hada labo super hydrating lotion via divaasia.com

Japan’s cult beauty product – Hada Labo Super Hydrating Lotion, comes to Singapore
by Cynthia Loh

Water, as we all know, is the building block of life. And it’s also the one main ingredient to beautiful looking skin. So those who suffer from dry skin, you can now rejoice, as
Japan’s top-selling cult beauty product is finally available on Singapore’s shores!

Hada Labo, a pharmaceutical company which gave the Japanese market the very popular Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA) Moisturising Lotion, has launched its range of moisturising, whitening and exfoliating skincare here.

Its star product, the SHA Moisturising Lotion, replenishes skin and locks in twice the amount of moisture than ordinary Hyaluronic Acid – a now commonly known ingredient that helps to retain moisture in skin. (And according to the information presented at the media session, 1 gram of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 6 litres of water, and Super Hyaluronic Acid or SHA, can hold up to twice that amount.)

The SHA Lotion also mimics skin’s natural moisturising ability to enhance water retention, and preserves skin’s optimum moisture balance. The end result is a skin surface that stays hydrated for longer, softer and more supple.

SHA Moisturising Essence

Along with the Moisturising Lotion, which really acts like a skin toner, Hada Labo’s hydrating range also comprises of the SHA Hydrating Face Wash, SHA Hydrating Essence, SHA Hydrating Milk and SHA Hydrating Mask. While the face wash is quite self-explanatory, users who feel that they need a boost of moisture for their skin can apply the Hydrating Essence after the Hydrating Lotion, as it creates a secondary moisture barrier on the skin after application to continuously release much-needed moisture to the skin throughout the day. The Moisturising Milk can then be used to give deep moisturisation and keep skin conditioned.

Finally, the Mask can be used three times a week as a pampering treat for skin.

I instantly liked the feel of the Moisturising Lotion  – a suitably smooth and easy-to-glide-on texture that was not sticky. It was comfortable on skin, feeling like a velvet glove that clothed skin without being too heavy, despite our humid weather. I preferred to use the Lotion together with the Hydrating Essence for day, as that was the combination which did not weigh down on my skin. It was also easier to apply my powder after the Lotion and Essence settled into my skin – and my powder stayed on longer too without too much shine on my T-zone.

Besides the Hydrating range, there are the whitening and exfoliating range for users who have pigmentation and dry and rough skin concerns. The Arbutin Whitening Range contains arbutin, which is extracted from bearberry to help fight dark spots and restore skin evenness. The exfoliating range really just consists of the Exfoliating Wash. AHA and BHA acids help to exfoliate the top epidermis to remove dullness and reveal fresh, younger-looking skin. It lathers into a fine, velvety foam that does not feel harsh on skin.

Also, the Hada Labo products subscribe to the Japanese philosophy of beauty – simple, minimal and fuss-free. There are no colourants, alcohol, fragrance or mineral oils to burden your skin. So you can be assured that you’re not applying more chemicals than necessary onto your skin.

The SHA Lotion retails at $22.90 from Watsons from June 2010 onwards.

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The Cult of Arbonne

If anyone ever offers you a bag of Arbonne products to try for a week?

Just. Say. No.

About a week ago, I mentioned that one of my friends had become an Arbonne consultant and loaned out a $266 skin care line for me to sample and return, along with (She hoped! She hoped!) a lengthy, filled-out order form and my credit card number.

I was bemused. I am not a products person. I don’t have a lot of extra cash right now. I spent it all on drink in Atlanta.

However, I tried it. Dubiously. Bemusedly.

And by God, if it didn’t work.

After a day or so, my skin was radiant. Lineless. Smooth as silk. Even then, I was disgusted, certain that the moment I stopped using the Arbonne line, my face would return to its normal dull and dingy state. Yet three Arbonneless days later, I was still glowing like I’d just had mind blowing sex.

