Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Milk

I don’t think I need to repeat just how popular Hada Labo is these days. Their “super hyaluronic acid” products, especially the moisturizing lotion, has been the talk of town for months. Of course for me, when I was back in Malaysia for Christmas a few months ago, I had to give a Hada Lado product a go (couldn’t get ’em all; my baggage weight simply wouldn’t allow it), just to see what the fuss was all about. Since I already have quite a lot of lotion (read: toner, essence, anything along those lines), I’ve decided to try the moisturiser instead.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion 1


Contains advanced skin hydrating ingredient – Super Hyaluronic Acid, with twice the moisture retention capacity of Hyaluronic Acid (1gm of Hyaluronic Acid is able to hold up to 6 litres of water).
Replenishes essential moisture to visibly improve skin texture and prevent dryness so skin stays soft, hydrated and supple.
Moisturises deeply, offering nourishing hydration and skin-smoothing conditioners.
Infuses your skin with moisture and leaves it with a natural, healthy looking glow. Skin becomes smoother, softer and richly hydrated.
Skin pH balanced. Low irritation.
Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colourant.

Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, PEG-20 Sorbitan Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl, Lauroyl Glutamate, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion 2

Having read the description of the moisturiser, I was a tad apprehensive that it would be too rich for my oily skin. The words “super hyaluronic acid” simply screamed “here’s a tonne of moisture for your skin”, and I was afraid my skin wouldn’t be able to take the hit. There weren’t any testers for me to have a go at the moisturiser (plus the bottle was tightly sealed), so it was a leap of faith when I bought it.

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion 3

My first impression of the moisturising milk? It was runny. The texture wasn’t thick and gloopy, but smooth and light upon touch. It’s fragrance-free, and I really mean “completely devoid of any scent”. You know when products state that they’re fragrance-free, but have this light chemical smell to it? Well, this doesn’t smell of anything at all. And to me, that’s a huge plus point.

Even though the moisturiser has a light texture, it hits the skin hard with hydration. In fact, I had to use this sparingly because my usual 5-dot moisturiser application cannot work with the moisturising milk. The moisturiser is simply too rich for that. My skin would have this icky sheen, especially on my nose. I also had to use more facial blotters to control the oilies.

BUT, when I use very little of the moisturiser, and spread it very thinly on my skin, then it works. My skin is well-hydrated, remains oil-free and like many rave reviews on the moisturising lotion, it gave me that “toing toing” feeling on the skin 🙂

I’ve been using this day and night; less during the day, and the usual 5-dot application at night. My skin didn’t break out at all, which was great.

I purchased this moisturising milk in a Guardian pharmacy in Malaysia. Can’t recall the exact price, but it was around RM55-RM60 for 140ml. I’ve seen this sold in Melbourne as well, in an Asian beauty store along Swanston street. I didn’t inquire the price at that time. Will update this post when I do.

Would I repurchase this? Hmm I don’t know. Sure, it’s a good moisturiser, and I’d highly recommend it on those with dry, sensitive skin. But for me who has oily skin, I have to be very careful at how much I apply during the day just so it’s not too heavy on the skin. If I do repurchase, I’ll probably just use it as a night cream. My husband can’t be arsed at my shiny face at night 😛

What I like about it: Good and affordable moisturiser, fragrance-free.

What I do not like about it: Despite the light texture, it can be too rich for oily skin if too much is applied.

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29 comments… add one
  1. lyn

    I bought this too and have been using for almost a week. I love it! You can’t use too much, I only use 1 or 2 drops at the most, spread it over my palms and pat it on my face. The patting bit may be off-putting to some but it doesn’t take long for my skin to absorb the stuff. Gently patting as opposed to rubbing on seems to better too. I am now using the complete Hada Labo moisturising range.

  2. Connie

    Thanks for the review! This looks like my kind of moisturizer since I have dry skin

  3. cuteandcurls

    Ive got combination skin and currently I thought i give Himalaya Moisturising Lotion a try. Pretty good on my skin absorbs well only ONE thing is missing SPF factor so I had to apply sunblock separately. Good review on Hada Labo Tine, well done!!

