Let's pit two hydration serums against each other, shall we?
I chose these two because they're quite easily accessible, affordable, and both seem to be using a pink and white motif. Coincidence? Probably not.
We'll start with the Hylamide, because it just so happened to be on the left side in the photograph.
Hylamide Low-Molecular HA $20 for 1 fl oz
Hyper-strength rehydration serum with 5 forms of hyaluronic compounds with varying molecular weights to target visible skin rehydration at multiple levels. VERY LOW-MOLECULAR HATargets lower layers of the skin for hydration build-up from within and encourage better topical absorptionHyaluronic Acid FermentPurified non-animal source hyaluronic acid for oil-free surface hydrationHydrolyzed HALow-molecular form of HA to support lower to middle skin rehydrationHA Pre-CursorNovel technology to encourage HA production and encourage visible plumpingPlant HATamarind-derived HA technology for visible skin elasticity
Apply once or twice daily as adjunct skincare to offer short and longer-term below-surface and surface rehydration, and for a plump, youthful and comfortable skin appearance. Can be used as part of any skincare regimen before the application of moisturizers and/or makeup. Ideally used after application of Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age and SubQ Eyes.
Aqua (Water), Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Betaine, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Polyglucuronic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Lecithin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.
Sounds great, so let's bring in its "competition."
Indeed Labs Hydraluron $25 for 1 fl oz
Claims: Purest form of Hyaluronic Acids: We have selected the purest form of this high-level hydrating substance that holds 1000x its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar naturally found in the body that absorbs water like a sponge. This active has a very low molecular weight and is not animal derived. Red Marine Algae (Ahnfelta Concinna): a nutrient-rich mineral that mildly stimulates circulation. This increased circulation boosts the ability of the hyaluronic acid to penetrate the skin’s surface at a deeper level – a method inspired by Switzerland’s leading skin care clinics derived from: hydration + hyaluronic acidthe inspiration: Hopelessly dry, parched, flakey and dehydrated skin. the innovation: The ultimate serum that starts where your moisturiser stops. Proven to boost moisture levels in your skin daily, it contains the purest form of hyaluronic acid - an incredibly hydrating ingredient that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water – as well as red marine algae – which mildly stimulates blood circulation – to provide maximum delivery of moisture beneath the skin’s surface.the good deeds:Replenishes skin’s natural short and long term moisture balanceProtects your skin from diminished cell turnover by reducing dehydration, which causes premature agingAn increased boost of hyaluronic acid beneath the skin’s surface, leaving skin with a dewy glowGives skin a softer, smoother and silkier texture.
Directions: May be used morning and evening directly after cleansing and exfoliating. Apply a pea-sized amount of hydraluron™ moisture boosting serum on face and follow with your preferred indeed labs topical moisturizer. Use daily for optimal results.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua / Eau), Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Disodium Edta.
Texture wise, they're similar. They're both a clear jelly-like serum that gets kind of slick and stretchy when it's massaged into the skin. The Hylamide is more like a serum, the Hydraluron is more of a gel-serum. They are both fragrance-free, colorant-free, and free of parabens. However...
For my money, Hylamide is the winner. It's a much more complex formula, but costs less. They're using multiple forms of hyaluronic, plant derived hyaluronic supporters, and hydrators that penetrate at different levels. Hydraluron gives you one form of hyaluronic and an algae. Nothing wrong with that, but the product costs more. It's not a bad product, I just think it's fairly limited in what it can do. Hydraluron does provide a nice amount of hydration, but I think my skin just responds a bit better to the Hylamide. With that said, I know there are tons of you who love the Hydraluron! I'm glad that you do!
Not only do I prefer the Hylamide over the Hydraluron, I prefer the Hylamide over most of my other hydrating serums. I just think it's a really robust formula. They give you so much for so little money. In practice, I actually find that the Hylamide is much more hydrating. The kind of hydration that makes your skin instantly look plump and smoother. The kind of hydration you can actually feel in your skin.
The Hylamide is pretty much going to be in my stash for as long as I still have a face. For the price, performance, and ingredient list, there's no reason why I won't constantly want to reach for it. And I do constantly reach for it! Hylamide works better. If I had to choose between the two, I'd definitely go for the Hylamide. It just works better, costs less, and is in cuter packaging (if you ask me.)