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by Kathy R.
I tried the Deciem Hylamide Low-Molecular HA ($20 in the shop) for four weeks and just wasn’t feeling it. I had high expectations of keeping my 50-ish winter dry skin fresh and soft. I got a sticky and plastic feeling instead. The product promises, “Hyper-strength rehydration serum with five forms of hyaluronic compounds with varying molecular weights to target visible skin rehydration at multiple levels.” I tried this on one heel as a hydration test and saw no difference between the two feet.
I followed the directions to apply after cleansing prior to other moisturizers. I tried this with and without additional moisturizers and particularly watched a scaly dry spot on one cheek. Upon initial application it appears smooth, but soon scaled up as usual I think it was just glued down temporarily. My regular moisturizer does a better job of keeping the spot in check. The product also touts the plumping of fine lines…not that I could see. The medicine dropper applicator is lovely allowing a sanitary dispensing of product onto fingertip. The liquid was the consistency of packaged pancake syrup, very thick, but easy to spread. I found about 3-4 drops did the face with a few more for neck and décolletage. Once the serum dried, my face looked like it was covered in plastic wrap (slight exaggeration). It was hard and shiny and my skin did not feel natural.
The ingredients sounded promising, with five forms of hyaluronic compounds. Ingredients start with; aqua (water), hydrolyzed yeast extract, What exactly is a yeast extract I wondered. Well, it’s the inside of a yeast cell. This contains glutamic acid and sodium hyaluronate crossplymer. Yeast extract can also be used as a skin conditioning agent. Saccharide isomerate is a water binding agent., pentylene glycol is used as a solvent and preservative. The bottom line is there are seven ingredients listed prior to the first ingredient their advertising touts, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, which they state is purified non-animal source hyaluronic acid for oil-free surface hydration.
I am a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to my cosmetics. I am willing to overlook chemical composition when the product does the job for me. This one did not and the ingredient list left me doing my research since I only recognized a few. Water, caster oil, glycerin and citric acid, which were mostly at the bottom of the list and likely play a very minor role.
Overall, I recommend skipping this one and staying with the moisturizer you love.