Hada Labo

Review : Hada Labo ES Lotion (Sensitive Skin)

Alright guys, I still have a review pending, if I had not totally gone off track in my previous post.

Hada Labo ES Lotion - 170ml

Hada Labo ES Lotion – 170ml

**pics stolen from google**

Like I previously stated, I am way too late on the Hada Labo band wagon.  I did brush through the products briefly when they were first in the market but they were my mum’s, and I had terribly oily skin back then, so it wasn’t concrete enough of an experience.  Another time, I was outstation and was out of facial cleanser.  Hearing that Hada Labo was a good brand, I grabbed its cleanser in a smaller packing (before they had the AHA+BHA cleanser), and had breakouts after that.  My beautician told me that it wasn’t fit for me, and that was also the time I learnt that why people with oily skin should only use gel cleansers.

So that sums up all that I knew about Hada Labo, I know it works great for most people but I knew that I wasn’t a part of their targeted audience.  I had never looked that way since, at least not until their Firming + Lifting series came out, the red ones.  And then, this ES series came out.  I contemplated really hard on what to do, which to use, I’m in my late 20s and I should really go all out on anti-aging or aging prevention, yet again I have sensitive skin… blah blah… trust me, I thought harder and longer than when I had to take up a loan.

So upon learning that ES series had Zinc as a property, I made up my mind and went ahead with the ES series.  Because as a daily regime, I need that ZINC, and Zinc has oil-control properties.  So I thought my plan was brilliant!  Nano-Hyaluronic Acid + Zinc for daily usage, and Hada Labo Firming + Lifting Mask once a week!  I get the best of both!

The Ingredients

Hada Labo ES Lotion - The ingredients

Hada Labo ES Lotion – The ingredients

Well, upon reading the ingredients I got a bit skeptical seeing that both Hyaluronate compounds are listed as the least 2 ingredients, even though it’s been sold to be the key ingredient!  But after a bit of research I learnt that HA concentration is unworkable if it gets anything beyond 10%.  So that knowledge assured me that I wasn’t cheated by their marketing.

It is also –

  • fragrance free
  • colorant free
  • mineral oil free
  • preservatives free
  • Alcohol free

And unlike the rest of the Hada Labo series, this one is MADE IN JAPAN.  So if that matters to you, it would be a plus point.

The Experience

I grew to like the product more.  When I first started, especially it doesn’t come with a pump-head, the amount you pour out may not be meticulously correct, or as needed.  Sometimes you over pour, sometimes you get it right.  When I pour too much product, it gets really tacky, the face is sticky, the hands are sticky.  But once you have the amount adjusted each time, application is a sail.  Pat til absorbed, let it set in for a while, and follow up with your moisturizer.

So much so, I even apply it on my chronic severe dry skin on my legs!  Hah.  And it works! Remember the first boost of hydration to really thirsty skin I talked about?  It works by the laws of that theory!

The Conclusion

Oily Skin Folks – Some oily skin people are not too troubled with the oily skin, but some are battling it.  If you are battling it, this is not recommended for you.  Even with the Zinc property in it, it’s not enough for oil control.  But if you are not troubled yet have oily-super oily skin, you can use this at night in an air conditioned room.  The trick to test whether it’s suitable, is if you wake up with a layer of oil on your face and your pores dilated next day, or you have breakouts after that.  If any of those occurs, skip this, hand the product to your mom, or apply them on your legs 😛

Dry Skin Folks – Well, the dry skin folks would definitely have used or are using this.  I would suggest that you stick to the original Hada Labo Lotion as it has Super Hyaluronic Acid?  Twice the Hyaluronic Acid.  This ES series doesn’t have that claim.

Sensitive Skin Folks – Well, there you have it.  Go Grab it!

The Late Band Wagon – Review : Hada Labo ES Lotion (Sensitive Skin)

Hello, if I ever have a reader out there, I apologize for the posts are getting sparse in between.  I am simply… internet-less.  You wouldn’t have thought that, in this day and age, right?

