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.


‘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

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.


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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