I have blogged about Hada Labo before. I quite enjoyed one of their toners, the Kiwamizu Amino Lotion, which was a great hydrating toner, though I did not think their oil jelly was good value for money.
Today however, let’s talk about one of my HG products, one that I keep repurchasing and am very passionate about. 😀 It’s the Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hydrating Lotion, which comes in this highly recognisable orange and golden flask.
From here on out, I shall refer to it as the HLGPHL. 🙂
I first stumbled upon this thanks to Paris B’s blog post on the same product, a Malaysian beauty blogger whom I have been following for around 8 years and admire greatly for her in-depth, truly informed reviews. Do check her out and follow her blog! You will not be disappointed.
I have to say that I agree completely that this is an absolute game changer and exceptional value for money.
TL;DR: Cosmetically elegant, will make your skin look better than you thought humanly possible, exceptional value for money.
Nice, clean ingredients list, which cosDNA deems low on irritants and acne triggers.
Size/Quantity: 170 ml
Real talk. This is essentially a high quality hyaluronic acid serum parading as a lotion. Growing up, I always thought lotions were milky, slightly crappy versions of moisturisers. Do not be fooled though – this works like a proper serum.
Serums usually come in at 30ml, sometimes less, sometimes more. 170 ml – just a little less than 6 times the size of a serum – is a great size and will last you quite a few months.
Price & Availability: I have seen the lotion retail for ₩27,000 at Olive Young and Lalavla Korea, though I have never ever bought it at this price. Instead, I wait for it to go on sale, which happens often, and I usually pay ₩16,000 or thereabouts, which is in line with online pricing.
What it is and how I use it
If you have been searching for a hyaluronic acid serum, consider your search over, for this is the be all and end all of all hyaluronic acid serums.
I suggest you layer this between a hydrating toner to reap maximum benefits.
The product itself is a clear, viscous liquid that absorbs easily without any residual stickiness or tackiness. Skin just feels comfortable and soothed. I have never experienced breakouts, in fact, this appears to have helped heal active breakouts. Makes sense, as hyaluronic acid is in fact used in wound healing products.
I usually pour a small amount into my palm, rub my palms together to warm up the product, and then press and massage it into my toner-dampened face.
This is how I use it at night:
makeup removal (eye makeup remover & micellar water) > double cleanse (oil cleanser & sulfate free gel cleanser) > acid toner > hydrating toner > HLGPHL > hydrating toner > fermented yeast essence > moisturiser > face oil
And this is how I use it in the morning:
sulfate free gel cleanser > acid toner > hydrating toner > HLGPHL > hydrating toner > fermented yeast essence > moisturiser > sunscreen > mineral primer with additional SPF, then if it’s a weekday I will apply my makeup after my skincare
Efficacy and Application
This lotion works well under and without makeup. It plays well with all of the other layers of skincare that I have used it with. It minimises existing fine lines such as smile lines while also appearing to prevent lines from forming in the first place. It really seems to sink in deep and work on a deeper level, as opposed to other hyaluronic acid products which appeared to only work on the surface – or at least, that is how I felt about those that I tried before stumbling across the HLGPHL. ❤ ❤ ❤
Skin is soothed and deeply hydrated, and though I have hit 30 now, though of course my Caucasian skin cannot compete with Korean ladies’ skin – which is the best in the world, in my opinion – I do feel that I look great for my age and people regularly think that I am still in my early to mid twenties, which I attribute entirely to the discovery of hyaluronic acid and this lotion in particular.
I have tried other hyaluronic acid serums in the past and never understood the fuss. They all seemed like overhyped crapola – until I found this one and fell in love with hyaluronic acid as an ingredient.
++++ A word of caution: try to use this in conjunction with at least one watery layer of toner, for hyaluronic acid attracts and holds many times its own weight in water. If you give it nothing to hold on to, it might suck moisture out of your skin instead and not give you the amazing effects it is capable of. ++++
This is a great lotion. I am currently testing Hada Labo’s regular version which you can recognise by their regular white bottle packaging, which is nice but pales in comparison to this one – will review later once it is used up.
I am planning on repurchasing this once the white version I currently have runs out. Needless to say, the HLGPHL comes highly recommended from my end and if you are looking for a hyaluronic acid product, I do think you should check it out for yourself if you can.