What is it? Hyaluronic Acid serum
What does/should it do? Hydrate your skin.
Hyaluronic acid is the first ‘proper’ skincare product I bought, after deciding the woman I saw in the mirror looked tired and dull. My skin had lost its bounce, and the internet told me I’d find it again in a HA serum. And I did! A miracle of science and consumerism.
After already dipping my toe in Alpha-H waters and liking what I found, it was a no-brainer that the next time I was shopping for a HA serum, Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 is what I turned to next.
Skincare nerdery/research/probably Caroline Hirons led me to the conclusion that what I needed in life was a multi-molecular weight HA, which is what this beautiful serum is. Molecular weight is the size of the molecule, with smaller molecules penetrating deeper layers of your skin, and bigger molecules hanging out on the surface. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture, and holds onto it in your skin, which is what gives the plump, hydrated effect. You should always follow it up with a good moisturiser, to give the HA something to hold on to.
This non-sticky HA serum makes my skin feel and look deliciously plump. It makes my face feel tacky as I apply it, but quickly absorbs into nothing. It works just as well on its own, over the top of my morning actives, or even mixed in with my gradual tanner serum. I can take it up around my eyes without sensitivity, and it has made a vast difference to my under-eye dryness without the addition of a dedicated eye cream in my routine. I can take most serums around my eyes, but, of course, your skin is different. You do you.
This has already been a repurchase for me, and although I was dithering between buying a third or taking the heartbreakingly empty bottle as a sign to try something new, writing this review has reminded me of exactly why I love this serum. It has one job in my routine and performs that job spectacularly.
A single-weight HA will usually make your skin feel sticky and probably tight, but Alpha-H is having none of that. Named Hyaluronic 8 for the ‘magic eight’ ingredients (their words), the HA in this serum will penetrate the deeper layers of your skin, building moisture at those layers as well as on the surface. It includes proprietary ingredients designed to mimic fillers, and capture and boost the HA already in the surface and deeper layers of your skin. They’ve thrown in a few antioxidants because we can’t have enough of those. Finally, anti-inflammatory aloe vera rounds out a workhorse of a serum.
I love this stuff, my skin loves this stuff; I highly recommend this serum if you want to/can afford to.