Better than Hada Labo’s Premium Lotion?
I have professed my deep, undying love for Hada Labo’s Premium Lotion in the past, a beautifully formulated hyaluronic acid lotion that does things to your skin that you did not think possible.
Your skin de-wrinkles practically in front of your eyes and fine lines are plumped up. It really is magic in a bottle, especially when used in conjunction with my favourite beauty blogger’s (Paris B) moisture sandwich method of toner > lotion > toner plus any other serums, moisturisers, or facial oils you care to apply on top.
That being said, the premium lotion is a little on the pricey side (thankfully, not overly so) and I had been wanting to try their classic lotion for a while for comparison’s sake, so when this sprung up at my local chemist’s, with a cute design to boot, I pounced! Was it going to be as good as the Premium Lotion?
・What it is: ・
It’s a lotion but not in the Western sense. You use it after washing your face and after toner, and then follow up with other hydrating or nourishing products of your choice.
Stick to Hada Labo’s Premium Lotion instead.
・Price & Availability: ・
You can get this locally at both Olive Young and Lalavla. When I bought this, it was on sale for ₩11,000 though it usually retails for anywhere between ₩16,000 and ₩21,000.
This comes in a generously sized bottle of 170 ml.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Succinate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxyethycellulose, Methylparaben, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinic Acid
At first glance, there are truly no baddies in here. Butylene glycol as a solvent, glycerin as a hydration agent, three forms of hyaluronic acid which has been hailed as a hero ingredient in skincare for years now.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the pleasantly short ingredients list:
Skincarisma gives this a similarly positive seal of approval:
This comes in a dropper type of bottle. Even though it has a big ole hole on the top, it is easy to dispense as the product is quite viscous and you always get the right amount. Just tap the bottle slightly as you are holding it upside down to get more out of the bottle.
・What the company says:・
Instantly hydrate your skin. HADA LABO Goku-jyun Clear Lotion should be used after washing with HADA LABO Goku-jyun Face Wash and serves as the foundation to your moisturizing routine. While it looks clear like a toner or makeup remover, it’s actually a moisturizer that helps prepare your skin for better absorption of other HADA LABO products. In fact, the HADA LABO Goku-jyun Clear Lotion can be used as a standalone moisturizer. Or, if you feel your skin needs additional moisture after it has absorbed the HADA LABO Goku-jyun Clear Lotion, follow it with the HADA LABO Goku-jyun Serum, HADA LABO Goku-jyun Milk, or HADA LABO Goku-jyun Cream—or a combination of all three, depending on the level of your moisturizing needs. (5.7 fl oz/170 ml)
Instructions : After removing your makeup and cleansing with HADA LABO Goku-jyun Face Wash, pour a nickel-size amount of the lotion into your palm and rub between your hands to warm. Using the HADA LABO patting technique, gently pat onto your face and neck until it is thoroughly absorbed. Wait until the product is fully absorbed to apply any additional moisturizers or to apply makeup. Use twice daily after washing face.
Can you see how this just… won’t sink in??
This is a clear, runny gel. On my skin, it felt weirdly tacky – and I do not usually mind tacky textures.
Here’s what I greatly disliked: It just would not sink in, no matter how much I prepped my skin with exfoliants and hydrating toners and no matter how much I patted, tapped and massaged. Every time I used it, I had a hard time getting this to sink in and it took me a good five minutes per application as this would just sort of swim on top of my skin.
This had no discernible scent. Yay!! Much love to unscented products! No essential oils! No alcohols!
- As mentioned above, the best way to use this in my opinion is to cleanse your face first, and then I recommend you use an acid and hydrating toner to give this a clean surface to work on.
- Next, pour some of it into your palms and rub your palms together to warm up and break down the formula.
- After, start patting and massaging the lotion into your damp face. Be patient, for it may take a while until the tackiness subsides. Give it a few minutes.
- Apply some sort of moisturiser on top. Whenever I used this, I would go in with some hydrating toner, a serum, a moisturiser and then either a separate sunscreen in the morning or my favourite facial oil – namely, rosehip oil – at night.
Honestly, it was ok but did not really impress me all that much especially when compared to the Premium Lotion.
First off, this clear lotion was not near as hydrating as the Premium Lotion – but then again, the Premium Lotion is an absolute powerhouse and superstar formulation, so do take my opinion with a grain of salt. It was better than nothing and certainly lightly hydrating.
In my personal opinion however, this will never be my first choice owing to the fact that it just stays on top. My theory is that it simply cannot work its magic all that well because it cannot reach deep down into the deeper layers of your epidermis either owing to the size in molecules or the way that this is formulated. There is no catalyst or ingredient that lets this penetrate well, and as such, the product cannot really go where I want it to go.
I really wanted to like this as it is reasonably priced, has a beautifully simple ingredient list and is widely available here as well as in other Asian countries from what I have been able to gather on the Blogosphere.
However, I am sad to say that I will instead continue to use their Premium Lotion, which is a lotion that boasts a superior ingredients list, is a cosmetically more elegant formula and that rules supreme in terms of hydration and anti-aging, in spite of the higher price point. Sorry, hydrating lotion!