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.
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.
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