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Written on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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You have probably already heard about this Japanese bestseller, which is Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, but I happened to try it just a month and a half ago.

The design is minimalistic. It distinguishes the Japanese from the Korean cosmetics, where the design is very important.

I have two mini-versions, each containing 20 ml of the product. The lotion goes a really long way. I’ve been using one bottle for a month and a half.

The lotion is available in 3 volumes: 20 ml, 30 ml and 170 ml. I was lucky to test the mini bottle. After that I realized that there is no need for a bigger option, because the product hasn’t impressed me.


Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Succinate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxyethycellulose, Methylparaben, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinic Acid

The list of ingredients is nothing special. Yep, there is a hyaluronic acid there. Yep, there are 3 types of it included. I guess I would have been happy with this lotion, be it not for the other products with hyaluronic acids I’ve tried. So, the ingredients are underwhelming in my book.

The claims:

Hada labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion Nano Hyaluronic Acid - with molecule size of 1/20 of HA, easily penetrates into the skin innermost layer to deeply moisturize the skin. Super Hyaluronic Acid - with 2x the moisture retention capacity of HA to keep skin hydrated & smooth for a longer period of time. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) - 1 gm is able to hold 6 liters of water, effectively locks-in moisture on skin. - With 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturize skin and helps preserve its optimum moisture balance - Replenishes and locks-in moisture for complete hydration. Skin feels significantly soft and supple. - Helps improve dry and dehydrated skin, leaving it silky smooth. - Skin pH balanced. Low irritation. - Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol & colorant.

Smell: It’s hardly perceptible. However, if you put the product closer to your nose, you feel the hyaluronic acid smell, which you won’t confuse with anything. The smell is chemical, but again…it’s hardly perceptible. The manufacturer states that it’s non-scented, but I have a sharp nose, so I feel it. Other people won’t feel anything probably Smile

Texture: As I’ve already said, I had lots of products with hyaluronic acid, so I know how the texture should look like.

It reminds me of water, but it’s tighter and sticky and has a high superficial tension, so the drop looks solid.

By distributing it on my skin it feels like I have a water-repellant layer. However, it’s obviously not true, because my skin just feels tacky. The lotion absorbs very quickly when I pat it, so you can use it safely in the morning before applying your makeup in a hurry.

I got used to the fact that the lotion is a cleanser. However, the lotions are actually moisturizers in Japan and Korea. Sometimes they perform so well that they can even replace some creams.

Directions to use:

After cleaning your face, pour the lotion into your palms and rub it between your hands. After that apply it to you skin in tapping motions. After that you can follow up with some serums or creams.

I’ve never applied any serums or creams after the lotion, because the lotion was enough for me. The further treatment wasn’t necessary for my skin type.

My skin type: I have problem skin, but it’s in good condition at the moment. However, both my dry and oily skin always requires moisture.

While applying this lotion, I feel practically nothing. There is no stinging or burning, which is good. Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion soaks in instantaneously. After use my skin feels comfortable without any sticky film or oily sheen. However, I won’t call my skin absolutely matte, it looks just natural. Moreover, it doesn’t require any further moisturizing products.

The performance: This lotion is just a good moisturizer. I haven’t noticed any improvements. It doesn’t counter any redness or make my skin tone look better. Plus, it doesn’t remove my dry patches. It simply moisturizes my skin, that’s it.

It doesn’t clog my pores or cause any irritation. By the way, there is a lighter version for oily skin available.

Honestly, I was underwhelmed by this product. I don’t get the hype about this lotion and why everybody is raving about it. I guess when this lotion had only appeared, it was something new and exceptional, but there are lots of different products with hyaluronic acid for the time being, which perform even better.

I promised to list the dupes, which impressed me more than this lotion. It's Skin Hyaluronic Acid Toner and Secret Key Hyaluron Soft Micro-Peel Toner that contains 15% of AHA and BHA and other beneficial ingredients.

So would I recommend Hada Labo to you? Yes, it’s a good moisturizer, but for me this product is mediocre. If comparing Hada Labo and Secret Key together, I think that the latter is much better.


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