Today, I have a Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion* review for you. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I’ve loved Hada Labo’s Lotions for YEARS. As I ran out of my beloved Hada Labo in Taiwan last month, I thought I would try something new and pick up the Hada Labo Premium and compare my experiences. As far as I can tell, this product has been around for a little while but seems to have gained a bit of new momentum in the skincare world. It also comes in 170mL bottles and refill sachets like the other lotions, except that the packaging is gold with “PREMIUM” on the front in a lovely blue ribbon design.
Hada Labo Premium Lotion Review
The Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion promises to provide “mask-like hydration” using 5 different types of hyaluronic acid and anew ingredient to me called sacran. Derived from algae, sacran has anti-inflammatory effects and improves skin barrier function, therefore improving hydration of the skin. Compared to the regular Hada Labo Gokujyun Lotion (this is also known as Gokujyun Moist), the Premium Lotion has a far more beefed up ingredients list (with notable ingredients in bold):
Hada Labo Premium Gokujyun Lotion Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Diglycerin, Triethyl Citrate, PEG-32, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Disodium Succinate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-51, Succinic Acid, Aphanothece Sacrum Exopolysaccharides, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Urea
And compared to Hada Labo Gokujyun Moist Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Succinate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Succinic Acid
Hada Labo Shirojyun Ingredients:
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Sorbitol, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Carbomer Styrene/VP Copolymer, Methylisothiazolinone/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate
Oddly enough, I can only see three types of named hyaluronic acid in the Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium’s ingredient list. After doing a bit of research and puzzling over this, I’m pretty sure that the two other types Diethoxyethyl Succinate and Disodium Succinate. I’m not completely sure about this because I’m not a cosmetic chemist (if you are, please feel free to jump in!) but apparently it’s possible to do this thing called ‘derivatization’ with succinic acid and hyaluronic acid, and that’s what I think the clever scientists at Hada Labo have done.
So what did I think of Hada Labo Premium?
First off, the texture of Hada Labo Premium* is so different from the HL products I’ve used previously. It’s very thick, and not as runny as the other toners. I would say it has a thicker, essence or serum-like texture. It doesn’t have a scent (at least not to my nose). It doesn’t become sticky or tacky like the normal lotions when patted in, but rather an almost oily texture on my skin. Because of this, I can only use this at night – it’s so heavy and shiny. I actually can’t believe how heavy this is sometimes for something that isn’t a rich cream. Because of the high humidity here in Malaysia, I currently use this as my only routine step after tretinoin because it’s SO hydrating.
It leaves my skin super soft, bouncy and glowy – I love using it before a sheetmask to really amp up the mask. It’s amazing how hydrating this is, but it’s unfortunately too much for my oily skin in warm and humid climates. It’s too heavy for me to layer with – it wouldn’t be a bad thing if one layer wasn’t already so much for my skin. I don’t think I could recommend this for other oily-skinned folks unless you’re on Accutane or somewhere where it’s cold and drying af. Even then, I’d reserve this for night time use as it really gives your skin a dewy sheen. Normal to dry folks will probably LOVE this stuff!
For my skin, I rate this a 3/5. It does it’s job, but it does it too well for my skin and just doesn’t fit my needs.
I hope you enjoyed my Hada Labo Premium Lotion review! Have you tried hyaluronic acid toners before?
1 – Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 – Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 – Average: Performs as expected.
4 – Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 – Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.