Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, €42.95 for 30ml. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
Hyaluronic acid is one of my favourite skincare ingredients. My skin drinks the stuff up, so I’m always on the lookout for new hyaluronic acid serums to try. Enter stage left: Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum.
What it promises
Aimed at dehydrated skin the Pure Hyaluronic Serum claims that “the combination of calming ingredients allows use for both dry and oily skin. This exceptional intensive serum hydrates, repairs, softens and plumps, leaving your skin glowing with youthfulness.”
Ingredients wise you’re looking at; Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Xantham Gum, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol.
Sodium Hyaluronate is the stand out ingredient here. It’s the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid and since sodium hyaluronate is smaller in size it can penetrate the skin better. Why is this good for skin? It’s a humectant that attracts and holds onto water. This helps to keep skin moisturised. The plumping effect can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and make the skin look firmer.
How to use it
There are a couple of ways you can use the Pure Hyaluronic Serum; you can apply 2-4 drops onto dry skin and follow up with your usual skincare routine. You can also mix a couple of drops into your morning or night-time moisturiser.
I prefer to apply it to my face and neck, after an acid toner and hydrating spray/sprtiz (I’m currently using the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray), before whatever combination of moisturiser, sunscreen or facial oil is appropriate for the time of day.
How often you need to use it really depends on how dehydrated your skin is. I apply it both morning and evening because I like having products that double up in my stash. When I started using this serum my skin was parched so I used four drops, now I find that two drops is enough to keep my skin in check.
Is it worth the hype?
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is; this serum is everything I wanted Hydraluron and the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum to be. It injects my skin with a much needed shot of moisture without interfering with other products; Hydraluron caused my sunscreen to go bally. It’s also fragrance free; the strong scent is my biggest bug bear with the otherwise solid Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum.
At €42.95 for 30 ml this isn’t the cheapest serum on the market, but for me it’s worth it. A bottle lasts four or five months depending on how much and how often you use it. Holy Grail is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the beauty blogosphere, but if the shoe fits and all that; Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum is my Holy Grail serum and I’ll never be without it.