So now I was really peeved. I wanted that skin care line. I needed that skin care line. But consarn it, I would not, could not pay $266 for it, not to mention a $29 “consultant fee”. In an Arbonne-induced frenzy, I arrived last Thursday evening at my parents’ house, sample bag in hand, and immediately consulted the world’s most product-friendly woman: My mother. She had stunning news.

“Why honey, I’m an Arbonne consultant,” she said, smiling wickedly.

What? How could this be? My own mother was hiding this skin care line from me and I hadn’t even discerned the shameful secret by looking not only into her eyes, but also at her unnaturally smooth face?

“I don’t sell it to anyone, though,” she said. “I buy it wholesale for myself. I’ve given you a bunch of Arbonne products. Don’t you remember?”

Remember? No. I didn’t. Yet days later, I would return home, open my bathroom closet and find dozens of Arbonne boxes and bottles I had never noticed before. Huh.

Back to my mom.

“I’ve used it for three years and it’s wonderful. But I’ve rotated to another skin care line now, so you can have all my Arbonne if you want. I doubt we’re using the same version, though. I use the age-defying products.”

I couldn’t contain my glee. “That’s what I’m using!” I chortled. “That’s what I’m using!” I rubbed my shaking hands, a helpless addict this close to a score.

Mom went upstairs and came down with a shopping bag full of three of everything. Free. Absolutely free. And all mine.

I returned home and gave the news to my friend when we all met for play group on Tuesday. I promised to buy a consolation face masque from her, if she would waive the consultant fee. Eagerly, she agreed. Then, clutching the returned sample bag, she turned to a shy and retiring mom sitting beside her.

“Why don’t you take this bag for a week, Sarah?” she said. “I mean, have you seen Lucinda’s face? She’s glowing as if she were pregnant!”

“Uh. I don’t know,” Sarah said. “Maybe later.”

“Just take this bag,” Margaret insisted, handing the bag to her. “I can swing by and pick it up from you on Friday.”

“Friday,” Sarah said, thinking fast. “Ohhh, I’m going to be out in East Anderson Friday, and that’s totally across town from you.” She gave the bag back to Margaret.

“That’s okay, I’ll meet you there,” Margaret said, dropping the bag back in Sarah’s lap. The rest of us watched, fascinated, our heads moving back and forth as though we were spectators at Wimbledon.

“That’s not going to work,” Sarah countered steadily, holding the bag out.

“Keep it ’til next Tuesday, then,” Margaret insisted, pushing the bag back into Sarah’s lap.

“I, uh, well, I like to know the exact ingredients of my skin care,” Sarah said, laughing weakly and looking around for some support. “I’m weird that way. I would have to research this a little more before I try it.” She started to hand the bag back to Margaret,who calmly stopped her with one hand.

“I’ll be right back,” Margaret trilled, getting up from off the floor and leaving the room. Quickly, Sarah pushed the bag to one side and turned her back on it. Moments later, Margaret returned with a photocopied list of Arbonne’s ingredients. “It’s all organic,” she purred, handing the list- and the bag- back to Sarah.

Sarah knew she had lost. Desperately, she opened the bag and fumbled through it. “Well, I’ve just invested a bit of money in another skin care line, so maybe I can find something in here that I don’t already have and just try that.”

“No,” Margaret said, steely-eyed. “You have to try the whole thing.”

I would like to say that I intervened on Sarah’s behalf. Instead, I repeated tonelessly after Margaret, “Yes. You have to try the whole thing.”

On my other side, Pam piped up in an uncharacteristically dull voice, “Your skin will be smoother than it’s ever been before.” She, like my mom, was a wholesale buyer and slathered Arbonne over her face two times a day.

Darkly, Sarah stuffed the sample bag into her diaper bag and said her goodbyes.

And yet, I have no doubt in my mind that by next week, Sarah will return to us fresh-faced and Stepford eyed, eager to talk about crossing over to the dark side.

The Arbonne Side.


