Up until a few years ago you could have asked anyone for their ‘skincare regime’ and be given the same fail safe response: cleanse, tone and moisturise. Skip ahead to 2018 and we’ve become obsessed with serums, acids, oils and basically anything that promises to work a little harder to help our skin be the best it can be.
A couple of years ago ‘hyaluronic’ became a buzz in the beauty industry and, once every else figured out how to say it, to anyone with an interest in looking after their skin.
Hyaluronic acid serums promise to plump the skin thanks to it’s ability to hold on to moisture, offering deeper hydration, as opposed to a moisturiser which generally just softens the skins surface. Plumped, hydrated skin = younger looking skin. No wonder we were all suddenly hooked. The great thing about hyaluronic acid is that it’s suitable for all skin types. And don’t be put off by the term ‘acid’. It’s not the same as the exfoliant acids people are often scared of – hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies.
I’ve been trying out three hyaluronic acid based products at three different price points and thought I’d share them with you.
If you’re looking to introduce a hyaluronic acid in to your regime but don’t want to break the bank this is a good place to start. A couple of drops of this goes a long way. I’ve had this bottle for months and only now getting to the end of the 30ml bottle. The consistency is a little thin and watery (I just had to google ‘opposite of viscous’) for my liking but for the price I can deal with it. The addition of vitamin B is also gets a thumbs up as it adds extra surface hydration. I don’t feel instantly plumped after using it but I trust The Ordinary products and think you see the results with this one over time rather than instantaneously. Great word.
The little mid-range priced number out of the three. In full disclosure I was gifted this at my previous job, back when I was the one receiving products from beauty PR’s rather than the other way round. In general I’m not a massive fan of mist products. I find myself scrunching up my face and flinching whenever I spray them – not the relaxing treat they are marketed as. Once I’ve got over that though I find this one really refreshing – it would be an ideal hydration boost on a warm day but not when I’m shivering in my dressing gown in the morning getting ready for work. It contains Chamomile and is calming on sensitive skin so if that’s a concern for you (and you don’t jump out of your skin every time you have to spray something on yourself) then defo give this a go.
Long name. I begrudge the price tag on this but I heard so many great thing about it (Nadine Baggott is the ultimate enabler) that I put it at the top of my Christmas last year along with slippers and an umbrella. I’m getting old. Clinique’s ‘moisture surge’ range is well-known for plumping skin and adding in those extra levels of hydration that we lose through out the day. Out of all or three formulas the gel-like consistency of this is my favourite and it also gives what feels like the most instant boost of plumpness to my skin. Great if you’ve got cash to spare, but if you’re on a budget try The Ordinary first and see how you get on.
Let me know in the comments which hyaluronic acid products you’ve used – I’m always keen to try more.