Featured Skincare


June 19, 2016

Everyone has heard of how important it is to keep your skin hydrated but do you know why and how to do it?

I’ve a very hectic traveling lifestyle and with the climate changes, long hours on planes and irregular sleeping hours, the PH balance of my skin is affected. And all these seemingly small bad habits can result in premature ageing! Therefore, it’s vital to include intense hydrating products in my skincare regime when I’m traveling.


After attending a workshop given by Hada Labo, I was completely blown away by how truly hydrating Hada Labo products are! Hada Labo, the hydration expert uses 4 different types of Hyaluronic Acid in their hydrating range and Hyaluronic Acid is actually widely known for its water-binding ability (which is essential for hydration!). Did you know that 1 gram of HA is able to hold up to six litres of water?

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Another quick question – Do you girls know there’s actually a difference between hydration and moisturisation? To be honest, I always thought that Hydration = Moisturization until Dr. Naelong Wang (General Manager of Hada Labo Asia Research Centre) explained to us the difference between the two and cleared the misconception during the event.

Moisturising makes skin smooth and soft, and aims to form a barrier film on the skin surface to prevent water loss. But hydration is the actual replenishment of water or moisture to your water cells. Hence, you should hydrate first then moisturise to ensure the water is locked well under your skin! Deep hydration is the foundation to healthy younger looking skin. A well hydrated skin prevents fine lines and wrinkles. And good news ladies, with the HPP&M Hydration Technology, the hydration expert now promises 3X more hydration when you use the new Hada Labo Hydrating Essence together with their SHA Hydrating Lotion. Defo a good news for the jet setters like me! You can actually find out more at https://youtu.be/J6xIKFxBa4Y !

What is the HPP&M Hydration Technology? 

It is the perfect ‘architectural’ solution to trans-epidermal water loss using 4 different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid: Nano-HA, Super HA, Medium-size HA, and Large sized HA.

The Large-sized HA acts as the umbrella on the epidermis to fight against trans-epidermal water loss so you can imagine it as an umbrella trapping a thick layer of moisture from the atmosphere onto the skin’s surface to keep it well hydrated. The Medium-sized HA simply sinks into the middle layer of the skin and forms a double locking shield to lock the moisture beneath the skin’s surface. The Super HA acts like a water reservoir by pumping up and storing water in the skin, preventing water loss from the hard-to-reach innermost skin layer. Lastly, the Nano HA which is 20x smaller than a regular HA molecule has the tremendous capability to penetrate to the deepest level of skin in the innermost layer of the epidermis. This essentially delivers instant relief to parched skin and replenishes a huge moisture reserve deep within skin.

Following which, we had a hands-on session with Dr. Naelong Wang to learn more about the 4 different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid and its benefits in Hada Labo products! The 4 different sizes of HA were presented in a petri dish in their powder form. When the HA (in powder form) came into contact with water, it started “clumping” and then after stirring and dissolving the HA with water, the solution became like a watery, but slightly gel-like substance. This is the component that is present in all our Hada Labo Products! We then applied the gel-like substance onto the back of our palms and it was absorbed into our skin so quickly! J

With these 4 different sizes of HA, you will be able to lock, store and replenish all the moisture your skin needs!


Now, this is why you should turn to Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion if you’re looking to lock in this water!

* It’s an expert on hydration

* Its products contain high levels of Hyaluronic Acid

* It only uses purified pharma-grade water

The event organised by Hada Labo taught me so much about the importance of hydration and how Hada Labo ensures that all the layers of our skin are hydrated. The renowned make up artist, Xiao Kai lao shi, was also invited to teach us how to make our skin glow without using too much make up. That’s by patting your face with SHA Hydrating Lotion and Hydrating Essence before applying your make up base. Gentle patting promotes blood circulation and allows quicker absorption. Instead of an artificial shine, your skin will glow from within, enhancing your make up (:

Trust me, when your skin is dehydrated, it is not a pretty picture. Here’s how you can tell that your skin is not getting the moisture it needs:

1. Your skin will feel tight and uncomfortable

2. The dryness gradually leads to skin roughness as bumps appear

3. Your skin will compensate for the lack of hydration by over-producing sebum,causing oiliness that may lead to breakouts

4. Next, your skin’s natural defense system will break down, leading to irritation and inflammation

5. Finally, cracks will appear on your skin’s surface as fine lines and even wrinkles.



As you all know, prevention is better than cure. Let me share with you how you can start making sure your skin is properly hydrated!

I’ve just joined in the #hadalabopledgetopat movement and I can’t wait to see how my skin looks after 14 days! If you want to experience the goodness of these products for yourself and even win a free trip to Japan, join me in this quest for hydration (for free)! Here’s how:

1 Visit http://bit.ly/hadalaboxsophia 

2 Register your pledge to pat Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion onto skin twice a day for 14 days.

3 Receive your sample-size bottle of Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (30ml)

4 After 14 days, post a photo of your hydrated skin and share your pledge experience on Instagram using the hashtags #hadalabopledgetopat #hadalaboxsophia

5 The best 400 posts will be rewarded with a full-sized bottle of Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (170ml) worth $22.90!

6 As a bonus, stand a chance to win a 4D3N trip for two to Kyoto worth over $4000!

Contest begins now and results will be out in end June! Terms & conditions apply.


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