Review: Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam


First, I would like to apologize for being MIA.  I am still alive, and I am still obsessed with skincare more than ever.  If it’s any consolation, I have a lot of new goodies that I’m more than excited to share with you.  You can take a look for yourself by checking out this Instagram post!

Now, onto more pressing matters…Cleansers.

After sunscreens, I believe cleansers to be the next most important skincare product.  Why?  Well, the role of sunscreen is to prevent the skin from UV damage.  It has more of a preemptive role, and if you read my rant about the importance of sunscreen, you would know that a skincare routine without sunscreen is basically pointless.

So, why are cleansers the second most important skincare product? Cleansers are responsible for preparing a clean foundation to allow the subsequent skincare steps optimal absorption.  Common sense, right?  That’s like putting on hand lotion on visibly dirty hands and expecting your hands to get moisturized.  You’re more likely to moisturize the dirt and filth on your hands than your actual skin.

Okay, so using any kind of cleanser will do the job, right?  Wrong.  The thing that makes cleansers complicated is that they need to be able to cleanse thoroughly and gently…all whilst being adjusted to the correct pH.  You would think fulfilling these three simple criteria would be a piece of cake, but you sure would be wrong again…

But today must be your lucky day!  Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam – a thorough, gentle, and properly adjusted pH cleanser to fulfill all your cleansing needs (and at a great price!).

P.S.  If you’re STILL using a cleanser with a high pH, get rid of it NOW!


As with any cleanser, the product claims to gently exfoliate the skin while removing impurities, dirt, and oil trapped within the pores with minimal irritation to the skin.  It is supposed to be skin pH balanced, free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol, and colorant.



Do not use this product if: you have sensitivities or allergies to succinic acid or anything else listed in the above ingredient list.

Butylene Glycol scored a 1 out of 5 on CosDNA for being an acne trigger, but this is a readily used ingredient in many skincare products.  Unless you are allergic or sensitive to this ingredient, I don’t think there is a need for concern.

There’s nothing too crazy in the ingredient list – just common moisturizers, emulsifiers, and solvents.  We can also see that the product’s claim to be free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol, and colorant holds true.  No false advertisement!  Yay!

The most notable ingredient is the hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate.  This is a special form of hyaluronate that is actually classified as a film-forming humectant.  Normal humectants are able to attract and retain water, but they also readily release some water molecules into the surrounding air if it is dry.  The neat thing about film-forming humectants is that they form a film on top of the skin that slows down water loss.  In addition to this, it has a complex molecular structure that creates more places for water to be stored.  It hydrates and fights against dehydration at the same time!


After being so insistent on having to use a low pH cleanser, it’s kind of funny saying this, but…this is actually my first low pH cleanser.  *shifty eyes*  However, because it is my first low pH cleanser, it made such a distinct difference when I switched over from a high pH cleanser – in a good way.

It is important to note that the product has a pH of 5.5.  I did not personally perform the pH test because I have yet to find a reliable testing method.  Ugh…But this cleanser is pretty popular, so finding the pH of this product isn’t that difficult.

FullSizeRender (8)One pump of this stuff gives a nice fluffy mound of suds – similar to what I would imagine clouds would feel like.  I actually use a konjac sponge with this cleanser.  What’s a konjac sponge?  Well, I’ll save that for another time and another  post, or you can just Google it…but what would be the fun in that?  Anyways, with or without a cleansing tool, the amount of foam dispensed in one pump is more than enough to cleanse your entire face. What’s even better is that it leaves your face feeling clean WITHOUT the tightness and dryness that accompanies most other cleansers.

I’ve used a vast array of cleansers, not only because I’m a skincare fanatic, but also because I just like testing new things out (Are those one in the same…? The second one makes me sound less crazy, so we’ll just go with that one.). This cleanser makes my skin feel clean and smooth, but it doesn’t leave my skin feeling naked – another oxymoron.  It’s hard to explain in words, but it feels like that my skin has its protective layer still in tact…?  I imagine this is due to the humectants keeping my face hydrated while the lower pH kept my acid mantle from being neutralized completely.  The combination of these two left my skin feeling great, even after waiting a few minutes before applying the next step in my skincare routine.  For those who may not know, a harsh cleanser would leave your face feeling tight, dry, and sometimes even itchy if the skin isn’t moisturized immediately.

It’s fragrance-free but not scent-free.  It has this fragrance-free scent to it, which is kind of an oxymoron.  Do you know what I mean?  A lot of products that are fragrance-free seem to have a similar smell.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad or anything.  I just feel like saying a product is fragrance-free is sort of misleading, and it has this misconception that it won’t have any scent to it, or am I the only one that thinks this…?


I love this product because it is cheap, lasts for a while, and most importantly, it’s effective. I’ve used this product for over a month now, and I still have a lot of product left.  I used one pump in the morning and one pump at night (and I shared some with friends because sharing is caring).  The first thing that I noticed about this cleanser is that it was gentle on my skin.  As time went on, I felt like my skin was becoming healthier, meaning I could feel an improvement in the quality and texture of my skin.  It’s also pretty travel friendly, just not TSA friendly!  I usually don’t like carrying things with pumps, but it comes with one of those stoppers that you can place at the neck of the pump to prevent it from being pushed down. The size isn’t too big either.  Just throw it in a bag or in your checked luggage, and you’re good to go.



Where can I buy this product?

A single 160mL bottle of (Rohto) Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Cleansing Foam is available on Amazon for $11.85 (Amazon Prime eligible: free two day shipping/affiliate link).


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