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Review: Hera Oil serum Magic Formula + UPDATE

To be honest, buying the Hera Oil serum Magic formula was an impulse purchase. I didn't need it, but I wanted to try it.

The product description reads "an enchanting deep-hydration serum that combines all the virtues of oil and serum to deliver a fresh and magical moistful finish."

I agree.

When I use this serum, it leaves my skin deeply hydrated. But do I need yet another brilliant hydrating product?

What I find interesting about this serum is the super star ingredient in the formula- fine textured Ylang-ylang.

Ylang-ylang oil comes form the flowers of Ylang-ylang tree. I am familiar with this oil because it is the key ingredient in the French brand Decleor. From it's combination/oily skin range I have used
Decleor Aroma Cleanse Mattifying lotion and Decleor Aroma Purete velvet mattifying fluid. Both products were lovely and a bit mattifying. But they were not amazing.

Ylang ylang claims the following benefits to oily/acne prone skin:
  • It is anti-seborrheic. This means that it regulates sebum production.
  • It helps clear inflammation. So it helps clear skin congestion and calms down the inflammation from pimples.
  • It is antiseptic. That is why it is loved by acne prone skin. It inhibits microbial growth and disinfects wounds.
To me, the star ingredient in this serum is Ylang ylang, so I don't understand why the description of this serum does not include -balances oily skin and reduces inflammation.

Increased firmness, radiance, and reduced wrinkles. According to the description, these are the effects we can expect from using this serum long term. I can't comment on those yet, as I have only been using it for three weeks.

From the ingredients, we move on to its texture.

The texture of this serum is described as 3-phased and transforming. That is because initially, the texture is gel like, but when I massage it on my skin, it turns into a serum and then it feels like a hydrating oil. This 3-phased business is quite interesting and lovely actually.

I don't use any cushion foundations at the moment but this serum is supposedly brilliant with Cushion products because it makes the make up look natural and glowing.

The verdict: Lovely serum,  applies beautifully, it feels warm and nourishing on the skin, it does offer deep hydration, but I don't think I will repurchase it. I already use several really amazing anti-aging products that tick lot more boxes for me.

UPDATE: 31/08/17 This lovely serum stood the test of time and I will actually repurchase it. Similarly to the Sulwhasoo's Herblinic ampoules I've found it to be very soothing for my acne prone skin. In the past two months I used it every time my skin felt irritated and over-exfoliated and it soothed and calmed my skin wonderfully.  

Till next time, Milu

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