If there’s one problem I have with Hada Labo products, it’s that I never know what to call them. This cream is a good example. I can’t tell if it’s called the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cream with A.C.E Boosting Capsule or the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hydrating Cream with A.C.E Boosting Capsule or just Hada Labo Gokujyun Cream as it says on the tub. I’m sure the name is far more elegant in Japanese – in English, it’s a mess. Sort it out Hada Labo!
Confusing name aside, I’m still going to rave about this cream moisturiser, because I think it’s very nice, very effective and it’s above all, affordable! I think you’ve started to realise by now, what a big fan of Hada Labo I am LOL! 😛 For me, when it comes to pharmacy or drugstore skincare, I find that Hada Labo ticks most of the boxes, being importantly, effective and affordable. I can’t say the same for many other brands.
The Hada Labo Hydrating Cream with A.C.E Boosting Capsule was made available some time last year. I move at the pace of a glacier, so it was only late last year that I realised what a lovely product this cream really is!
What this is, is your regular cream moisturiser, but enriched with what they call “A.C.E Boosting Capsule” that are basically these beads containing Vitamin A, C and E suspended in their hydrating cream.
If you look in the tub, you’ll see a white cream, with yellow beads in it, that look like beads in a facial scrub. Don’t worry, they are not micro-beads. These beads will break when you apply pressure, and blend their contents with the cream. Let me show you.
See the yellow beads on left? That is how they look when I first scoop them out of the tub. On right, I’ve carefully squashed a couple so you can see what they look like. On close observation, its contents are yellow. But when I use this cream, all I do is scoop some into my palm, and then rub my hands together. There is no gritty feeling and the beads almost seem to melt into the cream. It’s all very elegant and seamless.
The texture of the cream is rather creamy and thick, so it’s best suited for those with normal to dry skin. In fact, that’s what the brand recommends as well. For those with oily skin, the emulsions might suit you better.
The directions recommend you massage and pat into skin. But I like to scoop a dollop out (I’m quite generous with my use), rub my palms together to warm it up and to melt and blend the beads into the cream, then apply onto my skin with a slight massage. I’m not into the whole patting thing 😛
I find that it keeps my skin hydrated, which is paramount, but it also keeps it feeling comfortable and makes a good final layer for my skincare. I like using it on top of a facial oil or hydration serum, just to keep everything in, and it seems to work better that way.
The next morning, I can feel that my skin is softened and hydrated. I tested this while on the road, and it’s particularly welcome in hotel rooms, where the air-conditioning can dry your skin out something awful. I also like that if you’ve been out in the day in the hot sun, this helps to calm my skin down in the evenings, and replenish lost moisture.
I personally prefer to use this in the evenings, due to its thicker texture. In the day time, I use a little less. In the evenings, I use a little more and I’m fairly generous. It’s affordable. I can afford to be! I don’t know however, if the Vitamins A, C and E are doing anything. Perhaps they are. It’s hard to say. But I’d treat this as a basic hydrating cream that does everything it’s supposed to do, without irritating my skin and by almost helping my skin feel and look better and more hydrated. I’ll take that! 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
I find the Hada Labo Hydrating Cream with A.C.E Boosting Capsule, an effective and affordable basic moisturiser. Due to its slightly heavier texture, I think this might suit better someone with normal-dry skin. Or you can use it for the evening. The yellow capsules which are supposed to contain the Vitamin A, C and E will melt with a little pressure, and blend with the cream. I can’t say if they work exceptionally well, but this is a very nice basic moisturiser, that is affordable and does what it says – hydrate your skin. I’m actually very happy to use this, and I always make sure I pack it into my travel bag. It keeps my travel-stressed and parched hotel-room skin happy 🙂
PROS: Not scented, Very comfortable without feeling oily or greasy on skin, Keeps skin feeling moisturised and hydrated especially drier skin, Absorbs easily without any residue on skin, Especially comfortable in drier weather or when travelling
CONS: Contains silicone which can trouble some people
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who has drier skin, Anyone who wants a basic and affordable moisturiser
PRICE: RM69.90 for 50ml (often on sale)
WHERE TO BUY: Most major pharmacies, but especially look in Guardian pharmacy
If you’re interested in the ingredient list, here it is.
Have you tried this Hada Labo Hydrating Cream with A.C.E Boosting Capsule? Do Hada Labo products work for you generally?
I have found Hada Labo’s hydrating range very effective for its price. I am however, not as much a fan of the red Hada Labo lifting and firming range of products, which my skin finds too drying, and their cleansers (too stripping) or their whitening range (I don’t use whitening products) Their sunscreens are decent, although I’ve stopped using them since they discontinued my favourite one. But for basic hydrating skincare, Hada Labo has not failed me yet! And here’s another you should be taking a look at 🙂