SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier (H.A) – Review

 This post concludes my reviews of SkinCeuticals’ products for 2020, as I don’t plan any more for this year. 

The H.A. Intensifier is more than just a hyaluronic serum; it contains a lot of ingredients that work to revitalise the skin. The main component of the formula, besides hyaluronic acid (1.3%), is Proxylane (10%), which ‘is a [sugar-protein] hybrid derived from xylose, a natural sugar found abundantly in beech trees’ (loreal-paris.co.uk). It is an ingredient that L’Oréal use in many of their anti-wrinkle products across most of their brands, which aids skin’s resiliency and water levels. There are also liquorice root extract (2%) known to fight skin discolouration and purple rice extract (0.2%), which improves the skin’s hydration. Plus, we can find glycerine for more moisture. Adenosine and vitamin E provide extra antioxidant action, as well as LHA – L’Oréal’s patented acid derived from salicylic acid. The LHA was added to keep the skin clear, I guess. This serum contains alcohol, which helps the penetration of ingredients, without any smell or drying effect. Surprisingly, the formula also includes fragrance, and potentially irritating citrus fruits peel oils. I don’t associate brands like SkinCeuticals with essential oils as they usually create products friendly to sensitive skin types, though I did not find the product irritating. 

SkinCeuticals recommend using this serum as an addition to either a vitamin C serum or retinol, but I think it works well on its own. The serum is intensely hydrating; it leaves the skin plump and hydrated. The hydrating effect is almost immediate; shortly after application, you can notice how smooth your skin looks. Besides the hydrating properties of this serum, there are also other skin-benefiting ingredients whose effects are somewhat difficult to observe with the naked eye, like the difference that Proxylane makes. Though, thanks to studies, we know antioxidants help to fight free radicals among many other things. Having said that, one of my observations, when I was using the serum, was that it made my complexion more even. I don’t know if the LHA and liquorice extract contributed to the result or the entire mix, but there was a difference in the appearance of my face. Consistency-wise, the serum has a light, watery, slightly viscous texture. It absorbs immediately, and you need a few drops to cover your face and neck. 

Overall, I think this is a fantastic product. It does what it says on the box. After using the serum,  the skin is plumper, hydrated, and more resilient. In my case, it made my skin look brighter. I would say it’s suitable for all skin types, but be cautious if you don’t tolerate fragrance and essential oils well. 

Ingredients:

AQUA / WATER / EAU / CYCLOHEXASILOXANE / GLYCERIN / ALCOHOL DENAT. / HYDROXYPROPYL TETRAHYDROPYRANTRIOL / PROPYLENE GLYCOL / DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE / POLYSILICONE-11 / POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE / SODIUM HYALURONATE / DIMETHICONE / TOCOPHEROL / PHENOXYETHANOL / CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID / OCTYLDODECANOL / BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 / PEG/PPG-16/16 DIMETHICONE / PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE / CAPRYLYL GLYCOL / XANTHAN GUM / DEXTRIN / ORYZA SATIVA EXTRACT / RICE EXTRACT / DISODIUM EDTA / CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE / SODIUM HYDROXIDE / ADENOSINE / CITRUS NOBILIS PEEL OIL / MANDARIN ORANGE PEEL OIL / LIMONENE / T-BUTYL ALCOHOL / CELLULOSE ACETATE BUTYRATE / POLYPHOSPHORYLCHOLINE GLYCOL ACRYLATE / POLYVINYL ALCOHOL / SODIUM CHLORIDE / BUTYLENE GLYCOL / PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE (skinceuticals.com)

The H.A. Intensifier is available from all SkinCeuticals’ stockists worldwide. 

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