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.
I’ve previously reviewed the Hand Chemistry (now known as The Chemistry Brand) Hyaluronic Acid Body Mist and found that although the product didn’t have any big drawbacks or ingredient negatives, it wasn’t a complete stand alone skincare product either but rather a good addon to use before a good body cream.
However, the same company also makes a Hyaluronic Concentrate gel – A big tub of hyaluronic acid which made me wonder if this one is as good, better or worse.
A comparison post of the two coming soon.
Here’s my chemist’s verdict:
Colour and Texture
This product is colourless and has a gel texture. However, the gel is very easy to spread and almost turns into a water-like texture while rubbing it onto the skin.
This product only has a very, very faint floral-like scent that you will only smell if you literally put your nose on your skin. It doesn’t contain fragrance and this scent comes naturally from the ingredients. This is a major advantage as added fragrance doesn’t serve a skincare purpose and could cause irritation.
The Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate retails for £27.99 for a 240mL bottle. The price is not cheap, especially considering the ingredients are not that fancy but the product is a good addon to your body care and it is worth the cash if your body cream doesn’t contain hyaluronic acid.
This product comes with outer packaging which is simple but yet elegant and professional looking. It looks a little clinical but that’s the brand’s style which sort of suits it.
The actual product comes in a plastic bottle with a detachable pump and it has the typical Chemistry Brand design.
I love that the packaging is mainly green, I somehow associate hyaluronic acid with green. It all works and it looks appropriate for the product and application.
The pump also works well and I love that the product comes out from an opening under the pump not at the end of the pump. This means that you don’t run the risk of spraying yourself with the product…we’ve all been there. Small clever details can sometimes make a huge difference.
Practicality of use – user experience
This gel was very easy to use. The pump works well and the fact that you don’t run the risk of spraying yourself is a big advantage.
The watery-gel like texture makes the product spread easily and absorb quickly while leaving no residues behind.
I truly didn’t find any negatives for this product!
There is no special mention as to which skin type this product is for, so I’d assume that it is good for all, especially since there doesn’t seem to be any skin type specific ingredients in it.
However, like with any product, there are some ingredients that might cause sensitivity especially if you have sensitive skin, so have a look at the ingredient analysis below first and try the product in small amount at the back of your hand prior to applying over the entire body.
Do not use this product internally and avoid using it on broken skin.
This gel is tested on humans and lasts 12M.
Here’s what the company has to say about this product:
Contains an extraordinary high concentration of nature-like hyaluronic acid, suspended in a base of skin-supporting red algae and tamarind. Continued use helps retain hydration, while enhancing visible texture and delivery of actives.
Directions: Apply evenly to hands and body twice or more daily for well hydrated, happy skin.”
This gel was very easy to use and it was absorbed by my skin quickly. It didn’t leave any sticky residues behind and my skin felt more moisturised and healthier compared to before.
It’s an easy and good product to sue however, this is not a stand alone item, it’s better to use it as a booster to your body moisturiser.
This product contains 16 ingredients of which 11 can actually offer you some level of skincare benefit (of course some more than others) and none of them have a negative associated with them! Additionally, only 5 ingredients are potential irritants, sensitisers or allergens.
The stats are definitely very good, this product’s ingredients and benefit vs risk potential make it a good addon worth using prior to your body moisturiser.
This product is alcohol, silicone, oil and nut free, vegan and cruelty free. The formulation has a pH of 7.50-8.
Let’s have a look at the ingredients individually. To keep this post shorter, I am only listing the ingredients that have a skincare effect in the positives and negatives and ignoring the compounds that only play a formulation role. A full list of ingredients can be found further down.
- Aqua (Water) – Water based formulation.
- Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer (product contains 19.5% of this and is of a 99.5% purity according to the brand) – 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”. 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. Check out: “Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?”
- Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
- Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract – An anti-oxidant, humectant and skin conditioner with such a good ability of retaining water that it is compared, and even considered superior by some, to hyalyuronic acid. A source of vitamin D that can also lighten spots and heal the epidermal layer of the skin. A hero ingredient.
- Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract – A skin protecting agent and anti-oxidant.
- 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.
- Pentylene Glycol – A skin conditioner and preservative.
- Betaine – A humectant, skin conditioner and anti-irritant.
- Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
- Hexylene Glycol – Skin conditioner.
- Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent. Also a good moisturiser.
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 product have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
Full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerine, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerine, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
The Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Concentrate gel – A big tub of hyaluronic acid is a great addon product to use prior to your body moisturiser to give it a good boost. It contains a high percentage of hyaluronic acid and other good for your skin goodies and there aren’t any ingredient negatives to it.
It also works well in practice and in general I couldn’t find anything bad about this!
I highly 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!
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.