Alas, it’s true… it’s true.  Having stable internet access is 2nd to having my slavery-salary in my bank account, almost that.

Yet, I shall not dread on the things irrelevant, focus, is the name of the game.

Sudden HARLEM SHAKE

oh my god… i actually went off to browse memes pages.  I thought adults outgrow ADD!!!

Seriously, back to business.  Sigh…

I am sooooooo late for this Hada Labo band wagon, so late like you just don’t bother to get up anymore and sleep through it, call your boss again when you’re up.  I do that so often.  Ignore all calls, sleep at all costs!

I wanna rant about this whole silicone based serum business perpetuating all over our skincare.  I wanna rant about having Retinol-A based lotion/serum but never caution consumers that they are not suitable for day use.  I wanna rant about serums/essence/potions that have glycolic acid or other forms of AHA in their “renewing serum” or some other fancy terms but never caution the users about increased photo sensitivity.  Seriously, I frown upon these and it maddens me now as I’m laying it out in my head.  Thankfully I know enough to avoid them.  I am far from an expert, just an amateur enthusiast.

But recently as I’ve been hopping around products, I really like my softener and I think it’s a keeper, but I thought I needed a serum/essence that is stronger, day or night use.  Well, Estee Lauder n Lancome failed.  And I was left with no where to turn.  Checked out Origins Planscription Anti Aging Serum and no offence, the key ingredients make me puke.  No way am I gonna be paying that amount of money for something so mundane, it’s daylight robbery!  The website lists Glycerin, Dimethicone and African Anoegeissus Tree Bark Extract as Key Ingredients?  Come on, you gotta be kidding me.  What Extract is that?  Dubious at best!  Glycerin?  DIMETHICONE?  You call them KEY moisturizing agents?  And your only anti-aging anti-oxidant is a tree bark extract, unheard of but seen in some women in ulu village, without sufficient studies?  Don’t get me wrong, Gycerin is crucial in every single product, in every single formula.  Dimethicone is a good binding agent that is noncomedogenic, frequently found in many products, no effects in anti-aging but, harmless stuff.  My problem is with listing these 2 as the main ingredients and you call it an ANTI-AGING SERUM.  How does that suffice?  How does that qualify?

Too much’s been said, I raised my case.  Please prove me wrong, cause if you can come back with enough evidence to counter my boiled up self righteous rants, you are actually teaching me something, and my judgment may have been missed due to my ignorance.  But for now, Court shall proceed.

Another product that sparked my whole awareness with these fake claims, is Melaleuca Timeless Anti Aging Serum.  Again, this is a direct selling brand that harps on, lives and breathes on the claims that they are 100% organic, non toxic and all that jambo, words more pure than the virgin’s hole.  Sounds so flipping awesome right?  I placed an order for 2 immediately.

Wait, before that, lemme just show you how it’s PHRASED.  I’ll just do a cut-n-paste here :

“The cutting-edge ingredients in Timeless target tell-tale sun spots, discoloration, and uneven skin tone while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Stable antioxidant vitamins C and E and patented AHCare® replenish skin and encourage rapid cell turnover, decreasing the number, size, and intensity of dark spots for a luminous, even complexion.”

Well, sounds good right?  You can see where the claims r coming from, since it’s their unique AHCare Patent, you would associate AH with AHA, which is an exfoliant, kill the dead cells, with antioxidants like Vit C n E, they replenish skin, and the AHA (supposed) encourages rapid cell turnover.

There, I”m pretty much sold.  Guess they have the whole concept worked out.  Well again, if it’s true AHA containing serum, they failed to mention… or at least whisper in your ears… “hey… hey girl… don’t.. don’t use it in the morning”

But by the next page, the ingredients list…. W.O.F-FIN.A.H

Checkkit,

quoted.right.from.the.page.  I don’t know 70% of what they are, but look look, within the first 3 lines, how many Dimethicone, or silicone based substance appeared, in just 3 F-FIN lines???  If it’s truly an AHA based anti-aging serum, I can only identify Lactic Acid here!  The rest of the things, all mumbo jumbos to me, I seriously don’t know what they are.  The au-naturale plant extracts, oh yeah, they do have, but all at the bottom of the lists.  Maybe I’m too ignorant to judge as I cannot factually identify the everything else that I don’t know.

