SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier

Price R1 550

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This latest skincare offering from SkinCeuticals is all about hydration and restoring (as well as maintaining) plumpness and firmness in the skin (read more).

The sad truth: because skin starts to experience a decline in hyaluronic acid in your 20s, with an accelerated decline by your 40s, it’s essential to replenish this vital skincare ingredient if you want to keep your skin feeling healthy and smooth, and looking youthful. Add to that the fact that HA has a short lifecycle in the skin any case (30-50% degrades every day) and there’s even more reason to focus on boosting HA levels in any way you can.

The HA Intensifier boasts a combination of ingredients and naturally-derived extracts which work together to boost hydration levels and improve the appearance of firmness, smoothness and overall plumpness. First off, 10% Proxylane helps to support what’s already there – your skin’s natural HA levels. A duo of 2% Licorice Root Extract and 0.2% Purple Rice Extract work together to preserve the skin’s HA and maintain those levels. And then of course an injection of 1.3% Hyaluronic Acid helps to amplify HA levels in the skin for lasting hydration.

When you first squeeze the product out of the pipette it is noticeably grape-like in colour due to the purple rice extract, so you can be forgiven for feeling a bit apprehensive. But don’t fret – it applies perfectly clear so there’s no chance of looking like Tinky-Winky or Barney when you’re done. Between 4 and 6 drops is recommended but if you’re really trying to make it last, focus on key areas of concern such as developing crow’s feet, frown and forehead lines, nasolabial folds and marionette lines caused by smoking and drinking through a straw (guilty of that one).

The texture is gel-like but still fairly fluid. It spreads easily and absorbs beautifully into the skin in seconds. This is one of the reasons I favour this serum over the Hydrating B5 as I find that leaves a slightly sticky after-feel (which does goes away after applying a moisturiser) whereas this dries almost instantly. However, I have noticed that it doesn’t always play well with applying too many other products on top of it unless you allow a good minute in between layers. If not, you’re likely to experience pilling.

After using the serum twice daily for a week (together with the Phloretin CF every morning) I noticed an immediate difference, which surprised me. My skin felt exceptionally healthy and softer, and it looked more radiant and plumper too. Two months down the line (because when I test something I really test it) I can attest to the difference it has made in a big way. While I have been applying it all over my face, I’ve been paying special attention to initial application around my eyes, over my developing fine forehead lines and along my nasolabial folds. All areas have seen an improvement, particularly around the eyes, and in general my skin feels and looks more youthful. I’ve still got another 1/3 of the bottle to go so you should get a good 2 to 3 months out of each, which is good value for money. The Phloretin CF has also proved successful at beginning to breakdown some of my post-vacation pigmentation, so I’ll be working on a review of that in the coming weeks as I’m still only halfway through the bottle.

Tip Combined in your skincare routine with an antioxidant serum such as Phloretin CF or CE Ferulic, and a sunscreen like Ultra Facial Defense SPF50+ (read my review), you’ve got a real powerhouse of skincare products to help prevent, correct and protect your skin daily. 

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