I hate this stuff so much.
I have chronically dehydrated skin, and I'm currently using Retin A Micro, so I've got flakies, and a serious need for moisture. I saw that this got pretty good reviews, so I decided to try it out.
Now, I'm aware of Asian toners being totally different than Western toners (i.e. moisturizing rather than cleaning/drying), so I knew what I was getting into with this. Or at least I thought I did.
I have never used more than three drops of this on my face, usually going for 1 to 2. But every single time, it's given me ZITS. Even with just one drop of it on my skin, I will wake up to at least one zit. And as someone who is prone to PIH marks, this means that I can still see the damage from using this a few months later. Like all my not good products, I'm going to try using this on my body rather than my face. Hopefully I won't get zits on my damn legs, but with this stuff, I wouldn't really be surprised.
Am on my second bottle and am alternating between this and the Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion. Its so light, almost like water. I'm vain but unfortunately very lazy, so the daily routine is all of 2 (should be 3) steps:-
1)wash face in the morning with 'cleanser of the moment'
2)apply a large splodge unto the palms of hands and swipe it all over face and neck.
Wait about 1 minute for lotion to sink in + stickiness to lessen slightly, then pat in whatever liquid is remaining ..No other moisturiser. I use it for my eye area as well.
3)Then sunscreen when I remember. (I know I'm terrible and am starting to regret it already)
Surprisingly for someone with dry skin, I find that in this hot, humid weather, I really don't need to add on any moisturiser. In the past, I would DEFINITELY have needed something extra since my face would start to feel tight and uncomfortable. However, now if I do use moisturiser in the afternoons- my face feels too oily. Whatever it is-am glad to have found this product- cheap, useful, easily available where I live. No irritation or pimples or over perfumed :) I've always disregarded Western toners because I found them a waste of time and money, but this a 2in1 for me.
For my dry, aging, skin, I actually prefer the Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion but this one is still a very nice easy product and great for day use. I buy the little size for when I travel since I can't find the Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion in a small bottle. The Retinol , I use for night and when my skin is acting parched so the large bottle is fine at home.
I must say, I'm quite indecisive about this product. Before this, I was using Estee Lauder's ANR and that just ruined my skin. It made it dull and dehydrated. When I tried Hada Labo, I feel like it improved my skin abit but its still dull and dehydrated. I've only used up 1/4 so I'm hoping my skin will be better when I finish it up.
I really dislike this as it does not seem to absorb into my skin . It is not a toner , but is a cross between a toner and light moisturiser . I am okay with the texture , but p
The name may be misleading; many Asian brands have what is known as a "softener" or "lotion", a slightly tacky humectant-rich liquid that resembles a Western toner but is functionally a different animal, designed to saturate the top layers of the skin and draw in moisture like a sponge, especially if you've layered a moisturizer on top. A performance enhancer, in other words.
Hadalabo boasts a *super* hyaluronic acid. Otherwise, this is a basic humectant solution that's intended to address mild-to-moderate dehydration, not serious skin conditions. The simple, minimalist formula is an excellent option for sensitive skin, so this is one of my staples. What it doesn't have: perfume, alcohol, emollients, color, many likely irritants, or high price tag. Though you could buy Eudermine or Guerlain Super Aqua, this is nearly the same thing, without the frills. In winter, it serves as the first layer under serums or moisturizers, and on humid, hot days when this provides all the hydration I need, I tap a couple drops of face oil on top. Alternatively, you could soak thin cotton wool to make a mask; it's quite a versatile product depending on your needs. One bottle, ranging in price from $11-$25 depending where you buy it, lasts a good long time, since I don't bother with cotton. In the US, I've found on ebay, drugstore.com, and HMart.
INGREDIENTS Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Disodium Succinate, Methlyparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Succinic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate
Glad that I bought this through a recommedation of a friend. Hong kong is really a nice place to shop cosmetics but this product gets sold out really fast. I've been using this for almost 3 weeks now and the effect is the same as the other more expensive toners. It makes your skin soft and prepares for the other treatments. It doesn't make my skin oily, just right amount of moisture, Definitely a must buy!