  4. Steph

    Swanston St???? Really???
    i always thought you can’t buy asian cosmetics in melb…

  5. Eli

    I just started on the lotion and I am in luuuuuuurve. It isn’t moisturising enough for night though so I am thinking of picking up the moisturising milk to seal it all in.

  6. stellarvixen

    i think i will give hadalabo a try!
    hehe am contemplating between the arbuting whitening range VS super hyalurinic acid..

    abit worried cuz Aqua JUJU moisturizer BREAKOUT on me 🙁
    so i’m hoping hadalabo milky lotion is gentle on my oily sensitive skin

    now am using L’Occitane immortelle very precious cream for night cream but lack the hydration T.T
    wanna try something more economical *hehe

  7. Auntie

    I use it on my arms too. Extremely good for mature n dry skin.
    But need to use together with sunblock. I always apply
    sunblock first then HadaLobo . Hope they come out one with sun protection

  8. Jean

    I am a little unsure if the moisturising lotion is a toner or a moisturiser. I have been using it as moisturiser until my sister said the promoter at Guardian said that it is actually a toner. God, I had been using it as toner without applying moisturiser for almost 2 weeks. But now I apply moisturiser after Hada Labo moisturising lotion. Please advise.

  9. Irene

    Just want to contribute my 2 cents 😉 lotion = toner in Japan. So make sure you apply lotion first before milk = moisturizer.

    According to the Taiwan beauty show, you must apply moisturizer after the lotion else instead of hydrating, your skin will be dehydrated because the lotion prep the skin to accept all the water from the moisturizer, if it didn’t get the moisture needed it will suck up every single bit of water which will make the whole face drier than it was ever before.

  10. Giselle

    I’ve been a user of Kose (Japanese product) and as you know, Kose has this range of product called Sekkisei, and one of it is “Sekkisei Lotion”.
    But according to the Kose beauticians, this “Sekkisei Lotion” is not toner, eventhough it is in liquid form.

    Steps to apply this kind of liquid lotion is :
    1) Cleanser
    2) Liquid lotion (Sekkisei Lotion)
    3) Toner (the reason toner is placed last is because toner will lock the moisturizing agents in your skin after applying lotion)

    p/s : These steps may not apply to other brands.

    So, I believe not all lotion equals to toner in Japanese term. It’s the best to consult your trusted beauticians first using any products. 🙂

  11. Yi

    Just 3 weeks ago, I bought a Hada Labo toner and moisturizer. After I try the two products, I feel like ok, still acceptable lah, not so in my expectation..However, I find their cleanser nice. I never use a cleanser that is works so well on my skin.. My skin is smooth like touch on the powder. I admit my face is acne free, but I think it should be the moisture ingredients inside that works on it.

  12. Hh

    Just bought the essence …hope it works well… Setting a very high expectation on it… Please please please

  13. Farina

    I’ve been using when they introduced the range early this year. All I can say that this is the best product for me. I’ve tried almost everything but my skin does not become what I want. With HadaLabo, my skin is more radiant, no breakouts, very hydrated and not oily. You need to use it constantly, coz there was once I’ve been a bit lazy too follow the regime, so sometimes i skipped the lotion and milk. I noticed that my skin becomes dull and have breakouts.

  14. Eisse J

    I’m lovin both the moisturizing range as well as the whitening range. It feels stickly the 1st few seconds…but absorbs really well after that =)

  15. maggie

    A few weeks ago, i bought a bottle of HL moisturizing milk and a bottle of moisturizing cream. After 2 weeks of using them, i developled mild migraine for weeks. After I switched back to my usual skin care products, the migraine stopped. Well, I am not sure, propably there is / are ingredient(s) in these HL products that not sutable for me.

