Skincare Review: Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion

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indeed labs Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion

I was going to start my review of Indeed’s Intense Moisture Lotion by saying “if you like hydraluron serum then you’ll love this!” But actually, that would be both lazy and untrue because the two products – one a jelly-like, slightly sticky serum, the other a light and silky lotion – are nothing like one another.

Which will be pleasant news for you whether you like the Hydraluron Serum or not, because it provides both a decent alternative and an excellent companion. The Intense Moisture Lotion is packed with hyaluronic acid (the stuff that is a total workhorse when it comes to hydrating the skin and maintaining that hydration) but it has been formulated with hyaluronic at three different molecular weights, whereas the Hydraluron Moisture Serum contains hyaluronic at just the low molecular weight. I don’t want you to be forking at your own eyes with boredom at the science part here, but to explain quickly what that all basically means; the lower the molecular weight of the hyaluronic acid, the deeper the level it works at to hydrate, smooth and plump the skin.

So the Hydraluron Serum works brilliantly, but just at the deep level and really needs to be followed with something else – something that works to stop water loss on the surface – which is why it’s a serum and not an all-rounder moisturiser. It’s a boost, it’s a first course, it’s the start of the hydration feast. The Hydraluron Lotion, on the other hand, is an all-rounder in terms of hydration; you could easily use this alone for an intense hit of moisture and it would be covering most bases.

I’ve started off this review in a very distracted fashion – I didn’t ever mean to become sidetracked with talk of hyaluronic and molecular weights – but in some ways it would be odd to talk about this lotion without mentioning the serum – as the original product in the Hydraluron line, it’s something of a cult product. It was probably one of the first products, in fact, that made me sit down and read about hyaluronic and what an earth it did. Hydraluron championed an ingredient, put a spotlight on one specific thing, and there weren’t too many brands doing that at the time. At least not in an easy to understand, relatively scientific, non-bullshitty kind of way.

Skincare Review: Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion

But back to the Intense Moisture Lotion. Light, silky, very elegant in feel, it slips across the skin beautifully but never feels greasy. It moisturises in a very straightforward and uncomplicated way and doesn’t claim to do a load of other stuff – it’s not “moisture with added retinol!” or “moisture and intensive vitamin C!”. Which makes it a brilliant choice for when you want to follow your retinol or vitamin C with a moisturiser. That just does one job. But really well.

Actually that’s not quite fair; it does do other stuff. The lotion contains copper, magnesium and zinc to help protect skin from environmental damage and also squalene (olive-sourced) to soften and smooth the skin. It’s just a really nicely put-together, simple to understand, lightweight lotion. Powerful but not oily. Great beneath makeup, gorgeous after using any sort of acid exfoliant, a straightforward choice for when you’ve used something pokey and tingly and scary and you just want a bloody normal moisturiser that works and doesn’t have exfoliants and spot-busters and stuff added in for crying out loud!

Skincare Review: Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion

You can find Indeed Labs Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion for £24.99 at ASOS* and Boots. No colour or fragrance, suitable for any skin type, I’d say – though if you are incredibly dry you might not find this enough on its own. During my Retinol Fall-Out weeks I’ve been layering it under really thick, buttery creams as a sort of mega-boost! It can be used day or night, but follow with a sunscreen in the daytime if needed.

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  1. Grace
    May 10, 2019 / 10:52 pm

    I’m looking for a new moisturiser for my dehydrated and slightly sensitive skin to follow retinol/acid usage at night, and am tossing up between this and the LRP Toleriane Ultra Nuit (I loved your write-up on that, too!) Just wondering which you’d recommend?

  2. Anna
    January 31, 2019 / 6:02 am

    Very many thanks for the review. How does this compare to the Herbivore pink cloud cream (or are they just two completely different products)? Thank you!

    • January 31, 2019 / 8:36 am

      Very different! Herbivore is buttery but still lightweight; I’d say that they are both equally moisturising but the Indeed one has the edge in terms of ease of application. x

      • Anna
        February 1, 2019 / 3:45 pm

        Thank you – v much appreciated

  3. BP
    January 26, 2019 / 4:29 am

    Omg! That’s your rose petaly bath mat! I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve been obsessed since I first saw it and wanted one (but they don’t have that brand in the States and I haven’t been able to talk myself into paying the DHL). But double duty as dreamworthy squishy bathmat and product backdrop – well done!

    • January 26, 2019 / 9:30 am

      Thank you!! Yeah that’s why I bought it – and I have a white one! – because it makes an AMAZING backdrop for still life pics. : )
      I want the pebbly one but it’s over 200 quid. Can’t justify that at the mo!!!

  4. Farah
    January 26, 2019 / 2:57 am

    I have difficulty with hyaluronic acid as it seems to actually dry me out. So weird! I was using a hyaluronic acid serum and kept putting it on around my eyes which felt dry and they got dryer and dryer until they were actually flaking. Have you ever heard of this sort of situation? I want so much to love it as everyone else seems to and lightweight hydration is generally speaking my favorite sort. What gives? Any advice or thoughts greatly appreciated!

    • January 26, 2019 / 9:30 am

      Yeah! I sometimes think when they’re not formulated properly, or you don’t follow them with the right thing, they can make you feel drier! I tend to prefer the creamier formulations where they contain HA rather than the watery, “fresh”, clear ones! Just seem to get on better. x

      • Farah
        January 26, 2019 / 6:13 pm

        Interesting! Yes it was this watery serum that really did me in. Thank you so much for the feedback! Happy to try some of these creamier formulations rather than writing off HA entirely just yet. x

        • March 29, 2019 / 6:30 pm

          The emulsifiers in the creamier formulation should allow the HA to absorb into the skin barrier a bit better. The right concentration of HA is also key. This is one instance where more is not better.

          Elise l Aurum

  5. Isabel Botelho
    January 25, 2019 / 10:35 pm

    You mentioned Retinol Fall-out weeks. What are you referring to?

    • January 25, 2019 / 10:44 pm

      See post about retinol, proceed with caution x

  6. January 25, 2019 / 11:46 am

    Hello, first of all, thanks for sharing such a great review and it helps a lot to know more about hydraluron intense moisture lotion. It is advised to use it daily in face and neck for better results.

  7. January 24, 2019 / 7:42 pm

    Sounds lovely! I’ve been using the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture jelly under my creams at night to boost hydration this winter but the lotion might be my next purchase.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

    • January 25, 2019 / 9:21 am

      Yes, this is more of a comfortable texture I feel. For winter. x

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