Friday, November 2, 2012

Za Total Hydration Amino Mineral Refreshing Gel

I was skimming the pages on @cosme when I came across Total Hydration Amino Mineral Refreshing Gel snagging the 4th spot (at the time of writing) in the all-in-one cosmetic ranking!

It is currently very popular in Japan and you can see everywhere on magazines that we know and love as shown in the November 2012 issue of ViVi:

What is an all-in-one skincare product? It functions as a toner, serum and moisturiser and a product with similar claims that you might be more familiar with would be Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture. Just this one step and you are done with your skincare prep.

Moisture charge in just 10 seconds! Amino mineral complex instantly restores flaky, stichy skin to create porcalain-smooth skin. (Source:

Name: Za ジーエー Total Hydration Amino Mineral Refreshing Gel アミノミネラルジェル
Price: RM 26.90 for 50 g
@cosme rating: 4.6
Release date: November 2011

The gel comes in a fuss-free no-frills opaque pink tube with a small opening to minimise air exposure thus ensuring its efficacy.

It has a nice lightweight watery-gel like consistency. The potent alcohol scent hits me the second I uncap the tube. It eventually evolves into a floral fragrance when I massage it in.

The gel takes around a minute to sink in. It instantly hydrates and makes my skin look supple.



I did not notice an improvement in terms of tone and the texture of my skin within a month of using it both day and night in place of a moisturiser (you can't blame a girl for having too many opened toners and serums on her vanity).


It also does not combat oiliness nor does it minimise the appearance of pores as claimed by others using this product. And believe me, I have gone through all of their reports before going out and getting myself a tube. My pores still resemble orange peels in size...

Having said that, I would recommend it to teens with normal to combination skin who are searching for a basic skincare product that won't burn a hole in their pockets. It does not cut it for us me who puts up with more woes than an average teenager.

Usually I am left pretty much satisfied with the recommendation from the reviewers on @cosme, so this gel is a double let down. I will not repurchase once I am done.

The full ingredient list for Total Hydration Amino Mineral Refreshing Gel:
Water, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Betaine, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Glycine, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polysorbate 60, PEG-20 Glyceryl Isostearate, Sodium Metaphosphate, Sodium Citrate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, BHT, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Iron Oxides.


Tricia Koh said...

I haven't seen Za products for years! Not since I moved to Australia from Singapore. It sounds like a lovely product.

Kathy said...

Thank you for doing this review. It would definitely have been an item that I'd want to try. I used the Dr. Ci Labo one as I had several sample packs. If I remember correctly, it, too, had a very strong alcohol smell to it. I love the concept of both of these products since you can skip a whole bunch of steps and products with an all-in-one. Unfortunately De. Ci Labo didn't work well for me and it seems this is exactly the same.

Cereal said...

Following your blog! <3 Yea I bought this product 1 month ago and I've thrown it out since coz I couldn't take the strong alcohol smell @.@ I didn't feel my skin improve either

Jennifer Huang said...

Oh, I've seen this in stores, I actually like the ZA skincare range, although only some work well (for me) whilst others are plain useless. Thanks for the review, I wanted to try this coz of the good reviews, but i think ill give it a miss now :)

Makeup Morsels said...

Aww the description sounded so cool, too bad it doesn't quite deliver :( What's the moisture measuring device? Did it come with the Za gel? So cool hahah never seen anything like it!