Anyone with acne-prone skin can attest that finding a skincare routine that works for you can be a real pain in the butt. Personally, I still couldn’t find a moisturiser that could sufficiently hydrate my dry skin and help to keep the pesky breakouts at bay—that is, until I’ve tried the Natural Astaxanthin Hyaluronic Acid Micro Essence Solution from Australian Natural Industry (Ani).

Read on to find out why this product won the title of Best Moisturiser for Acne-prone Skin in the CLEO Clear Skin Awards.

The Product

ANI Natural Astaxanthin Hyaluronic Acid Micro Essence Solution
Natural Astaxanthin Hyaluronic Acid Micro Essence Solution, $56.60

As its name suggests, this product is formulated with hyaluronic acid and astaxanthin, which is derived from Haematococcuss pluvialis, a species of freshwater algae. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant that neutralises free radicals and protects skin from sun damage, thereby reducing the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. It also helps to plump up skin and smoothen out wrinkles, and even helps to maintain moisture levels in the skin.

Hyaluronic acid is a skincare ingredient that’s well-known for providing intense moisture. In fact, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Ani’s formulation comprises of multiple molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, which allows the product to thoroughly hydrate not just the surface of your skin, but beyond-the-surface layers as well.

The combination of these two powerhouse ingredients results in a potent formula that not only quenches your skin’s thirst, but also protects it from further damage.

Tried and tested

The unique syringe packaging takes some getting used to, but I do like how hygienic this system is. Given how dry my skin is, it absorbed the product pretty quickly but to my surprise, my skin was still sufficiently moisturised after a night’s sleep.

When I inspected my face the following morning, I also noticed that the bout of acne that I was battling appeared less inflamed. While I still have semi-frequent breakouts, they’ve become less severe ever since I started using Ani’s Natural Astaxanthin Hyaluronic Acid Micro Essence Solution in my skincare routine. My blemishes now appear less angry and bumpy, and they usually clear up within a week without any scarring.

The CLEO verdict

My favourite thing about Ani’s Natural Astaxanthin Hyaluronic Acid Micro Essence Solution is how quickly I get to see results. It has been quite distressing trying to deal with my problematic acne-prone skin, so when I woke up with visibly smoother skin after a short period of usage, it was like a small weight was lifted off my chest. My makeup applies so much easier now and adheres to my skin better, and on days that I don’t wear makeup, my skin still had this healthy glow about it despite a few blemishes here and there.

Yes, I still have acne and the residual scars, but my skin is considerably clearer and I am now more confident and comfortable with my skin texture.

Ani products are free of parabens, sulphates, phthalates, and artificial fragrance and colouring. Here are some other products of theirs to check out:

Use the code “CLEO15” for 15% off your order on Ani’s online store!
Valid till Feb 29.

Text: Alicia Chong

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