Hada Labo Goku-jyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion
I've been looking to get into East Asian skincare for a while now because I know its super good for hydrating products. I am not new however to hyaluronic acid (HA) as I used to buy Indeed Lab's Hydraluron. I write that in the past tense because, while I enjoyed using it, I wasn't convinced enough of the benefits to keep paying for it (Hydraluron is normally £24.99/30ml). So I dropped it from my routine but continued to appreciate HA as an ingredient in my other products.
I have to thank YouTuber "Gothamista" (aka Renée) for bringing into my life a product that am crushing on: I haven't finished my first bottle but have already ordered more because I don't want to run out of Hada Labo's Goku-jyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion.
I use it as the first step after cleansing unless I am doing a treatment that I want directly on the skin first. While it's called a lotion, it's actually a very runny gel that spreads really easily over the skin. It gives you that "ahhh" feeling as you put moisture back into your cleansed face and I also feel my thicker follow-up products apply better. I am in love with how well this plumps up my skin!
Hydraluron is perhaps a finer product in terms of its ingredients - paraben-free and contains Sodium Hyaluronate which is the salt form of HA and has a low molecular weight, allowing it to penetrate the skin deeper than HA. The Goku-jyun (Japanese for "ultimate moisture") also contains sodium hyaluronate but you will find it towards the end of the ingredients list. It contains two other forms of HA in higher concentrations - Hydrolyzed HA and Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate which have undergone processes to alter the molecular weight and penetrate the skin better.
Yet in even higher concentrations than the three forms of HA, are the humectants Butylene Glycol and Glycerin; perhaps this is why the Goku-jyun feels better on my skin. You certainly cannot beat the value for money - for around £8, you can get a 170ml bottle on Amazon UK. Makes me happy as a cloud raining down hyaluronic lotion!