The Hydra Hype

\ Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron Moisture Booster Serum

I gave in to the hype and found myself with a tube of Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron Moisture Booster.

I have been using hyaluronic acid preparations for a few years now. I habitually apply them after washing my face to stop any tightness and to provide a clean feeling light boost of moisture to my face. After a month of using the Hydraluron Moisture Booster I can honestly say that I am really unimpressed. Hydraluron is intended to “restore optimal hydration levels”, but from my personal experience, using this is almost the same as not using anything at all. The serum is a clear gel that does sink into the skin quickly without leaving any sticky residue.

Sadly, I expected more from this rather pricey tube that retails at £24.99 in Boots for a small 30ml tube.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

Clearly I must be doing something wrong as there are plenty of happy reviews of this. Perhaps it just doesn’t suit my skin type – Combination/dry/sensitive.

I have since gone back to my previous hyaluronic acid skincare routine which involves the Hada Labo range by Rohto Japan. Hada Labo is a range of skincare that has its focus on simplicity and effectiveness to provide healthy skin. Hada Labo utilises Super Hyaluronic Acid and omits  colourants, fragrance, unnecessary additives and mineral oil.

 Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Gokujyun Moisturising Lotion – Moist Type

The Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Gokujyun Moisturising Lotion is a favourite in our home, with both Hiro and I using it, we have gone through many a bottle and refill! 

Hiro uses this as a daily light moisturiser during the warmer weather and pat this into my face as a skin prep before applying moisturiser or oil throughout the year to relieve the feeling of tightness after washing. Like the Hydraluron Moisture Booster, this is also a clear gel, only as this is a lotion it is more liquid. I prefer this to the latter as it quickly relieves my skin of dryness and provides a plumped up feel to my skin that makes the application of any subsequent skincare or make up , especially BB creams a breeze. It also provides a dewy glowy boost to the skin and blurs my pores too.

A little goes a long way so the generous size lasts us months making this all the more reasonable. You can get 170ml for about £10 – £11 depending on the exchange rate (you can buy this from Adam Beauty) You can see the ingredients list HERE

1 of these lotions is sold every 4 seconds in Japan and is alcohol, fragrance, mineral  and colorant free. Available in 2 moisturising levels, “Moist Type” and “Light Type”.

Hada Labo UV Creamy Gel SPF50++++

The Hada Labo UV Creamy Gel came out this year and replaced the UV Moist Cream. It has been formulated with three kinds of hyaluronic acids to keep the skin moisturised. I like it because it is very lightweight and best of all…..completely and utterly transparent on the skin. 

This may not be the quickest sunscreen to absorb into the skin but I like this. I have patches of eczema on my face and this works well to appease the dry patches. It takes its time to sink into my skin but in return for a bit of patience, it provides hard-working moisturising properties that delivers a comfortable and silky smooth finish that lasts me all day.

Hada Labo BB Moist Cream SPF32 +++

This is an old favourite of mine as it is good for all seasons. I flit between the two shades from winter to summer and winter again.

It has a sheer – medium (but buildable) coverage and imparts a satin like natural finish. It applies well and is very comfortable on the skin as it allows my dry sensitive skin to breathe.

Oil control is poor in the heat but then I would not recommend this for oily skin. Like most Japanese BB creams, this is fragrance free. Again this has no mineral oil which makes me very happy indeed.

You can see swatches of these BB creams HERE

Hada Labo items can be found on Adam Beauty, IchibanKao. Mihoko Shop. Imomoko.