I am back with the review for the Hitachi Hada Crie CM-N810!
Sorry for the long interval between the posts. I have been meaning to write it but I got into a traffic accident last Friday, so that threw me off schedule abit as well as left me with very bad abrasions on my legs and hands :( I am still in the process of healing, I might do a post on that if I can heal scar free or with minimal scars haha. Fingers crossed!
Back to the review, I am absolutely obsessed with this beauty gadget. I have been using this almost daily, and I can definitely see an improvement in my skin. I do still have blackheads and clogged pores, but I can say that they are significantly reduced!
I'll go through the different steps and the products I use for each step as a reference for any of you who might be confused. I was quite confused and indecisive about what to use for each step, because after reading different reviews, everyone used different products and combinations.
Do check out my introductory post HERE to check out what this gadget is all about.
There are 4 main steps to this, Cleanse, Micropat, Moisturize and Refresh
This has to be my absolute favourite step. I basically got this gadget for this function and it sure did not let me down.
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I am absolutely appalled by how dirty my face is. I always thought I cleansing routine was pretty comprehensive, but I guess not. As you can see, the cotton pads gets cleaner after more with more uses. Day 7 is an exception though because I did not double cleanse after removing my makeup. This really shows how the gadget is able to draw out all the dirt and makeup that is clogged from my pores! Thumbs up for it! Look at how different day 7 looks from the other days. I was really shocked to see all my foundation residue on the cotton pad.
Many people have asked my to compare the Hitachi Hada Crie with the Clarasonic in terms of its cleansing power. But I think I can see the best results when I use the Clarasonic together with the hada crie. I find that the cotton pads are much cleaner on the days where I use the Clarasonic (proof that the Clarasonic does work!)
If you look closely at day 1,5 & 6, you can see that the cotton pads are very worn out and have holes in them. This will happen if the cotton pads are too thin. I will talk about the type of cotton pads to use with the gadget below!
This is my holy grail gadget now. I think because I have large pores, they are more susceptible to clogging so I really do feel much better knowing that I am thoroughly cleaning my face at the end of the day.
For this step, although there are people who just use their regular toners, I feel that cleansing waters do the best job. Most of the recommendations for this step is the bioderma as well!
I have tried using a moisturising toner but I didn't feel that it was as effective as the bioderma. I use the version for sensitive skin, but if you have the version for oily skin (the one with the blue liquid) I think it would work well too.
It is recommended to use a cleansing water for this step, so I think that the Bifesta Cleansing Waters would do a good job.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright - Rice Cleansing Water
I am going to try this out when I am out of the Bioderma! Hopefully it will help with brightening as well!
You can also try using exfoliating toners such as the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA liquid with salicylic acid.
I would not suggest using an Astringents i.e toners with very high alcohol content or pore minimising toners for this step because we are not supposed to be using alcohol based products with this gadget and since we are supposed to draw the impurities out of the pores, by using a pore minimising toner, it would interfere with that process cos the pores are not opened for the dirt to be removed. Make sense right?
Also if your product has a very high alcohol content, it might be too drying and harsh for your skin because this it is going to be in contact with your skin for a full 5 minutes.
For this step as well as the moisture step the product that was most popular with the bloggers/reviewers had to be the Hada Labo lotions both the moisturising and the brightening ones.
Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Lotion
This is a little sample sized one that I got in my welfare pack (good job NUSSU!). I didn't get a full sized one because I had this other product that I got from Japan that was very similar to this.
I really do not know what this product is called in English, but it has a very viscous consistency very much like the Hada Labo, but I prefer the Hada Labo cos it absorbs better.
As much as the Hada Labo is very popular, I do find it quite troublesome to use because this whole process is 5 minutes long and the product does get absorbed into the skin quite quickly. When there is no more product left on the face, the gadget does not glide smoothly and it is not advisable to use the gadget it doesn't glide smoothly cos it will tug on the skin which, in the long run will result in your skin losing its elasticity. So in this process, I often find myself scrambling to drop more product on my face while holding on the gadget (it stops working if it is not in contact with the skin) and I look ridiculous.
