Review: Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam

Where to purchase: Purchased from Yesstyle (affiliate link) HERE

Price: It varies between roughly £6-8

Volume: 160ml

Description: A Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam

Good for: I would say all skin types. Might not feel ‘cleansing’ enough for very oily skins (this is a very very gentle cleanser) – so you might feel like your skin isn’t thoroughly cleansed. However I do think oily skins shouldn’t seek out extremely strong cleanser and perhaps if you feel the need, double cleanse with this. This is good for dry skins too.

Directions:

‘Moisten face and hands with lukewarm water.Dispense 1 to 2 pumps of wash into hands. Gently massage onto face, using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly. Use twice a day or as needed. ‘

How I use it: I use this post-workout and in the morning. I usually use 2 pumps but that’s because I bring this down my neck (to remove my sunblock). I use this 2x a day. If I feel like this hasn’t cleansed my skin enough, I also use toner on a cotton pad to swipe off any residual dirt. I don’t like to wash my face too harshly and for too long.

Overall – this removes my sunblock and skincare from the previous night. This is not a makeup remover so I don’t use this to remove makeup. However of course this could be used in a double cleanse (may need more pumps).

Packaging/Pump: Sturdy pump bottle. I lost the little plastic cap that prevents this bottle from being squeezed when travelling. Easy to pump this out, it’s in the shape of a handwash soap bottle so it’s super easy to apply. I think it pumps out a good amount of product in just one pump.

Pump Bottle
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Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid – I don’t know how beneficial it is in a face wash rather than a toner, but at least my skin doesn’t feel stripped of too much moisture. I didn’t buy this with the intention of getting the HA from this cleanser, but actually i got it because I had heard that it was non-stripping and gentle.

Full Ingredients List: Water, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, TEA-Cocoyl Alaninate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin (hydrating), Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Starch Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Succinic Acid.

NOTE: Skincarisma have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: It’s a light, fluffy foam that easily spreads and washes off.

It’s a soft foam

Fragrance?: None – excellent.

Good Under Makeup?: N/A. (Note:I do not use this to remove makeup).

How Long have I been using this?: 3-4 weeks

The Effect: Leaves my skin not feeling stripped and tight.

NOTE: If I just used this cleanser and then went about with my business, I would – after a while, start to feel dry/tight. But most people apply hydrating serums/toners after cleansing so this shouldn’t be an issue. The instant effect I feel upon washing is not a horrible tight feeling. I would say that this does not plump my skin or make it feel moisturised, it just does not reduce the oil on my face significantly to make it feel tight.

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What I like:

  • Did not strip my skin of oil
  • Did not irritate my skin
  • No fragrance
  • Easy-to-use pump bottle
  • Reasonable price for the ml you get
  • Gentle (great for sensitive skin)
  • Removes my sunblock
  • Did not need to foam this up in my hands

What I don’t like:

  • (a packaging issue) – no English writing, so I couldn’t see the ingredients etc.
  • It doesn’t ‘plump up’ my skin or extra hydrate it
  • if you lose the little plastic cap then you can’t take this with you travelling because it’ll accidentally squeeze all over your bag – would much prefer a tip that locks/unlocks when you turn it, to prevent the pumping motion from happening.

Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – I think this is the same as my innisfree ‘the simple’ foaming cleanser in terms of texture and effect (non stripping) but this has a much larger volume than the tiny innisfree bottle. I’m not the biggest fan of foam cleansers, but this has been a fine one to use. I do think I actually prefer the IUNIK Green Tea foaming Cleanser! But once again, this is an absolutely sound cleanser which does not strip the skin of oil or give me a horrid tight feeling (unless I do not apply anything to my skin and just walk away and leave it for half an hour – then it gets tight). I think anyone that likes foaming cleansers or has dry/oily skin, this would be a good option.

Would I repurchase?: I think I would because of the ml you get for the price. I also have randomly used this as a hand wash (I think because of the ease of this being in a pump mechanism) and it has been SO GENTLE on my hands just as much as my face. I really appreciate a cleanser that doesn’t feel like it’s attacking my skin.

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