Happy New Year everyone! My Christmas gift to myself, Netflix subscription, has brought productive activities, including writing reviews, to a grinding halt. I can barely be bothered to rustle up a proper dinner let alone formulate a coherent post about a beauty product that I have been using. Over the past 3 weeks, I have watched the whole of House of Cards, Marco Polo, Sherlock, and then 4 seasons of Friends. I’m now trying to wean myself off Netflix and make that concerted effort to get back to normal… Hence my first review of 2015.
There are a few budget lotions (or Japanese toners) I really enjoy using — Kohaku-hada Lotion (in Moisturising) is one of them. It reminds me of Rohto’s Hada-Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Light (the 2013 formula), but this is packed with a lot more hydrating ingredients. (I wrote a best pick review of the regular version last year in 2014!)
They are really quite similar in many ways — they both are free of alcohol, fragrance, and silicones, and they look almost indistinguishable from each other. If you like Hada-Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Light (or find the regular version a tad too rich) then I’d hazard a guess you’ll like this even better. It’s really effective at giving dehydrated skin a big boost of moisture and leaving the skin feeling softer and more supple. It feels more lightweight than the regular Hada-Labo lotion, but also more hydrating than the Light formula.
Like Hada-Labo, it contains a high percentage of hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin, but it’s not really the star ingredient in this show. Kohaku-hada Lotion is formulated with amber extract and powder (kohaku means “amber”). Amber is said to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and it also helps protect against free radical damages. I’ll be honest; I’m not sure whether amber actually does anything for the skin — my skin’s barrier function is fine and anti-ageing isn’t a benefit that will show a visible amount of difference in the short-term. But it also contains a whole whack load of moisture-binding ingredients like rice ceramide, honey, collagen, lecithin, and placental protein. So all very good indeed.
I have to admit there is nothing particularly mind-blowing about the lotion — it doesn’t do much more than hydrating on my non-sensitive skin — but it does a really good job at that without the leaving the skin feeling sticky, even when I accidentally use too much. I also find its rather unusual text print packaging design ridiculously appealing! Quite possibly my most favourite lotion packaging for budget buys. It’s beautifully put together and has ingredients to help protect and hydrate the skin. Overall, it’s a definite winner.
You can find the 220ml bottle of Kohaku-hada Lotion (Moisturising) for ¥760 in Japan.