Lately the whole blogosphere has been raving about the Hylamide Subq line by Deciem. A Canadian company, Deciem is kinda like a Willy Wonka factory of beauty and have been spinning out stellar product after product in recent years under their umbrella of brands. Hylamide is their anti-aging line, but you may also recognize them as Grow Gorgeous, Inhibitif and Niod (see my past reviews of Grow Gorgeous and Hylamide here and here!)
The Subq Anti-Age serum is a veritable wizard's brew of skincare chemistry, filled with hyaluronic complexes, peptides and sciency-compounds I have no hope of remembering the names of. The end result? Youthful, rejuvenated skin by hydrating and bolstering every layer of your epidermis.
The primary ingredients (of which there are many) in this product are:
- Glycerin - a common humectant (draws moisture to skin)
- Ethoxydiglycol - a solvent
- Hydrolyzed yeast extract - can have different purposes, such as an antioxidant, moisturizer or for brightening
- Sodium hyaluronate cross-polymer - not sure what the cross-polymer does, but sodium hyaluronate is also known as hyaluronic acid and is a very popular humectant that helps give skin a more hydrated, plumper appearance
Price & Packaging
A 30 ml bottle retails for $38 off of the Hylamide website, which is pretty fair price so far as serums go. Like all Hylamide packaging, the Subq Anti-Age serum's packaging is clean and simple. Unlike the Subq eye serum, the face serum is colored purple and comes in a translucent bottle with an eye-dropper topper. I'm not sure why Hylamide doesn't choose to go with an opaque bottle as sun exposure could harm some of their products' ingredients, but I appreciate the semi-translucence as it helps me determine how much serum I have left.
Alongside its incomprehensible ingredient list (this is not a product for people who don't believe in science!), the Subq Anti-Age serum has a pretty lengthy lists of claims. Here's how it fares on each one:
- Provides surface hydration? A big yes! Upon application my skin immediately feels cooler and more hydrated, thanks to its extremely watery texture. The serum is also clear, so it's kinda like dousing your face with slightly viscous water.
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines? Yes. I've been using this serum twice daily for 4 weeks, and I've noticed a reduction in the fine lines on my forehead. Other than that, I don't have any other wrinkles to test on, so I might not be the best candidate for testing this.
- Reduces sagginess? Yes, well, very slightly. I'm not sure if it's a placebo effect, but my skin does feel plumper when I first apply it!
- Fights dynamic lines? Inconclusive. Again, I use anti-aging skincare to fight signs of aging, so I can't speak to whether it reduces dynamic lines, but if you're looking to prevent those, then the ingredients of this serum implies it should help.
- Smooths texture irregularities? Yes. At first I only used this serum at night and didn't notice much of a difference in my pores or the evenness of my skin, but within a week of using this serum in the mornings as well, all redness has disappeared!
Overall, this serum wasn't life-changing, but it wasn't a disappointment either. The Subq Anti-Age serum did noticeably deeply hydrate and plump up my skin, especially after a clay mask session or a good exfoliation, which is pretty impressive. My skin just drinks this serum right up, which probably means I need to start moisturizing more. It didn't leave my skin feeling sticky and it's non-fragranced, making this is a really easy serum to incorporate into your routine if you've never tried serums before.
Buy - The price for value is excellent and it left my skin feeling more deeply nourished than before.
What is your favourite face serum?