LANEIGE Blue Hyaluronic Acid Review — What is Blue Hyaluronic Acid?

The new “blue hyaluronic acid” from LANEIGE sounds too good to be true: Based on 38 years of Korean skin science, “blue hyaluronic acid” is actually “fermented hyaluronic acid,” with the ability to hydrate up to 300% better than regular hyaluronic acid.

What is Blue Hyaluronic Acid?

How “blue hyaluronic acid” does this is primarily through reduction of the size of hyaluronic acid, without reducing hyaluronic acid’s hydrating function. In fact, blue hyaluronic acid is 2,000 times smaller than regular hyaluronic acid, meaning that it can penetrate the skin more deeply (APGroup).

The only concern with fermented, “miniaturized” blue hyaluronic acid is the fact that it can be associated with irritation, unless it’s paired with other soothing, hydrating ingredients. (In the case of LANEIGE Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer, for instance, blue hyaluronic acid is paired with soothing and/or hydrating ingredients like algae, squalane, dimethicone, palmitic acid, and others.)

What is Blue Hyaluronic Acid?

But given that other forms of “small” hyaluronic acid (smaller than 130 kDa) have been associated with inflammation, it’s imperative that LANEIGE only uses blue hyaluronic acid with other soothing, hydrating ingredients. ​​In a study from the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, treatment of the skin with formulations containing different sizes of hyaluronic acid (all with concentrations of hyaluronic acid at 0.1%) was measured. After one month of daily use, they found that treatment with medium-size 130 kDa HA was the most effective, increasing skin elasticity by 20%. Both the smaller 50 kDa and medium-sized 130 kDa groups had significant improvement in wrinkle-depth and skin roughness after 60 days. All the other molecular weights, including all of the larger weights, still improved elasticity and skin hydration, just less so. The authors believe that smaller sizes than 130 kDa of hyaluronic acid may be associated with inflammation, and the larger sizes cannot penetrate the skin as well.

That having been said, we’ve been having one of the hottest summers on record in Pittsburgh, and my skin was feeling it before using LANEIGE Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer, despite my best efforts (i.e., sunscreen supplements, vitamin CE serum, sunscreen, foundation with sunscreen, large hats, avoiding the sun between 10 AM and 2 PM, etc). But the formulators clearly knew what they were doing with LANEIGE Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer – it’s hydrating, I find even more so than the belif True Cream Aqua Bomb I used to use in the summer when my skin would get dry – and not inflaming the skin at all, at least not in my experience.

LANEIGE Blue Hyaluronic Acid Review

This isn’t an anti-aging cream that is going to help to protect, preserve, and treat your skin like, say, retinoids, concentrated vitamins C and E, or peptides, But this is a great source of hydration and skin soothing when your skin is feeling dry and a bit sun-damaged. I recommend it.

Ingredients in LANEIGE Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer

Water / Aqua / Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, Sucrose Polystearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dibutyl Adipate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Stearyl Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Octadecene, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance / Parfum, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dextrin, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Sorbitan Isostearate, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Ceramide Np, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Tocopherol, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract

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