A few weeks back, I shared with you a selection of high-end and low-end hydrating serums that I’d personally tried and liked. One of them was this Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence (I’ll call it the Hada Labo Hydrating Essence for short) and I’ve gotten a few queries about it (possibly because it’s pretty affordable) that I thought I better give it its own post.
Like the famed Hada Labo SHA Lotion, this Hada Labo Hydrating Essence focuses on hydration and has 4 types of hyaluronic acid in there, to attract and retain moisture in skin. Most of us will be familiar by now with the properties of hyaluronic acid, which is widely used in most skincare products these days, due to its moisture retaining properties. What this does for our skin is to plump it up, keep it hydrated and make it look better.
But what then is this Hydrating Essence and how does it fit into your skincare regimen?
The code word (for me) is Essence. Whenever I see the word “essence” in Asian skincare, it usually translates to “serum”. It’s a general rule of thumb that hasn’t failed me yet!
What this is therefore, is a hydrating serum that you can incorporate into your skincare regimen, to boost your skin’s moisture levels, which correspondingly, better helps your skin absorb other products that you put on it. I like to think of it like a sponge.
If your skin was a sponge, this would be the water that dampens the sponge. It might interest you to know that a damp sponge or cloth absorbs water better than a dry sponge or cloth. If you did any housework, you’d know this LOL! 😀 If you’ve ever had to mop up a mess, a dry piece of cloth does practically nothing. A damp cloth however, soaks up spills and cleans up messes so much more easily.
As for the Hada Labo Hydrating Essence, I find that what it does is hydrate my skin, and prep my skin to receive whatever else serums or moisturisers I choose to apply on top.
The serum comes in a glass bottle, with a glass dropper. There is no instruction on how much product you should be using, which bums me, because I like having some form of direction…. before I go around breaking the rules 😛 For me therefore, there was a period of adjustment, where I went from using a full dropper, to just a few drops.
The happy medium for me now is approximately 3-4 drops in the palm of my hand and then smoothed over my skin. Some people might feel that this is sufficient, and that you won’t need to apply anything else over. That’s where you are wrong.
As the purpose of hyaluronic acid is to attract moisture, it would only follow therefore that there must be some moisture for the product to attract. So, a layer of moisturiser over it usually does the trick, if you don’t use any other serums. This Hydrating Essence does the job of a hydration serum, and it’s my personal view that everyone should use one to keep your skin plumped, moisturised and looking better – which you want to use, that’s your choice!
Does this product work? Yes it does. I like using it, it doesn’t break the bank, and although it does not give me the same WOW-factor as my favourite hydrating serum, it does a pretty decent job. Can’t ask for more, really! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Hada Labo Hydrating Essence is a hydrating serum product that helps boost the moisture level in skin. This plumps up skin, smooths over dry and dehydrated parts of the face and keeps skin looking plumped and glowy the way only healthy skin can look. It’s affordable, and effective and absolutely worth trying! Do note however, that it’s sole target concern is hydration, so you will still need an anti-aging serum over this, if that is another concern of yours. I usually use 2 serums.
USE: Cleanser -> Toner/lotion -> Mist (if using) -> Hada Labo Hydrating Essence -> Serum -> Moisturiser
PROS: Affordable, Lightweight texture, Absorbs quickly into skin with no greasy or sticky after feel, Hydrates and keeps skin feeling and looking hydrated
CONS: Nothing much
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants to try a hydrating serum, Anyone who has concerns about dehydrated or dry skin
AVAILABILITY: Most major pharmacies where Hada Labo is sold
If you’re interested, here is the ingredient list:-
Water, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Glycerin/Water/Glyceryl Polyacrylate/Methylparaben/Propylparaben, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract/Water/Glycerin/PEG-8/Carbomer, Lippia Citriodora Leaf Extract/Citric Acid/Potassium Sorbate/Sodium Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane/Dimethicone Crosspolymer/Dimethicone/Laureth-23/Laureth-4, Glycerin/Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer/Propylene Glycol/PVM/MA Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Sclerotium Gum/Water/Phenoxyethanol, Water/Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract/Phenoxyethanol/Methylparaben/Butylparaben/Ethylparaben/Propylparaben/Isobutylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzotriazolyl/Butylphenol Sulfonate/Buteth-3/Tributyl Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Water/Potassium PCA/Opuntia Ficus Indica Stem Extract/Phenoxyethanol/Potassium Sorbate, Glycerin/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate (Super HA), Sodium Hyaluronate (Medium-size HA), Sodium Hyaluronate (Nano HA), Sodium Hyaluronate (Large-size HA)
Hada Labo SHA Lotion vs Hada Labo Hydrating Essence
Which do you pick? I’ve been asked this question too. My answer, if you’re using the Lotion, is both. They are essentially different products. The Hada Labo SHA Lotion is a lotion (toner) while this is a serum. So, you’d use this AFTER the lotion and according to Hada Labo, this increases the moisture level of your skin and keeps it staying moisturised and hydrated for longer. If you don’t use the Lotion (I haven’t in many years) then be like me and just use this Hydrating Essence in conjunction with your other products. You just have to know which stage of your skincare routine to slot it in 🙂
Have you tried this Hada Labo Hydrating Essence? Like it?
I generally have no problems with most Hada Labo products, especially from their Super Hyaluronic Acid range but I’m pretty ambivalent about most of the other products. This one however, I can safely say is absolutely worth trying because it’s pretty effective. The affordable price tag helps too! 🙂