At first, I didn't feel that it lived up to the raves. My skin basically swallowed up four drops of this when everyone else seems to be getting excellent results with just two drops. Sure my skin felt a bit smoother but it wasn't anything revolutionary.
I continued using it for the next three days and not much changed. One week later, I caught myself subconsciously stroking my face and using less product. It was only then that a lightbulb switched on in my head.
It was working!
Rushed to the mirror and saw that my face felt and looked hydrated. My skin looked plumper and my cheekbones started to have a glow about them. I kid you not.
Shock horror - it took my skin a whole week to drink enough SHA before it began to LOOK and FEEL moisturised?!
I'm THAT dry?! *runs and hides in shame*
I'll definitely be purchasing this again when the time comes. It is so much more comfortable than using a toner! I've used toners for a good few years now and they're really a double edged sword. They clean well but dry me out even more. This SHA lotion goes the complete opposite. While it doesn't give you one last clean, the product is soft, watery, slippery and nourishing. It just slides onto you skin like water and you get this happy feeling that you're doing your face some good. You're feeding it good nutrition!
My skin feels very hydrated immediately after this lotion and it feels as if I could go without a moisturiser. It feels that good! Having said this, NEVER GO WITHOUT YOUR MOISTURISER. It is a mighty must in order to maximise the benefits of SHA. I would recommend that you follow up with a moisturiser that suits your specific needs. If you have oily or acne prone skin, go for a gel. If you have normal skin, go for a cream. If you have dry skin, go for a richer cream. If you are worried about fine lines and wrinkles, go for a cream that it anti-aging. You get the gist!
I also found that this lotion is excellent when used before applying a full face of make up. A light layer of this lotion and your moisturiser will act as a barrier to stop your make up from sinking into your skin. This will help minimise the length the time between application and reapplication. . .a very complicated way of saying that your make up will stay longer on your face!
One more thing that you may like to know is that Hada Labo products are manufactured in two places. If the back of the bottle has just Japanese character on it, then it is likely to be made in Japan. If it has Chinese words on it, then it most likely made in China. If it has some English words on it, then I'm not sure where it came home. AHAH. I haven't actually seen a bottle with English words on it in person, but Singaporean and Malaysian bloggers seem to be reviewing that one.
Mine was bought in Hong Kong and therefore I have Chinese words on mine. So mine is Made in China.
I wonder if there's a difference between them.
I'd love to try the one made in Japan. A small reason to head to Japan again? AHAH.