Jess Riley said…
I think there’s cocaine in the stuff. Myself, I got sucked into the DHC spiral of skincare product addiction. Because you know, as someone of Irish / German heritage, I figure a Japanese skincare regimen only makes sense.

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Japanese traditonal skin care via dailymail.co.uk


Turning Japanese: beauty thats taking over


Last updated at 11:47 25 June 2007

A touch of the exotic: Japanese secrets are taking the beauty world by storm

How the West is going wild for weird and wonderful beauty treatments from the EastLet’s face it, Yoko Ono may not be as universally adored as her late husband, but doesn’t she look good these days? John Lennon would have undoubtedly still loved her when she was 64, and even today at 74 with barely a line or wrinkle behind her ever present robotic shades.

The fact is that Japanese women just don’t get fat – and even more annoyingly – they don’t seem to get old either. Now, after a spate of blockbuster movies on Japan like Memoires of a Geisha and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which glamorise Japanese beauty Western women are demanding to know their secret of eternal youth.

With Nippon-crazed celebrities like Sofia Coppola and Gwen Stefani leading the way, Japanese skincare and beauty treatments have become the newest ? and in some cases the most bizarre – route to a flawless complexion. Japan ? the country that brought you robot pets and vending machines dispensing and worn school girl’s knickers ? has never been a nation to do things by half measures.

Its latest Geisha-inspired treatments based on ancient natural remedies include the Nightingale Droppings Facial, the Goldfish pedicure, the Bull Semen Hair Treatment and the pure Gold Facial.

Strong of stomach, mind and pocket must be devotees to the way of Japanese facial enlightenment. But why are so many Japanese beauty treatments so weird and wacky? ?In the Japanese beauty industry research is very high-tech but tends to focus on – sometimes unusual – organic natural ingredients,? says Krista Madden editor of http://www.beautyandthedirt.co.uk and a fan of Japanese products. ?Whereas in American skincare research looks forward, current research in the Japanese skincare looks to the past, with Japanese rituals permeating every area of life including skincare. ?

For several centuries, Japanese women made their own skincare formulas at home with natural food products ? and the trade secrets of their female ancestors were passed from generation to generation. It is these ancient beauty rituals ? and renewed interest in the once denigrated Geisha ? that have been resurrected in Japan and sold around the world on websites like http://www.naturaljapanesebeauty.com.

Exfoliants containing ground adzuki beans ? the facial scrub of Imperial court beauties – are now popular for their clarifying properties, Wakame seaweed (containing anti-ageing Fucoidan) is traditionally used to make a detoxifying face gel, and classic Nuka or rice bran has been revived as a Japanese cleanser and remedy for wrinkles. Even today, the highest compliment a Japanese woman can be paid is to be called a Nuka Bijin ? literally a rice bran beauty.

So in sharp contrast to skincare ranges that were invented in a Lab six months previously and tested on 100 housewives across the country, Japan’s beauty traditions have a long and ancient history with spa culture dating back to 737AD when the first Japanese mineral hot springs were opened for their restorative mineral properties.

Since then, Japan’s cultural obsession with flawless skin, youth and purification, has made beauty big business with more people working in the industry than wedding and funeral services, auto-repair and the software industries combined. And we in the West are only just beginning to catch up as we become more youth orientated and aware of the benefits of natural products.

“We’ve all heard about potentially harmful chemical anti-ageing agents that can be absorbed through the skin. Now, the tide has turned to natural, earthy treatments that have been tried and tested by women over centuries,” explains Madden. “Aside from that, japanese beauty products focus on anti-ageing and sun damage. ?The Japanese beauty industry has always concentrated on lightening the skin because, pure white, unblemished skin is prized about all things.

As Western beauty ideals have moved away from big breasts and St. Tropez tans ? now the unique preserve of footballers wives ? so we seek a look of sexual innocence with pale, unblemished skin and shiny, silky hair. The Japanese aesthetic has become the new benchmark for beauty.

