Best Pick: Hada-Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Best Pick Hada-Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion

Hyaluronic acid (and Sodium hyaluronate) is one of the latest trendy skincare ingredients (in the West) — everybody seems to be talking about it and how it’s good for hydrating and plumping up skin. In Japan, however, it was a trend from 2 decades ago that has since then, became mainstream. Most Japanese women know about hyaluronic acid. If you check popular Japanese beauty products, you will probably find hyaluronic acid lurking about in there somewhere.

(‘Hyaluronic acid’ and ‘Sodium hyaluronate’ are often used interchangeably, but they’re technically not the same thing. The former attracts moisture from the environment and it sits on top of the skin to keep skin hydrated as it cannot be absorbed due to its large molecular size. Sodium hyaluronate, on the other hand, has a smaller molecular size so it can penetrate deep into the skin and it also holds more water, making it more hydrating.)

I’ve mentioned Japanese toners, or lotions, a few times before; they serve a completely different purpose than Western counterparts — they are hydrators, a moisturising step (I wrote more about it here). Hada-Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion is one of my longtime favourites. The texture is lovely and it contains not one, but three types of hyaluronic acids: Sodium hyaluronate, Sodium acetyl hyaluronate (which hold double the amount of water compared to the non-acetylated one), and Nano hyaluronic acid.

It’s alcohol-free, and it gives long-lasting hydration that isn’t too rich and certainly isn’t sticky. I pat on a quarter-sized amount after immediately cleansing when skin is still slightly damp. It gives normal skin enough moisture on its own, and it also sits well beneath serum and moisturiser, giving skin a welcome boost of hydration without feeling weighed down. The lotion is also available in a light, watery-fresh formula (called Light), which good for oilier skin or hot and humid summer.

One tip: Hyaluronic acid should be applied in a humid (damp) environment, otherwise it can actually be drying. It works by drawing water from the atmosphere to skin, but if your skin has more moisture than the environment, it may draw water from your skin to the environment — having the complete opposite effect (remember the idea osmosis from high school science?)! If you live in a place with low humidity and you have drier skin, it’s important to follow your hyaluronic acid lotion or serum with a moisture-sealing moisturiser to prevent moisture loss, otherwise, skin can become drier over time.

Hada-Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (2013 version) is 170ml and it is ¥720 on Amazon Japan.

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Motselisi
Motselisi
5 years ago

I’ve been using Hada-Labo Medicated Gokujyun Skin Conditioner. I have problem prone skin – oily, clogged pores and occasionally some very mild acne. However, I’m thinking of switching to this lotion: summer is just around the corner and the region of Japan where I live is said to be very humid in the summer months. Do you think this lotion would be a good choice? Any nugget of wisdom or advice you might be able to offer would be greatly appreciated!

Motselisi
Motselisi
5 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks for the advice! Looks like I’ll need to find a different product. Thanks again.

PinotNoir10
PinotNoir10
5 years ago

So I have currently been using a Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Pestle and Mortar http://www.pestleandmortarcosmetics.com/us/product/hyaluronic-acid/. But it’s a bit overpriced for my liking. Would using this lotion by Hada Labo serve as a good substitute to achieve the same moisturizing benefits that a hyaluronic acid serum provides? Or is this different? I do use a lotion in my skincare routine, but it’s one by Albion that is part of a 3-step regime I have.

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disqus_EveUGfsDy3
5 years ago

so will this help with dehydrated skin? I want to buy this for when I need a pick-me up and my skin feels dull.
I don’t live in a humid country but my plan is to soak it on cotton pads and let them sit on my face for 5-10mins and then seal with moisturizer?

The Down Route Diaries
The Down Route Diaries
5 years ago

Would you not recommend this for a flight attendant then, due to the dry air in the plane? I was going to get it as I thought it would boost the hydration levels in my skin and help prevent it from getting dry but now I’m not sure.

Snoozler
Snoozler
6 years ago

Do you know what the shelf life of this lotion is?

Piou-piou
Piou-piou
6 years ago

Hi there, thanks for your explanations! Could you please clarify something for me? I read that this lotion should be used on slightly damp skin, whereas you advise to apply it on dry skin. So I’m a bit confused lol My current routine: after cleansing my face and neck, I pat them dry and then, spritz some Asian-type toner/ softener/ thermal water. Before it dries on my skin, I pat 3 drops of Hada Labo Gokujyun lotion. I always follow with serum and a moisturiser. Do you think it’s the correct procedure? Until now, my dry combination skin is happy.… Read more »

Piou-piou
Piou-piou
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks for your swift answer. Cool then!

