B-Liv HA Temptation

the claim

B-Liv HA Temptation claims to recharge the skin and build a reservoir for tomorrow with this luxurious moisture-locking potion. It instantly infuses with essential hydration to quench skin’s thirst and reverse the visible signs of aging; consequently, improving skin’s density creating a soft and supple veil.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation
 

the science

The hero of the formula is of course Hyaluronic Acid (HA). It’s found in the body naturally but declines with age. By 40, the body produces half as much HA as it did in our 20’s. It is able to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water for a plumping effect on the skin. Snow Mushroom supports HA as it generates a natural film of hydration to keep skin moist and improve elasticity. Since this film is subject to very little shrinkage over time, it is able to deliver high moisturisarion and antioxidant protection. Snow Mushroom is said to hold even more water than HA as well as penetrate more effectively because of its smaller molecular size. The inclusion of Vitamin B5, Panthenol enhances this function further as it is able to reach into the lower layers for deep cell absorption and hence effective moisturisation.

Other exotic plants include Lotus Extract and Cabbage Rose Flower Water, beneficial for the skin as they are antioxidant and vitamin rich to help purify, minimise the appearance of pores, moisturise and hydrate. Lotus also contains natural AHAs to exfoliate for a refreshed and youthful look while Rosewater is great for treating inflammation and acne due to antiseptic properties. Breadfruit Wood Extract appears as the last ingredient, included for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ascorbic Acid is considered the most potent form of Vitamin C, highly effective at concentrations over 20%. With continued use, it can visibly decrease wrinkles and skin damage, improve skin texture and tone and also boost collagen production. At less than 1% concentration, it’s unlikely that these benefits can be fully realised in this serum.

Glycerin features prominently in the formula (second only to water) to enhance hydration, while Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol and Methyl Gluceth-20 also offer humectant properties as well as imparting an emollient effect to help soften the skin. Hydrolyzed Silk displays water binding properties too.

Featuring quite high in the INCI is Phenoxyethanol, a widely used synthetic preservative. It has global approval for use in all cosmetics at concentrations up to 1%, indicating that all following ingredients each make up less than 1% of the formulation. Finally, Butylene Glycol and Methylpropanediol assist to increase the penetration of other ingredients.

Remaining items comprise emulsifiers, conditioning and thickening agents plus preservatives.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation
 

the ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Propanediol, Hyaluronic Acid, Tremella Fuciformis (Snow Fungus) Polysaccharide, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Methyl Gluceth-20, Chlorphenesin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Phytoplacenta Extract, Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Flower Water, Ascorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Octoxynol-9, Artocarpus Altilis (Breadfruit) Wood Extract
 
B-Liv HA Temptation Ingredients
 

the packaging

The serum comes in a small, clear plastic bottle with a screw top dropper lid. It is packaged in a cardboard box with which included printed product details.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation Packaging
 

the analysis

Both the CosDNA and EWG resources, rate the B-Liv HA Temptation as a moderate hazard with a few warning flags as shown. The primary concern is Octoxynol-9 which is used in skincare to stabilise and avoid ingredient separation. It is a by-product of petroleum production that can cause irritation and contact dermatitis.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation CosDNA Analysis
 

the application

Apply onto face after cleansing and toning. For best results, use at least twice daily.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation
 

the scent

There is no noticeable scent associated with this product.
 

the cost

A 30ml bottle of B-Liv HA Temptation costs approximately USD$29.00 or AUD$41.00.
 

the availability

B-Liv products are available from the company website. Mine was gifted by the brand.
 

the expiry

The serum has a two year shelf life and must be used within 12 months of opening.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation Expiry
 

the performance

The B-Liv HA Tempation comes in a small, clear bottle with a dropper dispenser. It is lightweight and easy to use. The serum doesn’t drip when raised out of the bottle either so there is no waste. It is aesthetically attractive too. There is no added fragrance and no detectable scent to it which is wonderful!

Regarding texture, the serum is water like in clarity but denser in viscosity. It glides on easily with plenty of slip and absorbs well with an initial tackiness that subsides fairly quickly. You only need a couple of drops to cover the entire face and neck. It also layers very well with my other serums and creams.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation serum appearance
I used this as my primary hydrator within both morning and night time routines, applying it after cleansing, toning and essence but before cream/oil. I tested it’s ability to retain moisture overnight by omitting oil and sleeping packs and even just using emulsion rather than a heavier occlusive cream as my last step. I was pleasantly surprised that it retained a good amount of moisture in my skin overnight. I was definitely ready for my morning hydration by then, but coupled with my regular last steps of cream and oil, it supported my skin’s moisture levels wonderfully.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation texture
Using this as directed, twice daily, my skin retained a healthy amount of moisture and looked fresher and plump. The hydration lasted well between applications too. Skin moisture is key when trying to avoid or defeat ageing, roughness and dehydration for a healthy, supple complexion. This serum definitely achieved excellent levels of hydration to successfully help combat these skin complaints.
 
B-Liv HA Temptation
 

the conclusion

Small in stature but big in performance, the B-Liv HA Temptation surprised me with its hydration ability. I totally enjoyed using this serum and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for all skin types.
 

the summary

Pros Cons
Packed with hydrating ingredients Limited online availability
Leaves skin plump and well hydrated
Highly absorbent
Dries down without tackiness/stickiness
Great for all skin types, especially dehydrated

 
B-Liv HA Temptation Box
 

the references

B-Liv website
Butylene Glycol The Dermatology Review
Glycerin Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Phenoxyethanol Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Sodium Hyaluronate Truth In Aging
Hydrolized Silk Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Methyl Gluceth-20 Paula’s Choice Skincare Ingredient Dictionary
Lotus for Skin, the Purifying and Rejuvenating Fragrant Flower Annemarie Skin Care
Panthenol Truth In Aging
Snow Mushroom – The Best Hydrating Ingredient Nayelle website
Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract Ceramiracle
The Antioxidant-Rich, Immune-Boosting Benefits of Breadfruit Rebekah Edwards
Methylpropanediol Truth In Aging
em>What Are Vitamin C’s Benefits For Skin? Into the Gloss
How does Vitamin C help my skin Paula’s Choice Skincare
The Nasty Beauty Ingredients You Need to Avoid Justine Dunton-Rose

 


the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 
This product was provided to me free of charge by B-Liv for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by B-Liv, any of its representatives or any other third party.
 


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