This Serum Made My Skin Feel More Hydrated Than Ever

Updated 01/09/19
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@alyssbowen

As a longtime sufferer of dehydrated skin, I know the struggles of midday flake (sorry), a lackluster complexion and makeup that doesn't last past lunchtime. Over the years (and many serum tests), I've learned to feed my skin with hydration boosting products like hyaluronic acid, a super-moisturizing acid that helps the skin to stay plump, wrinkle-free and basically leaves your face feeling baby soft.

Until recently, I used hyaluronic acid daily, and it worked—until it didn't. So what next? I'm in a lucky position where beauty is my job, so I did some digging. I asked some beauty friends and beauty contacts and discovered that glycerin is another great ingredient to moisturize the skin from within, as it draws water from the air into the skin's outer layer. Like hyaluronic acid, it's a humectant and forms a protective layer to help prevent moisture loss. Essentially, it draws in moisture whilst simultaneously locking it in, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.

I'd heard great things about Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate ($59), which contains a 15% concentration of glycerin and shiso leaf extract. What attracted me to this product was that its ingredients help to retain moisture within the skin’s surface layers. Keep scrolling to read my honest review…

Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate
Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate $59
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My first thought when pumping out a pea-sized amount was that it reminded of me the creams and emollients my mom had used on my skin as a child. I had eczema, and I remember the products she used on me feeling super hydrating and amazing (Kiehl's option does too).

I've been using it morning and night, and apply it straight after cleansing but before layering my other serums and moisturizer on top. I'm currently using Lumene Nutri-Recharging Revitalizing Serum ($53) and Dr. Dennis Gross's Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturiser ($68) followed by SPF, by the way. In just a week, my skin's texture looked less dehydrated, and any traces of fine lines were less visible.

I've been using it just over a month now, and I can honestly say my skin looks and feels less dehydrated. After applying it, I'm left with a smooth, even base to apply my makeup products, and the midday-makeup fail just doesn't really happen anymore. The temperature has massively dropped in London, and normally, my skin plays havoc when the weather does, but this year, glycerin is proving to be my savior.

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