Andy
Andy
6 years ago

Hi! I have heard and done lots of research, and I received lots of positive reviews on this particular product, Hada Lobo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. I bought the exact bottle from Mitsuwa, and I was pretty excited about it because I have oily skin and am hoping this moisturizer will help reduce the oiliness. But somehow it gives me the opposite effect because my face is even oilier and greasier after 3-4 hrs applied this. What my routine is usually face wash > toner (I mix thayer lavender witch hazel with apple cider vinegar and matcha green tea) >… Read more »

Andy
Andy
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

A little about me is that I have naturally fair tanned skin, oily skin type, and was acne prone like all-over my face but its 80% less now. I do have visible pores that black dots (idk if those are blackheads or not) on both of my cheeks and nose and I really want to find out a way to make these gone. I currently have Cure natural aqua which is the best, and I really really want to try DHC Deep Cleansing Oil follow up with Shisedo Perfect Whip Foam. Do you have any recommendations such as face wash/cleanser,… Read more »

Kate
Kate
6 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

As I see it, the problem with sebaceous filaments/blackheads etc is the sebum. And sebum can be dissolved with oil. I completely cleared my nose some years ago, when was using cleansing oil and foam wash every day, and for my teenager daughter’s nose I even soak in oil a small piece of toilet paper sometimes to let it work 10-20 min before washing (or enzyme peeling)

I just wanted to say, that oil in some cases can work as a treatment also, not only makeup remover.

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

Hi, thanks for another great review. What are your thought on their whitening line? Namely, their Hada Labo Shirojyun Lotion. Is the brightening effect noticeable? Is it just as moisturizing as this Gokujyun lotion? Many thanks!

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Thanks. I’ll try the Gokujyun then. I found out that they are now selling it on Drugstore.com!

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

I do get free shipping from Drugstore.com (from a program call ShopRunner), so that helps a tiny bit. It sucks that the price is more than double the retail, but with the 20% off they often run, it brings the price down to $16, which, of course it’s still double. However, my previously experience with Ratuken proves that EMS shipping is very expensive. I purchased the Allie Extra UV Gel Mineral Moist based on your recommendation (which is everything you described, by the way, thanks!), and for a 90ml bottle, the shipping was $12. I figure if I buy this… Read more »

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago
Reply to  Ratzilla

Hi, I just want to report back my purchase experience.The Gokujyun lotion indeed came in the old packaging like you have predicted. The strangest thing is, the ingredient list is not the same as the 2009 re-formulation one, nor is it the old 2007 one. The ingredients itself are mostly the same, but the sequence of which these ingredients appear on the label is completely different than both the 2007 and the 2009 one. The bottle clearly states that it is “Made in Japan” though, so I’m not sure what is going on here. I know there are version of… Read more »

chiao
chiao
7 years ago

I prefer the Juju one, as HL gives me pimples due to Methyl Glucose Ether. Other HL cosmetics, which contain that ingredient also have had the same results on me.

yob
yob
7 years ago
Reply to  chiao

ooh.. why does methyl glucose ether cause pimples? i wonder if it could be a culprit in my case. i have so many pimples recently, and i have been switching to alcohol-free and fragrance-free products (like HL). but then my pimples doesn’t seem to go away. T_T i had already consulted two dermatologists, but my breakouts just subsided for a week or two after the treatments. then they will all come back as if no treatment had been previously done. sad…

chiao
chiao
7 years ago
Reply to  yob

In my case it causes small water cysts/ pimples or even red painful bumps which won’t go away for a long time…I realised what’s wrong only after trying out a few HL products… you have to find the culprit in your case, it may be any of those you use. More or less 50% of the cosmetics I’ve ever tried has such an effect on my skin, that’s why I always try to buy samples first. If your skin doesn’t like a certain product, you can’t use it.

yob
yob
7 years ago
Reply to  chiao

Same as mine.. Cystic pimples that stayed on skin forever until it darkens.=( I’ve tried the travel-sized Juju lotion, and paired it with a small HL whitening moisturizer tub. No major skin improvement, but I liked the softness though. After finishing both, I bought the HL Perfect Gel. When I read your comment, I stopped using HL Perfect Gel for a week, and tried a moisturizing lotion (Sana Isoflavone) to see any difference. But I noticed the spots became more “red” and prominent. So, I stopped using Sana lotion and switched back to HL Perfect Gel (I need to use… Read more »

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