This product is amazing!
A serum I use after washing and before I put on my facecream.
Smell: it doesnt have a particular smell but if i have to put a scent on it then it will probably be like a light toner smell.
Texture: very light and non oily or sticky
Use: I just use two to three drops and its as if my face drinks it. Skin feels hydrated instantly. Feel so luxurious for something thats not pricey.
Sometimes I have light eczema on my neck so I will use a little bit more of it on that spot and just disappears after a day or two.
Package: simple translucent plastic container doesnt look too fancy, but I dont like the fake too fancy looking packaging anyway, its about the quality. The drops comes out easily and controlled, not too much at once.(a few drops is enough anyway)
Price: since I bought mine in Japan its cheap, so not sure how it is when you re in other countries. But do know a bottle can go for a loooong time.
Definitely will buy again!
I started using this a couple of weeks ago. I love it! My skin is firmer, and my lines on my forehead and around my eyes are softening. Makeup looks better and applies more smoothly. I do live in a very humid state. My skin care routine- I use the double cleanse method. Afterwards, i pat this on my face.Then, I use Boots No. 7 intense serum. I wait a couple of minutes and use a pea-sized amount of Neutrogena healthy skin anti-wrinkle cream, mixed with CeraVe PM facial lotion. I wake up to plump, well-hydrated glowy skin. My results are getting better every day! I am 52 years old. This is helping to turn back the clock.
This is a great product if you have dry/combination skin and live in a humid climate. It does wonders for my skin and boosts the effectiveness of my moisturiser.
However, I am trying to rely less and less on this product because I understand it reduces your own skin's ability to produce hyaluronic acid since you're supplementing it from the outside. I also read that since it is a humectant, its job is mainly to draw water towards itself - either from the environment or from the skin. When the environment is lacking in humidity, there is a tendency for the HA to act against your skin drawing the water out. This is probably what is happening to girls who feel their skin gets drier with use of this product. So I try to keep my usage to once in two days.
But honestly, I find it works great for me. No irritation/breakouts whatsoever.
I have been using this product for about three years straight now, and have watched the little sticker on it go from "1 sold every 2 seconds" to "1 sold every 4 seconds". (Which is still an amazing rate, if you ask me!) Nevertheless, it has not stopped impressing me or my skin.
Before I first started using Hada Labo's SHA Hydrating Lotion, my skin was full of spots and tiny bumps. It wasn't as horrifyingly extreme as acne goes, but my skin was definitely much greasier, duller and zit-sprinkled. When I began using this lotion/toner, my skin turned 180 degrees around in only a week.
This product is advertised as moisturising, hydrating and softening, so I never expected my skin to not only become less oily, but also less acne-prone. I began to read up on moisturising products during that time and learnt hydrating my skin well was really the first step to making it less oily. And was my skin well-hydrated!
To this day, the lotion/toner still leaves my skin supple and dewy after application. The consistency of this product is watery like most toners, but there is definitely a thicker feel to it, which just goes to show how rich it is and how good it is as a moisturising toner.
It does feel slightly sticky right after being applied on the skin and sitting in front of a blowing fan is a must when I use this (or it won't absorb properly for at least ten minutes because it's humid where I live) but I won't say this is a con, since I put on more products on top of it right after, anyway. The stickiness is not very significant and I must emphasise it is not oiliness, but simply a slight stickiness! This goes away after a few minutes, leaving dewy and softer skin.
The thing that makes me so attracted to this product after all these years is that it reduced my breakouts as well and has seemed to keep them at bay even till now. I do have the occasional pimple and my skin is still not exactly perfect, but it is a lot clearer compared to back then. Honestly speaking, puberty would be hell for me if not for this lotion!
Another fantastic point is that one bottle (170ml) costs approximately S$23 but is able to last me for seven months or more. And mind you, I usually use this three times a day! This is worth every cent for me, considering the great results it gives, too.
I hope my skin doesn't get too used to its effects any time soon because I can't imagine being able to find anything better than this!