Review: Skinceuticals H.A. Intensifier

Oh, hi there! Just thought I’d post…you know, before a whole year passes since the last one…oops!

So I am coming back with Skinceuticals H.A. Intensifier and product that was seemingly made for me. Oh, you wanna plump, smooth and firm my skin? You wanna increasy my skin’s hyaluronic acid levels and deliver surface hydration? You wanna improve the look of my laugh lines? Okay, then. Let’s do this!

Seriously, this purple dropper bottle appeared in my feed and I waited for it to become available for sale. I decided to get it on Dermstore during one of their sales–except Skinceuticals is excluded from sales on their site. Don’t worry, it didn’t stop me. I could not be stopped! So $98 later, I was the proud owner of the little guy above.

The “H.A. Intensifier uniquely combines surface-hydrating hyaluronic acid with 10% proxylane™ and an optimal concentration of licorice and purple rice extracts to support skin’s hyaluronic acid levels.” The Skinceuticals site reviews a 12-week study (and has before and after pics) where participants showed improvements in plumpness, eleasticity, texture. Directions state it should be used twice a day. It’s  a light gel-serum that is faintly scented. Here is the long and short of it: I just couldn’t make that happen for 12 weeks, even though I really wanted to test it as the study had. Intended to start with mornings only and each time I used it, my skin felt drier. Even with hydrating gel and hydrating cc cream layered over it. After a few tries, I just stopped reaching for it.

I think highly of Skinceuticals as a brand and this is my first miss from them. A look at the ingredients (see below) offers a clue: al-co-hol. Oh well…it’s a reminder to read the ingredients list and not to rush to buy. Happy for you guys to learn from my mistakes! (Reviews I should have read before buying, but were still useful after:  here and here. )

Ingredients:

AQUA / WATER / EAU / CYCLOHEXASILOXANE / GLYCERIN / ALCOHOL DENAT. / HYDROXYPROPYL TETRAHYDROPYRANTRIOL / PROPYLENE GLYCOL / DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE / POLYSILICONE-11 / POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE / SODIUM HYALURONATE / DIMETHICONE / TOCOPHEROL / PHENOXYETHANOL / CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID / OCTYLDODECANOL / BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 / PEG/PPG-16/16 DIMETHICONE / PEG-20 METHYL GLUCOSE SESQUISTEARATE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE / CAPRYLYL GLYCOL / XANTHAN GUM / DEXTRIN / ORYZA SATIVA EXTRACT / RICE EXTRACT / DISODIUM EDTA / CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE / SODIUM HYDROXIDE / ADENOSINE / CITRUS NOBILIS PEEL OIL / MANDARIN ORANGE PEEL OIL / LIMONENE / T-BUTYL ALCOHOL / CELLULOSE ACETATE BUTYRATE / POLYPHOSPHORYLCHOLINE GLYCOL ACRYLATE / POLYVINYL ALCOHOL / SODIUM CHLORIDE / BUTYLENE GLYCOL / PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE