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Hyaluronic acid skincare products
Hyaluronic acid works to hydrate and soothe dry skin, keep every aspect of skin stable and constantly renewed. Are you eager for plumper, softer, smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and dry patches? Hyaluronic acid, one of the best skincare ingredients you need to try.
Which serum is worth it? B-hydra vs the ordinary
Listen up! It appears that not everyone understands that people have different skin types and live in different climates which need different products and methods. If I negatively review a product that you like, I’m not lying or trying to attack you—that’s just how it worked in my routine. I don’t mean any negativity or harm by reviewing these products together. SO! These serums are similar but do not have the same formulas, I know. But they give me similar results with one obviously beating out the other. But let’s see WHY: Products: The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Retails for $12 for a 1oz bottle. DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum Retails for $52 for a 1.69oz bottle. Product claims: They both claim to hydrate the skin and improve skin elasticity/bounce. Scent: TO: No scent. DE: a subtle natural scent, might be fruit or floral. *neither bother me. Texture: Both are sticky and sink in OK but B-hydra is thicker. Price point: TO: $12, comes in a glass bottle. DE: $52, comes in a plastic bottle. My experience with each: Starting with DE first, as I used it before TO: I jumped on the Drunk Elephant hype train in early June 2019 after falling in love with Protini in November 2018. I started using more of their products together, only introducing one at a time to my routine. I used this as a hydration serum/booster in addition to my moisturizer. At first, this was working very well for my skin, but after a while (specifically after the weather change) I noticed my skin getting worse with texture and breakouts so I promptly took this out of my routine in Oct 2019. Within a couple of weeks my skin was looking and feeling way better and I had a lot less redness (yes I kept everything else in my routine the same). Enter TO’s Hyaluronic acid + B5 serum: I ordered this during deciem’s Black Friday sale and promptly began incorporating it into my daily routine. I was expecting it to make my skin react like it did with B-hydra but that day never came! I’ve been using it almost daily for 4 months now and I regret nothing. My skin texture and overall appearance has improved and this is one of the products that helped me get there—no bs, no nonsense, just a super affordable serum!! Overall thoughts: Overall, here’s what I truly believe. B-hydra has a ton of awesome ingredients but I think it’s just overly complex for what it is, hence the price difference. If it works for you, that’s awesome! I’m happy for you. But as a sensitive skinned lady who is very acne prone, I don’t think this is for everybody. I was forcing myself to continue using B-hydra because all I saw on Instagram were positive reviews and praise and I thought it might be something else in my routine, but it wasn’t. The Ordinary’s no-nonsense Serum was a godsend for me and allows me to pick and choose whatever other ingredients I want to put on my skin. My final say is that TO’s serum is more worth it.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
A facial mist that does it all
I recently needed to go on a skincare diet because of some massive purging from retinol. To dial it back, I turned to some of my favourite products from youth to the people. Since I was cutting everything out, I used their adaptogen facial mist as my “mist”, toner and serum. The beautiful milky mist did it all for me and gave my skin the break it needed to heal. The fact that this has Sephora’s clean seal of approval, I know that this will treat my skin right especially when it’s irritated and compromised. It’s made with Reishi mushroom to help with redness and hydration. Ashwangandha, which is full of antioxidants to help tired and stressed skin, and hyaluronic acid which is a staple for many skincare products. Hydrated skin = healthy skin. If you’re curious about my skincare diet, it was as follows: 1 cleanse with Holifrog Tashmoo and/or Omega 2 generously spray yttp adaptogen mist 2 3 pumps of yttp HA serum 3 generously spray yttp adaptogen mist 4) farmacy’s cherry eye cream 5) two layers of yttp adaptogen cream Voila! I had de-stressed skin within days! #cherieconversations
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE-Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist with Reishi + Ashwagandha
I Don’t Believe In Skincare “Dupes”
