A Must-Have Wonder Product? Episilk Hyalogic Facial Serum

Hyaluronic Acid is a skincare ingredient that’s been gaining in popularity, particularly due to the amount of dedicated serums and moisturisers promising everything from wrinkle-filling, to a decrease in skin inflammation. The skin holds over 50% of the body’s Hyaluronic Acid (which isn’t actually an acid but a type of polysaccharide), yet the substance is present in every cell in the body. It plays an important role elsewhere too, including lubricating the joints and forming the basis of connective tissue in areas such as the heart. In the skin the molecule is involved in tissue repair, but it is most well known for its ability to hold moisture (which plumps and smooths the skin’s texture); it’s able to chemically attract and retain up to 1000 times its own weight in water. As we age, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid in our skin naturally decreases, which can cause the complexion to look sallow and fine lines to appear – which is why these serums have been described as being able to provide an ‘instant facelift’ with their lifting and filling effects on older skins. With seven of their Episilk facial products available in the UK, the
skincare brand Hyalogic definitely believe in the benefits of Hyaluronic
Acid: but are all formulas suitable for all skin types? I tried out the
Episilk Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Facial Mist with Hyaluronic Acid
to find out.

The Episilk range from Hyalogic contains Hyaluronic Acid (HA) with
one of the highest molecular weights on the market, produced by a
process of fermentation that makes it completely vegan. The Hyaluronic
Acid naturally present in our skin is also high molecular weight, which
is able to hold more water and also penetrate deeper into the layers of
the skin. This is one of the main ways in which the Episilk products
differ from others on the market, along with the fact that they use an
incredibly small amount of other ingredients and no ‘fillers’ in their
formulas. Where some serums have up to 20 ingredients, the Episilk Pure
Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains just two, which means that the acid isn’t
subject to degradation from other ingredients and also allows a higher
concentration of active ingredient for your money.

It
is recommended to apply HA serums twice daily after cleansing, as they
produce the best results when used either on a dampened face or mixed
with half their amount in water to activate them and allow for easy
spreading. Applying a moisturiser on top of the serum isn’t actually
mandatory for their use, but it will allow the moisture to be drawn
deeper into the skin and will be held more effectively.

The
Episilk Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, presented in a 30ml glass bottle,
contains just two ingredients – de-ionized water and HA. This is a
concentrated and thick transparent serum, and I actually found just one
pump to be a bit too much for my skin – the silky gel didn’t sink in as
fast as I would like and I really had to work it into the skin with my
fingers rather than just smooth it on. Even after working in, when I
applied my normal gel moisturiser over the top I found it sometimes
pilled underneath, which gave me the impression that that the serum
wasn’t absorbing as readily as it should. It made my moisturiser feel
slightly thicker under my fingers as I applied it, which I imagine would
be really helpful for drier skins (but I think the reason it seems to
sit on the surface for me is because my skin is overall quite oily and
it has trouble dealing with such a rich formula.)

Having
relatively young skin I wasn’t expecting to notice much of a plumping
effect, but I did notice that drier areas (such as the corners of my
mouth and creases around my nose) were definitely much improved in
texture, while my skin appeared considerably smoother. Because of its
concentration of HA, this serum should last a long time; this is
reflected in the price (£60.24) which I find a bit inhibitory. This is
definitely an investment for any type of skincare product, and I think
both skin type and age should be kept in mind when considering this
product against similar less expensive high alternatives.

Despite
being the cheaper of the two (£20.04 for 58ml,) the Hyalogic Episilk
Facial Mist is the product I’ve found myself reaching for much more
often than the serum. This spray contains Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,
along with the water and HA, which adds antimicrobial as well as skin
conditioning effects to the formula. The mist is very light and
refreshing; it has the same texture as water and absorbs much more
easily than the serum. I apply the moisturiser when the mist is still
damp and it gives a similar sensation of making the gel feel thicker,
but without any of the pilling that I had experienced with the previous
product.

I think because the facial mist is lighter in
texture it is more suited to my skin type. Although healing blemishes
need a dab or two of thicker moisturiser, drier areas of my face are
well moisturised and my skin is given a boost that leaves it feeling
soft and smooth, without being over-hydrated. As well as prior to my
moisturiser, I’ve also been enjoying using this product as a finishing
spray after applying powder; although it doesn’t make my make up last
longer throughout the day it works well to take away the ‘powdery’ look,
and is more effective at keeping dry areas and blemishes hydrated under
my foundation than any of my other finishing sprays.

The
Hyalogic Episilk Facial Mist won Better Nutrition Magazine’s Best of
Natural Beauty Award for 2013 and, although it may not be concentrated
enough for drier skins, it provides just enough hydration to my oily
combination skin without overwhelming it. It has definitely become a
firm favourite in my skincare routine.

The Hyalogic Episilk Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Hyalogic Episilk Facial Mist are available online in the UK from Healthy and Essential.

Written by Kirsty Paterson
@taupeandpearl

2 Comments

  1. Erika Nagode
    December 10, 2013 / 5:56 am

    Wow this serum looks great and I didn`t know about it, when I was writing a post about the best hyaluronic acid serums :/. Well I guess I`ll have to do an update soon :).

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