REFERENCE be found here.

So if there’s ever a formulator/biochem engineer that would like to educate my half baked internet knowledge?  Please please come and educate me.

So much babbling as if I”m protesting on Occupy Wall Street, wait, is it still happening?  I just detest the fact that these companies put in so much silicone based deriatives which are basically fillers.  They fill out your pores, they fill out wrinkles.  And the texture of silicones feel good on your hands.  So when you apply it, of course you get an instant smoothen face, pores look smaller and all.  But that is all an illusion, and these big cosmeceutical companies harp and prey on the less exposed, consumers that go by brands/smell/feel/and advertising claims.  I think in the consumer demographic, an unworthy ingredient obsessed stalker like me are probably <10%, which is not enough for the tip of the critical mass.

These dimethicones n silicones fillers are great!  I hunt down products with their contents, but, as COSMETICS!!  Filling out wrinkles and pores temporarily is what COSMETICS do, not SKINCARE!  They are what I’d pay for a high price, which by the end of the day I triple cleanse them off my face!  Not what I go to bed with thinking, OH MY FACE IS SO SUPERCHARGED WITH AWESOMENESS RIGHT NOW.

THat’s it man… that’s it.  I’m f-fin sore from this verbal diarrhea.  Oh wait, I was supposed to do a revIEW on WHAT again???

Review : Hada Labo Retional Lifting + Firming Mask

Oh boy, it’s not gonna sound good.  I am gravely disappointed.  You could almost bet that it was a sure win.  So much so I had a legit plan laid out and this was gonna be a crucial part of my weekly treatment.

But it’s okay, I digress.

Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask

Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask

The Experience

Sorry, I’m gonna be downright harsh and say that this is disappointing!  This box comes in 4 pcs which is the most expensive set of masks amongst all the HADA LABO ranges, at RM49.90.  After much daunting my temptation and playing with my weakness for the curious, I thought of a brilliant plan, change my facial routine completely upside down, and incorporate this into this master plan of mine.

I will write about my seemingly brilliant plan in coming posts.

The Packaging : Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask

The Packaging : Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Mask

Hada Labo Retinol range hosts a series of genuine age fighting ingredients that strongly encouraged and gave me the ultimate confidence that this will definitely work.  I mean, retinol? SUPER HA???  COLLAGEN AND HYDROLYZED???  Come on!  If common sense isn’t enough proof, this is the official claim from their website :

  • Helps to rejuvenate skin cells to significantly improve skin’s elasticity and firmness.
  • Instantly smoothes skin’s surface to reveal healthy and youthful looking skin.
  • Skin PH balanced.  Low irritation.
  • Free of fragrances, mineral oil and colorant.

So, lets check on each of these claims.  But remember how I said Skinfood mask gave a sense of melted kitchen wrap over your face?  That’s it guys.  It was soooo sticky!  I laid in an air con room, had the mask on the 30 minutes.  Upon removal, both my hands were sticky and my face is so sticky.  I patted, patted and patted, hopefully this would go away, cause I really wanted it to work.  In the end, I gave up, I didn’t follow up with any of my serum because there was simply no way there could be anymore room for absorption.  Instead, I even had to use my day moisturiser (which has mattifying effect) to take away the stickiness.

Did my skin appear glowy, refreshed, brightened like other masks?  No.

So did I look younger instantaneously?  I didn’t expect it to and yeah, it didn’t.

Irritation?  Matter of fact, a lil bit!  My skin had it’s usual redness as a way of protesting against my experiments.

Was my skin smooth?  HOW CAN IT BE SMOOTH?  It’s so sticky!!  Ants would get themselves trapped if they crawled over my face in my sleep.  So, NO!