You can also use a water based toner/mist such as the Avène Thermal Spring Water . If you are using a toner, I would recommend transferring into a spray bottle because it would be much for convenient for you to spritz it onto your face in the process.
For this step, I personally prefer using 'First Serums' / products that are meant to be used before toners etc to enhance the absorption of the following products.
Ettusais Skin Version Up Extra
I got this when I was in Japan but never really fell in love with it because I found that it takes quite a while to be absorbed into the skin and honestly ain't nobody has got time for that. But it works perfectly for the micropat mode because I do not have to keep applying more product onto my face throughout the 5 minute process.
Etude House Collagen Moisture - First Essence
I also tried this, but like the Hada Labo, I'll have to keep reapplying it.
Overall, I do think that the micropat function is abit of a hassle, which is probably the reason why it was removed in the newer model. But I still do it because I am very kiasu like that, and I have quite a bit of products to use up.
For this mode the most popular products used were again the Hada Labo lotions and the SK II Facial Treatment Essence. We have to use a cotton pad with this mode.
Iope Bio Essence
Since I dont have the SK II Facial Treatment I use my Iope Bio Essence, and I really do feel its effect much more! I will add a few pumps of whitening essence to go along with it as well.
Alternatively, you can use your serums in this step as well.
For this step, I just use sheet masks, mostly the My Beauty Diary masks.
Types of Cotton Pads
This may seem like a very trivial matter but I did spend quite a bit of time researching about this.
We definitely cannot use the cheap cotton squares as they would flake off and leave cotton strips on your face. I would definitely suggest using better quality cotton pads.
Careffour Cotton Rounds
I got this when I was in Taiwan. I would split the cotton rounds into half and use half for the cleanse mode and the other half for the moisture mode.
I find that this is the best way to use this because using one round would make it a tad too thick for the plastic ring to fit. But there is a risk of the half cotton round tearing, so I have to be very precise when splitting them haha.
Muji Peelable Cotton
This works well too because the cotton pad is very well made and tightly knitted it would not flake.
Each piece peels into 4 strips and I think 2 strips works the best.
I got these from SASA and these work really well too. I just one entire piece for cleansing and 1 piece for the moisture mode.
Whatever cotton pad you use do not use cotton pads that are too thick because it would absorb too much of your product and risk damaging the plastic ring that attaches cotton to the gadget.
I would suggest splitting a thick cotton pad into 2 rather than using a cotton pad that is too thin. Cotton pads that are too thin will slip off the ring.
This was definitely an investment and a very good investment imo. I really love how it makes my skincare products go the extra mile. It is definitely time consuming but I do think that it is time well spent. Since it is cordless, we can do it while watching TV or dramas. You'll definitely have to use it regularly too see results. It is afterall not a miracle product. It's moisturising properties are also very impressive. My skin feels very moist and plump after using it.
I also feel that my makeup goes on better after using this.
I feel that my makeup is able to last a longer time especially if I use the moisturise mode before applying my makeup!
I think the best result that I can see is that the little bumps that I always have around my temples and around my cheekbones are significantly reduced. They have bugged me for the longest time and I am so happy too see them go!
Also, this should be used as a supplement to your cleansing routine, so please don't skip washing your face or removing your makeup. This is also not waterproof so do not use it in the shower.
I really use up products very quickly with this product as we will have to ensure that the cotton pads are well saturated. I tend to use more inexpensive products with this.
Before I forget, there are some products that cannot be used with this.
3) Alcohol based products
I clean the head of the gadget with rubbing alcohol after using.
Well this has been a long review, everyone has their own choices for their products, just choose the ones that works the best for you and you would be good to go :D
Till next time then!! I will try my best to squeeze in one more post before I leave for Korea with my girls! There would definitely be more hauls from my trip!