Some time last year, I came upon this concept of using an exfoliating toner and chemical exfoliators. I started out using the Alpha-H Liquid Gold which I still use today, but I also read about how using a gentle exfoliating toner daily helps our skin cells turn over more quickly which generally means, better looking skin. So I went on my quest to find these “exfoliating toners” and it so happened that it was about this time that Hada Labo made available their Mild Peeling Lotion.
I spotted it at a Guardian pharmacy going at a promotional discount and picked it up to see how my skin would fare with it. It is called a Mild Peeling Lotion but essentially what this is, is a chemical exfoliating lotion. A very gentle one, but do note that it comes with its attendant precautions.
Hada Labo places this under the Tamagohada range which those of you familiar with Hada Labo will remember, consists of the popular AHA/BHA cleanser. I don’t deny the cleanser is a good one – friends love it! But I personally find it drying if used daily and it played merry hell with my sensitive hands. This lotion is its complementary product and it is at this point that I should pause for a moment to address the questions if this is a “toner”
Short answer – yes. If your understanding of “toner” is that product that you use after cleansing and before your serums and moisturisers. In which case I know what you’re thinking “I don’t use toner. It’s a waste of money. Why do I need it?” In which case, read the long answer
Long answer – not quite a toner. What this Mild Peeling Lotion is, is a gentle chemical exfoliating lotion. You use it after cleansing and before anything else and it serves the purpose of gently loosening and removing the top layer of dead cells on our skin, which helps skin turn around more quickly, and improve on dullness.
The active ingredient is Gluconic Acid which is a naturally occuring acid in fruits, honey and wine. I don’t know enough of the science behind this since I’m not chemically trained so I’ll just tell you how I found this product.
The product is a clear liquid, much like water that comes in a handy flip top bottle. All you do is saturate a cotton pad and run it over your face, after you have cleansed and you can use this twice a day.
Used twice a day, I find it too drying for my combination-dry skin. I have spoken to people who have oily skin and they report good results which is why as with all skincare, mileage varies. What I do therefore, is use this only in the evenings on my non-Liquid Gold days. If I don’t use Liquid Gold, then I use this once a day on alternate days which suits my skin.
I don’t find that it leaves my skin tight after using nor uncomfortable and when I’m diligent with it, I do reap results as my skin does look better and clearer and feels smoother.
Hada Labo does recommend that you follow up with their Super Hyaluronic Acid lotion which I don’t use right now, but I do follow up with a hydrating toner or hydrating floral water. It drenches my skin with moisture and serves as a nice medium for the rest of my serums to go on. We do know after all that it’s optimum to apply skincare on damp skin for better absorption right?
Is it all too much? No, but it is a lot and some people will just find it too tedious.
Can you just apply this and follow on with serum and moisturiser? Yes you can.
Can you just apply this and nothing else? If you feel comfortable, I don’t see why not although I wouldn’t do it too regularly.
Can you use this daily? Yes you can, but listen to your skin. If it feels tight, cut back to once a day, or on alternate days. If you have oily skin then maybe you can use it daily but start with just once a day and build it up from there. Dry skins can use this too but it makes it more comfortable to follow up with a hydrating lotion or spray.
Is this even necessary? Well, I can say that since I’ve started using an exfoliating toner (I am now using one from REN) I do notice benefits to my skin. It helps unclog pores, brighten and smoothen skin and help products absorb better. So yes, I find this necessary because I now subscribe to this school of thought. Naturally, opinions will differ so you’ll have to make up your own mind
In a nutshell
The Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion is a gentle exfoliating toner that you use after cleansing and before serum and moisturiser. It serves to gently exfoliate the top layer of your dead skin cells and promote brighter skin. I don’t find this drying on its own, but when I use this twice a day everyday, I find it too drying for my combination-dry skin. I use this once a day, or once every alternate day and it feels comfortable and to me, helps my skin look better. Whether you take to this depends on how you feel about using a product like a “toner”. I can’t say everyone will take to it but I like how there is an affordable option for anyone wanting to try the concept of an exfoliating toner
Pros: Affordable, Not drying (unless you have very dry skin then you may experience dryness), Easy to use, Effective to make skin look and feel better and smoother with prolonged use
Cons: Dry skins will feel that it is too drying if used too often
Who will like this: Anyone who wants to try an exfoliating lotion at an affordable price
Here is the ingredient list for the Mild Peeling Lotion.
Remember. As this product helps exfoliate skin ALWAYS USE A SUNSCREEN in the day time. But then you already do right? RIGHT?!
Have you tried this lotion and if you have, do you like it? Do you use an exfoliating lotion or toner?
I’ve been using this off and on for something like 5 months or so now, and a bottle can last quite a while. I personally find it takes a while to see results but I like it and especially more so when I combine it with hydrating lotions and serums. Makes my skin feel and look plumped up and smooth!
Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion Price: RM49.90/170ml or look for discounts Availability: Most major pharmacies but if you can’t find it look in Guardian pharmacy