Being a fan of the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion and facial wash, it fell to see if I’d like the moisturizing cream. Super Hyaluronic Acid is such a mouthful isn’t it? I’m just going to call it SHA 😀
The Hada Labo SHA cream is a moisturizer. Its just a basic, no frills, oil-free moisturizer that delivers moisture to your skin. Hada Labo says the Super Hyaluronic Acid (it deserves the caps) is more efficient than regular hyaluronic acid because it penetrates into the skin better.
I took this one with me to a dry cold climate when I was last on vacation, to test how good it would be for my skin. It was nice, but didn’t quite hit the spot. I still ended up with dry spots on my skin.
When I got back here to hot humid Malaysia, I continued using it. I have combination-dry skin and back here, where the air isn’t so drying, I found it works better for my skin. It isn’t thick, and it does absorbs quickly.
I thought it might work as a quick mask like a gel moisturizer, but it didn’t feel very nice if I layered on too thick a layer. It was sticky. So, I went back to using it as just a basic moisturizer and it was all good.
If you want just a basic moisturizer, with no scent, that simply moisturizes your skin without more, give this one a go. I don’t find myself having to have a special routine to use it. I just do the usual spread on palms and apply to face, and then lightly pat. You don’t have to pat it on like the lotion. I just like patting it because I pat in all my moisturizers 🙂
Pros: Simple basic moisturizer, No scent, Affordable
Cons: Not hydrating enough if you have very dry skin or live in a very dry climate
Lately, I’ve found this cream too basic for my needs. Its moisturising my skin but not doing anything else to it so I’ve taken to using it on my arms. Its really nice used on the body! Expensive, but nice 😀
I had to mention the packaging. The cream comes in a 50ml tub, but you would be fooled into thinking there’s less int here, because the tub is so small compared to other brands. The reason is that there is no excessive packaging. The tub is a basic simple tub of cream, in basic simple white plastic.
I like that 🙂
The Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Cream retails at RM59/50ml at Guardian pharmacies nationwide.
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Thanks for the review. I’m still itching to try out the facial wash after your earlier review. Who knows I might just pick both up when I’m in need of some drugstore retail therapy. Haha.. A basic moisturiser is always good. =)
Haha! Yeah its just pretty much a basic moisturizer that didn’t do much for my skin except er… moisturise 🙂
ahah! a post tailor made for me! unfortunately my skin hates hyaluronic acid. zz. am gonna go for the samples u said tho!
Eeks! You’re the 2nd person in 2 days that I’ve heard cannot use hyaluronic acid! Do try the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial thingy. I tried the samples and I found it quite good and you only need very little.
Hmm… I just picked up the facial wash… and since my Moisture Surge is just about finishing, should I get a tub of this to try out instead? 😛
Hmm… If Moisture Surge is working for you, I suggest you stick with it 😉
How is this different from its Moisturizing Milk?
I haven’t tried the Milk but from what I know, this is more intensive so perhaps its more suitable for those who have drier skins.
Owh I have been wanting to know how this score on dry skin thanks for the review! hehee! How do you think the moisturising power is compared to gel moisturiser? I found gel moisturiser tend to not work for me 🙁 They seemed to “evaporate” after a while if you know what i mean LOL!
Do you mean gel moisturizers in general? If you have dry skin gel moisturisers won’t be sufficient. In your case, you might feel that is disappears so quickly because its been absorbed into your skin very fast. I used to feel the say way so I now prefer to use cream moisturisers on my skin because my skin feels more comfortable that way. This one’s light, but still heavier than a gel moisturiser… if you know what I mean 😉
Mari Ohira says
Naw, after I tried the Hada Labo SHA Milk I swore never to use such moisturizers again. Broke me out terribly and my skin is still recovering from it. *Shivers*
Then again, I cannot really use strong moisturizers since I’ve got combination skin.^^
Hey Mari are you sensitive to hyaluronic acid too? I just learnt of 2 girls who are so if other products containing hyaluronic acid break you out too that might be it. That said, I haven’t heard lots of good reviews on the milk version so I probably won’t try it … or maybt I might 🙂
Mari Ohira says
I’m not too sure, since I use other products containing hyaluronic acid that don’t break me out. Maybe it’s got to do with its concentration. With honey it’s the same thing: if a product’s got too much of it, it causes me allergy.
Well, if your skin is dry, I think the milk version should suit you well! 😉
Ahh.. that might be it too! This is supposed to be chockfull of hyaluronic acid… and even better, super hyaluronic acid! 😉
I’ve finished using this. At first when I used it was good, but after a while the effect is not significant anymore.
I never quite had it “good” but just found it ok. Just stayed ok to the end hehe…
I always thought oil-free moisturizers cannot cure dry patches anyway?
Hmm… I don’t know about that. Food for thought maybe?
I tried the other moisturizer , I think its the milky one and I find it very very sticky so I onlly use at nite… i did apply other part of my body (only the dry and scaly area) at nite, it actually helps a little..but still bit too icky for me…
Really? This cream isn’t sticky but you shouldn’t use a lot or it will be. I keep hearing everyone say the milk version is sticky. Perhaps I should give it a try some day and see how sticky it really is 😉
I used this in two extremes of climate, the hot and dry Las Vegas, and the cold dry autumn in the UK. In both situations, it has served me well. And I have just finished this tub last month.
Paris, I think our tubs of this cream had been well-travelled, eh? 😉
Haha… yeah well traveled creams 🙂 I thought it’d work for me in a drier climate but it didn’t. Quite surprising, considering that Japan can get dry and cold too.
i had very dry patches on me skin and BHA together with hyularonic lotion and this moisturiser really helped, nothing else did. i think it is moisturising enough for dry skin if used together with the lotion.
Glad to know it helped you 🙂
Woo hoo!!! The hada labo hydrating cream is super moisturizing! Better than all those I have tried before.
After reading all of your (and other reviews) about Hada Labo, I just went to guardian to buy about 200 bucks worth of their products. HUAT AHHHH!!!!!
Hi, thanks for the lovely thorough review!!! very helpful. Was wondering based on the review u did on Hada\’s SHA Clear Lotion earlier, you mentioned it\’s great w/ bouncy toing toing effect, have you tried it in cold, dry, winter weather just like how u did for this moisturizing cream?
Thanks for repplying
Paris B says
Hi Alisa, I’m afraid I didn’t try the SHA lotion in cold weather as I didn’t have the opportunity to travel then.
Thanks for ur reply Paris, what about long hours of air conditioned environment? Thanks.
Paris B says
That’d be while sleeping or at work, and it seems to be fine both times.