High End: Chanel Hydra Micro Serum

High Street: Origins Drink Up 10-Minute Mask 

High End

Newcomer Chanel Hydra Micro Serum claims to leave skin replenished, smooth and ‘glowing with youth’ by delivering their active ingredients to skin using their innovative new ‘micro-droplet’ technology. Chanel were so impressed with this breakthrough technology, its patented! Don’t be fooled though, patented technology does not make the product, or it’s ingredients any better!

Camellia japonica extract claims to hydrate skin and promote optimal moisture retention within the skin. A study showed that topical Camellia japonica application has a two-pronged attack on collagen production – it can stimulate collagen  expression  and block collagen degrading enzymes, so could help to keep our skin plump and youthful. Camellia oil is also rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that can fight skin-damaging free radicals.

Chanel’s formula also contains hyaluronic acid, which keen Beauty Geeks will know for it’s moisture boosting properties as one molecule can hold up to 1000 times it’s own weight in water! However, it’s the last ingredient listed, meaning it’s found in really low quantities in the product, so the Geeks are not so sure if it will be able to deliver the benefits.

On a positive, Chanel’s formula does contain some hydrating ingredients (glycerin, propanediol and emollients) and it will hydrate your skin but all in all, but Chanel’s Hydra Micro Serum doesn’t contain any ‘revolutionary’ technology. It consists of ingredients that are commonly found in high street products, leaving the Geeks unimpressed and not keen on the hefty £70 price tag. This product is more style than substance.

High street

In the bid to help the Beauty Geeks out, we went on a hunt to find a hydrating product that could rival Chanel’s Hydra Micro Serum, but for a fraction of the cost. Origins Drink Up 10-Minute Mask claims “thirst-quenching Algae Extracts deliver an extra helping of hydration while emollient-rich Apricot Kernel Oil acts like a ‘fountain of youth” for just £23 a bottle.

The Algae extracts contained with Origins formula are thought to act as hyaluronidase  inhibitors , meaning they prevent hyaluronic acid from being degraded, thereby keeping more of it in our skin! This combined with the extra hyaluronic acid in the mask, will keep skin nice and hydrated . We should point out here that Hyaluronic acid features towards the end of the ingredient list, indicting that it is not found in large quantities in this product either, so we cannot say for definite that it will be able to live up to what it claims to do.

Origins are clearly a fan of plant oils as this product contains seven! Three of these oils contain linoleic acid, important for maintaining the barrier function of the skin, making it less susceptible to water loss! Combine this with the replenished moisture from the algae and we’re in for some very happy hydrated skin! Origins also boasts almond kernel oil in it’s ingredient line up, which like Chanel’s Micro Serum, has anti-oxidant properties so can protect the skin from free radical damage!

If it is hydration you are looking for, the Geeks are supporting the high street product! We think you get much more bang for your buck with Origin’s Drink Up 10 Minute Mask, and we’re not the only ones, this mask has excellent reviews on Origins website with customers branding it the ‘holy grail’ of skincare.

You can find the high end product here: Chanel Hydra Micro Serum

You can find the high street product here: Origins Drink Up 10-Minute Mask 

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