Saturday, 26 November 2016

Must-Haves: 6 Hyaluronic Acids for the Season

Me, watching Strictly.
So the cold weather is definitely here (in the UK). We've had a gas leak this week (my house, not the UK), meaning the authorities came out and literally capped us off. We have no heating. hot water or cooker, and won't for a few more days. As much as I am giving myself a daily heart attack with ice showers, I am sadistically enjoying the cold cleansing. A wiser person would boil the kettle and fill the sink, alas, yours truly is cleansing with ice-cold water, acid'ing and then going to town with hyaluronic acids. My skin is traditionally dehydrated at this time of year anyway, and this week it has honestly felt a tad 'prune-ish', so I've been digging out all of my HA products, which reminded me that I meant to do this post before it got deep into winter...

Hyaluronic Acid is present in our skin, but sadly our ability to both produce it and hold on to it decreases as we age. Its function in the skin however, isn't to simply 'moisturise'. It's much more important than that. HA is probably the single most multi-tasking ingredient we use in skincare. Although it does hydrate by holding moisture on the skin, it also works as an antioxidant, prevents loss of elasticity, stimulates collagen and plumps the appearance of the skin. Crucial at this time of year, it is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, key for those of you that suffer from broken skin conditions whether from spots, acne, eczema, rosacea or perioral dermatitis.

There are numerous HA products on the market, and in the case of most of them, you do get what you pay for. Hyaluronic acid comes in all sizes, and in general, the smaller, the more able to penetrate, the more expensive. One size literally does not fit all.
Adding to that is the difference between hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate. One is hyaluronic acid, while SH is a salt derived from HA. Sodium hyaluronate is cheaper to produce, so is used more widely, but it's more easily absorbed than HA, so it's good to have both options if you can. In truth there are so many differing options for HA and SH that it's best to test if you can, or go on recommendations, whether from a blogger, or a friend. Not all HA products are created equally.

With that in mind, some of my picks of hyaluronic acid products are below - and I've listed them in chronological order, for fun:

  • Hydraluron. £24.99 for 30ml from Boots.
    There was a time when this was called Hironsluron by readers, such was my love for it. While I've cheated on it with other products in recent years, I still happily recommend it. In terms of ease of use and how comfortable it feels on the skin, still a winner. Contains one form of HA: Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Hylamide. £18.00 for 30ml from Boots.
    First out of the trap from Deciem, Hylamide is in a dropper form, contains five forms of hyaluronic compounds, all in sodium form. Good, softeneing and smoothing.
  • Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum. £36.00 for 30ml from PestleandMortar.com
    A simple serum, you need the teeniest amount under a moisturiser to feel the benefits. Spreads easily, absorbs beautifully. Healed my skin in two days this week. 
  • Jordan Samuel Hydrate Serum. $29.00 for 30ml
    This one is hyaluronic acid and works a dream. Jordan's range is small but packs a punch. Like 80s guitar bands, I've never met a product of his that I didn't like. Note: Jordan is in the middle of repackaging his line so this will be back in stock by mid-December. Worth the wait.
  • NIOD Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. £38.00 for 30ml
    12 forms of hyaluronic compounds so at the higher end price-wise. The most complicated formula with a great result. Hard to fault.
  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
    New from Brandon, the man who also makes Hylamide and NIOD, The Ordinary has understandably taken the beauty world by storm because of its pricing structure. This HA contains sodium hyaluronate and in comparison to the elder NIOD MMHC is nowhere near as effective. However, it's still as effective as a lot of other, more expensive HA serums on the market so if budget is your main concern, better with than without. Just make sure you apply your moisturiser quickly after it to help maximise the benefits.







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63 comments:

  1. Is it as effective if I mix HA in with moisturiser before applying to skin??

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  2. Hi I would live to hear your thoughts on the Hada Labo Gokuyjun lotion. Tks for the post x

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    1. I'm not Caroline obvs :) But I love it. My skin is dry and dehydrated and it has been a game changer. It makes the skin look plump and healthy (even in the middle of winter). For me one of the best ways to see if I truly love a product is to stop using it for a while and then reintroduce it again. You can definitely feel/see the difference.

      And the bottle lasts ages (and that's with twice daily use). You only need a couple of drops. That said since I've been using it for over 2 years, plan to try the premium version. If I ever finish this bottle that is.

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    2. I love Hada Labi lotion, normal and the premium.

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  3. Thank you for this post Caroline. Can you use these daily or just a few times a week? Late 50s with goodish skin thanks to you. 😌

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    1. Daily! I use it twice daily too.

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  4. Deciem have some amazing Black Friday deals right now, I ordered one of the packs for myself today. Get in there!

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  5. Great post. Badly needed, as i have been getting a bit confused as to which hyaluronic acid product best to use & how they all differ. Currently using Timeless HA serum...

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  6. I totally love Jordan Samuel's hydrate (his whole range really!)
    I've got a bottle of mortar and pestle too which I haven't opened yet, glad it also gets the tick of approval!

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  7. Just FYI, you didn't give the price and size of the last HA!

