This is the time of year when I reach for anything quenching – and that’s just my excuse for a cold Chardonnay. Seriously, I don’t know whether it’s the weather, hormones or both, but for last month or so, my skin has been super thirsty. I find that serums often need topping up with moisturizers, but I recently I have been trying two sodium hyaluronate based ones that are quenching enough on their own as well as bringing anti-aging ingredients to the party.

It seems that no new serum can launch these days without making a big deal about sodium hyaluronate and SenZen’s Plump It Up Hydrating Serum ($48) and Your Best Face’s Hydrate B ($40 in the TIA shop) are no exception.  One of the reasons for sodium hyaluronate’s “it” status is that, according to a review in The Archives of Dermatology, it is one of three anti-aging treatments available that are proven clinically effective. the naturally occurring and widespread component found within the extra-cellular space within bodily tissues, especially those of the face. Its water-binding and water-attracting attributes fill up the spaces between the connective fibers collagen and elastin in the dermis. Like most things, it decreases with age and, therefore, we need to top it up somehow.

SenZen’s Plump It Up Hydrating Serum has also silk amino acids and antioxidant botanicals including three types of tea. More unusually, there is magnolia, which is used as a skin whitener and to soothe irritation. Forsythia suspensa is one of SenZen’s signature ingredients and is an antioxidant that research has shown can outperform vitamin C. It must be said that there are a couple of silicones (although they do provide something of a wind barrier) and controversial lavender.

Your Best Face’s Hydrate B is a simple formula that is mostly what it says on the tin, There are two forms of vitamin B. There’s a one percent  or so shot of DMAE, which works synergistically with the other B vitamins as it is a precurser of the B vitamin choline. DMAE, a favorite of Perricone MD and Nutra-Lift is one of those ingredients that I am not quite sure what to make of. It certainly works as an anti-ager, but a Canadian researcher claims that this may be a result of the damage that it causes to the skin.

I tend to use Plump It Up in the mornings. Hydrate B is something I like to use with my Baby Quasar and I enjoy squirting it into a scoop of Tilvee’s fruit powder for a hydrating, antioxidant face mask. You can have fun with Hydrate B and its Antioxidants twin and make your own serums with YBF’s DIY kits ($95 in the TIA shop) that come with free vitamin C and botanical powders.

Ingredients in SenZen Plump It Up

Water, cyclomethicone, dimethicone, glycerin, sodium PCA, propanediol, jojoba seed oil, panthenol, tetrapeptide 17, silk amino acids, sodium hyaluronate, green tea, white tea, red tea, Job’s tears extract, forsythia suspensa extract, magnolia biondi extract, bacillus ferment, flax seed, liposomal blend, lavender oil, grapefruit oil, polyacrylate-13, polysobutene, polysorbate-20, butylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, FD&C blue 1, D&C red 33

Ingredients in Hydrate B Concentrate:

Reverse osmosis water, vitamin B5, sodium hyaluronate, niacin B3, dimethylamioethanol (DMAE), paraben DU