?More and more women are having Yuko hair straightening treatments to get Japanese looking hair.?says Firyal Arneil a half-Japanese make-up artist who works for Elle and Red magazines. ?and now everyone wants lighter skin. As a result, there has been a trend in Japanese skin whitening and brightening ranges in the UK.?

Japanese cosmetic giants Shiseido, Kanebo and SK-11 have all introduced skin lightening ranges to the West. The SK-11 range, an international bestseller and current favourite of Kate Moss and Sadie Frost, is based on skin lightening ingredient Pitera derived from Sake. Its anti-ageing effects were discovered in the eternally youthful hands of monks distilling rice wine at a Kobe monastery (SK-11 Signs Dual Treatment Mask £60 from Selfridges Tel: 0800 123 400).

Origins Modern Fusion range (www.origins.co.uk tel: 0870 034 2888) uses 8 ingredients derived from rice to resurface the skin and the new SUQQU range employs traditional Gankin massage to drain lymph nodes and boost circulation (Musculate Massage Cream £60 at Selfridges Tel: 0800 123 400).

“Japanese women believe that they are born with magic Japanese skin,? explains Mikiko Ashkiri, a research associate at Cambridge University studying modern Japanese cosmetic and beauty practises. ?The respect for natural therapies and the more bizarre ancient beauty traditions like facials using nightingale droppings and silkworm cocoons used to cleanse the skin is a way of preserving their unique Japanese identity.? But respect for the rituals of their ancestors is not the only reason for the kookiness of Japanese treatments.

?Japanese culture has a constant need for innovation,? Ashkiri continues. ?As a nation we are always looking for something new, extreme and strange. At the moment, it’s by reinventing ancient beauty practises by giving them a new high tech edge.?

Some of Japan’s less run-of-the-mill beautifiers include Shark Liver Oil (Squalane Oil) ? added to moisturiser to treat dry skin and Silk Worm Cocoons (Matyutama) used as exfoliating cotton wool balls (available at http://www.naturaljapanesebeauty.com). Mandarin Wood Vinegar, distilled from burnt wood from Mandarin trees, is reported to create naturally occurring infrared energy, which draws out black impurities though a kind of sanitary towel attached to the soles of the feet. (PATCH-IT for Nutriworks £12.95 for 6 at http://www.patch-it.info).

Other forms of Japanese beauty torture include Mezaik eyelid crease makers ? a superfine stretch fabric worn on the eyelids to make a perfectly natural looking eyelids creases ? if you thought yours were missing (Available at http://www.naturaljapanesebeauty.com) – and the Hana nose clip which if worn 20 minutes a day will stretch your cartilage and refine your nose. It’s got to be cheaper than a nose job ? they maybe not less painful.


NIGHTINGALE DROPPING FACIAL: In the times of Imperial court, Nightingale faeces was used by Geisha and Kabuki actors to remove their thick clay-based make-up. The bird dung has tried-and-tested skin lightening properties and contains the enzyme Guanine that brightens dull skin.

Once left out in the sun to dry, today the nightingale emissions are treated with UV light to sterilise them. The treatment is applied as a clay mask – preceded by an adzuki bean scrub and a lymph stimulating massage. Thankfully, it is fragrance-free.

A 90 minute facial is available at Hari’s salon in London for £135, Tel: 0207 581 5211, http://www.harissalon.com. Nightingale droppings are available separately at http://www.chidoryaworld.com

BULL SEMEN TREATMENT: Reminiscent of ‘that’ scene in There’s Something About Mary, this deep-conditioning protein treatment is a mixture of Aberdeen Angus Bull semen and Katera ? an Iranian protein rich plant. The semen is extracted as part of a breeding programme using blow-up cows. Also available at Hari’s salon for £85.

