You know what? I didn’t realise how much of a cult status Hydraluron has attained, and I had only discovered it recently. Much of the hype has rolled out of the UK with skincare guru Caroline Hirons leading the charge, placing this product in her hall of fame and creating some sort of worldwide frenzy for it. I was curious about it, although I was also using a similar product under a different brand at the time. I didn’t even know Hydraluron was available here in Malaysia! That just tells you how unassuming it is and how little publicity it gets. Tsk! I picked this up one day when I happened to be in Sunway Pyramid, on which day I swear, there was a blue moon in the sky.
Hydraluron hails from Canada under Indeed Laboratories and in Malaysia is found in just 1 store – Muse by Watson’s – in Sunway Pyramid. It is obscure and frustrating. It needs to be more widely sold so a) I can get hold of it if I need to replenish (I never go to Sunway) and b) more people can try it because it’s fab!
Well, I say fab, because it is, but only because the other product which I think is more fab isn’t available here, and will cost you more. So for all intents and purposes, this is a fab little product that looks unassuming, gives skin that ol’ boost it needs to plump up moisture and just makes skin look and feel better all around. Say it with me – FAB! :D
As the name implies, Hydraluron is a Moisture Booster which contains our old friend hyaluronic acid in high quantities. What this also means is that if you have a known allergy or reaction to hyaluronic acid then this is not for you, no matter how much you want to try it. Some people have reported breaking out from products with too much hyaluronic acid which tells you that you can have too much of a good thing.
The product comes in a small little unassuming tube in a large box. The packaging is pretty unassuming and I might even say clinical. It is one of those things that you will likely miss when scanning the shelves, because it just isn’t very impressive to look at. But do look again. I promise you, it’s worth your time.
The product itself is a clear gel-liquid or is it a liquid-gel? Either way, it’s clear and has a slightly runny gel consistency, which makes it very easy to spread.
Hyaluronic acid, if we didn’t already know, is the latest “star ingredient” for trapping moisture in skin and attracting moisture, so it keeps the top layer of your skin plump and hydrated and this translates to better looking, clearer skin. I had realised that keeping my skin well hydrated is a key factor in keeping breakouts and dull skin at bay. It even helps scars and marks heal and fade more quickly as my skin heals more efficiently.
However, I have to point out that Hydraluron is a serum NOT a moisturiser. Do not ask if you can just use this product in place of a moisturiser. You cannot. The way it works is to attract moisture and if you don’t apply any moisturiser over this, what is it supposed to attract then? Nothing, I’d warrant. So treat this as you will a serum. Apply it after cleansing and toning and before other serums, oils or moisturiser.
Basically, think of it as a magnet. You want it on your skin to attract moisture from whatever else goes on top of it. I am sometimes perverse and apply it over other serums and it’s fine because I seal everything with oil and/or moisturiser anyway. If you aren’t as experimental as I am, stick to the Cleanse -> Tone -> Hydraluron -> Serum -> Moisturiser routine and you’ll be ok.
I was using this twice a day when I first bought it. Morning and night. But then I created too many skincare steps in the night, so I now use it primarily in the day when I feel my skin gets dehydrated more quickly from the sun, heat and air-conditioning.
I cannot attest to my skin looking or feeling even better because as I said, I already use a similar hydrating serum in the day (Dr. Lewinn’s S8 Super Hydrator if anyone’s wondering. I am supposed to review it. I have 2 bottles on standby. That’s how much faith I have in it!) but my skin didn’t get any worse. It helps keep my skin plumped up and hydrated in the day and you know what that means right? Makeup goes on more easily and looks so much better.
If you have oily skin try this anyway because I’ve found that well hydrated skin can actually balance out your skin oils and help you have less oily skin. Besides, oily skin can also be dehydrated below the surface. If you have dry or dehydrated skin then this is what you need for boosting moisture in your skin. Give it a month of at least once a day use and you WILL notice the difference.
I’ve all but turned my skin around in the last 6 months, thanks to a daily routine of hydration and exfoliating and anti-aging and my skin is looking far better today than it ever did 5 years ago. Some day, I’ll find the time and words to talk about it without gushing over myself LOL! :P
To use, just squeeze out a dollop of product – what you see in my picture above is about right. Spread it over your face. I find that it will feel a little tacky before it dries and settles. I don’t wait for it to dry to continue with my routine and neither should you.
In a nutshell
If you can get your hands on this, give this a go. Anyone can benefit from it, not just those with problematic skin. What Hydraluron does is boost your moisture with high hyaluronic acid content in a no fuss clear gel. It will help your skin look better, stay more hydrated, and that means fewer breakouts, less lines, faster healing time and better skin. On the other hand, if you can get Dr. Lewinn’s S8 Super Hydrator and can afford it, I prefer that one which serves primarily the same functions. Irrational or not, I like that one better, but if you can’t get it, then Hydraluron will do the job.
Pros: Lightweight gel absorbs quickly into skin, Boosts moisture with high hyaluronic acid ingredients, Helps skin look and feel better and more hydrated, Affordable
Cons: Hard to find in some parts of the world, May break out anyone who is sensitive to hyaluronic acid
Who will like this: Anyone with dehydrated skin, Anyone who feels their skin needs that boost of moisture
Here is the Hydraluron ingredient list.
Have you tried Hydraluron and are you a fan?
I have to say that it’s nice and although I didn’t notice too much of a difference to my skin because as I said, I already use a similar product, it does the job at a slightly smaller pricetag. My friend Juan is quite impressed as well and she has oily skin. It’s simple and effective and you know, when it comes to skincare that’s all that matters! Now, if only it was more easily accessible because I hate travelling cross state to get one bloody serum :P
Hydraluron Moisture Booster serum Price: RM80/30ml Availability: Muse by Watson’s at Sunway Pyramid only