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Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe general moisturizers. They have a total of 4 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain hyaluronic acid

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin, brightening skin and sensitive skin

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils, parabens or sulfates

What's Inside

They both contain silicones

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Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel
Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel
General Moisturizer
Japanese Brand Japan
Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer
Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer
General Moisturizer
American Brand United States

Ingredient Info

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Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel 26 ingredients

Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer 13 ingredients

At a glance

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Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel 26 ingredients

Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer 13 ingredients

Benefits

Benefits

Concerns

Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
Skin Plumping Gel
Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Hydroxyethyl Urea Humectant, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Hydroxyethyl Urea.

Butylene Glycol Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Pentylene Glycol Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Pentylene glycol is typically used within a product to thicken it. It also adds a smooth, soft, and moisturizing feel to the product. It is naturally found in plants such as sugar beets.

Glycol Humectant, Solvent
Not safe for Fungal Acne Icon
Not safe for Fungal AcneNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon

Glycol isn't fungal acne safe.

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Peg/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin Humectant

We don't have a description for Peg/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin.

Squalane Emollient, Skin Conditioning
1 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin Icon
Helps hydrate Dry SkinHelps hydrate Dry Skin Icon

Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
Triethylhexanoin Masking, Skin Conditioning

Triethylhexanoin is created from glycerin and 2-ethylhexanoic acid. It is a solvent and emollient.

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer (let's call it AAVC for short) is a synthetically created polymer. It's used as a film-forming agent and used to thicken the consistency of products.

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Dimethicone Emollient, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
1 / 0 Silicon Icon
SiliconSilicon Icon

Dimethicone is a silicone used for making products smooth and silky. It also has the added benefit of sealing in hydration. The amount of dimethicone found in beauty products is considered safe and non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores.

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Triethyl Citrate Masking, Perfuming
Fragrance Icon
FragranceFragrance Icon

Triethyl Citrate is a fragrance.

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Arginine Masking, Skin Conditioning
Not safe for Fungal Acne Icon
Not safe for Fungal AcneNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon

Arginine is an amino acid that is important for human development. Your body uses is it to produce hair keratin and skin collagen.

Glucosyl Ceramide Skin Conditioning
Ceramide IconHelps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps reduce Skin Redness IconHelps reduce irritation IconHelps with Anti-Aging Icon
CeramideCeramide Icon 4 Benefits

Glucosyl Ceramide is a ceramide. It can be good for be good for dry skin and be good for sensitive skin. It can help to reduce redness and reduce the effects of aging.

Alpha-Glucan Humectant, Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Alpha-Glucan.

Hydrolyzed Collagen Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Helps with Anti-Aging Icon
Helps with Anti-AgingHelps with Anti-Aging Icon

Collagen is the most abundant type of structural protein found in your body. In your skin, it is responsible for keeping it firm and youthful.

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Astringent
Antioxidant IconHelps reduce Skin Redness IconHelps reduce irritation IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconHelps with Anti-Aging IconHelps fight Acne Icon
AntioxidantAntioxidant Icon 5 Benefits

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is derived from the leaves of the tea plant. Black tea, green tea, and oolong tea are all harvested from this plant.

Sodium Hyaluronate Humectant, Skin Conditioning
0 / 0 Hyaluronic Acid Icon
Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid Icon

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form. It is commonly derived from the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Hyaluronic Acid Icon
Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid Icon

Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid is a form of hyaluronic acid. It is created by the hydrolysis of hyaluronic acid with a high molecular weight. Once created, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid has a low molecular weight.

Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate Humectant
Hyaluronic Acid Icon
Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid Icon

Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate is a type of Hyaluronic Acid.

Agar Masking

Agar is the vegan substitute for animal-gelatin. It helps thicken and improve the texture of cosmetics.

Citric Acid Buffering, Masking
AHA IconGood for Skin Texture IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps brighten skin IconMay cause irritation IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
AHAAHA Icon 4 Benefits 2 Concerns

Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!).

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Sodium Citrate Buffering, Masking

Sodium Citrate is the sodium salts of citric acid. In skincare, it is used to alter pH levels and acts as a preservative.

Disodium EDTA

Disodium EDTA plays a role in making products more stable by aiding other preservatives.

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Phenoxyethanol Preservative
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PreservativePreservative Icon

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

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Decylene Glycol Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Decylene Glycol.

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5% Urea Moisturizer
Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Masking, Skin Conditioning

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is an emollient, solvent, and texture enhancer. It is considered a skin-softener by helping the skin prevent moisture loss.

Urea Buffering, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconGood for Skin Texture IconMay worsen Eczema IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
2 Benefits 2 Concerns

Urea is also called carbamide and is the diamide of carbonic acid. In cosmetics, urea is used to hydrate the skin. It also provides exfoliation in higher concentrations.

Glycerin Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
0 / 0 Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps brighten skin Icon
2 Benefits

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Dimethicone Emollient, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
1 / 0 Silicon Icon
SiliconSilicon Icon

Dimethicone is a silicone used for making products smooth and silky. It also has the added benefit of sealing in hydration. The amount of dimethicone found in beauty products is considered safe and non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores.

