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CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum: an honest review of the affordable skincare brand’s cult serum

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Cult US skincare brand CeraVe has launched its first face serum on our shores. Here’s what you need to know about its Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

When it comes to skincare, we all have different needs. However, one thing we can all agree on is a desire for healthy, hydrated skin.

It’s no wonder then, that hyaluronic acid has been one of skincare’s buzziest ingredients for the last few years – and there are no signs of it dimming into the background. According to L’Oreal, Google search terms for ‘hyaluronic acid’ are currently 50% higher than this time last year.

But why is it so popular? Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold 1,000 times its own weight in moisture. The naturally occurring substance sits on the skin’s surface and draws water into skin to keep it hydrated. Additionally, it assists the skin’s barrier to ensure it’s healthy and functioning properly.

So it makes sense that the skin-boosting ingredient is the main star of CeraVe’s latest launch. The cult US skincare brand, which is developed with dermatologists, has finally brought its Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, £16.99, to the UK. The brand’s first serum to land on our shores.

Alongside hyaluronic acid, the formula contains CeraVe’s signature three essential ceramides, which work to further bolster the skin’s protective barrier. It also contains skin plumping and healing vitamin b5 and glycerin, a humectant moisturiser. Put simply, the ingredients read like the skin-comforting list of dreams, particularly for those with dry or dehydrated skin.

Nowadays, I fall into the latter, thanks to central heating and being particularly rubbish with my water intake. And with Google search trends revealing that searches in “hydrating skincare” is up 86% compared to this time last year and “dehydrated skin” gathers 2,900 searches a month, it’s fair to say, this launch couldn’t have come at a better time.

Upon first use, I was pleasantly surprised by the formula. I massaged a couple of pumps of the gel-cream formula onto my face and noticed it felt quite cooling, which helped to soothe my irritated skin.

Some hyaluronic acids I’ve used in the past have often made my skin feel slightly tacky – but not this. The gel-cream sinks into my skin immediately and feels really lightweight. So much so, I feel comfortable going in with a moisturiser on top on particularly drying days. After use, my skin feels hydrated – something I’ve noticed especially on my cheeks, which tend to get flaky – and that tight, uncomfortable feeling from dehydration is long gone. It’s fair to say I’m won over.

Now we can only hope CeraVe brings more of its US-only products across the pond – Healing Ointment and Resurfacing Retinol Serum, here’s looking at you. 

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