Astalift Aquarysta and Indeed Labs Hydraluron
I went through a phase recently of extremely dehydrated skin thanks to a product that will remain unnamed. Once I’d identified (a moisturiser with built-in sunscreen – NEVER again) and eliminated the culprit, I needed to get my skin back to full hydration, but I wanted to try and avoid greasiness if at all possible. I’d been trying – and failing – with Hydraluron for a few months, but decided to give it another go, layered with another product that I’ve tried in the past, and quite liked, but didn’t love.
It turns out, however, that if your skin is dehydrated to the point of feeling like pebbled leather, then your skin will LOVE these two products, especially if you layer them one over the other for a double whammy of hydrating gel-based goodness.
Astalift Aquarysta is based around collagen, and Hydraluron is chockfull of hydraluronic acid. Both are gels, a texture that normally gives me the heebie jeebies, but I can’t deny that that for dehydrated skin – and not, I must make clear, dry skin, my skin is on the oily side, albeit sensitive – gels are fabulous. Easily absorbed, and not leaving a residue on the skin, I found that my “pebbly” problem cleared up in a couple of days, and I’ve kept up using this duo of products ever since. My skin is smoother and more evenly textured than it has been in a long time as a result. I’m happy!
I love how the Aquarysta jelly self-levels in the jar after you scoop some out (there are, quite literally, whole minutes of fun you can have chopping up the jelly with the tiny scoop included then watching the product right itself), and both the Aquarysta and Hydraluron leave skin in great condition, and ready for your moisturiser over the top. Just a quick word for people who don’t like scented products though, the Astalift range is rather heavily scented with a slightly old-fashioned tea-rose scent, and some people might find this offputting.
Hydraluron is unscented, and is usually included in those 3-4-2 offers at Boots. I highly recommend that you pick up a tube or two, just in case.
Personally, I think that if your skin is in good condition, then you might not notice these products making any difference – I certainly didn’t! – but when your skin is totally out of condition, or tired, or lacking some glow, then both (or either, I realise not everyone is as lucky as I am with my magic blogger cupboard), of these could make all the difference in the world. I’m off to purchase backups of both for my honeymoon next month, when I fear the sun and the salt and the sunscreen is going to wreak havoc with my complexion …
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