Soooo I’ve got to admit this is not the easiest task that I have undertaken, there are plenty of products that claim that they have miracle ingredients, but do they really?
My next target ingredient was Hyaluronic Acid, in potent amounts it hydrates the skin by drawing water molecules into the skin cells. I’ve used both very good Hyaluronic Acid products that hydrate the skin making it soft and supple; and very bad ones which do nothing.
The budget product I chose was,
Balance Hyaluronic 554 Youth Serum
Firstly lets start with the price, I paid £5.95 although I’ve seen this product for more and for less online. Compared to other products I’ve used with this ingredient the consistency is very thin, almost water like and does make you massage it vigorously into the skin as not to let it drip everywhere. The bottle and pip pet make it easy to get a nice amount of product on to your fingers ready to apply a generous layer all over the face, I have been applying the product up to the eye socket.
As well as hydrating the skin Hyaluronic Acid balances skin cell activity, regulating sebum (oil) production. After using the product my skin does not feel dehydrated; however it is producing more sebum than usual. The extra sebum is not causing me to much of a problem as my skin is dry without products but I don’t think it would be great for someone trying to reduce the surface sebum. The reason for this lack of balancing is most likely to be the low amount of active Hyaluronic Acid.
The packaging isn’t great and the plastic bottle does give it a ‘cheap’ feel, although it is whats inside that counts. The outer packaging does give indications to the ‘buzz’ ingredients and unlike the 40 Carrots indicates a percentage; 5% Hylasome. Hylasome is cross linked form of Hyaluronic Acid used to hydrate and moisturize the skin. The packaging also advertises the use of SYN-AKE, which is a peptide and great for anti-aging (see Medical Grade Skincare) I haven’t used the product for long enough to say whether or not I think this ingredient is beneficial (it does depend on how much of it is in it).
It seems the problem to cheaper skincare is the percentage of active ingredients, I am determined not to let this beat me and I WILL find effective affordable products!
Give it ago, but don’t expect miracles