Hyaluronic acid is one of the best skincare ingredients. It is a naturally occurring compound in our bodies but it is most famous for it’s presence in enhancement fillers, to soften out wrinkles or plumb up lips. It is also one of the best moisturisers, as it can hold thousands of time it’s weight in water, and can speed up the process of wound repairing and collagen production.
For all the information see: Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?
Although nowadays you can find a few options for facial skincare containing hyaluronic acid, the same cannot be said for body skincare. We take such good care of our faces that we forget that the rest of our body has skin too. But it’s not just our fault really, it seems that cosmetic brands haven’t been paying as much attention to bodycare, as it is quite rare to find a body moisturiser with hyaluronic acid or any good nourishing ingredients other than the standard Aloe Vera, Shea Butter etc.
In my crusade to find good body skincare I have come across a body spray with hyaluronic acid. If we can’t find it in creams very often, maybe we can spray it on? Nevertheless, this product was way too interesting to pass on and so I decided to have a look.
Does a hyaluronic acid body mist make a difference? Is this one any good? And more importantly, is it worth your time and money?
Here’s my chemist’s verdict:
Colour and Texture
The spray is colourless and feels like…a spray. When it’s on the skin it feels quite watery but not in a bad way. It’s not sticky at all and although it feels watery it won’t run down your legs etc unless you use too much.
The spray smells quite fresh. It’s a smell from not something pure but rather a hint of lime with flowers. It’s not my favourite and it’s not exactly your typical cosmetic scent but it’s not unpleasant either.
I have to admit that the fresh smell tricks you in a more of a cleansing feeling than a moisturising one, so it’s a little confusing, but it doesn’t matter.
A 150mL bottle retails for £17 which is an acceptable price if you use this once a week or less. Otherwise, it might become expensive to add this on top of the price of your body moisturiser, as the bottle doesn’t last long.
For my entire body it lasted around 10-14 uses but I have long and dry legs. It really depends on usage, skin and body type.
The outer packaging is very simple but yet I like how it looks. It’s not your typical cosmetic beautiful packaging but it’s almost clinically simple and elegant.
The actual bottle also looks simple and elegant but also slightly strange. The bottle is not filled entirely, all the pictures in this post were taken when the bottle was brand new. You can see that about a third (the picture angle below makes it look smaller than it is) from the bottom of the bottle is empty.
I’m not sure why they felt like they had to leave the bottom third empty, the only thing I can think of is to keep the bottle pressurised, however, there are other ways to pressurise a bottle that do not require a gap like that. Or perhaps they should have made the bottle non-transparent. With that being said, I am suspecting that they company did not want to create an aerosol and therefore, chose this option of pressurising instead.
Nevertheless, it can be a little odd and disappointing when you buy a new bottle and it looks like you’ve used a third of it already.
Practicality of use – user experience
This spray is super easy to use and suits even the most lazy moisturiser out there. I know the feeling of lazyness after you’ve come out of a shower and you really can’t be bothered with moisturising your entire body.
This spray offers a super quick, fuss free, lazy friendly way of moisturising. It might be particularly useful to those who cannot easily reach all parts of their body too.
The only downside to the experience is that it takes a few minutes for the spray to be absorbed fully by the skin. This means that you might need to stand there naked for a few minutes otherwise most of it will be absorbed by your clothes. However, that’s true for body lotions and butters too. At least with this spray, you don’t get your hands feeling creamy.
There is no special mention as to which skin type this product is for, so assume that it is good for all.
There are some ingredients that might cause sensitivity if you have sensitive skin, so have a look at the ingredient analysis below first and try it in small amounts at the back of your hand prior to applying over the entire body. It might also be worth mentioning that perhaps you shouldn’t spray this is private areas.
Additionally, do not use this product on broken skin. Don’t use any cosmetics on broken skin.
This spray is tested on humans and lasts 12M.
Here’s what the company has to say about this product:
” Light and refreshing mist hydrates below and on the surface of the skin with low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid in a base of hydrating plant D-glucose. Next-generation, non-aerosol continuous mist provides for easy body coverage. Product absorbs instantly and delivers immediate and longer-term hydration.
Directions: Apply mist all over the body. Use as needed.
Independent 4-week active technology study shows hydration effects persist for 72 hours after last application with significant residual benefits even after 6 days. ”
My skin was definitely less dry and even after 2 days of not using it, my skin didn’t feel as dry and flaky as normal (in case you are getting confused from my other posts, my face skin is oily my body is actually dry…go figure).
I can’t say though that this is a deep moisturiser on it’s own, I would personally use it in combination with a normal body lotion/butter to enhance and prolong the moisturisation but also to give my body skin some nourishment too.
This spray contains 20 ingredients which are overall good. It contains the much wanted hyaluronic acid in a “version” that stays in the skin for longer. Additionally, it also contains other ingredients that will help with moisturisation and generally dry skin.
In the list below, I am only going through the interesting ingredients, the ingredient positives and negatives. Some of them are there just for formulation purposes which I am not detailing here. For a full list of ingredients see the end of the ingredients section below.
Overall, the ingredients are good and there is only 1 negative, the fact that it contains perfume. I always list that as a negative in cosmetic products for two reasons, (a) the term fragrance could be anything from 1 to 3000 molecules and I don’t like not knowing what I’m putting on my skin and (b) perfume compounds increase the chance for the product to be a sensitiser or irritant to those with sensitive skin, which in turn means that the product might not be as mass market or useful as one would have hoped.
- Water based formulation.
- Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer – A non-animal derived version of hyaluronic acid which stays within the skin’s uppermost layers for longer. In general, hyaluronic acid is known in the science community as the fountain of youth compound. It can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so it is a king moisturiser. Helps wounds heal faster and increases collagen production leading to younger looking skin. For more info and all the scientifically proven claims see “Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?”
- Saccharide Isomerate – A water-binding agent and emollient that is a good moisturiser as it cannot be washed off easily. Very good for dry skin or drying formulations.
- PPG-26-Buteth-26 – A skin conditioner and fragrance ingredient. It has the ability to restore the appearance of dry, damaged skin by reducing flaking and improving suppleness.
- Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract – An anti-oxidant that can protect the skin.
- Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – This molecule is too big to be absorbed by the skin. However, it sits on the surface and can stop moisture loss while keeping the skin feeling soft. Not for use on broken skin.
- Pentylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and preservative.
- Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
- Citric Acid – A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
- Sodium Citrate – An anti-oxidant and preservative.
- Hexylene Glycol – Skin conditioner.
- Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent. Also a good moisturiser.
- Fragrance (Parfum) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’s more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
With that being said, the following compounds present in this spray have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: PPG-26-Buteth-26, Pentylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.
Full list of ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.
I thoroughly enjoyed using this body mist, not only did it make my skin more moisturised and for longer, it also gave me a super easy, excuse free way of quickly moisturising when I’m feeling lazy.
The ingredients are good and there aren’t any big drawbacks or negatives. With that being said though, it’s also not the comprehensive, nourishing intense bodycare I am looking for but it is definitely a bodycare addon that I will use, once every other day, before using my body butter. I recommend this product.
This brand also makes an excellent hand cream which I highly recommend:
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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