Product Review: Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 (30ml)

Mizon HYALURONIC ACID 100 30ml, US$16.98 at Jolse.com
Mizon HYALURONIC ACID 100 30ml, US$16.98 at Jolse.com

I have dehydrated skin and the fine lines on my forehead are from dehydration rather than wrinkles, and for the longest time I cannot seem to get rid of them. I have tried heavy duty moisturizers, serums, ampoules, etc., to no avail. I use a wrinkle filler from Smashbox and Olay Regenerist on a daily basis, which actually helped and my lines don’t show, but those are cosmetic rather than long lasting.

I have read many reviews about REN Keep Young And Beautiful™ Instant Firming Beauty Shot, which retails at US$54 (add another $10+ in Canadian dollars!) which seemed to work for a lot of people with similar problems. I even went to Sephora and tested it on the back of my hand. It’s a very viscous, clear, gel like serum that seems to temporarily fill the lines by plumping them, but the results are not really that long lasting (even from good reviews); you need to reapply. And of course, the ingredients are basically a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid, which is in a lot of skincare already. So I decided to buy a hyaluronic acid serum to add to my routine and see what happens!

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) isn’t a stand alone ingredient/product, by the way. It has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water, so it basically draws moisture and holds it. You can get a pure 100% HA serum, but by itself, it won’t really do much. It’s best when you add it to a moisturizer, like a serum, to really benefit from its moisture holding ability.

I am not familiar with Mizon, but I frequently shop from Jolse.com since I discovered the seller on eBay (he’s based in Korea). I am not affiliated with Jolse by the way. 😉 I just happened to notice the Mizon brand on Jolse and the serum was very affordably priced, at just under US$17. I even had a $3 discount which makes it so cheap to try! At first, when I bought it, I thought by the name it’s a pure 100% HA serum. But when it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see other ingredients in the serum, making this sort of a well-rounded serum you can use by itself under a moisturizer instead of having to mix with others (which you can).

The serum is not as viscous as the REN version, it’s very fluid, and free of artificial colors and fragrances (yay!). However, the name 100 is a bit of a misnomer because this contains 50% HA, not 100% obviously, since it has other ingredients (peptides are also at the top of the list). I love that it has no fragrance. It goes on just slightly sticky, but after it absorbs into the skin it does not feel sticky (I have dehydrated skin).

You only need very little at a time as well. 2-3 drops and you are good. I use it twice a day and it’s been 2.5 months, I still have more than half a bottle left!

The effect: well, it does not plump the lines as dramatically as REN Keep Young And Beautiful™ Instant Firming Beauty Shot does. It has no ‘instant’ line plumping effect, but it hydrates. It’s not a particularly deep moisturizer either. You will need to use a moisturizer to maximize its moisture binding ability. My skin is much less dehydrated now than it has ever been since I started using it. I also add this to an essence cloth mask (the blank ones you add serum/essence yourself) along with my IOPE Bio Essence and it hydrates my skin very well.

Is it worth the money? I think at this price and the ingredients it is a good product, though not something I cannot live without. It is handy as a moisture boost, and I do mix it with foundation as well. All in all, not bad, and very affordable.

Mizon HYALURONIC ACID 100 List of Ingredients (Click to enlarge)
Mizon HYALURONIC ACID 100 List of Ingredients (Click to enlarge)

2 comments on Product Review: Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 (30ml)

  1. Kevin J.
    June 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Joseibi, it is nice to see that you are back on the reviewing front. I was wondering if you have ever tried Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, because it was a product which sold very quickly in Japan? I lived there for a while, and although I would not say that this brand or its products are the must-have, it seems to be going along the right track with the HA and Super Acetylated HA components, which actually add the viscuous texture to the lotion fluid itself. If you can get a seller who is able to match the price of Mizon’s HA serum (provided that you finish it first), you can probably try that out as an alternative. It is around 900Yen (probably 8 USD or so) in Japan, and in most other countries which do import Japanese stuff, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Korea, virtually twice the price that it is sold at in Japan.

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    • Joseibi
      June 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Kevin!

      I have used Hada Labo’s series, they are quite accessible here as well as even some of the supermarkets (Asian ones) carry them. But they are twice the price here as well. I went through a phase when everything I use has to be fragrance free because of allergies and Hada Labo was the only line I used at the time. It’s quite basic but moisturizes very well. 🙂

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