Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Product Review : Hada Labo Hydrating Light Lotion

hello everyone! today i will be reviewing the Asian beauty cult favourite: the Hada Labo Hydrating Light Lotion. i feel like everyone and their mom already using this thing, but apparently i'm a thousand years late to the party so yah here's my review!!!

the one i'll be talking about is from the 'Light' (green) version, which is specially formulated for people with oily and combination skin. the word 'Light' in its name simply means lighter texture that is non-sticky yet still moisturising deeply into all layers of skin. the original version (pink/red) is for normal to dry skin.

ok so here's a back story- all this time i was sceptical about the entire brand for no apparent reason. i thought it's just one of the meh brands in the drugstore. not to belittle drugstore products but most of the items that i've tried actually made my skin worse, hence why i doubted them. but since Twitter has became a huge platform of discussion including skincare-related topics, i began to notice that Hada Labo was raved a lot. long story short, i visited the nearest Watsons retail after office hour on March 2018, intended to find the Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Moisture Lotion but it was sold out at the moment. then during my checkout at the counter, the cashier mentioned that i got about RM20 off for Hada Labo stuff (didn't remember exactly why) so i decided to buy the Hada Labo Hydrating Light Lotion instead.

very quickly, i’d like to clarify that whilst it says this product is a ‘lotion’, it isn’t the same as a western lotion, it is more of a hydrating toner. i, the korean skincare newbie, was unaware of this initially. throughout the first week, i used it in the moisturiser step. but then i thought, eh why the liquid so watery, tak macam moisturiser pun? only then i went to Google and found out that it is a damn toner hahah thank god it didn't cause any weird reaction to my skin (not sure if it's possible.. but just in case)

let's have a look at the product description and packaging, shall we?

Product profile:
Product Name: Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Light
Origin: Japan
Content: 170ml
Price: RM61.00 kot? tak ingat lalalalala
Function: Hydrating Lotion
Suitability: Normal/Combination/Oily skin types

the Light version has a green theme. the packaging is a round, clear plastic bottle with a white plastic flip cap, no pump. 



Product Description – Light Version
  • combines four types of hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate skin, help preserve its optimum moisture balance, and prepare skin for enhanced skin care ingredients absorption. 
  • contains small-size hyaluronic acid which seals the gap of medium-size hyaluronic acid to form a high density moisture barrier on skin surface to restore skin moisture. 
  • skin pH balanced. low irritation. free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant. 
  • light texture. suitable for normal/combination/oily skin.

the main ingredient in this product is hyaluronic acid. don’t let the word acid make you think it is drying, because it's actually the opposite! hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies and is most present in the fluid in our joints and eyes for lubrication. as we age, our body produces less hyaluronic acid, which is why this product will do absolute wonders for those with dry and mature skin. it is also a safe product to use for sensitive skin.


the lotion itself is clear. you can see the amount of product left inside the bottle (but not so visible here, thanks to my exceptional photography skill, lol)



my thoughts:

the toner is slightly thicker than water, just as runny yet still easy to apply with minimal amount. it spreads nicely, absorbs rather quickly (within seconds), leaving no sticky residue behind. but it can run down your fingers a bit if you’re not careful. it won't stain your clothes or anything but it could get messy real quick too. it’s supposed to be unscented too, but it kind of smells like rubber floaties.. just a faint scent, but still, i had to highlight that.

this product is best applied after cleansing. all you need is two to three drops on your palms, rub to warm up and gently pat onto your face until it doesn’t feel sticky anymore. i'd follow up with other essence, serum, emulsion and moisturiser afterwards because i loveee packing up all the moisture on my skin to soothe it down. i feel like you could get away without adding any extra hydration on top. it’s completely up to you to judge whether your skin needs more/has had enough moisture. i especially love patting this on in the morning as it helps to wake me up.

in my opinion this product is mild enough and will work on those with dehydrated/sensitive skin or oily/combination skin types without the risk of making your skin worse. the bottle is quite huge, so using two to three drops twice per day could still last you a good half year or more, even if you use it generously. when you feel like getting an extra hydration, you can soak a couple of cotton pads with this and leave it on as a makeshift mask.

my skin does feel significantly more hydrated and plump after application. rasa boing boing gituuu. it’s actually really refreshing after my daily cleanse. in terms of skin clarity or radiance, there’s not much difference, but i’m not fussed about it since that's not exactly what i expect from this product anyway. it preps my skin well, however i don't think the toner itself could lock moisture on my face throughout the day though. which is why i prefer layering other hydrating skincare products afterwards.

another added point is because it's free from alcohol, which is important to me since i have a sensitive skin and alcohol is definitely a bad news as it will cause irritation and dryness. however it does contain paraben, which is a controversial ingredient. so far i didn't experience any discomfort while using the product, hence i don't see any reason why i should stop using it. but if you're allergic to paraben or you're simply concerned about the use of paraben in your skincare, then just avoid this product.

all in all, i'd call this a decent affordable alternative to Klairs Unscented Supple Preparation Facial Toner (which is my HG btw). i'm totally comfortable with this product as i believe Hada Labo is a reputable brand, hence i do recommend y'all to try this baby out too if you are looking for a product for instant moisturising effect. it's available widely in major drugstores and online such as Watsons and Hermo. if you haven't signed up Hermo account yet, you can click on my referral link here and you'll receive RM15 Hermo First Purchase voucher that you can use for your first purchase on the website once you’ve set up the Hermo account 😉

(disclaimer: this is not a paid/sponsored review. i bought the product using my own money. my review is purely from my own experience. each and every one of us have different skin types and concerns, hence the product might react in an opposing manner. thanks for reading!)

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