Best Summer Buy: Dr Denese HydroShield Body Serum

by Gio

dr denese hydroshield body serum

If you’re anything like me, you forget to take good care of your body until summer comes around. Then you’re left with dry, flaky skin, wondering how you can make it look soft and smooth again.

In winter, a good body butter will do the job, but they are too thick and greasy for summer. A lightweight body lotion would be better, but there is so much choice these days, it’s hard to choose one. And you don’t just want one, you want the best, right?

Well, I found a really good one that moisturizes skin well, and does a lot more too. It’s HydroShield Body Serum by Dr Denese New York. Here’s what makes it so awesome:

What Dr Denese New York Says

Drench your body in moisture and sooth dry, dehydrated skin. Formulated with our exclusive HydroShield technology to provide intense, long-lasting moisture. Light-weight serum instantly absorbs into the skin.

Ingredient Analysis



Retinol is one of the best skincare ingredients ever. It should be in every body lotion, yet it is so hard to find one that contains even just a smattering of it. This Body Serum contains plenty of it, which is the main reason why I love it so much. So, what’s so special about retinol?

It can boost collagen production, which helps keep skin firm and elastic. It can also help reduce wrinkes and discolourations caused by sun damage, so using it on exposed areas of the body is particularly important if you want your skin to stay younger-looking and healthier for longer.

Retinol improves the appearance of cellulite too. It does this by making skin look smoother. That’s it. It won’t get rid of cellulite (nothing can do that), but it makes it less obvious, which is the best any lotions and potions can do yet.



Ceramides are waxy lipids that naturally occur in our skin. Their job is to waterproof skin, creating a shield that prevents water from evaporating. This way, skin stays soft and moisturized. But that’s not all. Ceramides can also repair the skin’s protective barrier when it is broken. This helps treat dry skin and make your skin soft and smooth again.



This serum is silicone-based. I know many people don’t like that because they believe silicones prevent skin from breathing. But that’s nonsense. First of all, you can’t prevent skin from breathing. Skin doesn’t breathe. It can’t. It doesn’t have lungs.

Skin can, however, perspire. But silicones don’t prevent that either. They have a particular molecule structure, which is made of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule. This allows the barrier they create to be protective but not suffocating.

So, what do silicones do? They give slip to a product, allowing it to glide on smoothly. They also fill in fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller. And they make skin feel baby smooth to the touch.

Final Considerations On The Formula

In addition to silicones, retinol, and ceramides, Dr Denese New York Hydroshield Body Serum also contains a bunch of antioxidants, like tocopherol (vitamin e) and linoleic acid, that help fight free radicals, the main cause of premature ageing. Yep, antioxidants aren’t just for the face. Your body needs them too.

This serum has a lightweight texture that’s fairly moisturizing. Unless you have very dry skin. Then, this alone won’t be enough for you (although you can still use it for its anti-ageing benefits under your moisturizer).

But for everyone else, this is a wonderful serum to add to their skincare routine, especially now that summer’s here and we are all switching to lighter formulations. They’re usually enough for the warm season, when cold temperatures and hot baths don’t continuously dry out our skin.

Full Ingredient List

Hexamethyldisoloxane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Ceramides, Retinol, Tocopherol, Linoleic Acid, Linolinic Acid, Octyl (Ethylhexl) Cocoate, Lecithin, Glycine Soja (Soybean Seed Extract), Carthamus Tinctorious (Safflower Seed Oil), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Pollen Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Bioflavonoids) Peel Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol.

The Bottom Line

Dr Denese New York Hydroshield Body Serum is the perfect addition to your summer skincare routine. Lightweight and moisturizing, it keeps your skin soft and smooth, helps prevent premature ageing and repairs some of the damage caused by UV rays.

Have you ever tried Dr Denese New York Hydroshield Body Serum? What body lotion are you using at the moment?

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MonicaP June 19, 2015 - 4:46 pm

I haven’t tried this particular lotion, but I’ve tried other products (peeling pads) in the Dr Denese line. I like her products and even purchased her book. You can only order online .. so I’m less likely to buy her stuff .. or I get lazy and just buy something local vs. online ordering.


Gio June 20, 2015 - 7:51 am

Monica, it’s a wonderful line, isn’t it? But I agree it’s a shame it’s sold only online. It would be more popular if it were available in the shops too I’m sure.

Allison June 19, 2015 - 9:09 pm

I have so many body butters and lotions that I was planning to quickly skim through this. Then I read about the rather unique ingredients in this lotion/serum. As you said, it isn’t easy to find retinol or ceramics in a body lotion. Gee, I guess Dr Denese Hydroshield Body Serum should go on my list to try

Gio June 20, 2015 - 7:56 am

Allison, it totally should.When you come across a body product with retinol, you must snap it up. They are so rare sadly.


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