During the recent mega sale conducted by Watsons (a durgstore common in Singapore), I picked up the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence to try. I’ve always heard good reviews about it but was hesitant to try because I saw that it contained Meadowfoam Seed Oil or Limnanthes alba oil (I’ve noticed that products containing this ingredient tends to clog my pores terribly even though it might not be pore-clogging to many) in its ingredients list in many online reviews. However, when I read through the ingredients list on its product packaging in-store, I was surprised to find that Meadowfoam Seed Oil was no longer included. I’m not sure if Hada Labo had reformulated this product or whether the version that other people bought was manufactured in a different place (because Hada Labo products sold in Singapore are manufactured either in Japan or China). But anyway, I bought it since I’m happy that this product no longer contains that ingredient.

I’ve included the ingredients list from the product packaging as below for your reference:

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How does the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence fare?

The Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence, as stated in its name, is a hydrating essence which contains 3 times the concentration of the normal Hada Labo hydrating lotion to provide a powerful moisture locking shield to fully hydrate skin from the surface to the inner layers. It also claims to intensively boost and optimizes skin’s moisture level so that the skin could absorb nutrients from the subsequent skincare products.

The product itself has a light milky serum type of texture which absorbs very quickly into my skin even though I usually use one whole pipette-full of product each time. In fact, I was left quite astonished at how much quicker it absorbs as compared to the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion (which I seriously adore!). Therefore although the instructions call for this product to be applied after using their hydrating lotions, I find it more intuitive to apply it before the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion (which has a thicker texture anyway). But, to each his own, I think that the hydrating effects will not be affected too much either way. Although I purchased this product about one week after I purchased the Hada Labo Premium Hydrating Lotion, it wasn’t until about one month later that I actually started using this product. The main reason why I wanted to try this product (besides the generally good reviews that I’ve read about it online) is because my beloved Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum (full review here) was burning a hole in my pocket. It’s purely my own fault really.. Hydration is my key concern in caring for my skin due to my skin being so dehydrated.. Therefore I would usually use one whole pipette-full of hydrating serum both day and night to combat fine lines caused by dehydration. This led to me using up one whole bottle of hydrating serum each month! I tried to cut down on my usage but I find that the best results could be seen when I use a whole pipette-full of product. The thing is, the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum costs  43 or £36 a bottle and it was making quite a dent in my pocket having to stock up on this product so frequently. Don’t get me wrong, I truly love it and I think that it’s a worthwhile purchase for people who don’t go through their hydration serums like water. But I wanted to seek a more cost-effective product due to my own usage pattern and Hada Labo seemed to be a good choice.

After using the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Essence for around one month, I can honestly say that it’s a good hydrating serum. Although it is not as hydrating (in terms of how long the feeling of hydration actually lasts) as the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum, it performs very well when used together with their Premium Hydrating Lotion. My skin has been misbehaving recently due to work stress as well as hormonal issues but this serum doesn’t aggravate the skin and in fact seems to calm it down somewhat. It also has a light barley-water like scent (I have no idea why my brain made that connection!) which, surprisingly, smells very comforting to me (must be the Asian in me!). I especially love that it plays very well with all other subsequent products without flaking or rolling. This product might not be the star in my skincare routine but it’s definitely a great team player and support the rest of my regime. It’s gentle, hydrating and free from mineral oil, fragrance, alcohol and colourant. Highly recommended for people with dehydrated combination skin or drier skins who want to layer their skincare during the colder months!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from the physical Watsons store. Although I bought it at a discount, it normally retails at S$31.90 (30g sized).

Thank you for reading!

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