Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hada Labo

A good yet affordable skin care range is hard to come by. Whoever said good things necessarily need to be expensive, and that inexpensive things do not work as well. I've been using Hada Labo products for awhile now, and i love how their products are so affordable and reliable.

Formulated in Japan, and yes it is also Made in Japan, this affordable range of skin care products are suitable for most skin types (i would actually say ALL skin types but shall not risk my credibility just case it does not work for the minority). Having said that, i still think it's worth a shot, given it works most of the time, or rather in my case - all the time.

First of all, what is there to not trust or love about Japanese products? Most people in Japan have very good skin. Prior to that, who does not love anything that comes from Japan? That includes the food, culture and products. I shall not digress but i hope you get my point.

For your info, i think majority of us Singaporeans do not take the effort to make sure they have a proper facial care routine for themselves. Now, do not be alarmed by all those "AHA, BHA. SHA" wordings on the packaging. Those are just simpler terms for stuff that are beneficial to your skin (which is basically all you need to know). For the record, i don't know what AHA, BHA or SHA means, but i know these products contain them, and they work wonders on my skin.

Facial wash is a basic first step to everyone's facial routine. There are so many facial washes to choose from in the market and most of the time i am spoilt for choice. Most of us need a good facial wash that eliminates dirt, cleans the pores and leaves our skin feeling silky smooth. The Hada Labo AHA/BHA Exfoliating Face Wash has all 3 in 1! Each pump does not consist of liquid, but foam. This ensures that your pores are cleaned better and oil isn't trapped in there, which will lead to clogged pores or pimples. I personally like the fact that it feels gentle on the skin, and that one pump is enough for one wash.

You eyes are not playing tricks on you, it says "1 sold every 2 seconds in Japan". You've probably seen this on television, or read about it on beauty magazines. This is something i use on a daily basis, right after coming out of the shower. Do you realize sometimes facial wash leaves your skin dry? With the New Nano Formula, the Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Lotion helps your skin absorb the lotion faster. It instantly hydrates your skin, leaving it looking fresher and brighter.

If lotions aren't you thing, fret not! Hada Labo also has the same SHA Hydrating Lotion, but in the SHA Hydrating Milk version. The milk version has a thicker consistency compared to the lotion. You can use one right after another if you think your face needs a lot of hydration but i alternate between both the lotion and the milk daily. I personally prefer to lotion compared to the milk and feel my skin absorbs the lotion better. However, i know of girls who prefer the milk version, which feels gentler on your skin. But having said that, i must add that i especially like all of Hada Labo's products because they are fragrance free, and also does not leave the sticky aftermath on your skin.

To top the facial routine off, i recommend the Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Mask that contains 2 times the Hyaluronic Acid, which is also twice the moisture retention capacity. This leaves your face feeling moisturized and hydrated, leaving your skin brighter. Again, i love the fact it is fragrance free because you have to leave it on for at least 15 minutes and i wouldn't want something that stinks to be on my face for that long.

I've raved about this product so many times on my blog, Twitter and Facebook. The Hada Labo UV Moist Emulsion is a life saviour. I have to emphasize that sunblock is very important for daily usage, given we live in Singapore (where the sun is always up) and because sun rays are very harmful to our skin. SPF 50+ has good enough protection as i find anything below that quite redundant. I don't really understand how the SPF thing works but i've been using this for awhile now and i swear by it everyday without fail.

In my opinion, the consistency of the sun block is just right and not too thick. It absorbs into your skin quickly without leaving an oily feel or look to your skin. It also does not leave your face looking white and pale, unlike some other sunblocks. You know, if i had to choose one item i can bring with me, i'd choose this - anytime.

I really like how Hada Labo has affordable products that work just as well as other expensive products in the market. My favorite has to be the SHA Hydrating Lotion, as well as the UV Moist Emulsion. And yes, if you are wondering, their products are affordably ranged from SGD 15 - SGD 30, which i find reasonable. In addition to that, they are available at most Guardian, Watsons, and i also remember seeing some products are supermarkets. Reasonably priced products that work well and can be easily purchased -  i really couldn't ask for more.

This is a sponsored product review.

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