Today’s nugget of beauty knowledge comes from The Pool’s editorial project manager. Liz is in her mid-thirties, has fair, freckly skin that she describes as oily and prone to breakouts. She doesn’t wear make-up save for a bit of BB cream and mascara (currently Clinique’s High Impact Waterproof). Liz takes absolutely no nonsense, especially when it comes to skincare. When it comes to masks, moisturisers, tonics and toners, Liz plays hardball.
Last week she send me the following email.
Subject: This stuff has changed my life (and also my skin)
I don’t get excited about products often but this one has made a real difference.
After nearly two months of use, my complexion is smoother and firmer, my skin feels super soft without ever feeling greasy, and it no longer sucks up all of my moisturiser like it used to.
I've never been this pumped on a product I didn't even know I needed, and the price is great. I’ve already bought my second bottle.
Quite literally a glowing report. So what is this marvellous skin changing stuff? It’s called Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Serum and it’s £18 from Boots.
Ignore the baffling name – what this actually is, is a very light and non-oily serum which contains ingredients that work to hydrate every layer of your skin, from surface to lower level. It’s got Hyaluronic Acid which is key to keeping your skin well moisturised, as well as Tamarind plant extract that plumps up your skin and help improve elasticity.
Especially good on oily and combination skin because of its lightness, after you’ve washed your face, warm a couple of drops between your palms and massage all over, before applying your moisturiser. It absorbs very quickly, making it good for putting on in the morning before your make-up.
Whilst serums aren’t necessarily do or die, at this time of the year they can be a really good idea if your face is feeling dry and tight. Acting like a booster, they help your skin lock in moisture and stay hydrated without the use of heavy creams.
There are lots of serums on the market that do different things – some to brighten, some to treat acne, some to even out patchy tone – and at varying price points it can be a bit of a minefield. Hylamide is perfect as a morning skin pep-up in cold weather, and at £18, is one of the most reasonable on offer. As you only need a few drops a day, it lasts a good while and it’s not tested on animals.