So seriously guys, I hope I don’t put you off with my two cents.  In any case I”m wrong, do let me know!  As for now, I stand… disappointed.

*pfft*

The Complete Cleansing Ritual

It’s always good to be back home.  Especially when my disappearance from home is about a week, always.  And when I’m back, I would inaugurate a whole seek and destroy regime to make sure I.am.CLEANSED.

Palmolive Naturals Invigorating Liquid Hand Wash 250ml

Palmolive Naturals Invigorating Liquid Hand Wash 250ml

I first wash my hands well and thoroughly for >30seconds or more.  Any soap dispenser would do.  I don’t believe in the anti bacterial sanitizing shit.  Good ol’ proper OCD procedure to get your hands, CLEANSED.

Bio-Essence Cleansing Milk & L'oreal Gentle Lip & Eye Makeup Remover

Bio-Essence Cleansing Milk & L’oreal Gentle Lip & Eye Makeup Remover

Only when the hands are clean enough to touch the face, then the proper facial cleansing regime begins.  I start with an L’oreal Gentle Lip & Eye Makeup Remover to remove my mascara.   I am using L’oreal cause I am trying to help my mom finish that tiny winy bit of it left.  I then used Bio-Essence to remove the makeup on my face.  1 cotton pad, 2 cotton pad, still not enough.  Well I guess we need a higher being in charge from here.

The Holy Trio.

The Holy Trio.

Hada Labo Cleansing Oil

Hada Labo Cleansing Oil

Cleansing Oil is the most effective way of getting rid of all traces of makeup.  So I called in the God of High Heavens.  I rinsed my face first to get rid of the traces of the milk cleanser n what not.  Toweled my face dry, I then rubbed 2 pumps of it and generously apply all over my face, rubbing the product across my face over and over again.  Until I felt my palm warming up a lil bit and that’s when I know it’s pretty much done, I rinse it off thoroughly with water, while again with a little bit of rubbing motion to make sure all unwanted excess are out of the way, out of my face!

Arrahan Lavendar Aroma Peeling Gel

Arrahan Lavendar Aroma Peeling Gel

Towel-patted my face dry, now I moved on to Peeling Gel.  For those with Sensitive skin, please do not use it more than once a week.  Twice a week for normal skin.  Sorry, I just have to stress this cause the face is oh so gloriously brightened you just can’t help and wished you could do this every 1hr!

Technique is important too.  ONLY USE LAST 3 OF YOUR FINGERS to rub the product across the face, put enough pressure just to keep it going.  Focus on the areas where you notice more debris (dead skins) are coming off, rubbing gently in circular motion, alternate with zig-zag motion at rougher patches.  Whole process should NOT last more than 2 minutes.  2 min TOPS, MAX, STOP.

After that, rinse, everything off, and you’ll notice how much “thinner” your skin gets and how much brightened your face is.  Of course, there will be bound to be areas where there’s bits of redness due to your sensitivity.  But fear not, after the whole regime is done, use some anti-sensitivity serum or calming agent to apply it, it will be fine after that.

Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 cleanser (combination to oily)

Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 cleanser (combination to oily)

Lastly, My Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser – for combi/oily skin.  The gel texture is always so cooling and smooth and it has really gentle almost melt-able microbeads in it.  I use this as my final wash to wash off all traces of everything left, chemicals left from peeling gel, and what not.

So That’s it.  I would then proceed on with my usual regime of serum-essence-night cream-sleeping mask.

And the next day, I would wake up, wash my face clean, and apply my Algae Purifying Mask that I keep in the fridge, for 30 minutes.  With that night, my favourite Q10+Royal Jelly Double Lifting Mask follows through to hush at my face and goes… “it’s alright now… we are good now… your face is stripped clean and rejuvenated now…”

And my soul, is purified.

 

(See Also : https://pondsandleaves.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/on-the-topic-of-makeup-removal/)