[productsample] I stopped using my beloved Origins retinol because I thought it was skewing results of other products, but gosh, I miss it! Medik8’s Hydr8 B5 Intense is not at all similar but it’s the first thing that’s made me feel excited in that same way about skin care for a while.
I love anything with hyaluronic acid in it – my skin thanks me every single time – and I’d say that it’s far less about skin ‘ageing’ as indicated on the bottle and far more about intensive hydration which can be needed in isolation. If you’re someone who takes the sun on holiday, this would be a great post-holiday booster. NMF (as you see on the bottle) isn’t as fancy as it sounds – it’s marketing for Natural Moisturising Factors (amino acids, fatty acids and sodium PCA) which your skin naturally has and obviously, would like more of as provided.
It’s instantly lovely on the skin but I think your best results in terms of hydration will come after a couple of weeks or so of use – aside from topical hyaluronic, the serum also helps to boost your own levels as well as provide antioxidant protection. Use it under your day or night cream or on its own, although it didn’t like mixing with my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue so personally, it’s for night use. After water, the top ingredient is Glyceryl Glucoside, an effective humectant but not a mysterious or expensive ingredient which makes the £55 price tag a bit eye-watering. There is lactic acid listed which I like to see (smoothing and mildly exfoliating) and urea which is a hydration work-horse. All in all, an intensive super-hydrator that really works BUT pricey. You can find it HERE.
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