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Saturday Sample.

12 October 2013
This is a bit of a rant post. I've read it over and over and tried to edit it and I just keep coming back to the same rant so I have come to the conclusion that I have to get it off my chest. You can consider this a bit of a dear diary post if you like, you might get a bit of insight in to how nutty I am at the moment.
I ran out of Hydraluron last week. If my life was currently normal it wouldn't be an issue, I'd just go buy more, but my life isn't normal right now and money is super tight, yes, so tight that I can't even afford a product that has become a staple in my routine. FML.

Digging through my sample box I found this:

This is Deramlogica's Skin Hydrating Booster, it should also be known as Hydraluron on steroids.

Now I'm a little bit biased I must admit, my skin responds so well to Dermalogica products, not sure why and don't really care, just wish I could afford to actually use them on a regular basis.

This sachet was only enough for one use on my neck and face, it's a clear liquid without any scent that I noticed, it easily smooths over the skin and is quickly absorbed as you would expect with any serum.

I've been dealing with dry, flaky patches that just won't quit! Some areas I had managed to get under control with a new skin routine but it took time, during this time I was struggling to wear makeup because the results looked shit. On top of this I was also dealing with the discomfort that comes with seriously dry skin, it's not just a tightness that goes away with moisturiser, it goes deeper than what your moisturiser can touch and it's enough to drive even the sanest person bat-shit crazy. If you have been on tetracycline, it's derivatives or roaccutane then you will probably know what I'm talking about. So dealing with this horrible dry feeling and not being able to wear makeup had really started to piss me off, I don't have the patience or the deep pockets to keep trying product after product to try to find something that actually works (when I say 'works' I mean actual miracle in a bottle, unicorn spit, magic that fixes all my woes).

Now just so we are clear I did stop using my Hydraluron when I started taking minocycline, mainly because I didn't know where to put it in my routine. I had to apply Epiduo before any other skin products, this stuff dries the crap out of your skin and when it's paired with the minocycline your face feels like it's going to shrivel up like this guy:

So obviously this is the time when I really needed Hydraluron more than ever, I eventually worked out that I could apply the Hydraluron during my morning routine when I'm not using the Epiduo (I can't explain why it took me so long to work this out other than sometimes I'm an idiot and my brain doesn't think right), once I started to do this my skin started to get it's self together but it was taking it's sweet time, all the hard work Hydraluron had acomplished had been shot by the Epiduo and minocycline. Shortly after this I ran out. I could have cried.

When I found this sample I was pretty excited, I knew my skin was in the perfect (crappy) condition to use it and know without a doubt if it was going to do a good job or not. I can tell you it does an amazing job!

Now don't get me wrong, Hydraluron is still a HG product for me, all I'm saying is this: If you have dry skin, you like Dermalogica products and you can afford it, then you need this in your life. In fact you should have had this yesterday because your skin would have already thanked you for it.

When you pair this product with a moisturiser that is targeted at dry skin you will very shortly be saying good bye to dry skin sadness. The next morning I noticed my dry patches were gone completely, in their place was soft, smooth skin. I was actually taken aback, I hadn't really expected to see results like that after a single use, I didn't really have any doubts that it would work, Dermalogica is one of those brands that just do it for me, but I still expected some slight dryness or a few flakes to be present but no, I just had nice skin again. It has been a week since I applied this and it was only this morning that I noticed some dry patches were starting to show up again.

Now for me the price of this product is a big issue. Personally I think it does a better job works quicker than Hydraluron but it's over double the price for the same amount of product. Dermalogica's Skin Hydrating Booster sells for $77.00 while Hydraluron sells for only $35.00, both packages contain 30ml of product. If money wasn't an issue I would choose the Dermalogica, but money is an issue so Hydraluron will be holding HG status for now with Dermalogica being a luxe product that I will mention to those who ask what I want for Christmas (hurry up Santa).

Have you tried this product before, if so, what are your thoughts? Do you have any other hydration serums that you would recommend?

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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2 comments on "Saturday Sample."
  1. I can feel your pain! I had dry skin and there was a period when my face lost its shit and started to flake in damn patches leaving me to part ways with my foundation. The Hydraluron and Dermalogic sounds really great! I need some kind of serum to give my moisturiser a boost!

    1. It's such a horrible thing to deal with, I thought I had dryness issues in the past but I didn't realise quite how bad it could be for people who put up with it every single day. If you can afford to splurge on the Dermalogica then I would highly recommend it as the results were so quick but Hydraluron is really good too and another one I would highly recommend but it took me a few days to see results with that. Either way they are both fantastic products!