I purchased the whitening trial kit range to test out during a short trip to Bangkok. This product caused me to breakout all over my chin despite using only for 4 days. Definitely hell for people with sensitive skin. I had since researched and realized one of the ingredients arbutin might be the culprit.
I used this in the last of one months and got a significant result of my skin. I applied three times a day without cotton through face and neck, just after washing my face. Previously, i had a lot of acne, dryness (in the summer) and my skin look so dull and lost it shines. I've got my skin looks more healthy and bright now. Although i still have acne on my face, but it doesn't looks dull like before.
I won't buy this product again, as I can't see any whitening effect on it
I bought this toner with high hopes, and it completely screwed up my skin. It made my skin rough, dry and itchy, and it gave me a rash. If you have sensitive skin, stay away from this product!
i've been searching good toner and moisturizer and spent a year with bump-ed skin,blemish full,and bad acne..and this lotion wont help with it..just brightens up my skin..i also got tiny bumps from this lotion..its quiet pricey too..around RM39++ in malaysia.. overall,i wont buy this product again..such a mess..i doubt people with oily/combo skin wont like this.
i'd like try the SHA lotion and neutrogena sensitive/combination oil-free moisturizer..and will stick with my clean & clear clear fairness cleanser and my fair & lovely multivitamin cream to clear my acne marks..
I absolutely love their product. I get tanned very easily and yet I prefer not to over use whitening products.
So using this makes my skin feel light, refreshed in the morning as a toner and moisturiser.
After using Hada Labo's hydrating lotion (Gokujyun), I absolutely loved it so I decided to try the whitening version.
My skin is very dry, with mild rosacea and KP, to anything moisturising is a must for me. I wanted to try the whitening version because I have some mild sun spots, but to be honest I did not expect this lotion to help me with those at all. What I expected from this lotion was moisture, as it contains hyaluronic acid.
I have tried using it as a lotion before applying serum or moisturiser, and also as a lotion mask.
The problem is: it is TOO liquid-y. It's not a rich lotion such as Gokujyun or Juju HA lotion. It is not nearly as moisturising as these 2 lotions, so I always have to add something extra, such as an oil (rosehip, argan, emu) to make this lotion work as a moisturising product. Of course I always apply moisturiser afterwards.
As a lotion mask: it's a lot more difficult to use than Gokujyun because it's such a light liquid, so it drips from the mask and dries out really quickly. After about 5-10 minutes, I have to add more lotion to the mask, otherwise it doesn't work at all.
All in all, I don't think this will ever work as a lightening product for my sun spots (honestly I never expected this anyway) and it definitely is not as moisturising as the Gokujyun version, so as soon as I finish my bottle I'll be going back to Gokyjyun or to Juju HA moist lotion.
It did not break me out, dry out or irritate my skin, though. It contains no alcohol and I don't think it make me skin look any worse than usual, it just didn't make it any better either.
Prior to using this product, I was using Clinique products religiously and I could pretty much say my skin was 98% flawless. I never had much problem with my skin in my teens and started having dry skin when I reached 20 cause my eczema decided to be a pain in the butt lately but that's fine. So I was bored with my Clinique routine and the products were really drying up my $ so I decided to try a drug store product. Read a couple reviews on HadaLabo Arbutin and I was sold. I got all three products, the face wash, lotion and milk. I think I spent less than RM 150 altogether? Anyway, first week of using it, I could see that my face was brightened tremendously. Everyone was complimenting on how fair my skin was. A week later, I woke up with gazillion tiny bumps on my face. My skin was totally congested! Went to get extraction facial but that made things worse, suddenly, I was stuck with mild acne. Then nothing could work on my skin, even Clinique, Murad, etc. I had to give it a rest without putting any products on for awhile before starting Clinique again. Now I'm in my 2nd week of starting my Clinique regime again, and I am still fighting acne. It has gotten much better but, there are days that I cringe when I look at the mirror. It has been 4 months since HadaLabo ruined my skin. I was a mess, I avoided everyone, I even stopped going to College for awhile. I guess it didn't just ruin my skin, it ruined my life. So, becareful. It may or may not work on your skin!
i bought this on a recent trip to kuala lumpur because it is much cheaper over there. it retails for RM39 (sgd$15.60) while singapore sells it for sgd$22.90. though the instruction is to lightly pat the lotion into your skin, i do not think i am able to cover all parts of my face without missing out a single spot. i use, instead, a cotton pad and sweep it from inside out. i guess the lotion is fine on its own but i do not see much effects. i only see the maximum effects when i use this lotion together with hada labo arbutin mask. my acne scar lightens just after one use. (updated: after several days, my skin developed itchy red bumps and it wont go, just like other users have mentioned. i have switched to the hydrating line and it is working its magic on my skin.)
On a recent trip to Japan, I was constantly drawn to the packed drugstores that had aisles and aisles of skin care and makeup, and spent hours just wandering and admiring. Hada Labo was one of the only brands I recognized, and it was also highly promoted. My mother who is over 40 was in need of a toner, and I helped her choose this lotion.
Despite being nearly half a century old, my mother always had very youthful looks, but the only thing that contradicted her lack of wrinkles was her rather dull skin.
She used the Hada Labo lotion for about a month before we all noticed the change! (She did not change anything else in her skin care routine.)
I don't really like the word 'whitening', so I shall say that her complexion is alot brighter and with a rosy glow! The Hada Labo lotion has rejuvenated her skin and brightened it up, and she now looks not a day over the lower end of thirty. She has had comments from the girls at her facial centre about her bright and radiant skin, and also from her friends. Even I, who is always the critical daughter who never fails to tell the truth with no coddling (I try to improve on that) find myself telling her often how radiant and pretty her skin is (read: I told her we now actually look like mother and daughter as I have always been extra fair). In fact, I just did so just now, which propelled me to write this review.
Hada Labo is reasonably priced as there is quite a large amount in the bottle, and the packaging is very Japanese--sleek, pretty, elegant. I do highly suggest anyone who wants their skin rejuvenated to try this lotion out. The Japanese do have very porcelain, fair skin and if that's the look you too love, Japanese skin care is the way to go. :)