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This Internet-Approved Ingredient Is About To Revolutionise Your Makeup Game

This Internet-Approved Ingredient Is About To Revolutionise Your Makeup Game

We’ve witnessed the emergence of countless trends these past few months—from putting to the test Bella Hadid’s Instagram-viral jaw-lighting hack to layering our faces with powder to baking our makeup drag-queen-style, we’ve seen it all. And even though we’ve cherished each one of them, these trends are transient in nature. But do you know what’s for posterity? This one fad that we discovered on Instagram.

A Skinimalistic Approach To Makeup

It’s a fact that we’ve married our foundations, concealers, and bronzers with skin-loving moisturisers, oils, and serums—skinimalism is in, and we’re drenching our faces in cocktails of lightweight, seamless formulations before blending, contouring, and highlighting. My favourite no-effort hack? Blending our moisturiser and foundation to play into the dewiness of the look. 

And that’s why we’re loving this trend. Because it’s just that- your guide to a radiant, smooth base. 

If you’ve heard of hyaluronic acid, you know it’s ultra-hydrating. But what if we tell you that there’s another formula out there that’s clinically proven to be four times more hydrating than hyaluronic acid? Read on to find out what we’re talking about. 

Let’s Cut To The Chase—What Is Polyglutamic Acid?

Polyglutamic acid delivers instant pumps of hydration to your skin. A humectant, it doesn’t just draw moisturise into the skin. It enables our skin to retain the moisture in the dermis for hydration and plumpness. It does this by forming a film on the skin to prevent evaporation of water from the surface. And it does this much more effectively than hyaluronic acid.

A lot of influencers have put this fast-emerging formula to the test by combining their foundations with the acid in the form of a serum—only to witness how glowy and smooth their skin appears right after. Not only does it lend a natural-looking radiance to the skin, but it also balances the heavier texture of the foundation, and enables seamless blending. A quick fix for cakiness—because, let’s face it, a lot of our heavier, thicker foundations accentuate the appearance of lines, pores, and creases. 

Beauty enthusiast Kylie Larson testifies to the effectiveness of the hack. She describes the trick as ‘smoothing and hydrating’, and claims that it makes her skin ‘look like a filter’. She explains that a squeeze of the serum might benefit those with dry skin. Other influencers say that their skin ‘feels like butter’, and honestly, we’re starting to feel FOMO.

Fortunately, this buzzy skincare ingredient isn’t overlooked anymore—with brands like Charlotte Tilbury integrating the same into their products. 

Who Can Try This Hack?

Generally speaking, this one’s regarded as a ‘universal happy chemical’. This means that anyone, regardless of their age, race, colour, and skin-related concerns, can test this ingredient. But it’s always best to consult a dermatologist or conduct a patch test before introducing a new product or ingredient to your routine. 

Our Favourite Polyglutamic Acid Serums…

Hello, Hydration. This serum smoothens the skin, reduces signs of ageing like wrinkles and lines, and creates the perfect canvas for your makeup.

This one locks in moisture, and reinstates the suppleness and youth of your skin. It’s specially crafted for dry and dehydrated skin, and reduces the appearance of spots and wrinkles.

This one’s a non-oily, fast-absorbing formula that hydrates the face intensely; gently exfoliates the skin to enhance radiance and improve texture; and regulates the production of sebum to control acne and pigmentation.

It’s just that simple. Mixing two formulas to club the benefits of both for a crease-free, luminous look. I’m telling you: DIY hacks are the best. No debate.

Featured: Instagram

19 Apr 2022

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