You can count on Deciem to make you rethink things. In my case, they have just upended what I’ve come to expect from a body lotion. The latest from Deciem’s Chemistry range is a crystal clear gel that is, to paraphrase the brand, one big tub of hyaluronic acid — and little more besides.
I have been testing Deciem The Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Concentrate ($28 in the shop) during a relatively mild fall with only a few really dry and cold days to put it through its paces. However, I have found it to be both effective and a delight to use. It has been such a nice change to use a lightweight, clear gel on the body that I’m surprised I haven’t come across this type of formula before.
The gel is very rapidly absorbed, quick drying and scent-free. And it keeps my skin hydrated all day. A huge plus for me is that I tend to be prone to lumps, bumps and breakouts on my chest, shoulders and back of the neck, especially in winter as I layer on more clothes and lurch from sweaty to dry and cold throughout the course of the day. But not since I’ve been using Hyaluronic Concentrate.
Deciem approaches hyaluronic acid in two ways: The first is to use a variation called sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer. Polymer’s are lots of molecules that are strung together. In this case, the polymer is made up of sodium hyaluronate molecules and as its polymer goes into the skin, enzymes in our bodies break them down gradually. This allows moisture to be delivered over an extended period of time. This is one important factor in understanding why Deciem’s Hyaluronic Concentrate doesn’t sit on the skin like so many traditional body lotions.
The second is the incorporation of tremella. Temella fuciformis is a genus of fungi in the family tremellacea with water-retention capabilities that are supposedly superior to hyaluronic acid. Deciem claims that it boosts moisture retention of HA by 400 times. Not only is the jelly-like fungi a source of vitamin D, but it’s also a free radical scavenger that enhances the body's own superoxide dismutase. According to one study, it even inhibits melanin.
Overall, this is a focused formula and even the botanical extract, tamarind seed, has been chosen because it boosts hydration within the dermis. Tamarind is also useful as a skin brightener and for helping to diminish dark spots. You’ll also find red algae, which despite the latest trend in marine extracts, remains relatively rare. Red algae is a good source of glycans, which increase the production of collagen by aiding intra-cellular communication and delivering vitamins and minerals for cellular health.
I would highly recommend this body lotion for those willing to recalibrate their preconceptions and especially for those in need of a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic as well as anti-aging for the neck down.