Don't Judge a toner by its label
"How did you even know what you were buying?" is the common question I get from friends when they come across the HADA LABO Lotion on my skincare shelf. With every single word on the bottle in Japanese, aside from the Made in Japan stamp, its safe to say it stands out among the more mainstream brands in my collection. Sure the label isn't much to look at, but don't let the less than chic packaging fool you. There is a reason the HADA LABO Shiro-jyun Lotion has been a cult classic in Japan for years.
But Really what is it ? Is it a toner ? Is it a lotion?
The answer lies somewhere in between. When talking about Japanese skincare those two words seem to be used interchangeably. Its understandable considering the consistency of the "lotion" products on the Japanese market. Although they might look and feel like toners there are two main differences to remember.
Asian Toners are more hydrating
The first difference in Western vs Asian toners is function. Toners is the U.S as well as Europe are usually considered an extension of the cleansing step. Most are very high in alcohol content and change the PH of your skin. Whereas Asian toners are geared toward hydrating and soothing the skin. Asian toners are also a great foundation for the rest of your skin care routine.
Even though Japanese toners are more hydrating these products are not just for people with dry skin. If you have very oily skin, using a Japanese lotion after cleansing might still be a good idea. These lotions are a great way to add more hydration to the skin without the added weight of a heavy moisturizer.
Asian Toners are applied differently
The second most important difference in the two styles of toner is application. Western toners are usually applied to the skin via cotton pad. Asian toners on the other hand are applied using a different process. After cleansing, take 2 to 3 drops the Lotion water and mix between your hands. Then lightly press your palms into your face until the liquid has absorbed.
Please refer to the video below for a simple demonstration.
So now that you know the basics of Asian toners lets talk results. I choose the Shirojyun lotion in particular because of its powerful whitening ingredients like Arbutin and Vitamin C. The Hada Labo lotions are also packed with the companies signature blend of 3 forms of Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin moisturized.
When you hear the term "whitening" in regards to Asian skincare don't think of the word literally. Instead think of it as meaning brightening. This lotion will not, I repeat will NOT alter the color of your skin.
What it will do however is deliver a brighter and more even skin tone skin. After only a few days of use I found that the constant redness around my nose and cheeks had dissipated. My skin also looked significantly more plump and supple.
Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Lotion: Rating 3/5
This is an amazing brightening product. It works extremely fast to help even out skin tone. However there must be an ingredient in it that my skin does not care for. I found that while this product did what it was suppose to do it also caused me to break out in little red bumps.
- Fast Results
- No Scent
- Brightens Skin
- Portion Size
- Slightly Sticky