When I first tried the Hada Labo SHA Moisturizing Lotion, I had a whole bunch of people ask “How does Hada Labo compare to Juju Aquamoist moisturising lotion?” To which my answer was “Juju what?!” 😯
But nevermind that, I picked up a whole bunch of Juju Aquamoist lotions to satisfy my curiousity when I hauled at Sasa.com. The one I first broke out was the Juju Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Toner. Before I get into it, let me make an observation about the packaging.
Juju Aquamoist is available locally at Watson’s pharmacies. In store, I see that the lotions or toners come in a glass bottle with a screw cap. Mine came from Sasa.com and is in a plastic bottle with a flip top cap. I was curious about this difference, so I checked with the Japanese Juju Cosmetics site where I saw that they too use the image of a plastic bottle with a flip top cap.
Err… ok not 100% the same – the label on the website has a blue background, but everything else looks similar.
This leads me to believe that the glass bottles are being phased out or are older versions of the product. Then again, I could be wrong and it could be the other way around 🙂 Either way, that’s the observation I have about the packaging.
Now I’ve gotten everyone wondering about that, onto performance we go! 😉
By now, everyone’s familiar with the Hada Labo SHA Moisturizing Lotion and how you have to slap it on your face to get it going. Well you know what they say about reading instructions? Yes, do that.
I tried to be smart and thought I could do the same technique with the Juju Aquamoist moisture lotion. Slapping it on my skin only made my skin hurt, and it felt sticky. Unlike Hada Labo, the stickiness does not go away. The texture of the toner lotion is more liquid than Hada Labo. The latter has a viscous texture to it, Juju Aquamoist’s lotion is more like water but with slip.
So I looked up the instructions for how to use the Juju Aquamoist toner and it says I should “saturate a cotton pad and apply on face”. Alright, so I did that.
And you know what? It was so much better! Here’s how I use the Juju Aquamoist moisture lotion:-
- Saturate a cotton pad with about 4-5 drops of the lotion (I’m quite liberal with it)
- Wipe over face
- Fold cotton pad between fingers and lightly pat balance of lotion all over your face
This way, my face does not feel like a sticky mess and the light patting motion cools down the skin while helps deliver the lotion into the skin. They don’t tell you to pat. I learnt it from using other Japanese type lotions that its worked all the time 🙂
You can also use this as a mask. Saturate a paper mask with this lotion/toner and leave on your skin for 10-15 minutes. It cools it down a treat and leaves it moisturized. I don’t have those paper masks so I use cotton pads 😀 Saturate a few cotton pads and place on my cheeks and forehead and nose. Tada! 😀
Now for the multi-million dollar question : How does Juju Aquamoist lotion compare to the Hada Labo lotion?
I like both really. Was that anti-climactic? 😀
Both lotions leave my skin feeling soft and moist. I do follow up with a moisturizer every time but I believe both lotions help my skin remain more moist than if I did not use either.
You will use up the Juju Aquamoist lotion faster than Hada Labo SHA lotion because you use more. I’m exactly halfway through my bottle and I expect it’ll last me another month or so at max. Also the application techniques are different. They are not the same – bear that in mind and you’ll be happy. Keep comparing and you’ll never be 😛
Personally, I’d say these two products are quite interchangeable. It all depends on which you prefer because I think they both work well. Plus they are both quite inexpensive and wallet-friendly so its worth trying them to see which you prefer.
Have you tried the Juju Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Toner and do you like it? If you have tried both the Juju Aquamoist lotion and the Hada Labo SHA lotion, do you have a preference or are you like me and think they both work fine? 🙂
Juju Aquamoist Hyaluronic Acid Toner retails at ¥1260/180ml. Mine was purchased online for about US$11. If you know Malaysian prices please let me know in the comments and I’ll update.