Girls, I think I’ve found the ultimate skin hydrator. It’s pricey, but worth every cent!
Let me start by saying that earlier this year, I did a 2-month trial of the new Sisley Phyto-Blanc Hydrating Emulsion (R2314). I’m happy to report that I was impressed with the results. I stayed on my normal skincare routine, and switched my night cream for the Emulsion. I didn’t use any other pigmentation specific products during the trial, although I did stay on my retinol routine. But as I was on it before and had been for months and months, I didn’t think it would make a difference.
Sisley has their own scanner that they use to analyze the state of your skin. Having pale skin in Africa, means that pigmentation and dehydration are always my biggest concerns. After 2 months I could see an improvement in the appearance of my pigmentation, so went and had my skin rescanned, and the results were incredible. Yes, my melanin (the stuff that makes up dark marks) had improved, but so had everything else! As fat as pigmentation treatments go, I think the Sisley Phyto-Blanc Intensive Lightening Serum (R4398) combined with the Sisley Phyto-Blanc Intensive Dark Spot Corrector (R1746) used on stubborn marks would have made a bigger difference, so I’m definitely going to give that duo a go next winter.
Anyway, a little while later, I was introduced to the brands new Hydra-Global SerumAnti-Aging Hydration Booster (R3360), I knew it would definitely be worth the price tag. Having just come out of winter, my skin was as dry as could be, so this sounded like just what I needed. And boy, oh boy, it was!
I try every hydrating serum I can get my hands on, and have been doing so for 15 years. So, when I say this is one of the best, you can be sure it has been compared to EVERYTHING else. If you have oily skin, please stay with me, as more often than not it is oily skin that is the most dehydrated. Remember dry skin lacks oil, but dehydrated skin lacks moisture.
The instant effect is almost like getting a new skin. My skin is visibly hydrated and plumped the second I apply it – like those little beads florists use that expand and absorb water.
It’s been 11 years since Sisley launched the first Hydra-Global product, and years of research have lead to an improved formula. The idea behind this serum is to get your skin back to retaining moisture itself, like my two year olds does (not that I’m jealous or anything). It does this in 3 stages: first, it sends moisture via hyaluronic acid to where the skin needs it most. Japanese Cedar Bud, blue algae yeast and carob bean then all help to retrain the skin to produce its own hyaluronic acid (this is vital because it holds up to 1000 its weight in water).
Next, that moisture needs to be transported around the layers of the skin. Now, naturally this is done by proteins called Aquaporin-3, but they reduce in number as we age, so Sisley has added Wild Pansy extract because it identically mimics Aquaporin-3 synthesis to get the process moving effectively again.
The final step is to ensure that the skin can effectively hold onto the moisture it has been given. This is done by tightening the junctions that hold the water in place. Carob Bean features here again, as well as Edelweiss extract that creates a strong barrier between the junctions.
This many-layered approach means that your skin is not only instantly hydrated, but becomes naturally more so with continued use. I cannot believe how much better my skin was after just 3 weeks of daily use. My fine lines were reduced, my skin looked firmer and my complexion was so much brighter! I applied it under my day cream in the morning and by itself on the nights I wasn’t using retinol.
If you suffer with dehydrated skin (and most of us do), this is definitely a game changer!