Tamago = Egg
Hada = Skin
Having skin as smooth as the white of a hard boiled egg is a dream. Hada Labo 'Tamagohada' AHA/BHA Cleanser is a daily exfoliating cleanser -- just the thought of it made my skin shrivel from dryness. That was my primary concern.
How wrong I was to assume.
This cleanser proved its awesomeness during my busiest weeks.
Read on for the full review...
The cleanser smells lightly of BHA (salicylic acid). Go smell an aspirin and you'll get the idea. As the name indicates, this cleanser contains both AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and BHA that act as chemical exfoliants. Don't jump out of your skin at the sight of the word "chemical". Chemical exfoliants are usually more gentle on the skin and exfoliates more evenly compared to physical exfoliants (eg. granules/grainy stuff) that can be coarse and painful.
As with all foamy cleanser, a pea size is more than enough. Long gone the days of dotting cleanser and lathering on thick. Ugh, now I can imagine why I had such clogged-up dry skin as a teenager.
Lather up the cleanser between wet palms and you'll get a decent amount of foam. The bubbles dissipates quickly but it's not a problem for me since I'm used to non-foamy cleansers. I concentrate on areas where I have more congestion such as my nose, forehead and chin. After rinsing, my skin feelt as smooth as an egg. Well, not exactly but it did feel pretty smooth! Immediately my skin looked brighter and my pores, smaller. While my skin felt drier than when I used Cetaphil or lotion cleansers, it didn't make my skin feel uncomfortably tight nor did it cause any flakiness. Over time, my skin tone did look better and the texture of my skin looked finer.
You're probably wondering by now, what makes this cleanser so awesome?
For the past two months, I've been completely swamped with work and school to the point that I barely had any energy left at the end of the day to spend 10 minutes on my usual skin care routine when all I want is to get in bed. For two months, there were no scrubbing or masking and some days, I couldn't even make it to the moisturizer. I'm not proud to say that for the duration, I even left out my sunscreen in the daytime. The only product that I did use every night was this cleanser.
My skin survived the two months despite the stress, insufficient sleep and little care. Almost no pimples, whiteheads were in control, no rash, no roughness and only minor dullness. I'm thinking that the exfoliation is so efficient that it allows my skin to function on its own. Not only did it decongested my skin, it prevented dead skin cell build-up, allowing my natural oils to come through. If it wasn't for this cleanser, heaven only knows what my skin would look like right now.
First we had the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion. Now, we have another winner from Hada Labo!
Note: Use a sunscreen if you're using this cleanser in the day and avoid using products that have high content of alcohol, glycolic acid or any other ingredient that are prone to irritating the skin.
Retails at Guardian pharmacy for RM17.90/50g and RM31.90/130g
* The product featured in this post was provided by Vibes Communications for review on Skin Deco