INVIGORATING SENTO: A purifying and invigorating massage based on the purification of the Japanese bathing ritual ? the process includes exfoliation with Sento Invigorating products containing bamboo, seaweed, rice protein, salt and wasabe – Japanese horseradish normal eaten with sushi. A massage and meal rolled into one. An 85 minute treatment is available at The Sanctuary for £90. For booking call on 0870 770 3350.

Or fly to Japan for:

THE GOLDFISH PEDICURE: The Japanese have been eating live fish for centuries ? and now it’s time for Goldfish revenge in the form of a pedicure in which hundreds of miniature fish literally eat your feet alive before your very own eyes. Thankfully, piranha’s are not native to Japan, and the treatment uses doctor fish or gara rufa, whose appetite for human flesh is limited to dead, scaly skin (not to everyone’s taste). Your most unpleasant flaky bits will be swiftly nibbled away in 15 unbearably ticklish minutes to reveal baby, clean feet. So the only thing your likely to die off is laughing. Contact Ooeden Onsen in Tokyo (Tel: 0081 355 001126)

THE GOLD FACIAL: Inspired by the mask of Cleopatra, this gold-leaf facial is the ultimate in Japan’s decadent pursuit of wrinkle-free skin. Showcased at Tokyo’s Beautyworld 2007 expo in May, it is now available in over 20 salons across Japan. A snip at £125 plus a return flight to Tokyo. ( http://www.beautyworldjapan.com)

THE DE-0DOURISER: With Japan’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-like obsession with purification, the Sell Etiquette Up treatment is the ultimate inside-out approach to beauty claiming to eliminate faeces odour by detoxing your internal organs. Be a pure, wrinkle-free Japanese beauty ? even when you’re on the toilet. Available at Takano Yuri Beauty Clinics across Japan (Tel: 0081 3 5465 1107)

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-464194/Turning-Japanese-beauty-thats-taking-over.html#ixzz11HnQd3xj

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These days it is apparent that the secret of Japanese skin care success lies in using traditional Japanese beauty care treatments made from natural ingredients which contain rice bran, camellia seed oil, hechima gourd water, nightingale droppings, Japanese seaweed, and other native plants and materials.

These secrets have not lost their value today as a natural way to maintain beautiful skin and hair with healthy ingredients they remain very popular and continue to be handed down through generations, until the present day.

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Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil and Creamy Soap via makeupforlife.net

Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil and Creamy Soap Reviews

5 August 2010

Proper cleansing is the first step to clear skin, which is why I have been practising the Asian Double Cleansing routine for over 10 years now. The routine involves using two complimentary products, normally a cleansing oil to dissolve makeup and sebum followed by a creamy/foamy soap to remove residue and gently exfoliate. I have tried all kinds of products out there and my newly discovered Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil and Silky Purifying Creamy Soap, are handsdown the best!

The Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil contains Koishimaru Silk to keep skin moist and natural Almond and Orange oils to blend with makeup and oily impurities so they can be drawn out to the skin surface and washed off easily. It feels very lightweight, making the massaging experience so great. Once the oil comes into contact with water, it emulsifies nicely and washes off effortlessly without feeling greasy. It also does an excellent job removing my makeup and any residue my eye makeup remover did not take off.

The Creamy Soap, which is a cream cleanser, also contains Koishimaru Silk, along with Brown Sugar Extract, Quillai Extract and Kanzo Powder to wash away any remaining impurities and for anti-inflammatory purposes. It is pretty thick so a small amount is all you need. It lathers up very nicely into a foam and again washes off easily without leaving my skin feeling tight.

I have been using this combo every night for a month now and my dehydrated combination skin has never looked better. It feels clean, smooth and soft and the clogged pores that I get every now and then have returned less frequently too! Must keep on using them!

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample of the Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Oil and Creamy Soap for an honest review. The products are available at Bergdorf Goodman, Kanebo.com and Neiman Marcus for $50.

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DHC deep cleansing oil

Deep Cleansing Oil

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