I was desperate to find a good hydrating toner to use after facial cleansing, and came across Hada Labo’s popular lotion on blogs. You literally need only 3 drops of this toner to soften and moisturize your entire face. It’s no wonder that this softening concentrate is a cult product in Japan.
In Japan, they call this product a ‘lotion’ due to its moisturizing nature. The term ‘lotion’ probably also differentiates it from Western ‘astringent toners’, which take away dirt and sebum with the use of a cotton pad. However, for the sake of comprehension, I’ll stick to the term ‘toner’ in this post.
Performance: Unscented; No added colours; Gentle; Preps, softens, and moisturizes skin
It was this product that has improved my skin the most. My skin is a lot softer than before. It has also helped my skin to absorb skincare products better by softening, balancing, and hydrating the skin after using a foaming or gel cleanser. This can be attributed to the fact that the watery toner sinks easily into the skin, and it contains a good amount of hyaluronic acid.
It has not contributed to any breakouts. However, its slightly tacky texture may cause some concern amongst people with oily skin. If that’s the case, stick to using only 3 drops.
How to use:
- After cleansing, pat 3 drops of product into your skin with clean hands.
- Leave palms on drier areas of your face to maximize absorption and increase circulation.
- Alternative: Soak cotton squares with product, and leave on face like a sheet mask.
Unfortunately, all the ingredients are in Japanese. 😦
Price: $15 CAD on Amazon/Ebay ; $22 CAD at local Japanese cosmetic stores
I got it from BORDERLESS SHOP with free standard shipping on Amazon.
Personally, this product has worked well for me by balancing and hydrating my combination skin. It hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin, but instead, helped it. That is not to say that the toner won’t irritate your skin, as everyone is different. If you’re suffering from rough skin texture and/or dehydrated skin, I’d say give it a try!
Is there a popular Western product that is similar to this? Let me know below!
Thanks for reading,