), Skintuner Smoother (pore minimizing) and Skintuner Brightening (skin brightening). I’m thinking of trying Skintuner EX once I’m done but it won’t be for at least another 3 months at least! This goes a very long way
RMK Skintuner Brightening comes in 2 variants – Light and Moist Price: RM120/150ml Availability: RMK counters