For a long while now, I felt like I don’t really write enough reviews of skincare products, which is a bit odd considering this is a blog that focuses a lot on cosmetic ingredients. The reason is simple. There just aren’t that many interesting skincare products available in my small town, and, while I don’t mind buying makeup online, when it comes to skincare I prefer to shop in store.
But then I thought, why don’t I just review the products from a scientific point of view, analyzing the ingredients to see if they can really deliver what they promise? These won’t be full, proper reviews, of course, and shouldn’t be taken as such, but hopefully they will help you decide whether a product is worth buying or if it is better left on the shelf.
The first product I’m going to analyze in this series is Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Concentrate.
What Eucerin Says
Light, fast-absorbing and extremely concentrated serum achieves even quicker penetration to deliver an intense dose of Hyaluronic Acid. Instant plumping up benefits increased and an immediate visible smoothing effect can be noticed. Heightens the long term effects on the skin’s appearance when used regularly.
Hyaluronic Acid, also called Sodium Hyaluronate, is a natural component of the skin whose function is to hold together collagen and elastin, both of which are essential to keep skin firm and elastic. However, when topically applied, its molecules are too big to penetrate the skin, and simply remain on its surface.
Does that mean it is useless? Nope. Hyaluronic Acid is a fantastic humectant: it draws water from the environment into the skin, thus reducing water loss and increasing the skin’s moisture level. What makes it so effective is its capacity to hold 1000 times its weight in water, as well as the ability to work well in both high and low humidity conditions.
The increased moisture makes skin look plumper, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. But its effects are only temporary. Although one study has found that Hyaluronic Acid also has moderate antioxidant activity, no antioxidant can work wonders on its own. For best results, a bunch of them should be used in the same formula, and in this one, antioxidants are lacking.
What this formula doesn’t lack, instead, is humectants. In addition to Hyaluronic Acid, Eucerin Hyaluronic Filler Concentrate contains Glycerin. It, too, attracts water from the environment into the skin, increases its hydration, reduces water loss and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier. Again, this helps to keep skin well-moisturized, plumping it up so that wrinkles appear temporarily smaller.
Final considerations on the formula
This formula is really lightweight (I was able to try a sample, but it didn’t last a whole month, hence why I couldn’t write a proper review), sinks in quickly, and, thanks its blend of silicones – such as Cyclomethicone, which evaporates quickly from the skin -, glides on smoothly. Although it’s not very moisturizing on its own, the high amount of humectants provides a small, added boost of moisture to the skin, something that’s particularly beneficial to those with dry skin.
Full Ingredient List
Aqua, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Lauroyl Lysine, Methylpropanediol, Glycine Soja, Arginine HCL, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethiconol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, BHT, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum.
A box of Eucerin Hyaluronic Filler Concentrate, which retails at $44.00, features six vials, each of which contains 5ml of product. Each vial is opaque, so the ingredients inside won’t be spoiled by sunlight, and its small opening releases only a small amount of product, so that none gets wasted.
The Bottom Line
Once wrinkles appear, they’re not easy to remove. Thanks to its high concentration of humectants, Eucerin Hyaluronic Filler Concentrate moisturizes and plumps up skin, making wrinkles look temporarily smaller. If that’s what you’re looking for, you may enjoy this product. But if you’re interested in preventing or reducing wrinkles (and not simply their appearance), its performance will disappoint you.
Do you enjoy this type of “review”, or should I only talk about products I’ve fully tested? And if you have any products you want me to analyze for you in this way, just let me know in the comments. 🙂