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Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moist Essence EX

Posted on: May 12, 2010


Hada Labo is skin care line researched and developed by Rohto-Mentholatum Japan with stringent pharmaceutical standard. Gentle and simple formulated, skin pH balanced, non-fragranced, contains no mineral oil, alcohol and colorant. According to Hada Labo, the main ingredient – Super Hyaluronic Acid is able to retain twice the moisture of Hyaluronic Acid (1g HA can hold up 6 liters of water), intensely boost the skin hydration level.



Before I began reviewing the essence, I wanted to share my thought about the best-selling Hada Labo Moisturizing Lotion that achieved the hype of “one bottle sold every 4 seconds” in Japan (FYI, the sales data is taken from 30/6/2008 till 28/6/2009, during business hours). I spotted the Hada Labo line at Guardian pharmacy in Malaysia (It wasn’t available in Thailand at this moment) and I also tested the lotion on hand. The texture was slightly viscous, slippery and gluey. It seemed to need quite some time to be fully settled into skin. I revised my left hand (I tested on left hand only) again after half to an hour, compared with my right hand (bare), the left hand did appear slightly more hydrated and slight tacky, but nothing spectacular to convince me, plus I dislike the gluey texture so eventually I didn’t get one. Screening through the ingredient list, there were only three skin care and hydrating ingredients- Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate and Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, unless you count Butylene Glycol (acts as both solvent and humectant) in. Theoretically the lotion should be ideal for hydrating because the superstar ingredient – Hyaluronic Acid is undeniably an excellent water-binding agent for any skin types and the gel texture is ideal to retain moisture too.



Instead, I bought this Moisturizing Essence (MYR59.90/30g) which contained both water and oil moisturizing ingredients for my sensitive, easily dehydrated, pre-mature skin in less humid weather.



A similar viscous, slippery and gluey consistency like the Hada Labo Moisturizing Lotion. I used 1~3 squirts depending on skin condition for face and neck.  I don’t normally have good patience to wait 20 minutes until it fully settled, sunscreen/moisturizer can actually cover the stickiness. Nevertheless, for very dry weather such as autumn/winter,  this essence is fast-absorbing, leaves minimum/no stickiness and helpful to retain sufficient moisture together with a good moisturizer.


Pertaining below attached skin texture comparison, I just wanted to give you a little bit more general idea of this Hada Labo moist essence. Frankly, any hand cream or even lightweight body lotion that doesn’t contain Hyaluronic Acid can moisture the skin very well on below mentioned specified hot & humid testing day too.


”’ Sunny ~35oC, humidity ~68%, windy, cozy room temperature ”’

(Skin texture comparison, same spot of the hand) 


 Hydrated skin texture with the Hada Labo essence


(Next day, similar weather) Dry skin texture without any moisturizing


Although my skin is quite stable  now after stopped continuing with those “wrong” products, this essence is still very helpful to keep my skin bouncy soft and moist. It even completely healed my minor flaky nose within a day! Fabulous! When my natural moisturizer failed to soothe the skin sensitivity, I used 4-6 squirts of this as moisturizer and it enabled the skin self-healing, calmed down the redness in just 2 days. Overall I’ve no breakout, no irritation from using it, but 1-2 oil zits/clog pores when using it together with other moisturizing skin care in humid weather.


Occasionally I also mix few squirts of this together with my body lotion for extra hydration, which worked really fine anyway, no temporary greasiness comparing to the mixture of treatment oil + body lotion.



Throughout the 3 months usage, I enjoyed its conveniency that can be used everytime & everywhere, its efficiency that can immediately replenish moisture, its compatibility that can be paired together with most other products (avoid silicone texture), and its gentleness that never irritated my sensitive skin. This Hada Labo moist essence is a nice budget option for purely hydrating, moisturizing and soothing. I would love to repurchase but now I’m more impressed with a much better but more costly option – Dr.Ci:Labo’s.


