Demystifying French Pharmacie Cult Products: Ialuset Hylauronic Crème


“A nice thick Hylauronic Acid creme that plumps up and enhances the skin. Apply a thick layer to your skin AT NIGHT and wake up to plump youthful skin.” French skincare product formulations usually revolve around one ingredient. For example: AHA’s, Retinol, Vitamin C or Hyaluronic Acid in this instance. Highly touted for its ability to hydrate and plump the skin.

We all have our experiences with Hyaluronic acid from infamous products such as Hydraluron, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair etc. Personally I’ve been using this either as day cream under makeup or an emergency hydration cream and layer it on top of any hard working hydration serum. It comes in a 100gms tube for 10-15 euros. I don’t think it is available outside France, unless there are some online options (Amazon or Ebay – verify the authenticity).

In terms of ingredients, it contains 0.2% Hyaluronic Acid listed as first ingredient followed by some fatty alcohol (aka good alcohol) and humectants such as Glycerin. This is NOT paraben free (in case it bothers you). Oddly enough I noticed Sodium Lauryl Sulfate on the list (4th ingredient) not sure why this is included but thankfully it hasn’t irritated my skin.

In interest of full disclosure: Ingredient List (I have translated from French to English, so let’s hope Google Translate is accurate):

Hyaluronic Acid (0.2%), Decylester of Oleic Acid (fatty alcohol), Cetearyl Alcohol (fatty alcohol) & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerin, Liquid Sorbitol (humectant), Sorbic Acid (preservative), Methyl & Propyl Parabens Parahydroxybenzoate, Sodium Dihydrate Citriac, Water

With a consistency of nice thick cream, it spreads well and absorbs ok. I feel a layer on top however doesn’t feel tacky or oily or greasy in any way. It almost feels like a protection layer. Under makeup, thankfully it does not pile at all and makeup sits very well through the day (tested in Chicago winter and Melbourne summer, so basically everything between -35 to 42 degrees C). The scent is basic and pleasant, not overbearing either. Given its consistency this could be easily used as night cream as well. The intent behind this formulation was for healing wounds and scars, not as beauty day and night creams, but it works incredibly well and hence earned its cult status.




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