Hallo Everyone! ^^ It’s time to review 2 of my Sasa purchases, the Hada Riki Arbutin Essence and Hada Labo Shirojyun Whitening Lotion. But first, let me start with the essence.. :) Description from sasa.com
HADA RIKI Arbutin Essence is blended with arbutin extract and APPS (Vitamin C derivatives), providing skin with ample moisture while fighting against the production of melanin. Using it as over-night skincare can effectively brighten up skin tone, repair skin with pigment and freckles and avoid further pigment formation. Your skin will look supple and radiant with a translucent, even complexion.”
This is my first encounter with Japanese whitening essence, so I have a very high expectation for it. From the ingredient you can see it contains Arbutin, which I love so much.. ^^ You know, since I started beauty blogging, I’ve become aware on what ingredient works for me best. For example, to make my skin brighter, licorice and Vit C work wonder for me; to combat acne, my skin accepts Salicylic Acid and tea tree oil; while for whitening, the winner will be Arbutin. Maybe some of you are familiar with these already.. ^^ Arbutin itself comes from the extract of Bearberry plant and has been used as a natural double action whitening agent for skin de-pigmentation and whitening, also protects the skin against damage caused by free radicals, wow! Good stuff! ^^ (Source: here.)
This essence has watery-like texture, not oily at all and very light, really easy to absorb in my skin. I have tried this for almost 2 weeks, only at night because I other serum for day (I’ll tell you more about it later) and I can see the result already.. \(^_^)/
For the first 5 days, I can see my face became a little bit paler.. I also feel the same when I used Dr. Jart’s BB Cream (also contains Arbutin), that’s why people were saying when they use that BB Cream, their face will turn into ghastly white.. But no worries, I’ve figured it all out right here.
And then, when it’s almost 2 weeks, my face has turned more even with my neck. Quite a result, actually. I didn’t think the result would be that fast, hehe.. :) When I visited The Face Shop counter last week, I asked for acne spot eraser serum and guess what? The serum actually has Arbutin in it.. I didn’t get to buy it, of course, since I have this already.. (but I got the sample, hoho..) So I think this may also make my blemishes fade away.. Yayey! \(^_^)/ I’ll give you the update on how this serum’s effect, maybe another 2 weeks.. :)
description from Sasa.com
“HadaLabo SHIROJYUN Arbutin Whitening Lotion contains the effective whitening & anti-ageing ingredient －arbutin－ which penetrates deep into skin and effectively inhibits the formation of melanin, dark spots, and freckles, leaving you a bright skin tone with high translucency. The vitamin C derivatives help improve uneven skin tone, and effectively improve the skin dullness. Essence and lotion are more easier to be absorbed. Weak acid, no fragrance, no alcohol and no oil. Suitable for sensitive skin use.
Hyaluronic Acid helps improve the moisture retention of skin. For 1g of Hyaluronic Acid, it could hold 6L of liquid. With high degree of pure whitening factor "Arbutin" and vitamin C derivatives, Shirojyun skincare products give you the optimal result of whitening and balanced skin tone.”
for more details, go to Hada Labo’s website, here.
When I first got it, I thought they (Sasa.com) sent me the wrong product. When you read the name of the product, Whitening Lotion, a term of “lotion” would mean something more thicker than fluid like that, right? Apparently, I was wrong, hehe.. Because for Japanese, the term “lotion” would mean ‘toner’ for us. Ha! :P
First trial on the morning, I put it in my face and massage it. But it feels sticky. I let it dry for a while, still sticky to me. Hmm.. OK, no luck, I decided to try it again at night. Although it’s very hidrating, but it’s still sticky and it won’t dry fast. Definitely worth to google the answer, hehe.. :P After I google it, I discover that the right way to do it was to pour two-three drops on your palm and then, pat it on your face until it’s completely absorbed. Here’s my reference from mywomenstuff.com.
After I pat it on my face for almost a minute, I can feel the difference on my face. It’s finally fully absorbed and my skin felt bouncy and fluffy.. (okay, fluffy?? haha..) ^o^ Like there’s an injection of pure water to your face, really hydrated and fresh.. ^^
After thinking about it for a while, I think I know now, why it’s not so easily absorbed on me at the first place. Yup, if you’ve guessed too, it’s my oily skin. Unlike my mom with her very dry skin, any lotion or cream will be absorbed fast. So when it’s on my oily skin, I have to pat it so the lotion will be ‘pushed’ under my skin. Quite a trick, haha! ^^
The result after using it for two weeks combined with the Arbutin essence is incredible! My skin feels better than ever before, and I’m glad that I decided to buy them. For my next purchase at Sasa, I’ll buy something more from Hada Labo, cause I think the formula really suits my skin. ^^ I’m eyeing for the Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion, it’s so popular in Japan, 1 bottle is sold every 4 seconds! WOW! Now that is something really worth to buy, hehe.. ^^
This is the video, take a look on how to apply it to your face. Pat pat pat! ^^
That’s it for my review then, any questions? Have you ever tried these products before? Tell me your opinions! ^^
And I’ll see you all at the next post.. ^^