Hada Labo Hydrating Light Lotion

If you are interested in Japanese skincare like me, you are certainly familiar with the brand Hada Labo. Japans bestselling hydrating lotion! The moisturizing effect is apparently so amazing that the Hada Labo lotion
became one of the most loved and raved products in Japan (and Asia). Hada Labo lotions are known for their lightweight and oil free "feel", no wonder it's so praised.

You know why it is so hydrating? The key ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid, in high concentrations! The brands tag line: "one drop locks up an ocean",
The Hada LaboGoku-jyun Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Hydrating Light Lotion, is the light version variant of its classic version. The classic version is suitable for all skin type, but this variant is specifically  aimed at oily skin. I guess there is demand from oily skin types, so they came out with this version! Having combination skin myself, I have never used the original version, so can't compare them.

I bought the Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Light Lotion a while ago (for 10 euro)  and it's almost empty! When this happens it means I'm more than satisfied with a product. The lotion contains three types of Hyaluronic Acid with different acid molecules, moisturizing the skin from surface to very deep. The three types are: Hyaluronic Acid, Super Hyaluronic Acid and Nano Hyaluronic Acid. Doesn't it sounds great so much Hyaluronic Acid!

Standard hyaluronic acid molecules have a high molecular weight, this means that they are too large to penetrate the skin. You may remember that hyaluronic acid  is used in cosmetic procedure, injected as a anti age filler. To allow topically applied hyaluronic acid to penetrate the skin, molecules need to be smaller. The hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid molecules in this lotion are smaller (low molecular weight), able to penetrate the skin.
If you take a look at the ingredients list you may understand why its so popular. The formula is free of colorants, oils and fragrance.

Ingredient list  : Water, Dipropylene Glycol Dimethyl Ether, Alcohol, Glycerin, Disodium Succinate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Methylparaben, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinic Acid
What Hada Labo has to say about it: Instantly hydrate your skin. HADA LABO Goku-jyun Light 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. The HADA LABO Goku-jyun Lotion Light can also be used as a standalone moisturizer with a lighter texture than HADA LABO Goku-jyun Lotion.
So Dipropylene Glycol and Glycerin are humectants that are great for a hydrating effect. The key ingredient;  Hyaluronic Acid  (Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate).
The packaging is simple typical Japanese drugstore, a plastic cylinder bottle with Japanese text.  The texture is clear watery, doesn't feel like a lotion at all. Actually as you may know Japanese lotions have more of a toner texture by western standards.

The product absorbs quickly into skin, and feels fresh and hydrating. I was quite impressed with it, as it feels very light but moisturizing enough (without feeling dry). My combination skin likes it and I think it's light enough for oily skins.
The Hada Labo SHA Hydrating is amazing, it's hydrating and moisturizing without feeling heavy. It can act both as toner and lotion, facilitating the absorption of other products in your skin care routine. I apply serum and emulsion afterwards. I don't use it every day, my skincare routine consists now of sum37 time energy line and its so hydrazine that I dont even need this lotion. Hence it dependence on your skin type and the products you are using. I cant wait to try other products from the brand.
  • hydrating, moisturizing
  • fast absorption
  • clear and light texture
  • affordable drugstore price in japan (8-10 dollar)
  • good ingredients
  • for all skin types (this version more for oily)
  • No irritating ingredients, good for sensitive skin

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    1. Thanks, you have a nice blog cute outfits!

  2. I'd love to try Hada Labo, hopefully it suits on my skin :)

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

    1. In general it suits all skin types, if you have dry skin you can try the original version


  3. This sounds so good, the Japanese beauty products are so much more advanced and have incredible products x

    1. That's true! I love Japanese and Korean products. Hada Labo sunscreens are also great )


  4. I love to read more about Japanese beauty products, but I think I want to buy that . Thanks for sharing

    1. Yeah japanese products are great and affordable, I will review more of them )