You can’t “dupe” all high-end or niche products. This doesn’t apply to one-ingredient products like virgin marula oil. While the texture may be different, the end result is probably going to be the same for most folks. But multi-ingredient products like Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra, TLC Framboos, C-Firma, and other niche products from brands like Paula’s Choice, Youth to the People- the main active ingredients may be the same, but the concentrations and inactive ingredients are different. As well, they may not have an active ingredient that the “original” product does. Let’s take these two. Often touted as dupes, I love them both. I used to use them both daily, actually, though now B-Hydra is my main hydration serum. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 has HA and B5 as it’s two actives and I adore that TO utilizes multiple sizes of HA to draw moisture into different layers of your skin 💦 DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ‘s active ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid (both products use sodium hyaluronate, which is molecularly easier for skin to absorb) and Panthenol (B5, a hydrator), but also Niacinamide, which helps with controlling excess oil production. This key ingredient is what made B-Hydra so amazing when I struggled with oil overproduction. You can utilize the Ordinary’s Niacinamide+Zinc alongside its HA+B5 offering, but I enjoy that B-Hydra just has it already in it, as it makes B-Hydra a unique serum that addresses multiple issues common to those with combination/oily skin. As far as inactives go, both products include a variety of extracts, but B-Hydra bumps up its hydration offerings by adding sodium PCA in its ingredient list! It’s very well-rounded. So, is HA+B5 inferior? Not at all. I love it, and it’s an affordable, lovely hydration serum. I enjoy that the Ordinary does one- or two-note products because it allows you to truly personalize a skincare routine. But HA+B5 is not a duplicate for B-Hydra, the ingredient lists are very different even if they share two actives. It can be used as a substitute, but long-term results likely won’t be the same without supplementing the missing niacinamide via a secondary product. Saving money is A+, but evaluate *where* in an ingredient list you’re willing to budge before grabbing a “dupe”!
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
You may be using hyaluronic acid incorrectly...
I did a post on hyaluronic acid recently and I realized I forgot one of the most important parts. I told you how to layer it in your routine but I forgot the most important tip. Add water! I’ve been super guilty in the past of just going straight in with my hyaluronic acid serums and wondering why they weren’t doing anything. I decided to test out over the last few weeks adding it into my routine while my face was still wet and it was a success! This way instead of hyaluronic acid pulling water from your skin it’s taking the water already on your skin and driving it deep in. Water is also a penetration enhancer so this wet base is going to help drive your products deeper into the skin as well. I know it sounds weird because we’re all used to washing our face, drying it off, and then putting on our serums but I’ve noticed the hugest difference in the hydration of my face while using this method. Currently I’m using the The Ordinary - Marine Hyaluronics which is my favorite hyaluronic acid serum so far. It’s a watery consistency that absorbs into the skin and doesn’t pill up under my make up like the regular hyaluronic acid from the ordinary can. If you try this out and see results let me know! 🖤
GOOD MOLECULES-Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Products to Mix for Aging Skin
🐘 Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream -A 1% retinol (which is pretty dang strong for an over the counter) to speed up cell turnover and minimize signs of aging that also contains plumping peptides so form the skin and antioxidant rich ingredients such as winter cherry juice, kale leaf extract, and marula see oil to brighten and nourish 🐘 Drunk Elephant B Hydra -A hydrating gel serum containing humectants such as hyaluronic acid and pro vitamin B5 to draw in moisture and plump the skin as well as ceramides to strengthen the skin barrier. 🐘 I love these two together because retinol while an amazing ingredient can definitely be a little bit drying for some. B Hydra helps work as a buffer when mixed A Passioni and minimizes dryness and irritation while delivering hydration. I also am not a huge fan of the texture of A Passioni so mixing it with B Hydra really makes the texture more palatable for me. And the best thing about Drunk Elephant is that because they don’t use silicones any of their products can be mixed and applied in one step.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-A-Passioni Retinol Cream
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