Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Battle Of Hada Labo Lotions: Shirojyun vs Gokujyun Vs Mild Peeling

Assalamualaikum & Hi!

For this post I would like to write about Hada Labo lotions. My skincare routine consists Hada Labo products mostly. Why I chose Hada Labo? There are a lots of skincare product that have better ingredients and affordable. These are my reasons:
  • They are no fragrance and mineral oil. Most of the products contain no alcohol
  • They are easily access. I am too lazy to do research for other skincare
  • Found a lots of reviews from worldwide
  • Provide detail information about R&D and ingredients of the products
  • Mostly are pH balance and gentle for my skin
  • From a big pharmaceutical company Rohto-Mentholatum
  • They don't claim the products are all rounded. They are mainly focus on hydration.
  • Of course I've been influenced by the advertisement. Jun ji hyun is so pretty.
Too much points to put. But not all HL products suit me as I already mentioned on a post before. Back to the title, what exactly they means lotion? For us lotion is light moisturiser. But in Japanese, lotion has toner consistency. Japanese lotion is used to prepare skin for the next skincare steps. Ratzilla has wrote in simple explanation about Japanese lotion. HL lotions are a bit different from another Japanese lotions because there are no trace of alcohol (which is my enemy). I tried to take a look on cheaper options like Senka, Sana, Juju Aquamoist but most of them contain alcohol. I don't want to risk my skin testing them. It takes time and money to heal. So, the safest thing to do is I should stick with HL lotions until it has no effects. Let's move on to the comparison:

Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion (2016 formulation), Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion, Hada Labo Shirojyun Lotion (2013 formulation)

Hada Labo Shirojyun (Arbutin/Whitening) Lotion
Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Betine, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Esther, Styrene/VP Copolymer, Disodium Succinate, Methylparaben, Tremella Fuciformes Polysaccharide, Succinic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Take note this is the old formula. There a lots of different formula I found by another beauty bloggers, different manufacturer and batch. Arbutin is quite high in the list. Arbutin can be obtained synthetically or from bearberry extract. Arbutin is known as skin lightening agent. I bought this from early 2014 where the rich version was not ready yet. Plus, contain stable Vitamin C, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP), the very least amount out of all ingredients. I bought this because I am too scared to used Gokujyun since I have oily skin back then. I don't mind about whitening effect, I just want a light product.

My verdict: Shirojyun lotion gives good hydration. Not as much as Gokujyun but still decent. I didn't see this lotion brighten up my skin, at least it makes my skin less dull. Thank goodness this arbutin lotion did not irritate my skin. Since I've read that arbutin inhibit the melanin formation, I feel a bit worried for a long term effect. I have finished one bottle. Final words, this lotion is a good hydrating toner.

Hada Labo Gokujyun (Moisturising) Lotion
Ingredients: Water, Butelyne Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Esther, Disodium Succinate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate (Medium Size HA), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Succinic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Large Size HA), Hyaluronic Acid (Nano HA), Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate (Super HA).

Again, of course the formulation is different according to manufacturer and batch. Mine is 2016 formulation and manufactured in China. Don't be shook when you heard it is made in China, it is designed for South East Asian country (humid weather country). I heard that Indonesia has their own manufacturer.
According to Hada Labo Malaysia website, HL Gokujyun lotion has 4 different kinds of hyaluronic acid. Medium, Large, Nano and Super HA (what?!). Nano HA penetrate into the skin, medium and super HA are on the skin surface, lastly the large HA protect the skin from water loss. But...HA is humectant, I don't think it works as moisture sealer like occlusive does.

My verdict: I love HL Gokujyun lotion so much. It changed my skin from very oily to normal-combination. My skin getting oilier or drier if I don't put this lotion on. I put this lotion after prayer, before reapply my sunscreen/sunblock. This lotion is must have and never skip item in my routine.

Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion
Ingredients: Water, Gluconic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Butelyne Glycol, Tranexamic Acid, Polyquartenium-51, Sodium Metabisulfite

Finally, the lotion you can swipe with cotton pad. This lotion is another level from the previous two. This is exfoliating toner because it contains Gluconic Acid, an exfoliating property. I don't know if I can classify gluconic acid as PHA (polyhydroxy acid). Notable PHA ingredient is Glunolactone, they are related since I have limited knowledge in chemistry, I cannot conclude anything. PHA is working like AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) but milder and less sensitizing. Tranexamic acid is brightening ingredient, this studies show how 3% trenaxamic acid works on treating melasma patient without side effects in comparison with hydroquinone.

My verdict: HL mild peeling lotion is a game changer. I use this like traditional toner, put a few drops on cotton pad and swipe my face, I use it 2 times a day after cleansing. I should thanks to femaledaily and Afifi Assegaf, they provide good information, technique and reviews for this lotion. Even though this lotion are not readily available in their country. I'm on my 2nd bottle now. 
Below photos show how HL mild peeling lotion really change my skin, most whiteheads are disappeared especially on forehead. I always do get big pimple on forehead, but after I introduced this mild peeling lotion, I did not get any pimple on my forehead except a few whiteheads (verrrry rare).

I started using HL mild peeling lotion on July 2016. I did not put any makeup on, just a chemical, non whitecast sunscreen.
Again, no makeup at all, I still have scars. With artificial lighting.

Recent photo. I do still get pimples. I have slightly whitecast sunscreen on. With natural lighting.
I am not using HL mild peeling lotion alone to get rid the bumps, acnes, whiteheads and blackheads. It works by allowing penetration of another products easily. Double cleanse, moisturise and use physical sunscreen is the key to improve my skin condition. I still have problems like redness, scars, dry patches and sensitivity. Alhamdulillah my skin is getting better and I am also getting fatter.

RESULT : HL Gokujyun Lotion = HL Mild Peeling Lotion >= HL Shirojyun Lotion

Take note: Both Shirojyun and Gokujyun lotions have more humectant properties. I am advising don't use these lotions alone when you spent a lots of time in dry surrounding like air conditioning office, cold climate country, winter. Humectant works by attracting humidity from the surrounding. Better use hydrating lotion plus light moisturiser when you are in dry surrounding or winter. Yay for people who always stay in humidity area.

I hope I am giving you lots of idea to find a suitable products. Introduce all products one by one so you know which is working for you. Do a lots of research, only YOU know your own skin. If you have doubts, you can refer the dermatologist.

Bye, wassalam.

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  1. Hi, chanced upon your post while googling Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion.

    I'm also Malaysian and have been using it for about a year. I like it also because it doesn't contain alcohol and doesn't dry out my skin. I was using Bio-essence Pine Pollen which also doesn't contain alcohol, but they stopped selling it so I tried a few products before I found this Hada Labo Mild Peeling Lotion to be suitable.

    It is pretty expensive at RM64 a bottle though. I buy it when it is on sale, but it is still RM 59.

    Could you recommend any alternatives which are more budget friendly? In the RM30~40 range?