The Simplest Serum You’ll Ever Find (And It Works, Too!)

by Gio

bakel jaluronic serum

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!

Price & Availability: £100.00 at Dermstore

Bakel Jaluronic Ingredients: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate

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10 comments

Lexie Bell May 25, 2016 - 8:56 pm

I’m a little concerned that this is 100 quid and there are no preservatives? As much as I love HA, I’d have to pass on this.

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Gio May 25, 2016 - 9:23 pm

Lexie, that’s a good point. I think it’ll last you a while IF stored properly, but, yeah, it’s not something you want to leave lying around unused for months.

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Christy May 26, 2016 - 4:26 am

“so it’s gonna last you for a long, long time”

Yeah, I was concerned about the lack of preservatives too…think I’ll stick with my $15 USD hyaluronic acid serum and save the rest of the money for Botox. Ha!

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Gio May 28, 2016 - 11:32 pm

Chrsty, I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and it hasn’t gone bad yet. But, yes, I can see why the lack of preservatives would be a dealbreaker for some

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Hannah May 29, 2016 - 5:38 am

You’ve gotta be kidding? Over a $100 for that?! I saw this product on Paula’s choice called Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster and you add it to your other serums or moisturizers when you put them on. I thoght I’d mention it ’cause you obviously liked the Bakel stuff. http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/skin-care-categories/targeted-treatments/_/Resist-Hyaluronic-Acid-Booster/

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Gio May 29, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Hannah, that’s what I thought at first, too. But, it really works SO well, so I thought I’d leave it up to people to figure out if they wanted to splurge on it or not.

Thanks for sharing about the Booster. It sounds amazing, and a very clever way to incorporate hyaluronic acid into your routine.

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Piou-Piou September 12, 2016 - 11:54 am

Yes, HA works wonder on combi skins, and also, redness around my nose look less visible since I use it. I love to add a few drops for my über dry hands too!

The Bakel technology reminds me of Deciem Niod HA complex? Something that’d be interesting to try once my Hada Labo is empty (which may take a century!)

Gio, perhaps you’ve cross-checked those guys at some point?
Cheers

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Gio September 18, 2016 - 10:07 am

Piou-Piou, HA is amazing, isn’t it?

Mmm, they both use tiny forms of HA, but that’s pretty much all Bakel Jaluronic contains. The Niod serum also has peptides, glycerin, and yeast extract to further help hydrate and soothe skin.

If you have sensitive skin, I’d go with Bakel. There are only two ingredients so no chance it’ll irritate your skin. But if you’re looking for a cheaper option, Niod is definitely worth a try too.

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Rachel B August 17, 2017 - 2:37 pm

Hi…Just bought the Bakel HA serum…love it..can you let me know how best to store it & iis it hydrating when flying…as noted other HA serum can work other way & dry out skin in a dry climate?

Rachel

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Gio August 19, 2017 - 10:10 pm

Rachel, store it away from light and heat. That depends on several factors, including humidity in the cabin etc. But hyaluronic acid is the humectant that performs better in this situation. You can always apply an oil on top to seal it in.

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