I am a sucker for a HA serum and HA in skincare in general, and so should everyone else! My sisters joke that I can’t go a day without mentioning hyaluronic acid, which is a slight exaggeration but not much if I am honest.. It’s my new best friend ok!?
So incase you don’t know much about hyaluronic acid itself, it’s a moisture binding ingredient that helps keep the skin plump and hydrated. It’s not stripping or resurfacing so don’t let the word ‘acid’ put you off! HA is naturally occurring in the human body, but apparently does not actually work for the skin in the way skincare products can so it’s important to actively use it in your skincare regime. It can attract up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, therefore helps attract water from the atmosphere and holds it to your skin, creating a hydrating, protective barrier all day. It has hydrating, calming and antioxidant properties and is beneficial for all skin types.
I use a HA serum every morning under moisturiser and a few evenings a week depending on my skincare that night. I have 3 different types from 3 different brands which all have slightly different added extras to work on the skin in other beneficial ways and I love them all, which is why I am about to show you…
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% & B5
As I am sure you’ve heard, The Ordinary is a range from the brand Deciem. A really affordable range at that. This is a 2% hyaluronic acid serum with added vitamin B5. B5 has moisturising, healing, soothing and regenerative properties. It retails at around $12.90 AUD for 30ml which means that not many of us have an excuse not to own a bottle. Everyone needs it and thanks to The Ordinary, most of us can afford it!
It’s a clear serum and the consistency is quite gloopy. Some are runnier than others, this is something in between fluid & gloop! It spreads nicely and dries into a tight feeling which feels great! It’s the first HA serum I have ever used and I have been hooked ever since. Keeps my skin plump, soothed and helps makeup apply beautifully! If you are keen to try this serum then you can treat yo’self here and still have enough in the bank for weekend cocktails.. Win
Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate (Possibly the biggest mouthful in skincare!)
This baby has been everything I expected and more, I mean how pretty can skincare get!? It’s also a pretty damn good product. It is a water gel HA product so can be used as a very light moisturiser for really oily can prone skin, or it can be layered as a serum which is what I have been doing. It contains algae and caffeine and the tiny bubbles you can see inside are little spheres containing vitamin C & E which disperse as you apply it to your skin. It is beautiful stuff! It retails at $69 AUD for 48ml so more pricey but I am addicted and will definitely repurchase! I can also see this being such a life saver in summer when kept in the fridge for a cooling effect. Love it! You can grab yourself a bottle here if you want to believe the hype.
LOVEISDERMA Hydramax serum
I was kindly sent this HA serum by Lux Skin Beauty a brilliant online skincare shop here is Australia. It’s made by the brand Loveisderma and I believe it retails at $49 AUD for a 30ml bottle. It’s very similar to The Ordinary in that it’s a typical clear runny HA serum, it also has vitamin B5 added to it, as well as B3 which is another growingly popular skincare ingredient also known as Niacinamide. Niacinamide is another great all-rounder that protects, soothes, tightens and helps shrink pores. This is slightly thinner than The Ordinary so has a slightly better spreadability, and for some reason I like this a little bit better, not sure why it may be the spreadability or the fact it has an extra beneficial ingredient. That said I will still repurchase The Ordinary for the price point. This I would if I didn’t have so many others I want to try. Still really impressed by it though.
So there are 3 HA serums I have been trying out/switching between on a daily basis. I have probably leaned more towards Clinique as I love it the best but all in all they are amazing and it doesn’t really matter too much how and when you use then, so long as you’re getting them on your skin every day. You will thank yourself when your skin feels plumper, and looks and feels more hydrated and awake.
Let me know if you have any favourites I need to try…!
**Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored, although contains a gifted product, and a couple of affiliate links. I have been offered to use affiliate links so will naturally add them when I can, however if you do not like buying through these links, please do not purchase via this post. The majority were purchased by myself/birthday prezzie and more importantly as ever, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.**