Review: New Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion for Oily and Combination Skin
Mabel | On October 29, 2013
Hada Labo is the best selling Hydrating lotion in Japan and more recently, it’s also become the No. 1 selling lotion in Singapore. I have personally been using and loving it for a couple years now. I have used both the original and whitening versions, previous reviews here and here.
What I love most about the Hada Labo lotions I’ve used is the high level of hydration provided by hyaluronic acid present in the lotions. They left my normal to dry skin well hydrated and prepped to better absorb my serums and moisturisers. One of the downsides of the previous versions was that they were a little too thick in consistency, thus making them not suitable for oily and combination skin.
Hada Labo seems to realise that and they have just released a new “light” version of their lotion, specially targeted at people with oily and combination skin.
Some of the key elements of the new “Light” Hydrating Lotion:
- For oily, combination or acne prone skin.
- Lighter texture that is refreshing and non-sticky.
- Moisturises deeply into all layers of the skin.
- Contains 3 types of hyaluronic acid. With different types of hyaluronic acid molecules, it moisturises skin from surface to deep within.
- pH balanced.
- Low irritation with no added fragrance, colours or oils.
I know what you are thinking, another version of the Hada Labo lotion, more of the same thing, but marketed differently? I was thinking the exact same thing, same look, same bottle, same packaging. But, when I poured some of the lotion out onto my palms, I was pleasantly surprised at how light it felt. It was almost like colourless, scentless water! Very different from Hada Labo’s signature murky, serum-like consistency.
Even though it was meant for oily and combination skin, I tried it on myself just to see what it feels like on the face. It does absorb very easily without any tacky or sticky feeling on the face. It does provide hydration to the skin, but I guess it’s not enough for my normal to dry skin. I have since passed this over to my sister who has combination skin to try and she has been loving it.
Her feedback has been pretty good. Citing positives like how easily it fully absorbs into her skin, doesn’t break her out and provides long lasting hydration all day, especially in the office. In fact, she decanted into a small bottle and uses it as a mist to refresh her skin at the office.
One Hada Labo product that I have been VERY interested to try out is the Skin Conditioner which is only available in Japan. Wish they brought that into Singapore!
How to use:
I would recommend using it as a toner day and night after cleansing your face. Unlike most toners, I find that this works better when applied with your hands and patted into the skin until fully absorbed as opposed to applying using a cotton pad. The texture is so light that you can also decant it into a vaporiser bottle and use it as a facial mist to refresh your makeup.
The Hada Labo Hydrating Light Lotion is available at Watsons for $22.90.
If you would like to try a sample before purchasing a full bottle, head over to the Sample Store’s website to redeem a free sample bottle.
Hope this has been helpful for you.
Disclaimer: Products featured were provided to me for review consideration. I am not affiliated to them and all opinions expressed are my own.
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