Friday, May 6, 2011

Review: Hada Labo GOKUJYUN Face Wash

After 4 months of using Hada Labo GOKUJYUN Face Wash or better known as HadaLabo Super Hyaluronic Acid Face Wash, it's about time for a review. Plus, I need to show my readers some sign of life! Don't worry, I'm not dying and I haven't been sick, I simply took an unannounced break from blogging :)

Another FYI - this facial cleanser is not readily available for most people. My greatest advice: do not purchase Had aLabo products in-stores from unofficial retailers at inflated prices - you are being ripped off. Sasa sells most Hada Labo products online at an honest price.
**My mom purchased the Hada Labo SHA Face Wash in Hong Kong for $58HKD/$7CAD (no more than $8CAD)**.

Now let's begin the review!

Sasa's Description:

First and foremost, "Gokujyun" translates to "Super Hydration". The"Super Hyaluronic Acid" helps improve the moisture rention of skin twice as much as regular Hyaluronic Acid.

Hada Labo is a newly mutually-developed brands operated by Rohto (Japan) and Mentholatum (USA), with the concept of 'Perfect & Simple’. They bring you a series of skincare products with the highest purity of ingredients under strict quality control.

Hada Labo GOKUJYUN Face Wash is infused with super hyaluronic acid. It cleanses face while locking water inside skin. It will not irritate skin with the weak acid same as healthy skin’s. No fragrance, no colorant, no alcohol and is oil-free.
Suitable for ALL skin types.

As you can tell, the Gokujyun line is all about hydration. While the Hada Labo SHA Face Wash is "hydrating", I think it's suitable for all skintypes. I fully agree to Hada Labo claims that this cleanser is gentle and non-irritating to the skin while locking moisture in. I have not experienced tightness after using the cleanser and neither has it dried out my skin. It's not necessary to follow up with a moisturizer right away which is saying a lot.

This simple cream cleanser lathers into a milky foam and rinses off easily. While it's perfectly fine to use the cleanser around the eye area, I have to be careful not to get any of it IN my eyes. Once the cleanser gets into my eyes, it causes slight sensitivity. The sensitivity is a mixture of burning & stinging but it's not intense. I can only describe as if you tried a new eye drop and your eyes were adjusting to it. Luckily, the cleanser has not caused any other irritations or breakoutsI should also mention that I normally break out due to hormonal changes and rise in stress rather than product sensitivity.

Most importantly, the Hada Labo SHA Face Wash leaves my skin smooth and soft yet impeccably clean. I do not rely on this cleanser to remove make-up - just excess oil and dirt - but it does remove lighter layers of make-up. Full coverage make-up can not be efficiently removed. But despite the "no fragrance" claim, I detect a light scent of rice. It's soothing like oatmeal?; definitely not nauseating or cloying.

Bottom Line:
I recommend you grab a tube of Hada Labo GOKUJYUN/Super Hyaluronic Acid Face Wash if you can. I think anyone would enjoy a cleanser that doesn't cause tightness, excessive-dryness or breakouts but instead, leaves you with soft and supple skin. I can't provide an English ingredient list but I have taken pictures of the entire bottle so translate it if you can/like. You can view them below.

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mandy said...

I can't wait to get this in the mail! :D I hope it doesn't make me tight or dry like other cleansers tend to.
I hate how beauty stores in Chinatown and such all tend to mark up the prices so much..even if it's to make up for their shipping and to make some kind of a profit =\ Terrible for those like me who have limit access to ordering online.

Ashley said...

I hope this cleanser works for you cause it has done an amazing job for me. It works well with the Clarisonic but that's when the setting is at 3 minutes :)
I also dislike unofficial retailers because they're usually uneducated when it comes to the products they sell. If you asked them what ingredients are listed, if it's animal tested or where the product is made from - they won't know.

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Shop N' Chomp said...

You had me at "It's not necessary to follow up with a moisturizer right away". I'll be checking this out when I'm done with my current stuff. :)

Tracy@Beauty Reflections said...

Interesting!! I'd love to try this!

Ashley said...

Seriously, this is the best drugstore cleanser I've ever used. It needs to make it's way onto North American shelves ASAP!

I know you'll just love the review of the follow-up toner to this face wash. It's like... a miracle in a bottle :D

Kabs | Mallory said...

Thanks for the review, Ashley! I'm currently using the Etude House cleanser that I bought awhile ago. However, the BF is looking for a new cleanser so I'll let him know about this.

I'm not surprised that prices are jacked up very high. Although, after selling for a bit I can understand why sellers do that. They need to cut their lost because shipping can be so expensive. After calculating that it brings the total of the product up $2+ more than what you would normally find if you bought it from wherever it's distributed. I know that in Australia everything is so expensive because of all the oversea shipping. I have a friend who would spend $70+ AUD on a pair of Levi jeans when they're like $30-50 USD here.

Ashley said...

Ugh if only my boyfriend was interested in "advanced" skincare. He only washes his face with water & a washcloth but it does nothing for this breakouts :(

I totally understand shipping costs but when an item is only worth $4-6 and stores up the price by $20, it's ridiculous. I'd hate to live in Australia but I'd still visit and sightsee. No shopping though unless absolutely necessary ;P

Anonymous said...

Hi....i got some skin problem...i use the above cleanser....but i don't know whether it is the cause that irritate my skin. Please help

Ashley said...

I recommend you stop using the cleanser for a week or two to see if your skin gets better. If it does then this cleanser is probably the cause of your irritated skin. If not, then it must be environmental changes or something else that you're using on your face.

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