I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving because I know I certainly did. I spent mine at home in Arlington, Virginia, and had quite the time. In fact, I met a nice young man who took me out on a wonderful date to dinner and a movie. We saw Andy Kaufman's new flick Synecdoche at the E Street Cinema, which, if you're familiar with the ins and outs of the D.C. dating world, was quite a nice choice.
I'm bringing this up because there is some relevance to my personal odyssey within the world of skin care products. The night before our date, I noticed that there were two Thanksgiving-worthy blemishes waiting to erupt on my chin and upper lip-- just in time for Friday. Of course! It always happens that way, doesn't it?
My solution? Borrow some of my younger sister's Pro Active mask and slather it on the night before... with dreams of falling asleep to wake up with a clearer, smoother complexion. The result? Bringing both of the pimples to the most noticeable head, and completely destroying my skin to chapped, Rudolph-the-red-faced misperfection.
Thank goodness for a strong, heavy concealer and my new pot of Bioelements Moisture x10 ($39, 1 fl. oz.), both of which I carried along in my purse throughout the night.
Now, I've written about hyaluronic acid (HA) before (which you can read about here), and it is really one of my favorite new ingredients out in the market today. I first came across it in Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum, and have been looking for its inclusion in every new skin care product that I have tried out since.
What it is:
HA is the naturally occurring and widespread component found within the extra-cellular space within bodily tissues, especially that of the face. Originally extracted from rooster combs, it is now produced as a reactive by-product of a benign bacteria and is identical to the substance found within the skin. Its water-binding and water-attracting attributes fill up the spaces between the connective fibers collagen and elastin in the dermis, which together make up the structural totality of the extra-cellular matrix (ECM). When injected into the face, HA functions to hydrate and separate the skin, holding onto water and supporting all that makes the face plump and voluptuous.
It is extremely penetrative, and when applied topically to the skin it can reach deep down into the dermis to combine with, maintain and attract water, as well as to promote skin/blood microcirculation and nutrient absorption and maintain normal metabolism. And thanks to its super-sized hydrating properties will result in a smoother and softer skin with decreased wrinkles and an all-around fuller appearance.
It is especially good for those finding themselves with skin in the same condition as mine was over the holidays: chapped, irritated and blemished. It hydrates and moisturizes without feeling greasy, and will do wonders for smoothing out skin flakes and other nuisances.
This formula also includes dimethicone, a silicone, which acts as a skin barrier agent that allows for the healing and protection of damaged skin. Also kind of nice is the inclusion of sodium EDTA, which is a water softener, or chelator, that helps remove any heavy metals that tap water may have left on your skin. However, I must mention that there are some reports that it may be toxic (although at higher levels than you would expect to find in cosmetics).
So far, so good. The only other things worth mentioning that might cause for concern are two preservatives: There's diazolidinyl urea, a possible irritant that may turn into formaldehyde (with 1 in 1000 people reporting irritation from contact); and, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, a potential allergan according to one Danish Study.
With those caveats in mind, I still would not hesitate to lend this pot out to any of my girlfriends suffering from the same winter skin woes as I. It was extremely healing and moisturizing, in my experience... and was a complete life saver when it came to keeping my concealer from caking up and flaking. In fact, I got my best use out of the product when I mixed it with the concealer and applied it to my pimples. It went on much smoother and covered all the more effectively.
Dimethicone, Glycerin, Water (aqua) (Eau), Hyaluronic Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Carbomer, Sodium EDTA, Tromethamine
What is it? Hyaluronic acid & Sodium hyaluronate
Reviewed and recommended: Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum
Reviewed and recommended: Bioelements Power Peptide