Tamagohada sounds all cute doesn’t it? Until you realize that “tamago” means “egg” in Japanese. Then you start to wonder – what’s this about eggs and Hada Labo? Don’t worry about getting salmonella poisoning – no eggs were harmed in making the Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA/BHA face wash :P
The reason its called “Tamagohada” (I’m guessing) is because the AHA and BHA in this product and salicylic acid helps smoothen your skin thereby making it as smooth as a hard boiled egg. Now, pause for a moment and go boil yourself a hard boiled egg, peel off the skin and feel the smoothness. Now eat the egg – eggs are a good souce of protein :P
So that smoothness is what Hada Labo promises. But is it really that eggs-quisite? Connie thought so. She loves this. Me? I’m sitting on the fence a little.
Like the Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid face wash, you only need very little product to create a rich lather. Very economical because one 130ml tube is going to last you ages!
Initially, I found the Hada Labo AHA BHA cleanser a little drying. It cleans my skin a treat, make no mistake. I do double cleanse so I cannot say if this removes makeup fully – it should. But I found that because I was so used to the Gokujyun SHA cleanser, my skin took a while to adjust to the AHA BHA cleaner. The result was that I felt my skin tighten after washing my face in the evenings.
That’s another thing. As this product contains AHA and BHA and salicylic acid, it causes your skin to “peel”. That’s how your skin feels smoother – like an egg you know. Its not obvious – I think the old skin cells are lifted and washed away, not peel the way a snake would shed its skin. The latter would be awful!
So I try not to use peeling products in the day because of sun exposure. I will also remind you to use a sunscreen in the day while using products with AHA and BHA… but then you already knew that right? ;) So, I only use this in the evening.
Anyway as I was saying, I wasn’t quite enamoured with it but I persevered and I was rewarded. For some reason, I developed flaky skin on my chin (not related to the cleanser) so since this cleanser has AHA and BHA and all, when I wash my face, I concentrated on my chin area. Lo and behold! Flaky skin begone! :D Granted, it took about 3 days, but for that, I like this cleanser.
I’ve been predominantly using this cleanser for a couple of months now (only in the evenings – I think I’ve said that about 10 times now :P ) and I believe its helped smoothen my skin and helped my evening skincare routine work better. So as I said, I’m on the fence – a little drying, but helps my skin stay flake free. How? :P
Pros: Affordable, Helps remove flaky skin and smoothen skin
Cons: A little drying, Might not be suitable for very sensitive skins
As with all face washes, do ensure you lather it up first in your palm before you apply it to your face. Its more gentle that way and you tug at your skin less. Also, I believe this will ensure that the peeling agents in this product work more evenly.
Note: If you have very sensitive skin, my advise is to find a friend who is using this product and do a test first. Very sensitive skin might react to salicylic acid and AHA and BHA no matter how mild it might be. Also if you have very sensitive skin it might not be advisable to use this more than once a day as it can be rather abrasive due to the acids.
Now let me show you a cute little thing I got from Singapore – the Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA/BHA Face Wash but in a self-foaming pump bottle. How cute is that?! Will let you know how it compares to the tube version later :)
Now your turn: Have you used this? Like it? Hate it? On the fence as I am? :D
Hada Labo Tamagohada AHA/BHA Face Wash (tube version) retails at RM17.90(50g) and RM31.90(130g) at Guardian Pharmacy. Foaming version was S$14.50 and I’m told may be available for a limited time in Malaysia later this year.