January 31, 2017

Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Review

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Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is a fairly new addition to the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid. Don’t quote me but this one released in Japan about a year and a half ago or so and I’ve been using it daily for about that long now (actually I’m on like my fifth bottle of this stuff). I’m actually one of those rare breeds that likes Hada Labo Rohto Goku-jun Hyaluronic Milky Lotion versus the Clear Moist versions.

But Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion was getting so many ravings across Asian forums I visit as well as many mentions in Japanese magizines that I decided to check it out. This review comes at a great time considering that I just posted my thoughts on the new Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Serum which I thought was too expensive and too small for the price. So, if you really wanted to add a hyaluronic acid product to your current skincare routine I’d recommend skipping Peter Thomas Roth’s version and going for Hada Labo’s Premium formula. You won’t regret it.

Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion contains 5 different hyaluronic acid and is considered a more beefier version of the original Moist formula. This is the version you’ll want to reserve for nightly use or the one that would be best suited for drier skin or mature, aging skin. You can definitely feel the difference in the formula after application as it leaves skin considerably more hydrated and even a little moist and dewy to the touch after use.

The idea of the lotion is not only to hydrate your skin but most importantly to help your skin to retain moisture. This results in smoother, softer, and visibly brighter less dull skin. I tend to have drier, duller skin. I wouldn’t say I have a lot going for me, I’m pretty your average girl but my skin is one thing that looks great and I would blame a majority of that on Hada Labo. It’s a product that will visibly improve skin, keep it looking youthful and plump, and most importantly, allow it to retain any moisture you’re applying to it.

This formula is a gel-like serum which needs to be worked into the skin or “palmed” and massaged in. It’ll leave you feel tacky and a bit sticky but the more you work it the less sticky it’ll become. I apply a quarter size amount every single night after my essence and emulsion. I give myself a massage with it and gentle place the palms of my face to warm up the formula and allow it to absorb easily. You’ll know you’re doing it right when the skin on you face begins to stick to the palms of your hands. I know, sounds freaky, but don’t worry the more you do it the less your hands will stick and that’s when you know you’re done and it is fully absorbed. Plus, giving yourself a small facial massage at night is a good thing. The video below is exactly how you want to apply it (maybe a little less slapping haha). You’ll see towards the end how the skin of her face sticks to the palm of her hand, this doesn’t mean you should stop, keep going and as I said the stickiness will ease. The less sticky your face becomes the more you know you’re at the end of your application.

I think it’s a product that takes a little getting used to. I know I personally thought it was awful the first few times I used it. But over time you get used to and even begin to appreciation the way it feels and works. You’ll find your other skincare will absorb more easily, your skin will appear plumper, it’ll look much brighter, dullness will ease, and you’ll find your skin is much, much more hydrated. Your skincare will work better in my opinion. Sometimes, I’ll purchase a new moisturizer and it’ll lay on top of my skin. I think the addition of Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion goes a long way at allowing my moisturizer to work a lot better for me and the absorb more easily.

As I said above this formulation is much, much more moisturizing compared to the other versions. I would recommend it for drier skin or for nightly use as it is quite a powerful boost.

If you’re serious about moisture, this is the product for you.

I really can’t Muse Approve Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Lotion or any of the Hada Labo lotions enough. They are fabulous and truly one of the reasons why skin looks fantastic and youthful.

Hada Labo is available on amazon.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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      • Deb

        Thanks Muse. I just ordered it. This aging, dry skin of mine can use all the help it can get. And you didn’t steer me wrong with the Goodal oil in water!

  • Christina Tran

    Very interesting. I’ve used the original one before and felt it was good, nothing too special. At first, I hated the sticky feeling too, but I got used to it overtime and noticed that it did disappear once I layered my other skincare. I’m interested in trying this one out, not because I’m super dry, but because I’m hoping it’ll brighten my dull skin by flooding it with moisture.

