This multi-tasking gel is one of the most refreshing products that I have tried recently and it has been seeing me through the summer.
The idea behind Hada-Labo Shirojyun Premium Whitening Jelly Essence is that it offers an effective solution to summer skincare without having to wear layers and layers of products. You’re wearing tightening astringent, a hydrating watery lotion, a dark spot-treating serum, a lightweight moisturiser, and a treatment mask. Multi-tasking at its very best. It contains tranexamic acid, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E to tackle dark spots and reduce inflammation while hydrating the skin.
Dry skin will probably prefer something more robust, but for everyone else, it brings a very lovely summer skincare offering to the table. The gel is dense and refreshing upon application, sinking easily into the skin, leaving it cool and ever so slightly tight. It has a cooling effect but none of the dryness, tightening but an extra boost of hydration, and a hallowed jelly texture we (mostly) all crave in the summer without the stickiness. There’s a good, noticeable hydration hit.
This gel is just about for everyone, really, so long as they want a cooling effect. Perhaps not for the sensitive, reactive skins, but for those who want ultra-lightweight hydration and a refreshing treat, it’s perfect. After swiping (or patting) on a watery lotion, I use a generous dollop of the gel on my face and neck. I can wear this without having to apply a moisturiser underneath.
Hada-Labo Shirojyun Premium Whitening Jelly Essence is available in drugstores across Japan. RRP is ¥1,400 for 200ml. You can find it online at DOKODEMO for around ¥1,700 (US$15.70) or YesStyle for US$26.51.