1 Com. / 0 Irr.
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Sodium Polyacrylate Absorbent, Emollient, Emulsion Stabilising

Sodium Polyacrylate is the sodium salt of polyacrylic acid.

Cyclopentasiloxane Emollient, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Silicon Icon
SiliconSilicon Icon

Cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone used to improve texture and trap moisture. An easier name for this is D5.

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Trideceth-6 Emulsifying

We don't have a description for Trideceth-6.

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Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone Emulsifying
Silicon Icon
SiliconSilicon Icon

Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone is a type of silicone.

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Phenoxyethanol Preservative
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PreservativePreservative Icon

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

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Allantoin Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Soothing
0 / 0 Helps reduce Skin Redness IconHelps reduce irritation IconGood for Scar Healing Icon
3 Benefits

Allantoin plays a role in soothing and moisturizing the skin. Because of this, it is often added to products with strong active ingredients.

0 Com. / 0 Irr.
Hyaluronic Acid Humectant, Moisturising, Skin Conditioning
Hyaluronic Acid IconGood for Skin Texture IconHelps with Anti-Aging IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps brighten skin IconMay cause irritation Icon
Hyaluronic AcidHyaluronic Acid Icon 4 Benefits May cause irritationMay cause irritation Icon

Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in healthy skin. It is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to your skin.

Ethylhexylglycerin Skin Conditioning

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Emollient, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting
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Dimethicone is a silicone used for making products smooth and silky. It also has the added benefit of sealing in hydration. The amount of dimethicone found in beauty products is considered safe and non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores.

Dimethicone has been found increase absorption in skin, boosting the benefits of other ingredients. While there is concern for the safety of dimethicone, the levels used in skincare are safe for use.

Preservative
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Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

It's often used in formulations along with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

Ingredient Ratings

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

Skin Plumping Gel
11
7
6
2
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mixed
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not rated
5% Urea Moisturizer
5
3
4
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mixed
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not rated

When to use

Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel 26 ingredients

Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer 13 ingredients

87 Routines
43% use in am
57% use in pm
99% use every day
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299 Routines
48% use in am
52% use in pm
97% use every day
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

Hada Labo Skin Plumping Gel 26 ingredients

2.3 /5
from 3 ratings
Broke Me Out (1) Doesn't Work (1) Drying (1)
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jasminesaad_575

7 months ago · Combination Skin
Review

Never made me break out. FA safe, gives a glow

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valentinesday

2 months ago · Sensitive Skin
Review

This product is not fungal acne safe. In a month-long trial with it, I experienced a resurgence of breakouts in the form of both eczema and acne....

This product is not fungal acne safe. In a month-long trial with it, I experienced a resurgence of breakouts in the form of both eczema and acne.
While my experience is no doubt skewed because of this reaction, this product also does not feel appropriate for dry skin. It wasn't just incapable of adequately hydrating to my skin, but it seemed to actively dry me out. I required double the typical amount, and still needed facial oil with frequent reapplication.

May be perfectly suited for those with less sensitive skin requiring a lightweight moisturizer. Others should look elsewhere.

Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer 13 ingredients

4.5 /5
from 13 ratings
Expensive (1) Hydrating (1) Light (1)
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hobimiin_110

5 months ago · Normal Skin
Review

I am somebody with fungal acne and very dry skin. This is one of the few FA safe moisturizers I have used. Overall, this has been a solid...

I am somebody with fungal acne and very dry skin. This is one of the few FA safe moisturizers I have used. Overall, this has been a solid moisturizer. However, it is pricey and packaging really needs to be updated or changed.

Pros:
-fungal acne safe
- lightweight; texture is between a cream and gel with very good spread- ability
- has 5% urea
-my skin has become considerably smoother and softer
- decent job at moisturizing my skin

Cons:
- feels too “siliconey” ; takes a while to absorb
- can sting sometimes because of high amount of urea. I found that it can be especially irritating when I have a damaged moisture barrier.
-PACKAGING!!! I used to experience a lot of product oozing out of the bottle but I think they’ve tried to fix that by not filling up the bottle as much. I haven’t experienced that issue in recent purchases. HOWEVER, the tube cap is SO easy to drop. It’s irritating when I’m trying to close the tube and the cap slips out my hands. Also, it’s hard to get product out of the tube without the tube key that you have to buy separately 🤦‍♀️ .
- pricey for 1.7 ounces. I have seen the price of this moisturizer increase significantly. As of January 2024, this product costs $28 for a 1.7 ounce tube. To put that into perspective, the Krave Beauty Oat So Simple Cream (FA safe) is 2.7 ounces for that same price.

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Beepbop3

12 months ago · Combination Skin
Review

Too irritating!
I found that this product irritated my skin greatly, I think urea is too much for me personally but it was a great FA safe...

Too irritating!
I found that this product irritated my skin greatly, I think urea is too much for me personally but it was a great FA safe moisturizer!