    • Isabella Muse

      The moist version for me isn’t nearly as good as the milk. The milk I see more dramatic results! Try that, you might feel it’s nicer than the original! πŸ˜€ Or this one, which is considerably more hydrating compared to the original lotion!

  • Chelsea

    I picked this up and it broke out my face, but I’ve been using it on damp hands and feet before adding hand or foot cream for better absorption so I don’t waste it. It’s a nice product, it seems to make a difference.

  • Christian

    Hello! Muse!
    I have tried the hado labo moist and the milky. The moist broke me out so bad but the milky was more gentle on my skin. I used the milky as a moisturizer. I have oily skin so I don’t need that much moisture. However, I stopped using that one too because it too broke me out a bit. I’d love to try this one because I hear so much about hylauranic acid but I’m afraid it will hurt my skin.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Christian awww sorry to hear it πŸ™ I wouldn’t try this one, it’ll probably have the same effect as the moist version on your skin πŸ™

  • Lorraine. E.R

    I don’t see a price anywhere and it could 100% be me, not even kidding BC sometimes I just can’t see something I’m looking for like that! I’m just curious if this is even in my range or not. It sounds interesting.

  • Laurie

    Thank you for including Asian beauty products in your reviews. I find them extremely helpful! This one is going onto Pinterest so I will remember to pick it up next time I visit Amazon.

  • Wonnie

    How would you compare it to the sana collagen lotion you reviewed? I love this premium gel! It’s definitely a hard-hitting hydration power.

    • Isabella Muse

      Different! The formulas are vastly different, you’ll get more moisture retention from Hada Labo’s formula. Sana Collagen Lotion is absolutely not slacker but if you want something to retain moisture, Hada Labo is the way to go!

      • Wonnie

        Thank you so much for answering!! Ò˜ºï¸ I am really glad you told me that because I was thinking about switching my premium to the sana one.

  • Gunilla

    Thanks a lot Muse! I’m one of your Swedish readers and l think your blog is great. I’ve been thinking about trying some K-beauty stuff and now I know just where to begin. This is hopefully what my dry skin needs.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Gunilla! Nice to meet you πŸ™‚ and thank you so much! This is actually Japanese ;-D but still worth trying out!

  • Tia

    Hi mouse, would you tell me.. If i use SK ii fte, this lotion should be added before or after sk ii fte ?

    • Isabella Muse

      I’d use it in place of SK but if you must use the SK use it before this.

  • Tia

    Hi Muse, would you tell me.. If i use SK ii fte, this lotion should be added before or after sk ii fte ?

  • Soni

    Hi, I’m still confused as to when to use this in my routine. Please can you help!.

    I basically, like to use my retin a(tretinoin) about 2/3 times per week, on the other nights I like to either use SALICYLIC acid to clear out my pores or just use simple skincare to give my skin time off from the retin a.

    Morning routines, are kept very simple for me, with just gentle Toner, serums or vit c followed by light moisturiser and spf only if I’m going outdoors.

    I understand, that this has a sticky/tacky feel so best used at night, is this correct?

    If I was to use this in the morning routine, do I use this after cleansing and toning and before any other products? Is it best used after cleansing and no Toner?


    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Soni. It is sticky and tacky. I don’t use retin a or salicylic acid so, I’m unsure when to fit this into your routine. Typically I use it after cleansing and toning as the first step in my routine. I don’t use it in the morning because it’s a little too hydrating for me but typically apply it after cleansing and toning in the evening. Hope this helps!

      • Soni

        Thanks so much for replying. When you say ‘it’s a little too hydrating’ what do you mean by this, because I do not understand how a product can be ‘too hydrating’…I thought that as much hydration as possible would be a great thing for the skin, please correct me if I am wrong. Many thanks x

        • Isabella Muse

          Hydration is always, always a good thing as far as I’m concerned πŸ™‚ However, for daily use it can be too much. You don’t want to wear it under makeup and have your makeup slipping off your face πŸ˜€ So, using it nightly is the best bet for me! Hope this helps!