March 21, 2019

Tips for Hyaluronic Acid in Skincare + A Review of Lhamour's Repairing Hyaluronic Serum


"Sand Dunes"

Inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of Mongolia's Khongor sand dunes, I captured this product in the warm afternoon sunlight to recreate a creamy gradient of shadows and highlights. The dramatic line piercing through in a diagonal gives homage to the sharp tops/crests of windblown sand dunes.

Pictured above is a top view of Lhamour's Repairing Hyaluronic Serum, a light, water-based product to be layered beneath a moisturizer. And here's the beautifully sleek metal exterior in it's full glory below. 


WHAT IS IT? 

This formulation uniquely includes nettle extract and lavender oil [with astringent and soothing properties] and uses a natural preservative and skin moisturizer, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, which is "created by fermenting Raphanus sativus (radish) roots with the microorganism, Leuconostoc, a bacteria from lactic acid." – quote from Paula's Choice


IS IT CLEAN? 

Their products are free of parabens, fragrance, coloring, alcohol and mainly clean. This serum is formulated less than 10 recognizable ingredients and most all of them rate low on the EWG toxicity scale. I've had no problems myself, but the only ingredient that I would be slightly wary about is potassium sorbate, a man-made preservative, which in rare cases may cause irritation if you are allergic to it. 

Simplified List of Ingredients: Aqua, Urea, Glycerin, Nettle Extract, Lavender Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Panthenol, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Sorbate. 




HOW DOES IT FEEL?

This particular serum feels like a very lightweight, gel-like substance. It spreads easily onto the skin and has an immediate cooling/soothing effect. It has no fragrance [which I love] and absorbs into the skin without tackiness. This one layers well underneath other serums and I especially like applying this in my morning routine.


WHAT DOES IT DO?

The hyaluronic acid in the serum is a humectant, drawing and retaining water in the skin's top layer, which helps prevent moisture loss. Visualizing the exterior texture of a raisin vs. a grape, when used properly, hyaluronic acid can help plump up the skin and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. 



SOME TIPS!

I happen to live in an all-year-round humid environment, which is perfect for hyaluronic acid. But if you live in a very dry/low moisture environment, I would be extra mindful when using a serum such as this one. Why? Because it works powerfully as a humectant. If there's not enough moisture in the air to draw from, the hyaluronic acid may end up drawing moisture away from your skin - not good.

I personally like to spray a hydrating mist all over my face before and after I apply this serum. Then I make sure to seal in the moisture with an oil based moisturizer and/or face oil. You could also save this serum for days when it's very wet outside – on rainy days, beach trips, foggy mornings – or apply this serum as an overnight moisturizing treatment with the humidifier on low. 

*The Repairing Hyaluronic Serum was kindly gifted by Lhamour for review




All images © 2019 Grace Song Photography
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