As far as wrinkle-reducing goes, injectables are considered one of the most effective options on the market for achieving smoother, plumper skin. And while we love the effects of these neurotoxins and dermal fillers, these miracle-workers can cost a pretty penny.
It should come as no surprise that a dedicated skin-care routine in addition to injectables will help keep your skin looking smoother than ever. But there’s one product currently on the market that specifically works to complement your injectables, hence extending the payoff of your investment. Enter: SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier ($106).
So, how does it work? When the star ingredient in this product, hyaluronic acid (which is naturally found in our body), is applied topically, it binds water to the collagen in the skin. This ultimately creates plumper, glowier skin.
This particular serum contains 1.3% hyaluronic acid, which is ideal for creating visible results in the skin. “It’s beneficial to use products that contain hyaluronic acid because they have been shown to not only increase moisture, but to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” explains Dr. Charles Boyd. “I think it’s a perfect product to use to complement injectable treatments because the injectable treatment goes below the skin [and], the SkinCeuticals product goes from the outside in, so it’s a way to reach all the layers of your skin together.”
In addition to the hyaluronic acid, this formula also contains 10 percent proxylane, 2 percent licorice root, and 0.2 percent purple rice extract—all of which work in tandem to hydrate and plump skin
From a texture perspective, this product has a serum-gel feel, so it’s a bit thicker than other options. That said, it’s still safe for all skin types and won’t cause breakouts. It dries on the skin rather quickly and is a good base for makeup (if your skin isn’t too dry, you might not even need to follow up with a moisturizer after use). “I recommend using it morning and night, applying it before makeup and [again] at night before bed after you cleanse your face,” adds Dr. Boyd.
When consistently using this product, studies have shown an increase in the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by a full 30%. It also reduces the look of crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines, resulting in firmer, healthier-looking skin. So, whether you’re looking for an at-home product to complement your dermal fillers, or simply looking to boost your skin’s hyaluronic acid levels for a plumper look, this serum-gel is likely an ideal choice for you.