SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier

Updated: Jul 19


SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier ($100, 1 oz) is a multi-functional corrective serum that helps to amplify skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps skin and joints retain moisture and it also prevents moisture from evaporating into the air. Unfortunately, your body’s levels of hyaluronic acid decreases with age and so it is used in skincare products to act as a magnet for moisture so that your skin appears hydrated, plump and healthy. SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier is used to address the following skincare concerns: dryness, aging, sun damage, loss of firmness and fine lines and wrinkles. It is ideal for all skin types; dry, normal, oily, acne-prone, combination, sensitive or mature skin.

About the Brand

SkinCeuticals is a high-end skincare line founded by Dr. Sheldon R. Pinnell, a Professor Emeritus of Dermatology and the former Chief of Dermatology at Duke University Medical Center. SkinCeuticals products are based on cutting edge research and innovation, establishing the brand as a leader in advanced skincare. Although SkinCeuticals is most widely known for its patented antioxidant serums, products such as the H.A. Intensifier are backed by the same level of research and technology as its more popular C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF serums.

Benefits

A comprehensive list of the benefits of SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier is available here and here and is reproduced below:

  • Amplifies skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30%

  • Reduces the look of crow’s feet, nasolabial folds (parenthesis around the mouth or laugh lines), and marionette lines (lines from the corners of the mouth down to chin) for smoother, firmer skin

  • Delivers long lasting hydration to visibly improve skin’s texture

  • Unique serum-gel texture format creates a smooth canvas on skin

  • Can be used as home care after dermal fillers; always consult with a physician for individual regimen recommendations

How to Use

You can use H.A. Intensifier either once or twice daily, by applying 4-6 drops to the palm of the hand and dabbing it onto forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck. Next, blend the product into skin. If you are the using H.A. Intensifier in the morning, apply it after your vitamin C serum and before sunscreen. But, if are using the H.A. Intensifier with a retinol at night, apply the H.A. Intensifier after your retinol. You can watch the following SkinCeuticals video on how to apply the H.A. Intensifier.

Ingredients

  • 10% Proxylane: supports skin’s hyaluronic acid levels to help improve the appearance of skin firmness

  • 2.0% Licorice Root Extract (dipotassium glycyrrhizate) + 0.2% Purple Rice Extract: these potent botanical extracts work together to help preserve hyaluronic acid content in skin

  • 1.3% Hyaluronic Acid: this powerful natural humectant provides long lasting hydration to improve the look of skin texture

  • Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Propylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Peg/Ppg-16/16, Peg/Ppg-16/16 Dimethicone, Peg-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Dextrin, Oryza Sativa Extract, Rice Extract, Disodium Edta , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Citrus Nobilis Peel Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Limonene, T-Butyl Alcohol, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.


My Take

After doing a little research, I learnt that the problem with most products that contain hyaluronic acid is that they are unable to deliver the hyaluronic acid deep into the skin’s layers, where it is most needed, because the hyaluronic acid molecule is too large to effectively penetrate the skin’s layers and deliver hydration. Instead, the hyaluronic acid in those products just end up sitting on the surface of the skin and are not delivering the hydration that your skin needs. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a NYC-based dermatologist, said that the key to a good product with hyaluronic acid is if the product either micronizes the hyaluronic acid molecule so that it can penetrate the skin or if it puts the hyaluronic acid in a vehicle that penetrates the skin in order to be effective where it needs to be. SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier does the latter, by uniquely combining surface-hydrating hyaluronic acid with 10% proxylane and a concentration of licorice and purple rice extracts to support skin’s hyaluronic acid levels. So, after learning about the benefits of hyaluronic acid and the science behind SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier, it was the hands down choice to include in my skincare regimen.

The H.A. Intensifier comes in a dark purple glass bottle and it is a light purplish liquid formulation. It is not scented but it is a thick liquid that feels a little heavy but not sticky on the face. I apply the H.A. Intensifier only at night (primarily because of the price and I want to make it last as long as possible), after I cleanse my face and apply toner and retinol. To apply, I put 4 drops in the palm of my hand and dab it onto my face as shown in the SkinCeuticals video linked to above. Whenever I use the H.A. Intensifier, my face feels more moisturized the following day, which is a big deal in the extremely dry air here in Utah. Also, I have noticed that whenever I use the hyaluronic acid, my face is less oily the following day because my face is not producing more oil to compensate for the dry air.

Although I sometimes use the H.A. Intensifier without my retinol, hyaluronic acid pairs well with most other skincare ingredients and products such as peels, retinols and other acids. According to Dr. Nazarian, the only exception to this general rule is acids with low pH levels, like glycolic acid, because it may degrade the hyaluronic acid and make it ineffective. Additionally, because hyaluronic acid is such a powerful humectant, you do not need more than one product with hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine.

I highly recommend SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier and join the chorus of other people worldwide who love this product. The one downside of this product is its price, so once I finish my current bottle, I will be looking for less expensive alternatives and I will be sure to post my review(s) when I do!

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