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Hada Labo - Super Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid - 1 Sold Every 4 Seconds in Japan - Product Review

Updated on March 22, 2012

I was browsing the shelves of the local pharmacy when I decided to take a look at a new product. Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid. There were not many bottles of it left on the shelf, and I read on the signage that they were flying off the shelves in Japan - 1 sold every 4 seconds. Quite amazing. As one who does not buy into any hype, I made a mental note to do some research on Hada Labo.

After I did my research, I decided to give Hada Labo a try. Most of the reviews that I read online were overwhelmingly positive, and I thought why not! So here goes my product review on Hada Labo -

In a nutshell, Hada Labo is called a moisturizing lotion - but it is actually a toner. So the way to use Hada Labo is to use the moisturizing lotion together with the moisturizing milk.


Hada Labo contains a few products that cater to different skin requirements - there is Hada Labo line that is for those who want moisturizing care, another for skin whitening, another for lifting and firming, and the last for exfoliation.

The one that I chose was the moisturizing care, although all of the lines have the same basic ingredient - hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic Acid has very high water retention properties, where 1 gram of acid can hold 6 litres of water. Hada Labo contains a combination of nano hyaluronic acid and normal hyaluronic acid that give the skin superior moisturizing effects. Another ingredient in Hada Labo is Retinol Vitamin A that works to help the skin to look young as collagen and elastin is produced. Arbutin helps to whiten the skin - for those who want to look fairer. And for the exfoliating range, Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is used as a gentle agent to promote the renewal of skin cells.

I was honestly very impressed with the results that I got from using Hada Labo. I just put 2 drops of the moisturizing lotion onto my palm, and pat the liquid onto my face. After that, I put the moisturizing milk (2 drops) the same method. Within one use, my skin seemed to be instantly hydrated. It was almost as though my skin was totally parched. In fact, my skin did not have any of the dryness that it had - most of the dryness was due to the harsh acne cream that I had been using.

It was quite amazing. To test how good it was, I even tried to put Hada Labo on my legs and my feet, where my skin was visibly drier - you can see the dryness on my feet, and certain sections of my legs look like there are crocodile scales; scaly legs. So I applied Hada Labo on my legs and feet - and my feet immediately looked like baby skin. My legs didn't have such a miraculous change in appearance, but the scales did appear less visible.

The other nice thing about having more hydrated skin is that my pimple creams seem to be so much more effective! So I really am a very satisfied customer.

Now, I do need to mention that sometimes there is a sticky feeling on my face and legs after I use Hada Labo. This might either because I am using a little too much, or because the hyaluronic acid is like that. This seems to be common sentiment among those who use Hada Labo. In fact, one many of the Hada Labo advertisements, the model is patting her skin and showing off how bouncy her skin is - so perhaps it is meant to be!

Well, it doesn't really bother me that much, as it is typically absorbed into my skin very quickly. However, after a few hours (or especially when I have to walk out in the sun), my skin becomes really oily and I feel like it's a little sticky. That said, I am more than grateful that my skin is hydrated and it's been much better than I can remember in a very long time!

Like Cure, Hada Labo is a really popular product in Japan, and increasingly so in Asia. If you are a Hada Labo user, I would love for you to leave a comment below to help the other readers who might be wondering whether this product is right for them.


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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      Thank you so much vocal coach for your vote up!

      Najwa - I am not too sure about the UK as I am not situated there. Perhaps getting it online might be an option?

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      Najwa 5 years ago

      Hi, do you know where can I get it in UK? any pharmacies that you know?

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is very helpful for researching this product. I'm tempted to try it. Excellent review Charlotte and rated up!

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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      Yes Hada Labo does have a whitening series, but I have not tried it personally.

      It contains Vitamin C and Arbutin, which helps to brighten skin. I do think it's worth checking out.

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      Alexandria 5 years ago

      Hi! Have you ever heard anything about the Hada Labo whitening series? I have also heard that Hada Labo seems to be a 'safe' product but want to do whitening.


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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      Hey Anglnwu,

      Nice to see you! Hada Labo does not have any additives, colorants, fragrances or mineral oil that will burden the skin, so it is more natural based. =)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Good to know. Do you know if it contains a lot of chemicals or are they more organic and natural-based. Thanks for the review.