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Today I will be reviewing two Skinceuticals serums that I have been using regularly for the last few weeks now. I have noticed quite a difference since then. My skin was in desperate need of help, as it usually is when winter rolls around. The wonderful people at Wonderskincare were kind enough to give me a skin consultation and get me on a customized skin care routine that consisted of Skinceuticals products (to shop my current skin care routine click here).
The two serums I’d like to highlight are the ones pictured above, the H.A. Intesifier and the Age + Blemish Defense. Both have been instrumental in keeping my skin moisturized, hydrated and looking it’s best.
The H.A. Intensifier retails for $130 and can be purchased here. The initials stands for Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier. This multifunctional corrective serum helps to amplify the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. It contains high concentration hyaluronic acid, proxylane and botanicals extracts of licorice root and purple rice.
According to the Skinceuticals website, this serum is good for normal, oily, dry, combination and/or sensitive skin. You would use it in the morning after cleansing, toning and Vitamin C serum steps. Use four to six drops, rub it in your hands, pat on the skin and blend. Simple and easy.
One thing you will notice right away is how hydrated your skin feels as soon as the serum touches your skin. It absorbs very quickly and leaves no residue behind. This serum helps the skin retain it’s firmness, smoothness and facial plumpness which we tend to lose as we get older.
In case you want to know what each ingredient does and what role they play, I got you.
Now in case, you haven’t read any of my previous blog, here is everything you need to know about it. This is why hyaluronic acid is amazing!
Proxylane is a sugar protein hybrid that’s used to simulate the production of glycosaminoglycans, GAGs for short. Our skin needs it to nourish collagen and elastin. Both are proteins found in the skin to keep the skin’s elasticity and hydration. Without them, the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines start to show. It also helps against the skin’s water loss.
Age + Blemish Defense
The potent serum retails for $110 and can be purchased here. This 2-in-1 serum helps to fight acne and keep the signs of aging at bay while helping to get rid of discoloration, clogged pores and dull skin. This oil free acid blend has 2% dioic acid, as well as, alpha and beta-hydroxy acid.
According to the Skinceuticals website this serum, this serum can be applied in the morning or in the evening. I personally apply it in the morning all over my face and in the evening I apply where want to see the most improvements.
What I first notice is the heat and slight tingle. This guy goes straight to work as soon as you apply it on the skin. Over time the tingle goes away but from time to time I still get that heat on my face.
Dioic acid is something I hadn’t heard of before so I had to look it up. It helps to decrease excess sebum and decrease the P. acnes bacteria. It’s also shown to improve the skin tone as a result. I would think that due to the decrease in acne, there would be less acne scar which would lead to an increase in skin improvement.
AHA, alpha-hydroxy acid, is water soluble. It penetrates the skin easily and works at the top layer of the skin. It removes the top layer of dead skin cells and can increase the thickness of deeper layers of skin which promotes firmness. It’s a great, gentle and effective exfoliant that works on the surface level.
Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that it found in this serum. It fights acne on a deeper level. This oil soluble acid is used to combat inflammation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles while fighting acne. It can penetrate through the lipid layer, reach the pores and unclog them. It gets the junk from the inside. It is also a great exfoliant.
I am a big fan of these serum. They are expensive but you get exactly what you pay. These two serum have helped my skin out without drying it out. If you haven’t yet, I would highly suggest that you check it out.