My skin did a super super big flip out recently (I blame pregnancy and stress) and I had extremely sandpapery rough red dry patches on my cheeks that stung intensely with a lot of skincare products and a LOT of redness. It was just so uncomfortable and I didn’t know what to use.
Then I remembered I had purchased some Hada Labo skincare yonks ago, back in the days when sensitivity was on my mind (yet I never got round to even opening these products). Tired of having skin that hurt, I cracked open these three products – the ES Foam Cleanser, Lotion and ES Milk:
Hada Labo is a strong skincare line from Japan, and are particularly well known for their more acidic AHA/BHA lines. The ES range is small – there are only 4 products in it (the make up remover seems to have been discontinued), the three I have above plus a moisturising cream (which I wish I had because of my dry skin!).
But to be clear – the middle product, the Lotion is something like a toner, but in Japanese terms the lotion is used as a prep to the moisturiser and is patted on to the skin, whereas in the west we tend to think of a toner as something to wipe away residue and refresh the skin. The Milk is like a light moisturiser.
The ES range has a ‘5 free formula’ which means there is no fragrance, colours, alcohol, mineral oil or preservatives. It is PH balanced for low irritation. Despite being lightweight it i also very hydrating, containing 3 types of hydraluronic acid and Zinc to nourish and condition.
Anyway, when my skin was at it’s worse I started using this very simple, almost bland range to try and fix things and it worked. The ES range is genuinely very gentle and none-irritating to sensitive skins, and those having a flare up.
The Cleansing Foam:
The cleansing foam is a pump activated cleanser which products a consistent soft white foam. Once rubbed into the skin, you can feel the slipperiness more, and it cleanses fine but is not going to remove tough or waterproof make up – for that you need something else like a specific make up remover.
On that aspect the product isn’t perfect but for a foam cleanser I found it very gentle and none-drying (I usually hate foam cleanser). This is also a nice wash for the morning as it’s so lightweight (when you don’t need to get rid of make up just yet).
ES lotion is a clear product with a slightly-thicker-than-water texture. It’s not bad, it doesn’t smell of anything as such and leaves a slightly sticky feeling on the skin at first. Whilst it is not that exciting, it’s certainly effective and again,very none irritating. It feels seems to work nice as a pre-moisturiser and used with a regular moisturiser really seems to boost hydration.
Finally the ES Milk is a very lightweight lotion – I would’ve preferred the cream in hind site, but never mind. The milk is very very lightweight and has a lot of ‘spreading’ power – just a small dot really spreads out on the skin and once on, it takes a little while to sink in.
When I apply this to my skin it always feels like too much so I end up putting the rest on my arms such is the thinness of this product. Despite this being light once again it seems to work a dream for dry skins and especially when matched with the Lotion. It has a ‘slick’ feel to it which some may not like – I didn’t mind it necessarily, it just means it takes a while to sink in properly and it’s easy to over use.