100% active principles. 0% unnecessary stuff.
That’s Bakel‘s philosophy, and one I wholeheartedly approve. There’s no need to add something just for the sake of it (or to trick people into believing that tiny amount of natural extract is actually what moisturizes skin and keeps wrinkles away – it’s not).
Besides, the less stuff in a serum or cream, the less likely it is to cause irritations. That’s great news for sensitive skin.
But, has Bakel taken it too far with its Jaluronic serum? It only contains two ingredients: sodium hyaluronate and water.
Sodium hyaluronate is awesome. A form of hyaluronic acid, this little molecule is able to attract, and bind to the skin, up to 1000 times its weight in water. This makes it one of the most hydrating substances ever, and we all know that skin looks its best when it is perfectly hydrated.
Since I started using it, my skin has become much softer to the touch. It is well plumped, so the few fine lines I have look a bit smaller. But, what impressed me the most is the glow. For the past few weeks, my face has looked, and still looks, radiant. Who needs highlighter anymore?
Best of all, sodium hyaluronate works in all weather conditions. I can use it during the cold London winters or the torrid Italian summers, and could even bring it with me to the Artic if I ever were crazy enough to go there (this Italian girl SO doesn’t like the cold), and it’d still work brilliantly.
Why shouldn’t it? Well,because, when the humidity is too low, most humectants (that’s the scientific term for substances that draw water into the skin, by the way), like glycerin, can draw moisture from the inner layers of the skin, rather than the environment. When the happens, humectants dry out the skin, they don’t hydrate it anymore.
Sodium hyaluronate works for everyone, too. It’s a godsend for dry skin, obviously. But, it also works well for oily skin. In facts, humectants are a great way to hydrate oily skin without adding any more oil.
But, is it worth £100? Well, Bakel claims it’s using a biotechnological form of hyaluronic acid that is very tiny, and so able to penetrate skin, hydrating it from within. And that costs a pretty penny, which is why most companies use bigger forms of hyaluronic acid that remain on the surface, and hydrate skin from there. It’s up to you to decide if that’s worth the splurge.
Texture-wise, Bakel Jaluronic serum has a watery-gel texture that spreads easily on the skin, and is absorbed fairly quickly. You only need the tiniest amount, so it’s gonna last you for a long, long time. It’d better do, considering how much it costs!