I am certain the onsugarettes have heard a good amount of raves about the Hada Labo product range that was introduced to Singapore's shores a couple of months back. I was one of those blown away by the positive reviews and ravings and was so keen on getting my hands on the products - namely the Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion. After all, one bottle is sold every four seconds in Japan! And I'm not kidding, it's printed on their product labels.
As if someone read my mind, I had been provided the Hydration Lotion by fr3b.com for reviewing purposes, special thanks to them.
Before I talk about the specific product, I shall mention briefly about Super Hyaluronic Acid for those who might not be informed of it. Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) is an ingredient that boasts providing optimum hydration. It is capable of penetrating the skin, hydrating it and at the same time locking in moisture. Aside from that it forms a 'barrier' on the skin to prevent loss of moisture to the environment. A better way of understand that would be through this diagram:
So all products in the Super Hyaluronic Acid contains this key ingredient. Some of you might also be happy to learn that all Hada Labo products do not contain unncessary additives such as alcohol, colorant, fragrances and mineral oil so senstive skin people have no fear!
To those uninformed, although this product is labelled a 'lotion', it is not a moisturizer per se. It is meant to be used after cleansing, which means it is actually a toner in western skincare terms. Although it does not at all function in the exact same way. Comparing the viscosity of this to western toners, it seems to be a slight bit 'thicker' - probably due to the absence of alcohol - but it is still a runny clear liquid.
You can barely see it in the photo but you get the point (:
Here is the instructions on how to use as printed on the back of the bottle:
- Apply on palms or cotton wool & gently pat on ur face until thoroughly absorbed.
I would recommend using your palms as it makes it easier. Unlike western toners that you swipe across your skin, the purpose of this is to pat it in your skin and allow it to be absorbed.
Probably a strange point to pick out, but I like how the cap of this product feels very firm and the nozzle dispenses well.
It's hard to explain, but in some cases runny toner products tend to drip down the nozzle instead of drip out of the nozzle. In this case, the product goes straight from the nozzle to your palm, no wastage and mess in between and it makes it easier to control the amount you are dispensing.
What do I think of it?
This has certainly not disappointed me. I had fairly high expectations of it after having browsed so many reviews and I must say it truly lives up to all that it was raved to be. Two drops of this toner is enough for my entire face and it doesn't take much to pat it in. I would drip two drops on my palms, rub them together and start patting it all over my face. The product is easy to work with and just as it is about to completely be absorbed it gets a slight bit tacky. That feeling lasts for less then a minute and instantly you are left with supple and hydrated skin. I think this works amazingly well with Singapore's weather as it does not leave a greasy feel yet moisturizes the skin sufficiently at the same time. When I sleep in air-conditioning I find that I still have to top it off with a moisturizer (probably because my skin tends to need more hydration), but otherwise I love using this alone during the day!
To read more, see how Hazel has multiple uses for her Hydrating Lotion. Also, along with her review Chantana had included the recommended method of patting the Lotion in - which I get too lazy to follow, but I do sometimes!
This product is available at Watsons for S$22.90
Overall Rating: Fail / Pass / Merit / Distinction / High Distinction
Would I re-purchase this? Yes! Definitely!
Interested to try this out?
There is currently a pomotion to redeem FREE sample packs of the Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydation Lotion. All you have to do is click here, register an account and the trial pack will be sent to you, no postage fee included! One sample pack contains 3 satchets and with 2 drops being sufficient for my entire face, the sample is going to last you awhile.
No harm in trying it out if you have been curious about it!
Lastly, hope this review was helpful and thank you all so much for reading!
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