  16. jessie

    hi all.. iv been using moisturizing milk frm hada labo for almost 4 month.Before, my skin
    dehydrated/dry as my age turn 28.I have try many others range, but not same with hada labo its different.Yet it feels sticky actually when you have perfect skin also feels sticky that is normal.Like you said it absorb really well, my skin texture now like wowww.. moist like baby skin and glow healthy, no oily looks.Thank you HADA LABO

  17. wan

    im also interested with this product but im confius whether it is halal or not for muslim

  18. hazel zen

    Any one please tell me where i could purchase the lotion in USA or provide a website so i can buy online?

  19. Swallow

    Dear all,
    I knw their essence is good too, but I am using skII, so I can’t use the essence rite?
    The instruction in the product label is nt so clear. When I nd to apply the moisturizing milk? Aft my skII? Then apply sun block?

  20. rosejaejoong

    i’m in love with hada labo…

  21. tao

    I prefer this over SK2. Much, much better and affordable.

  22. ning.

    I just started to used Hada Labo last month. And my skin started to have a big changing ! I used to have a dry skin, with big pores, but then one day, my friend recommended me to used Hada Labo. 1stly, i bought its toner. Then i found that my skin, is getting more radient, smoother and mosturize than before =D now, i’m using its facial cleanser and mist, my skin is getting much more better now !

  23. candice

    my 1st tried at 2months ago. it made me shocked. at the end, i decided to buy it even i still used another brand moisturizer…
    excellent…hada labo..

  24. chemi

    so far, i heard it didnt provide halal certificate, but according to MyHadaLabo (facebook) they didnt put any animal derivatives. and alcohol free..

    For muslims, SK II is non-halal..

    1. zaki

      i email mentholatum to find out the source of collagen but no reply.. collagen are usually obtain from animal (horse, pig, cattle, fish)..

  25. guy30s

    I have been trying SKII, Clarins for (men) just to name a few. My skin is dry-typed, pigmented and uneven tone due to dryness and sun exposed + age factor. Being a man, it is uncool to put cosmetics while on job. But HL is the answer !

    After using hada labo complete whitening set for 2 weeks, I can say I am very very satisfied as it show quick result and my face gradually becomes brighter! Furthermore, I save lots of $$$ as compare to buying other branded cosmetics.
    Now I eventually meet an affordable product for my skin problem ! Millions of thanks HL.

  26. grace hirota

    thanks Hadalabo.My friends ,unties comment my face is different before..Amazing hadalabo..Thanks to those dermatologist who made this product …

  27. Baby

    Using a good product on face is important. Why nowadays many people having sensitive skin. Do take a look at the ingredients of your facial product and you will know the reason. Hope it helps!

    Skin and Eye Exposure
    Propylparaben can irritate the skin and cause itching and redness, especially if you are sensitive to other parabens such as methylparaben or ethylparaben. Eye contamination with propylparaben can cause tearing, blinking, pain.

    Propylparaben can cause allergic reactions such as itching and bronchospasm by unspecified route of exposure in people sensitized to propylparaben and other parabens.

    Embryotoxicity, Teratogenicity and Mutagenicity
    Currently, there is no information available regarding the toxicity to an embryo, ability to cause malformations of an embryo or fetus and capability of inducing mutation or increasing the rate of mutation in DNA of propylparaben.

    Spermicidal Activity
    In the Bulletin of the Faculty of Pharmacy (Cairo University), Kassem et. al. reported that laboratory tests on human sperm show that propylparaben can kill sperm.

    Fire Hazards
    Propylparaben must be heated to very high temperatures for ignition to be a hazard. Although propylparaben is not sensitive to static discharge, dusts of organic compounds, such as propylparaben, can be ignited by static discharge especially if large amounts of dusts are allowed to accumulate. All equipment in used in the handling of propylparaben should be electrically grounded. Refer to NFPA 654, Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids, for comprehensive guidance.

    Read more: Is Propylparaben Dangerous? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5375955_propylparaben-dangerous.html#ixzz2A5p1F1VO

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