    Hylamide fits into my budget at the mo, and it works a treat. If my slice of UK decides to give us a colder winter than last year I may have to upgrade...

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    1. I was about to mention that too as with my PD I'm thinking either Hylamide or the Ordinary one might benefit my very dry skin. I need to go shopping methinks!

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  8. I purchased the hyaluronic acid from Pestle & Morter about a year ago after reading about it on your blog. Barely got to use it as it fell in the sink and broke. My heart broke too.This summer a friend recommended a Japanese product called Gokujyun Lotion from Hadalabo, sold on amazon. I bought it and it is amazing for my skin. I have combination skin but this balances my skin instantly. My skin looks healthy, fresh, and lifted. Totally worth the $10-$15 I spent on it. If you try it or if you already have, I would love to get your thoughts on it.

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  9. I also have Hylamide, got it at CVS. I can't stand the smell of it so cannot use. I did try it and didn't see a difference.

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  10. My favourite ingredient, How did I not know about its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits? That's extremely reassuring to me as I've just started to see some rosacea at the very end of my nose (discrete but scary!) and I already know it is something I will have to tackle in the future!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

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  11. Is it at all possible HA can make one break out? I've gotten pimples from using Hydraluron (at least I think that's what caused it - fairly reactive skin).

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  12. Thanks for this! Just ordered a hydlamide set- bargain!!

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  13. I've found the Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium to be amazing and non-clogging, although I do have the Deciem Black Friday NIOD set on the way.. but for the price I think I'll always keep a Gokujyun Premium around for an HA product.

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    1. I love Hada Labo so much, I use it all over my body too!

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    2. [v], Do you follow up the Hada Labo with a body lotion, or just use it all over on it's own?

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    3. I follow up with L'Occitane Almond body oil or their shea butter lotion. I use the red hada labo that has retinol for whole body anti ageing!

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  14. Gotta love Brandon. And for those who haven't seen today deciem has some of the best Black Friday deals I've seen! Hurry though but I bet there will be more on Monday.

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  15. I have no idea why my skin breaks out in tiny bumps every single time I use a product containing hyaluronic acid?! I have tried serums, moisturisers and masks but without fail it'll break me out!

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  17. Where would you put HA in your cleansing routine? XX

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    1. Right before moisturiser, after your serum.

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  18. l have oily skin that gets dehydrared very easily. Specialy as the winter cold arives, so HA is a must! Where I live the brands mentioned are not easily avalible so I get by on Caudalie's SOS quenching serum and La Roche Posay's Hydraphase range. These are life savers and quite affordable.

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  19. Pestle and Mortar are having a Black Friday sale--20% offf with code pmblackfriday20. It's on until Nov. 29th.

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  20. Brandon must be the superman of skincare.

    Caroline, any reason you chose to recommend Hylamide HA Booster over the Sub-Q Anti-Age serum from Hylamide? I'm curious because I just got the latter :) Wouldn't mind getting them both, though, with the awesome offers that's going on this weekend. (fyi I'm 25, non-smoker, normal/dry skin)

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    1. Wow attention to detail, I didn't notice that. There is a fantastic sub q review in the archives though, haven't seen an HA booster review or in routines

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    2. Yup, that's where it was brought to my attention

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  21. Appreciate if anyone from Pestle & Mortar could let me know if their product will be made available in Australia anytime soon. Thanks.

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    1. Jenny - check out Cloud10beauty.com, they stock Pestle & Mortar & ship worldwide.

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  22. Try Drunk Elephant HA...the best.

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  23. Hylamide is currently reduced from £18 to £7 on the Boots website!

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  24. This was perfectly timed. Just yesterday Dear Daughter was telling me how dry her skin is and that she didn't like the Hydraluron I gave her. When I offered my half empty bottle of Pestle & Mortar she didn't want to try something that was out of her budget. So now she has other options within her budget.

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  25. Caroline there is no mention of Vichy Aqualia. Do you think it's overpriced for the type of HA? I really love it but I wonder if you are referring to it when you recommend The Ordinary based on price. I also use Hadalabo and it's incredibly plumping. A real gem.

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    1. I adore the Vichy Aqualia, I use the rich day cream and the night spa & my very dry skin always glows in the morning.

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  26. Hi I use Hydraluron serum but is it better to use a product with more than one form of HA?

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  27. I break out but I find it settles down after a week or two, and the benefits outweigh the breakout. I am 54 though, so I have a lot of incentive to stick with it!

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  28. I found the hydraluron to be quite sticky/tacky. Love the hylamide and NIOD ones and want to try the Pestle and Mortar next.

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  29. Hydraluron before Kate Somerville Nourish is such a treat to the skin on a cold winter's night!

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  30. Im new to the Hirons method but have eagerly devouring her blog posts! Turns out I already had a few suitable products and I've bought a couple more since discovering Hirons but I could do with some advice on a few recommendations and replacements. I'm a bit bamboozled by which acids to look for and whether I should be cracking into the Vitamin A. I'm hoping some of you longer-term Hirons acolytes might be able to help me establish my routine.

