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My experience with trying and testing out new brands has considerably grown since subscribing to Glossy Box last year where I receive a box of beauty products on a monthly basis. Located inside my boxes have been many items from brands that I had not previously been aware of; one of which was an Intense Hydrating Booster from the Skinesis range created by Sarah Chapman; a high end designer brand based in London.
Despite me only receiving 5 ml of product as opposed to the full size version of 30 ml, I was intrigued to try it out. The hydrating booster is described as a serum, which can be used on all skin types with the claim being that it will multi-task by moisturising, soothing and plumping unbalanced skin. As I have always religiously followed a strict beauty regime and use my favourite skin care products, I felt assured to learn that the serum can be added to any existing routine, so there was no need for me to compromise on any of my usual products.
Before I jump straight in and begin discussing my experience with using the serum, let me give you a little information on my skin type. During my teenage years I absolutely hated my skin due to it being extremely oily and prone to spots. However, when I hit my mid thirties it changed to T-zone where I suffer with excess oil on my forehead and nose and dryness on my cheeks. I was always of the opinion that those people with oily skin should never use moisturisers and I would previously do everything in my power to dry out my skin with one of my worst actions being the over use of TCP, which resulted in my suffering with a number of unsightly burns.
Nowadays I am far more careful and always seek out skin products that are suited for my skin type as opposed to buying what simply looks good. I am fortunate not to suffer with spots although I am susceptible to blocked pores and blackheads and whilst my skin care routine isn't complicated, it does take a little time to apply my various lotions and potions. Whilst my container of serum is smaller than the full size version, it looks similar in appearance and to operate I simply need to remove the clip on lid and gently pump the dispensing unit until a small amount is released.
I had anticipated the serum to offer both the appearance and consistency of a body lotion, so was surprised to discover that it was fairly runny and transparent. It offered very little odour although I was able to detect a slight chemical aroma, which thankfully, was short-lived. I applied the serum onto my skin after cleansing and toning where it was easily spread and fast absorbing. It was extremely lightweight as well as offering a soothing sensation to my skin without any tightening sensation.
As I am by no means an expert on the use of serums I was anticipating it to offer a slight stickiness, but the only noticeable difference to the surface of my skin was that it felt wonderfully soft and smooth. It is claimed that the serum will restore the skin's dewy radiant glow although I cannot admit to noticing any difference with its appearance.
I was interested to learn that Sarah Chapman had been inspired to design the serum due to airborne bacteria produced by long haul flights, which subsequently irritates and dehydrates the skin. As a result, two ingredients, namely bioecolia and beta glucan have been used; both of which assist in combating these issues. Furthermore, the serum contains hyaluronic acid, which is claimed to deliver moisture magnets together with rose water, which is intended to plump fine lines and crepiness. However, again I cannot speak of noticing any difference.
I used the serum twice daily in addition to my regular beauty products, as directed by Sarah Chapman, where I applied moisturiser directly afterwards with the 5 ml container lasting me approximately three weeks, as I found that only a small amount was needed. Whilst I enjoyed the experience of trying out a designer brand serum, I am not able to discuss any noticeable difference other than the fact that it gave my skin a velvety smooth texture.
Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster will set you back £9.50 for a 5 ml bottle or £57.50 for a 30 ml bottle, which is way beyond my budget for skin care and I really felt that there were no additional benefits from using it. Consequently, I will stick with my usual Garnier Ultra Lift Moisturisers minus the serum. You can make a purchase direct from the Sarah Chapman website or qvc.
Whilst the serum left my skin feeling velvety smooth and moisturised, I do not feel that it offered me any more benefits than those delivered by my favourite moisturising creams and as a result, I feel only a two star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.