Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

The One Way You Could Be Using Hada Labo Lotion Wrong – Deborah Tan

What exactly does skin need in order to be healthy? That’s right, it’s hydration. And one of the best ways to get it is by using a product containing hyaluronic acid. Deborah Tan interviews Hada Labo’s general manager, R&D, Mentholatum, Dr Naelong Wang, to find out more about this ingredient. We also discover the one wrong way we could be using our Hada Labo lotion wrong. 


A bottle of Hada Labo is sold every 2 seconds in Japan, and in Singapore, it is the No. 1 selling lotion. This month, the brand relaunches its bestseller with a new generation of 4 interlocking hyaluronic acid that promises to restore moisture in skin, layer after layer. Each bottle of Hada Labo lotion has 4 types of hyaluronic acid (HA). What does each do? Read below:

1. Large-sized HA
To fight against trans-epidermal water loss by forming an “umbrella” on the skin’s surface to create a thick moisture layer that also continuously diffuses huge amount of water to skin’s top layer.

2. Medium-sized HA
Possessing the water-binding power of typical HA but is smaller in size, it works with large-sized HA to create a double-layered moisture lock within the skin.

3. Super HA
These reach the middle skin layer and is twice as powerful as normal HA – capable of binding 12 litres of water with every gram. The Super HA keeps skin well moisturized from within, not just on the surface.

4. Nano-HA
1/20th the size of regular HA, nano-HA has the capability to penetrate to the deepest layer of the skin, beyond the epidermis. It stores a tremendous amount of water deep in the skin so your skin stays plumped and healthy, inside and out.

But why is hyaluronic acid so important and is there a recommended way to use the Hada Labo lotion correctly? Dr Naelong Wang of Hada Labo further explains:

Material World (MW): What is so special about Hada Labo’s hyaluronic acid compared to the ones used in other brands?

Dr Naelong Wang (NL): Hada Labo is the originator of putting hyaluronic acid in a solution. Just how much water can hyaluronic acid absorb? One gram of hyaluronic acid is capable of absorbing 6 litres of water and is very expensive. Once, in the laboratory, a colleague accidentally spilled a gram of hyaluronic acid on the floor and I told him, “That’s 3 months of your salary gone!” The Super Hyaluronic acid that we use at Hada Labo has been modified to double the capacity of normal hyaluronic acid. Currently only 2 companies in the world use Super Hyaluronic Acid.

MW: What is the best way to apply Hada Labo Lotion? Should your skin be damp or dry? Can you put it over your makeup before touch ups?

NL: The recommended way to apply the Hada Labo Lotion is after cleansing when your pores are “open” so the lotion can be better absorbed by the skin. I do not recommend applying the lotion over your makeup as that can cause your skin to absorb powders and colorants.

MW: Does age have an impact on how our skin absorbs products?

NL: Definitely! Different age requires a different skincare strategy. When you are young, protecting your skin from UV exposure should be your priority because any damage sustained by your skin will only show up after 20 years. As you get older, dehydration becomes a concern and you need to use products that can replenish the moisture in your skin. It is never too late to take care of your skin but the earlier you begin, the less you’ll have to worry about.


Material World was invited to interview Dr Naelong Wang at a Hada Labo event recently. This interview does not represent a review of the product. All opinions are the author’s own and this post was neither paid for nor advised by Hada Labo. 



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Beauty & Shopping, Skincare

Awesome Makeup Cleansing Oils Below $23 – Vanessa Tai

By now, you probably know the importance of removing your makeup thoroughly before going to bed – it prevents your pores from clogging up and zits from appearing. But with so many different types of makeup cleansers out there, how do you know which one works best? Personally, I’ve always liked cleansing oils. Why?

Firstly, because I’m very lazy when it comes to beauty regimes. Cleansing oils are so easy to use – just apply evenly over your face and wash off with water. The second reason why I prefer cleansing oils is because they are gentle on my skin. When I used cream-based cleansers previously, I had to use cotton wool to swipe repeatedly at my face. Over time, this “tugging action” can lead to a saggy skin tone.

Another advantage of cleansing oils is how it works well for all skin types. Yes, even those with oily skin. When your skin is oily, your first instinct is probably to reach for oil-free skincare products. However, this tends to dry out your skin, causing it to produce even more oil to compensate. An oil-based cleanser works by merging with the oils from your makeup products, so when you wash it all off, you take the debris with it. And if your skin is already dry to begin with, oil cleansers are great for moisturising your skin and keeping it soft.

Like any other skincare product, makeup cleansing oils are available at all price points. While some people believe the pricier oils come with a higher concentration of natural oils, don’t turn your nose up at drugstore brands just yet. These three cleansing oils are all below $23, but have been widely raved by those who’ve tried them (including yours truly.)

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil, $20.90

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil, $20.90

This was the first cleansing oil I ever tried, and coming from a background of cream- and milk-based cleansers, this was definitely a game changer. It’s incredibly gentle on my skin – so gentle that it doesn’t irritate my eyes – yet is able to remove even thick foundation. Of course, as with all makeup cleansers, it’s always recommended to use a separate facial cleanser after removing your makeup, for a more thorough cleanse.

Za Deep Cleansing Oil, $22.90

Za Deep Cleansing Oil, $22.90

This has a runnier texture compared to the other oils – almost water-like – so it required a few more pumps. However, because you’re supposed to apply this with dry hands anyway, the slightly watery texture made for an easier application. It removed almost all traces of my makeup – I still needed to follow up with a separate cleanser – but my skin felt soft and smooth after.

Maybelline New Clean Express Miracle Oil, $17.90

Maybelline New Clean Express Miracle Oil, $17.90

The most affordable of the lot, this new oil cleanser from Maybelline comes with five different botanical oils, including macadamia oil and jojoba seed oil. Its texture is slightly thicker and richer than the other two oils. I tested it when my face had a heavy application of sunscreen and BB cream, and it managed to remove almost all the makeup (there was still faint traces of makeup when I dried my face with some tissue paper.) However, I liked that it didn’t leave behind any greasy residue – and my skin felt clean but not tight.

All the abovementioned products are available at Watsons. This blog post was not paid for by any of the above brands; all opinions are the author’s own. Please read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets

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