    I'm 36, and I've just had my second baby which means I'm a) breastfeeding b) knackered and c) skint. I'm pretty lucky with my skin, it is neither oily nor dry, my main issues are lifelong dark circles and the inevitable onset of fine lines so (I think) I'm looking for mid range products that will help with dehydration and give a bit of glow.

    I'd be so grateful for any advice/ recommendations from people with similar skin as my baby brain can't really process all the unfamiliar ingredients at the moment!

    This is where I am at at the moment
    AM
    Cleanse - Liz Earle cleanse and polish
    Hydrating toner - ?? Recommendations please!
    Serum - Pestle and Mortar Hyluaronic Serum
    Oil - John Masters Organic Argan oil - want to change this up soon - any oil or cream (or both) recommendations?

    PM
    First cleanse - Avene miccellar water
    Second cleanse - Una Brennan Oil or Liz Earle
    Acid toner - Pixi glow lotion (very new to such active products so only using once daily)
    Serum - Pestle and Mortar Hylauronic Serum
    Oil - Boots botanics triple age renewal - any better recommendations?
    Cream - Avene rich compensating cream

    Thanks in advance - I'd love to know what your all using in your routines.

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    1. I used Retinol reface as a first step into Retinol. Am a few years older than you but found it v gentle and effective on my brow furrows. It's only £20 but often on offer in Boots making it even more of a bargain.

      I also like Hylamide sub-q as a daytime anti aging serum - again super affordable (£14 in Boots at mo) and Caroline rated it!'

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    2. If your on Instagram and search thr hashtag #carolinehironsmademedoit you'll find thousands of us posting skincare routines and recommendations - join us xx

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    3. Ooh I'll have a look into retinal reface, thanks. Obv I realise Caroline can't respond to every comment so it's brill to get a bit of a steer from others on what products have worked for them.

      Where in the regime do you use the retinol?

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    4. Claire Page that hashtag is bloody brilliant - thanks for the tip! Lots of lovely posts to scroll through while I'm up nursing he baby in the wee small hours!

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    5. Hi Scarlette - i've loving the merumaya treatment toner for your hydrating toner stage! x

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    6. Ooh lovely I've added that to my list to investigate! X

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    7. I think Indeed's vitamin c24 better than the reface. It has an immediate observable effect the next day. In the magnifying glass in any case. I am using it to hurry up the decongestion of pores/reduce pigmentation but I prefer to use day about with the Alpha H liquid gold to slow down the process a little. I like my face better after using the LG that's all. It's a brilliant product. Both are but work in different ways.

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  31. Hi. What do you think of HA supplements like these sold by Victoria Health please?
    https://www.victoriahealth.com/product/Hyaluronic-Acid-Capsules-High-Strength/1735

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  32. Ooh, I've never heard of HA. Will be checking out your recommendations!
    - Charmaine
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  33. Hmmm restoring my faith in HA after I became convinced it was drying my skin. What about all this on the web about HA sucking moisture from the skin if one is in a very dry atmosphere? I suppose compensate with a facial spritz...? Lovely article. Thank you x

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  34. Can't thank u enough Mrs.Hirons . Just one request next post please about moisturizers please as only moisturizer I think u recommend is p50 , plz more options

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  35. Would love your thoughts on the Skin Inc. product line! They have a hyaluronic acid serum that I use and really like!

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  36. So not only do I have to look for hyaluronic acid, but for both forms in my ingredient list? Oh my, skincare gets more complicated by the day.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  37. I have to add French Pharmacy favorite Ialuset

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  38. Hi Caroline,

    Thanks for this post, it's reminded me of the Hydraluron I bought last winter. I'm having a mare with my skin atm, it's become quite flaky and dry as the weather's turned (+ central heating etc..). I'm breaking out with lots of little hard spots on my cheeks. I have sensitive skin so I use a honey cleanser, followed by Differin 0.1% retinoid gel and then aloe vera moisturiser - I've tried a few different salicylic and glycolic acid toners but they all seriously irritated my skin.

    I'm going to reincorporate the Hydraluron into my routine to combat the dehydratedness, although it didn't seem to make a difference last year. I'm also worried that the retinoid is further dehydrating my skin? (I never had an issue with this throughout the warmer months) - should I stop using it/less often?

    I'd love to know what you think x

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  39. Bought Hylamide yesterday in Boots (it's on sale, btw!) due to this post, use it twice already and it seems good so far. I ended up with just a moisturiser and an eye cream for the past couple of weeks and, although I was layering on the moisturiser heavily, my skin needed a serum. Pretty much every purchase now has to be something vetted by Caroline.

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  40. Hello lovely Caroline, if I want to use a couple of drops of oil in between a serum and a moisturiser. Which I do because My skin loves oils and balms. How would I work this into a HA serum and moisturiser combo? Would I do the oil first or after ?
    I feel like my skin de-plumps without oil and needs that extra protection from the weather.

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  41. Hi Caroline and everyone, just a quick question: I know that HA is supposed to go onto the skin after serum and before moisturizer. I usually do: serum, oil, moisturizer. HA before or after oil? Thanks on your thoughts.

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