How is your weekend going so far? We are enjoying TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) evening and excited about our upcoming plans for Memorial Day weekend. Today, I am also excited to share a product from the brand “Hada Labo Tokyo,” which always fascinated me. Recently, I splurged on their skin care products (got motivated from fellow Korean/Japanese moms around me).
However, I am not that lucky since we are genetically modified to bear those stress lines around our eyes and lips and also frown lines on our forehead 😛 It is not surprising since Indian women are more stressed as per world survey and hence I don’t think any super hyaluronic acid or collagen would ever fill those saggy lines or under eye bags unless we start living in a stress-free world or at least stay away from stress (hubby, please don’t think we are always talking about your relatives, it could be career concern as well :P) Anyway, moving on to Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator, I was quite happy with my Dr. Brandt XYY Moisturizer when I noticed this Hada Labo Tokyo on sale and picked it as my back up regimen for vacations. Read on further to know if this Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator was a good purchase or not!
$17.99 for 1.7 fl Oz (50 ml), price may vary from store to store.
Lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer deeply penetrates to boost vital skin hydration levels, while the Retinol Complex and Collagen help to increase skin’s firmness and elasticity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
My Experience with Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator:
I like its sleek and sturdy packaging with hygienic pump dispenser and safety cap which is leakage proof, travel friendly and absolutely fragrance free. It seems more like a serum to me as it is a runny pale white liquid unlike thick moisturizers. The trick is to rub 2-3 drops between palms and massage it until it melts into the skin. However, I feel that it sits on the top layer of my skin and never gets absorbed.
I started using it during winters when my skin was suffering from dry patches and dehydration and I noticed that this white liquid hydrator simply settled on dry patches and did not get absorbed into the skin. In fact, I found that it forms a gel-like layer on my skin, thereby accentuating lines while laughing, talking etc. In short, it did not provide any hydration or softness to my skin, left it more dry and sensitive. May be it was a wrong decision to use it during harsh winters as we need more moisturizing and rich creams. I say so because when I used it on my skin during the vacations, I found it surprisingly useful for my wilted skin.
It gave me temporary relief from stressed out and tired skin, and worked great beneath my usual day cream and makeup (though I never used it alone). My SIL tried it on her combination skin and she found it effective for her laugh lines and frown lines (up to a good extent). Finally, I discovered that probably this hydrator is a serum which is meant for beauties with perfect skin who need slow treatment for their ageing skin. Moreover, it only works great on normal/combination skin as it has to target only wrinkles, fine lines and not other beauty concerns. I mean I do feel that retinol complex causes dryness which might be bothering for dry skin especially in winters and we need a mild hydrating day/night cream to balance. Collagen and hyaluronic acid application often reacts with open pores and sensitive acne which may accentuate our issues rather than giving relief. Ultimately, I gave it to my SIL who is blessed with flawless combination skin.
For me, it is no more than a serum which can be used in conjunction with other skin care products and when I already have an all-in-one moisturizer in my Dr. Brandt xyy moisturizer, I do not need to add an extra layer on skin! To be honest, I do feel that any regular hydrating moisturizer takes care of temporary fine lines (caused due to dryness or dehydration) and in due course of time, any normal moisturizer will help with graceful ageing hence this serum-cum-hydrator would not act as a fairy’s wand to give us overnight magical results. I would only recommend this hydrator to beauties with combination, normal skin who are looking for a mild anti-ageing serum to start with. It is certainly a skip for middle-aged beauties and oily and dry skin types.
Let’s sum up pros and cons:
Pros of Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator:
- A lightweight, fragrance-free hydrator infused with the goodness of retinol complex and collagen.
- Works as a serum to maintain hydration and improve skin’s elasticity.
- Does not cause any break outs on oily/acne-prone skin.
- Works best on combination and problem-free skin by providing temporary relief from fine lines caused due to dryness or dehydration.
- Works well in conjunction with any skin care regimen.
- Free of parabens, fragrance, dyes and mineral oils.
- Quite hygienic, travel-friendly packaging.
Cons of Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator:
- Not suitable for dry skin or excessively oily skin.
- Sits on top of my oily skin.
- Way too mild for my skin in winters.
- Does contain some chemicals that might irritate sensitive skin.
- I think it made my skin more sensitive in winters.
- Much better anti-ageing solutions are available in the market.
Well, I do think it’s that good and not needed unless we are looking for a change from our usual skin care regimen. Personally, I think that our day/night moisturizers are infused with anti-ageing anti-oxidants, HA and we don’t need external treatment or serums. Hence, I won’t get it again. Instead, I would purchase Hyaluronic acid or retinol complex from the market to reap maximum benefits.
For me, it is 2.5/5!
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