DermaE Hydrating Serum w/ Hyaluronic Acid | Local Dupe of C.Hiron’s Fave Hydraluron

I recently had to ditch less than half a tub of my fave Nivea Baby Smoothy Moisturizer only because I realized it was just slightly over expired, the fact that I finished more than half  a tub was actually great, didn’t think I would like it enough to get that far.  I would have finished it had I been more faithful in applying it on my legs, it contains mineral oil but I don’t react badly to it.  Since a few of my skincare bits are steadily on their way out I’ve become determined in tracking down a couple (not all) of Caroline Hiron’s non-nasty skincare recommendations (brand consultant, advanced facialist, blogger) in order to get things done right.  A few of course I sourced some discounted online with very minimal or free shipping (not available here).  I’ll feature those picks all together soon, but there was one item that really frustrated me because it was nowhere on ebay or anywhere I looked except at Boots in UK, Hydraluron.  Caroline Hiron’s skincare video with Pixiwoo hadn’t come out yet while I was in Europe.  If I had seen it I would have made a dash for Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron (hyaluronic acid) serum at Boots.    Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body as a carbohydrate that binds itself to water and functions as a natural lubricant throughout the body.  Hydraluron by Indeed Labs, as Caroline mentions in this video on Pixiwoo’s Body Talk channel, is like generic hyaluronic acid at its purest in gel form (don’t let the word “acid” put you off, there are acids the skin needs) without fillers, without harmful additives, and without flowery add ons that bump up the price.  That one, Hydraluron, is not available here, but this is, and I’ve tried it.  DermaE Hydrating Serum is an oil-free, nasties free Hydrating Serum meant to be used under your moisturizer just like Hydraluron.



“DermaE Hydrating Serum is an intensive, nourishing formula that can be used in combination with other moisturizers to enhance their effect.  May also be used alone for those with oily or blemish-prone skin.  NEVER any harmful parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, petrolatum, mineral oil or artificial colors. DermaE is family owned and operated, proven natural formulations since 1984”

INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist Bio-1), Calcium Ascorbate (Ester C), Allantoin, Panthenol, Alanine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Dimethicone, Glycine, Valine, Ammonium, Acryloyldimethylaurate/VP Copolymer (Aristoflex), Ceteareth 20, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Plumeria Blossom Fragrance.

The only drawback, and I don’t know why they had to but they bothered, is it is scented but thankfully it isn’t an annoying scent, it’s a quite pleasant hint of plumeria that goes away minutes after application which is nice but personally I’d prefer this unscented.  Essentially this is almost the same thing as Hydraluron but fortified with vitamins and amino acids, it does have silicone but not too much.  It comes out like a white cleansing milk, creamy but thin and not too runny.  It looks quite generic in the bottle too with a short ingredients list and it really works.  It would be good as a primer before makeup if you don’t use moisturizer, but as skincare I use a dime size amount all over my face and apply a bit of my moisturizer, as a result the hydration lasts all day.  When you apply this, you’ll feel hydration within seconds, skin is partly quenched and prepped to receive and bind in moisturizer.


I love how when I tried this directly under a new foundation ( a nice moisturizing foundation that wasn’t dewy) it added to makeup longevity and kept my skin feeling and looking like skin until the evening even with makeup on, of course, the type of foundation helped, too.  There is also a hydrating day cream version of this with hyaluronic acid as well, but I chose the serum because the acid is 3rd from the top on the ingredients list meaning the serum contains a way better amount.  If you’re lazy and have no time to do this step THEN moisturizer, just get the day cream instead.  It’s got good ingredients, too, and I’m sure it’s excellent.  I’d personally say it’s suitable for sensitive skin like mine, but we’re all different works of art, right.  I didn’t react to the mild fragrance.  This is not a miracle product in my opinion, it’s simply an effective product, frankly, it just does what it’s supposed to, and that’s what we want products to do every time, right?  This is available locally at Healthy Options for Php1475, slightly cheaper than the £25 (Php1500+) mark of Hydraluron from Boots but a close match in price.  This is a U.S. product so it is also available in the States (probably at Wholefoods)  If you want to get this close enough dupe for Ms. Hiron’s fave Hydraluron hop over to Healthy Options and try it out.

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  • Belle

    I have been scouring the internet in search of this product ever since I saw Caroline Hirons rave about it in Body Talk Daily! I recently saw it on for $25.00 but couldn’t decide if I should bite the bullet as I know it usually retails for GBP 25.00…Something about the pricing just screams knock off to me…What do you think?

  • soleil

    is this similar to juju and hada labo?

  • Belle

    I have been scouring the internet in search of this product (Hydraluron) ever since I saw Caroline Hirons rave about it on Body Talk Daily. I recently saw it on for $25.00 but couldn’t decide if I should bite the bullet as I know it usually retails for GBP 25.00…Something about the pricing just screams knock-off to me…What do you think?

  • trism

    Check out Hada Labo Super HA Hydrating Lotion. It’s a Japanese brand available in most Asian countries (except ours unfortunately). I source mine from a friend in SG. It’s helped me get moisturized without getting the oilies so far, and most of their products are scent-free as well. 😉

  • Anna

    Thank you for sharing this, Julia! I went crazy searching online for Hydraluron after watching Caroline Hirons’ skincare video with Pixiwoo, to no avail. Can’t wait for your post on the other items on her list that you’ve sourced! 🙂

  • CDP

    @belle If it helps, Hydraluron is sold here in Canada (where it’s from) for $25.