Hydrating serums for me, are a must-have part of my skincare routine as they play an important part in the way my skin behaves and feels. I have combination to oily skin that is acne-prone, but also very dehydrated. If I don’t keep my skin hydrated, my skin becomes irritated and gets red and flaky as well as causing multiple break-outs. Personally, I think that keeping your skin hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your skin, not only can it help prevent breakouts, it is essential for anti-ageing and keeping those lines and wrinkles at bay. It is the hyaluronic acid within these serums (and other skincare) that is the vital ingredient in hydrating the skin, as it has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, which basically means that it can enhance the moisture content in your skin better than anything else, and because it holds water at the surface of the skin, it immediately plumps the skin, reducing the look of fine lines and leaving it feeling softer and smoother.
Using a hydrating serum every morning also makes a massive difference to the ways my skin feels and the way my makeup looks throughout the day. When skin is dehydrated, makeup can often look patchy during the day and you can notice fine lines more. This is the skin basically eating your makeup trying to get any moisture it can. Using a hydrating serum prevents this and keeps you makeup looking fresh and even all day long.
I have been using the Vichy Aqaulia Thermal Serum (review) for a couple of years now and it has honestly become one of my all-time favorite skincare products. The texture of it is spot on, not too thick, not too runny and it has an instantaneous effect on my skin, which never fails to leave it feeling soothed, plump and refreshed. I just adore this little blue bottle of hydrating goodness and feel that it will be forever in my skincare routine.
Having loved this Vichy serum for so long, I took it upon myself to try out a few other hyaluronic acid serums to see how they compare. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is the bargain of the group, at only $6.80 it is definitely worthy of a try especially if you are on a budget. It absorbs quickly and delivers the hydration, but is a little runnier and doesn’t feel quite as comforting as the Vichy. That said, it brings the necessary hydration for the fraction of a price!
Glossier recently released their collection of serums called ‘The Supers’, and the one that attracted me the most was of course Glossier Super Bounce, a cocktail of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to plump and regenerate. I took no time to get through this bottle as there is only actually 15ml of product in this stylish but small dropper bottle, which makes it a pretty pricey product which if the product blew me away I wouldn’t mind, but it didn’t. It glides onto the skin well and feels nice on application but I found that my skin feels taught and dehydrated towards the afternoon. I since discovered that this serum actually contains silicones which maybe a reason my skin is not in love with this, or it could be the combination of ingredients, I’m not sure! However, Glossier Super Bounce has had many rave reviews, but maybe one to watch out for if your skin is super dehydrated like mine!
Drunk Elephant is a brand that has really wowed me over recent months, everything that I have tried from them I have fallen head over heel in love with. The Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Gel is no exception, it is quite a thick, yet lightweight gel that I apply immediately after their C-Firma (Vitamin C) Day Serum each morning and I love the brightening, hydration that I get from these combined. My skin feels thoroughly hydrated all day long and I love that all the ingredients used are non-toxic and non-irritating on the skin, which I think is why my reactive skin really benefits from them.
Do you use a hydrating serum? What is your favorite?
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