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Review: Ialuset Hyaluronic Acid Cream

When I was in New York City, I purchased a lot of things: Marvis toothpaste, blue foundation (for uh, STAR WARS cosplay), a tube of Embryolisse, sheet masks, and some French skincare favorites. More specifically, Hexomedine, a topical acne medication, and Ialuset, a hyaluronic acid cream.

My skin loves hyaluronic acid. I’ve gone through numerous bottles of Hada Labo Lotion, which despite it’s name, is a watery hyaluronic acid-based serum. Despite this, I’m always looking to try new things, especially things that have cult followings.

First Impressions

I purchased Ialuset in store at New London Pharmacy for $34.00 USD. The ingredients were not listed on the box in English, so I went off of some cursory Googling on efficacy to make my decision. Here is the ingredient list I have found online:

Sodium hyaluronate, surfactant, oleic acid decyl ester, emulsifying wax, humectant, glycerol, methylparaben, propylparaben, dehydroacetate, acidifier, fragrance, water.

It comes in two forms: Cream in a metal tube and pressurized bottle. I purchased the cream version.

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My tube of Ialuset

Ialuset is an opaque, white cream that has a very slight fragrance that I can’t quite put my finger on. In fact, when I first used it, I thought it had no fragrance because it just smells like a non-fragranced cream.

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Excuse my dry hands

It feels extremely emollient when applied. It spreads easily, but needs worked into the skin a little before it settles in completely. This texture makes it feel fairly luxurious and moisturizing right off of the bat.

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Iasulet half-way massaged into the skin

Once worked in, it dries down to a kind of dry, waxy feeling. Skin feels plumper and moisturized immediately.

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Ialuset completely massaged into the skin

The first time I used Ialuset, I didn’t give it a fair chance. My skin was a bit irritated from breaking out, travel, and some aggressive BHA and Finacea usage. Upon application over my topical actives, my skin lit up, turning red, hot, and uncomfortable.

I immediately suspected the fragrance listed in the ingredients and felt discouraged that I had found yet another product that my skin didn’t get along with. Instead of washing it off of my face, I applied some ice and waited to see how my skin felt in the morning (anything for science, right?).

Surprisingly though, it looked and felt plump and happy in the morning, despite the previous evening’s snafu. So I decided to try again once my skin was less irritated.

Days later, I applied the Ialuset once more, fresh out of the shower, while my skin was still damp.

And I waited… and waited…

My skin looked and felt great. It was not irritated at all, nor was it red. My rosacea didn’t flare or get bumpy. Everything was just fine.

Over the next couple of days, I used it in place of my Hada Labo Lotion, skipping the days when I was using topical actives like my Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid or my Finacea.

Consensus

Ialuset has great reviews on Avibon’s site, and I understand why. It is considered one of the few pure hyaluronic acid products on the market, and it delivers in making skin feel and look more hydrated than it would with a moisturizer alone.

It is not a replacement for your moisturizer, and I would not recommend treating it as such. Based on my experience, I’d also be cautious about using it with your actives (AHAs, BHAs, topical prescriptions) or when your skin is irritated.

Will it replace my Hada Labo Lotion though? Probably not. It feels luxurious and emollient for sure, but my Hada Labo is a tried-and-true, inexpensive addition to my routine that just works.

You can purchase Ialuset for $34.00 USD on New London Pharmacy’s website.

Note: Ialuset is available on Amazon.com as well, but I did not recommend it here because I have received fake products from Amazon, such as fake Embryolisse that smelled very strongly of perfume. If you decide to purchase from Amazon, proceed with caution and only purchase from sellers you know and trust.

 

 

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A NYC Beauty Tour

by Kristen
A NYC Beauty Tour

Note: This post does not contain any product reviews, just a list of places I visited and recommend. 

I live in Los Angeles – the home of incredible film and celebrity skincare experts. So when I tell you that New York City blew my mind in terms of accessible skincare and beauty shopping, I don’t mean that lightly.

I had planned my romp through the available pharmacies and beauty hot spots well in advance, and thanks to the New York subway, I was able to visit most of the locations on my list, despite the cold, rainy weather.

Let’s get right into it, shall we?

 

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Glossier

Glossier is best known for their makeup. You’ve probably seen one of their ads in your Facebook feed or following you around the web after your cursory Google search.

When I got to the Glossier showroom, I was greeted by a woman at the door who told me to proceed to the top floor of the building for Glossier. There was a large number of people waiting to go up to the showroom, and when the elevator came down, we all packed in.

The door slid open to a bright, neatly organized showroom, bustling with people. There were multiple stations with testers, cottons, and disposable applicators. There was a general arrangement to it all: skincare and makeup primers, blushes and cream eyeshadows, bases and powders, and a washbasin with their multiple bottles of their famous Milky Jelly Cleanser as well as their skin salves.

To purchase products, you simply pick up a sheet with a list of all the products, marking what you want and how many. Take it to the front, pay, and they call you when your order is ready for pick-up!

I found the process to all be very smooth and quick, despite the showroom being so busy and crowded.

 

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oo35mm

oo35mm (pronounced like “oh oh thirty-five millimeter”) is a small shop in Chinatown. It’s a short walk away from Glossier, and a highly recommended jaunt for any Asian beauty aficionado.

Ceiling to floor, oo35mm is stacked with cult classics like Cure, Missha, Biore, My Beauty Diary, and Hada Labo but also slightly lesser known brands such as Benton, Hana, and Cosrx. No matter what you’re looking for, oo35mm is exhaustive in their collection of Japanese and Korean beauty.

You can sample anything before you buy, though there is a $10 minimum on any credit card purchase. Thankfully, there are plenty of sheet masks to choose from to meet your purchase minimum.

 

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New London Pharmacy

New London Pharmacy is everything a girl could ever want. It is the brick-and-mortar home of the beloved Internet brand Stratia, as well as several French pharmacy favorites, such as Avene, Bioderma, La Roche Posay, Caudalie, and Embryolisse.

As a French pharmacy fangirl, I was reeling at the selection inside of New London Pharmacy. Besides housing the big French skincare brands, they’re also…  you know… an actual pharmacy. While there, pick up a tube of Marvis toothpaste or virtually any drugstore skincare brand you can think of (including hard-to-find products like DML Moisturizing Lotion).

I was so overwhelmed that I visited the store twice. The first time, I picked up some Stratia Liquid Gold (the cashier told me that it has sold out twice, and “everyone is coming in for this stuff”), a deliciously scented bar of soap, Embryolisse, and a tube of Cinnamon Mint Marvis toothpaste. Upon my second visit, I bought a tube of the French favorites Hexomedine (known for it’s acne-drying properties) and ialuset (a pure hyaluronic acid creme).

As if this wasn’t enough to choose from, New London Pharmacy also stocks a small selection of European sunscreens that are neigh-impossible to find in the United States.

If you only have time for one stop in New York City, I highly recommend making it New London Pharmacy.

 

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Worth a Mention: Ricky’s NYC

Okay, okay — so it isn’t strictly skincare, nor is it particularly exotic, but Ricky’s is a store that pops up everywhere across NYC. In fact, no matter where you are, you’re bound to find a Ricky’s within a short walk (or subway ride) away.

Ricky’s is the perfect spot to get your Ardell lashes and stock up on your basics, like deodorant, toothpaste, and delicate wash detergent, but it is also a pretty good spot to find The Ordinary, Baby Foot peels, and Embryolisse.

 

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