If you have dry, or more specifically, dehydrated skin (learn the difference here), you’ll have heard of hyaluronic acid.
It’s the gold standard for skin hydration. This is thanks to its ability to hold 1000 times its own weight in water. It is naturally occurring in the body, so doesn’t have any side effects and won’t cause irritation. The sponge-like effect means that it will help your skin not only retain moisture, but will also plump fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve found this increasingly important as I get older, and this is because our skin loses its ability to retain moisture as we age.
You often see hyaluronic acid paired with Vitamin B5, and that’s because they are the ideal duo for dehydrated skin. You’ll see Vitamin B5 listed in the ingredients list as panthenol, which is the alcohol form of the vitamin. When applied to the skin, it transforms into vitamin B5, the acid form, or pantothenic acid. This substance is a highly effective humectant, meaning it both attracts and holds water that it pulls out of the air.
Okay, so now that the science bit is out of the way, onto the product. Founded by Sam Dhatt a leading expert chemist and founder of Allure Labs in California, Dermaquest is a relatively new brand in South Africa, but is making serious inroads.
The Dermaquest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum comes in an airless pump tube (as all skincare should, IMO), and is a clear serum with a gel-like texture. The formula is not as liquid as many other HA serums, but it spreads well and I only need two pumps to cover my face and neck. I find that because of the thicker consistency, it does take a littler longer to absorb, but for the results it delivers, I don’t mind at all. I also used it with my Environ roller a few times, and it worked incredibly well.
I’ve been applying it at night (on evenings when I’m not doing retinol), as well as under my day cream for three weeks now, and have noticed a marked improvement in the fine lines around my eyes and the nasolabial ‘trench’ on the left side of my mouth is much less noticeable. My complexion is brighter and my skin is definitely plumper than before.
The only downside I could find was that it didn’t play well with my tinted La Roche-Posay sunscreens, but it worked fine until the non-tinted ones. It’s bizarre, but at least I could still wear sunscreen. It was a perfect base for makeup at night, too, as it creates a perfectly plump, even surface.
The only other serum HA serum I’ve loved as much as this one is the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5, but the Dermaquest takes top spot because of the better application method. The SkinCeuticals comes in one of those annoying dropper bottles that are the biggest faff to use, and they feel a little unhygienic, too.
You all know how passionate I am about a good skincare routine, and I’ve partnered with a team of people just as passionate to bring you a wonderful giveaway.
Dr Alek Nikolic and his team at SkinMiles are offering one of my readers a Dermaquest Skin Starter Kit valued at R1495. There are five skin concern variants to choose from:
- Dermaquest Radiant Skin Kit
Contains protective antioxidants that tone and tighten the skin, while protecting it from harmful free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles.
- Dermaquest Pigment Control Kit
Specifically designed and formulated to even and brighten the skin, correcting skin discolorations.
- The Dermaquest Acne Management Kit
Effectively targets acne with a 4-step system designed to clear and control breakouts.
- The Dermaquest Essential Starter Kit
Contains the 4 core essential products to hydrate and revitalize any skin type.
- Dermaquest Age Defense Kit
Restores youthful vitality to the skin that contains vital skin peptides and antioxidants.
To enter, please follow this link: Dermaquest Kit Competition
The giveaway is only open to South African residents, and entries close at 5pm on Friday 29 June 2018.