Imagine for a moment a revolutionary way of visibly smoothing out the skin’s surface and plumping up features without paying a visit to the dermatologist or somehow crafting a time machine. Now, what if I told you that such a way exists? Indeed, society’s present obsession with trying to defy the aging process—whether it be by way of serums, creams, or aesthetic treatments—has resulted in a wave of products that are infused with potent levels of hyaluronic acid. Acting as at-home equivalents to facial fillers that are typically administered by a cosmetic surgeon, these formulas aim to re-plump, re-tighten, and essentially turn back the clock on your skin to a firmer, more pliable past.
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance in our skin, and the main ingredient of popular facial fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, which are most often injected into lips and cheeks. Revered for its ability to retain moisture, Hyaluronic Acid improves skin’s hydration, and stimulates the production of collagen to keep skin looking fresh and youthful.
It is said that women lose a percentage of Hyaluronic Acid every year, meaning that by the time we are 50-years-old, half of our supply is diminished. In turn, this results in a loss of firmness and elasticity, and drives many women aged 30-something and above to the doctor’s chair for injectables, or to the nearest drugstore to snatch a miraculous age-defying formula.
The concept of using Hyaluronic Acid in beauty products isn’t a new one. In fact, I’m sure most of you have some form of the substance stashed away in your bathroom cabinet—but thanks to developments in technology, scientists have found a way to make the age-defying products more effective than ever.
L’Oréal’s Revitalift [HA] Revolumising Serum (US $25; AED/SAR 92) is infused with 10 times more hyaluronic acid than an average day cream. The formula is cleverly packaged as a syringe, and designed to protect the ingredients from environmental factors (such as air and light) in order to ensure the formula remains in its purest form. The serum aims to take on signs of aging by filling in wrinkles and re-plumping the skin with moisture.
Fillerina’s Lip Volume Pen (US $79; AED/SAR 289) was born following five years of research. The lip volume pen comprises a gel filler rich in six highly penetrating Hyaluronic Acids that promises to provide a more voluminous and plump pout in a non-invasive way. Despite its needle shape, designed to mimic an injectable, the Lip Volume Pen distributes gel through a rollerball tip, which quickly penetrates the lower layer of the lips.
The Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More 3-D Filler Mask (US $95; AED/SAR 349) comes with a brush to sweep Hyaluronic Acid and peptides onto a freshly cleansed face in order to add volume and reshape the features—in as little as two weeks. The Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Balm (US $62; AED/SAR 228) combines stabilized vine resveratrol and hyaluronic acid in synergy to lift and smooth the contours around lips and eyes.