From Cosmopolitan to Popsugar – everyone is talking about hyaluronic oil. Is it just a fad or a fabulous remedy for isolation-stressed skin?
Since going into lockdown many of us have been experiencing breakouts or skin irritation. So, it felt like the perfect time to try products that promised to soothe my skin.
I tested Nimue for the first time last year and fell in love with their products. I’ve just finished my last Nimue moisturiser, so I was keen to try the new Nimue hyaluronic acid range for environmentally damaged skin types.
What is hyaluronic acid?
If like me, you have no idea what hyaluronic acid is… keep reading because I did lots of research. Thank you, Google.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a molecule that’s found naturally in your skin. There are many benefits of using hyaluronic acid.
When used topically, it basically attracts water from the air and binds to resulting in skin that feels moist and looks plum in the day. It’s ability to retain water means that it’s used in a lot of skincare products – sometimes under the name sodium hyaluronate.
According to Nimue, hyaluronic acid promises to increase your skin’s moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a natural substance that’s found in the skin to keep it refreshed, stable and encourages cell renewal.
How do I use hyaluronic acid?
You can use it every day, up to twice a day. But here’s the trick! You need to apply it to clean and damp skin AND you need to lock the moisture in with a face oil or a moisturiser. It’s especially important to follow these instructions on days when the air is dry – otherwise HA will draw moisture out of your skin instead of the air.
What’s one thing to avoid doing?
Do not put hyaluronic acid on top of anything; don’t put it over your moisturiser or sunscreen or makeup. It has to sit on top of your skin. So, think of HA as your moisturiser’s new best friend (as long as it goes on before your fave skin cream does).
Review of Nimue’s Hyaluronic Oil & Nimue Hyaluronic Ultra Filler
Both these Nimue products support dry skin, which is perfect for me!
I absolutely love Nimue’s Hyaluronic Oil. Initially I was using it incorrectly and it didn’t feel like it was doing anything; it wasn’t adding any moisture to my skin. But after hours spent researching, I used it on damp skin and locked it in with a moisturiser. It gives me a glow that lasts a few hours – even with make-up on! And my skin feels fresh, glowy and fresh! Just a note: this isn’t a typical oil, it feels and looks like a transparent serum.
The second product, Hyaluronic Ultra Filler, also promises intense hydration but its focus is on anti-ageing. It works in a similar way to the oil, and the texture of the cream feels like a moisturiser. So, I guess only time will tell if my wrinkles decrease in depth as the product promises after continuous use of 30 days.
For more about these products watch this short video from Nimue…
Size: 30ml ultra filler; 15ml oil
Price: around R400