Best known for its professional hair care products, La Biosthetique  has been making waves recently with its hi-tech skincare line. The most recent Dermosthetique collection to hit Hong Kong shores is Hydro-Actif, which includes a cleansing mousse (HK$390), moisturising tonic (HK$390), intensive concentrate (HK$900) and moisturiser (HK$850).
What sets Hydro-Actif apart from other hydrating collections is its use of four different types of hyaluronic acid, an essential component of the skin that helps bind large amounts of water (and reduces as we age). The concentrate uses high doses of short-, medium- and long-chain as well as cross-linked hyaluronic acid combined with other active ingredients to boost the skin’s moisture by up to 78 per cent two hours after application.
Most skincare brands make similar claims, but at the launch La Biosthetique actually had a device to measure the moisture levels in our skin and mine rose from below 40 per cent to over 50 in just 10 minutes. Having received the concentrate and cleansing mousse towards the end of winter, I was eager to try the products at home.
While I found the cleanser effective at removing make-up, my skin was ever so slightly dry afterwards. But that was quickly remedied by the concentrate. A clear and lightly scented liquid, it reminded me of dishwashing soap. It even foamed a bit as I rubbed it in, but was absorbed almost immediately. There was no oily residue and my skin, which tends to dry out later in the day, seemed to stay hydrated longer than it does with other products.
Hydro-Actif was created to “solve the problem of forever thirsty skin” and it’s certainly helped mine get through an extended dry period. I’d recommend the concentrate for anyone who needs extra moisture but doesn’t want a heavy cream. The cleanser would also be a good choice for summer since it rinses off completely without stripping the skin. And if no amount of moisturiser seems to work for you, there’s certainly no harm in trying the complete line.
La Biosthetique Hydro-Actif is available at Harvey Nichols Pacific Place, 3968 2517, labiosthetique.com.hk