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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron
I debated for a long time about whether or not I should write a post about this product. If you've spent any time around the beauty community lately, you'll know that Hydraluron is an incredibly hyped up, raved about, cult skincare product .... but I absolutely hated it. I'd apologize for being harsh but it's the truth. You all know I don't like to write about the products I don't get along with, but for such a popular product, I thought it might be helpful for some to put my two cents out there because there really aren't a lot of negative reviews on this product, which is not a bad thing at all! I'm glad this product works wonders for so many people, but I also think people need to have access to a few reviews of the opposite sort. So here it goes..
For those of you who have never heard of Hydraluron, it's essentially one of the more concentrated hyaluronic acid serums out there and it claims to provide dehydrated skin a boost of moisture from below the surface. If you've seen my past couple posts this may sound familiar because it's sort of what the Origins Make a Difference Plus+ treatment is marketed for as well. I really didn't need Hydraluron when I purchased it (since at this point I had and was very happy with the Origins treatment) but when I saw that it was on sale at my local Shoppers Drug Mart I thought that I might as well snap it up since I've been meaning to try it out anyways, as it's all anyone's been talking about recently. I was really excited for this product and thought that it could be something I could use alternatively with the Origins treatment. You can imagine how high my expectations were at this point, I half expected it to somehow magically make me look like Jessica Alba ..... the Asian version of course.
So when I tried it the first time and noticed an immediate feeling of tightness afterwards, I was slightly disappointed. But anyone knows you should give a product a few goes before you make a final verdict, so the next evening I tried it a second time and boy do I regret it to this day because this time not only did I get that same feeling of uncomfortable tightness, this time I also developed the 'hard' type of dry, flaky patches everywhere on my face - even in places that I don't normal experience dehydration in, specifically the tops of my cheeks, my forehead, my temples, my chin - and the most painful rash-like skin reaction which I especially felt after I applied my moisturizer afterwards. This product seemed to do to my skin exactly the opposite of what it said it would do. My skin was not happy and neither was I. It was almost like the product chemically burned my skin because the hard, rough dryness did not go away for a week. Thankfully during the healing process, I did not feel any more pain when using my other skincare products but I also made sure to use my most gentle and calming cleansers and moisturizers, and absolutely nothing exfoliating (masks or toners).
I understand that with all products there are going to be people it doesn't work for, but I just had such a strongly averse reaction to this particular one that made me plain mad. I don't know if I used it the wrong way (I followed box instructions), if it's just something with my skin, or if the product is too concentrated/pure for me, but whatever the reason I won't be using this ever again.
A week later, my skin is back to normal and the Hydraluron back in its box to be returned. This product didn't work for me at all. I will very happily stick to my Origins offering which does everything and more for my skin anyways so I don't feel like I'm missing out! You can read my full review on that product here. If you're looking to purchase Hydraluron in the near future, I would highly recommend testing it out on a small patch of skin first for a couple of days before proceeding to apply it onto your entire face. I hope this review was helpful for some of you prospective buyers, and I promise the next post will be a cheerier one!