Rating: ….)))     Excellent. May buy again.



Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Pentylene Glycol, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer/Squalane/Polysorbate 60, Sodium Hyaluronate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Succinate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.


14 Responses to "Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moist Essence EX"

I’ve never tried Japanese products I don’t think. Is Sheisedo Japanese?
You mention that you have used the ‘wrong’ products before, could you tell me what they were? I think I have similar skin to you and want to avoid them!

Hello Becca,
Thanks for your questions “v

Hada Labo is a skin care line by Japan Metholatum cosmetic co. and Japan Rotho Pharmaceutical co. Yes, Shiseido is one of the Japan cosmetic giant, it has been established more than 100years if I remember well.

Those “wrong products” that I mentioned are those notably irritated (such as redness, tingle& uncomfortable feeling) my naturally sensitive skin eventhough the skin condition is stable, that doesn’t include those products contributing breakout yet. They are L’Occitane Apple Velvet Face Fluid, Clarins HydraQuench, Clinuque Repairwear Contour, Olay Age-defying, Olay Total Effect with SPF… etc. Generally I concluded those contained AHAs, BHA, Retinol, high alcohol & essential oil content and highly fragranced, together with any sunscreen with Avobenzone as those “wrong/unsuitable” products because they indeed irritated my skin in the past. Please beware and choose carefully with those premium brands such as Chanel, Clarins, Dior, Lancome…etc, even LaMer stung my skin before. I can’t and won’t say all their products are skin irritating to sensitive skin, but most of them do contain skin irritating elements, as well as natural organic skin care. The best way I found is to understand your own skin well, so you can reduce the potential risk of getting “wrong/unsuitable” product by examine the ingredient list and take other people’s experiences of using it as reference. Best most is to try a sample for at least 1~2weeks but this not always feasible. “v

Nice review! I used this before but my skin cannot take the constant patting because it’s rather sensitive and seems to get more flaky. So I cannot really use products that require a lot of patting 😦

Thanks lyn,
The patting method never worked for my sensitive skin too. I always massage instead of patting, it did the good job as well. “v

Good review of the product. I may try it.

Thanks Joy, I hope you will like it. “v

HI!!!!!!!! im so shock to read and know that we have the same type of skin… im sooo troubled about what to use even after researching for 2 weeks online… my nose flakes too… my skin is sensitive.. I cant use Olay, clarins.. my skin gets a hot sensation when i apply the wrong stuff..or things with alcohol.. i suffered minor burns as well. I jus bought the hada labo lotion, whitening milk and moisturizing essence. hope it works well for me :D.

Hi melisa,
I can understand the frustration when no product seems to help the troubled skin, particularly sensitive skin. This Hada Labo essence (the lotion as well) is safe to use but I’m not sure about the whitening milk. Hope these products can help you to recover the healthy skin. Best wishes. (“v)

I’m loving the moisturizing Lotion. (^^) Perhaps I should get the essence too?

Hello Eisse J,

If you have normal to very dry skin and want to enhance the moisture, then you might consider to add on this Hada Labo moist essence. Just “listen” to what your skin “says”. “v

Yay… Thank you for the review.. been looking for Hada Labo essence review. I was so looking forward to buy this but upon arriving at Watsons/Guardians I only noticed that they have 2 version of essence which are for whitening and hydrating.. Went back home without buying at all. Will go back definitely. This is much cheaper to compare with Juju Aquamoist, which hold me back from picking Juju.

HI ya,
I read many raves about Juju Aquamoist previously but I have not tried it yet. However, recently I was trying Neogence Hyaluronic Acid essence and it delivered lovely moisture for me. Wondering how they compare to each other.

This Hada Labo essence has richer texture than Juju and Neogence, suitable for non ance-prone skin I would say. (“v)

Hello, I just wanted to say that I appreciate all the content that you have here. Please continue the great work as I will be checking back again.

Thank you so muc JujuLove!

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