I’m a huge fan of peptides in skincare and my routine consistently focuses on hydration, so when skincare brand HydroPeptide got in touch to send me some products, you can imagine my excitement! As soon as the trio of skincare goodies arrived, I quickly established what I believed would be the order of favourites from most to least, but I was very wrong, so here are my thoughts on three of the HydroPeptide products:
First up, we have the HydroPeptide Purifying Cleanser (£50 for 200ml here – link) and I will admit that my heart sank when this arrived as for me, the word “purifying” usually means harsh, stripping, soapy and just generally all the things I avoid in a cleanser, but I’m happy to report that this is actually a very gentle cleanser containing just a touch of salicylic acid and clay, housed in a gentle formula of chamomile and peptides. You can use this as a traditional cleanser, or leave it on for a bit longer for a treatment – I love these types of cleansers for a quick facial treat when I’m doing my dental routine in the evening!
Next is the HydroPeptide Eye Authority (£67 here – link) which was the product I was most excited for, but unfortunately it just didn’t work for me – although I will say that, going by online reviews, I appear to be in the minority. Eye Authority contains crushed pearl powder to brighten the under eye area, and the problem I have with that is that as soon as a skincare product contains something that is designed to provide purely aesthetic benefits, in my (apparently very narrow!) mind, it becomes more of a makeup product, so therefore it needs to perform as such, and I didn’t find this to sit very well under makeup, nor did I want to use it for night time skincare as it contains pearl which my skincare routine doesn’t need. This is just me being stuck in my ways, but don’t let me put you off as this is a popular and well-received product.
Finally, the showstopper of the trio, the HydroPeptide Moisture Infusion Mask which I cannot seem to find anywhere online – this is particularly frustrating as I would go as far as to say that it’s one of the very best sheet masks I’ve ever used; it’s very comfortable, not messy at all and skin felt noticeably hydrated afterwards – plus, it can be used under LED lights too, so I just want loads of them in my stash, but I think it might be a product for pro use only: GUTTED.
HydroPeptide are a really interesting brand who seem to mostly focus on hydrating peptides (funny, that!) that work alongside gentle acids, to provide optimum skincare that’s gentle, yet effective, so very much my kind of brand. Find the whole range here – link.
Disclosure: unpaid ad – PR samples