So, I was fortunate enough to have received a box of products from the Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones collection. Now, if you haven’t heard of Dr. Barbara Sturm, let me get you up to speed, she’s a world-renowned aesthetics doctor, known for her non-surgical anti-aging and skin care treatments. Her products are revered in the skincare community because they are absolutely amazing, which I can attest to because I’ve experienced the results first hand. Due to the groundbreaking effects of her products, they don’t run cheap. And for that reason, I’ve been savoring every drop. However, I’ve recently run into a dilemma, my hyaluronic acid serum from the line is running dangerously low!
Prior to using Dr. Barbara Sturm’s formula, I had heard all about the wonders of hyaluronic acid serum. I kept meaning to get my hands on some but never got around to it until I received hers. Needless to say, I’m blown away. My skin has never looked better–so you understand why I’m heartbroken to be running out of it. Mainly because that bad boy costs $300 dollars, yes three hundred dollars!
Sadly, the way my current freelancer/entrepreneurial budget is set up, getting a new one from her line is simply out of the question. Therefore, I decided to do some digging for more affordable alternatives–that I, of course, had to share with you!
Before I get into the brands to try, here’s the low down on why hyaluronic acid is important in the first place. Hyaluronic Acid is actually naturally found in our bodies and helps encourage skin renewal, and it is scientifically proven that it has substantial water retention properties. It’s great at rehydrating the skin for a more radiant look and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also has great antioxidant properties. Convinced? Alright, well here are some products to give a try!
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid ($7)
Glossier “Super Bounce” ($28)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($15)
Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster ($68)
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($30)
**Pro tip: when applying hyaluronic acid serum do so while your face is still damp and slightly wet. Your pores are still open then so your skin will act as a sponge and absorb the moisture to lock it in all day (or night) long.**