A Beauty Editor's Verdict on the Hyaluronic Acid Shot You Can Drink...

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I’ve always been a big fan of ingestible beauty products. But when skincare/wellness brand Vida Glow first launched their Marine Collagen supplement, I approached with a healthy level of scepticism.

I actually gave the first ever box of samples that landed on my desk to my mum. At the time, she was working as a long-haul flight attendant, and was floored by how much it helped her skin retain its bounce (even at 40,000 feet). 

So like any respectable first born child, I promptly stole it back off her, and it’s been a mainstay in my routine ever since. 

Since launching in 2018, Vida Glow have brought out a stack of cool products. But few have made as much noise as the recently-launched Vida Glow Hyaluronic Complex - an ingestible hyaluronic acid serum designed to replenish and rehydrate the skin.

You may have heard of the benefits of hyaluronic acid serums before (don't worry if you haven't, I'll recap it in a bit). But an ingestible version you can... drink? It's an industry first.

Being the beauty junkie I am, I introduced it into my routine straight away (I was even lucky enough to work with the brand on some social content) and have been taking it on-and-off since. 

But ingestible beauty and drinkable serums are difficult to grasp, so I thought I’d break down some of the how’s and what’s surrounding this much-hyped launch right here.

What Is Hyaluronic Acid and What Does It Do For Skin?

Hyaluronic acid (also known as HA) is a molecule naturally found in your body.

As we get older, our hyaluronic stores deplete, which can lead to loss of skin firmness and bounce. Things like central heating, dry weather, hot showers and air travel can all leech our skin of moisture as well, leaving us dehydrated, flaky and creased.

HA's main claim to fame is that it’s a humectant, which means it can hold onto a large volume of water. When applied topically in a serum formulated with a mixture of smaller and larger molecular weights, hyaluronic acid can help retain moisture in both the deeper and surface layers of the skin.

The result? Hydrated, healthy, plump-looking skin. Hydrated skin can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

You can learn more in our hyaluronic acid YouTube video below.

How Does Ingestible Hyaluronic Acid Work?

Now we're all across how hyaluronic acid serums work, you're probably wondering if drinking the stuff does the same thing? The answer is... kind of.

According to Vida Glow founder Anna Lahey, once ingested, hyaluronic acid is absorbed by the small intestine through a process called paracellular absorption.

It’s then carried around the body by the circulatory and lymphatic systems, where it gets to work encouraging the natural production of hyaluronic acid in the body to replenish our own stores.

Vida Glow Hyaluronic Acid Supplement Ingredients.

Vida Glow Hyaluronic Complex contains nine active ingredients, including:

  • Gotu kola, a herb thought to promote skin hydration. 

  • Vitamin C, an antioxidant that is necessary for tissue repair.  

  • Zinc, another mineral linked to skin health.

  • CoQ10 to fight free radicals (substances that can cause damage in the skin).

  • Biotin, a vitamin that promotes healthy skin.

  • Lycopene, a known phytochemical that reduces environmental damage.

  • Nicotinamide, the ingestible form of niacinamide (vitamin B3).

  • Acai for an antioxidant boost.

  • And of course, hyaluronic acid to promote skin hydration.

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Together, the idea is to replenish moisture, encourage hyaluronic acid production, repair the skin barrier and prevent free radical damage.

Each set comes with 14 servings, and each vial contains 100 mg of HA.

It's recommended to take 1-2 servings per day, especially when your skin feels like it needs an extra hydration boost.

My Vida Glow Hyaluronic Complex Review.

Now for the juicy bit - what are these shots really like?

I've broken down my review into the three big factors you'll want to know about:

1. The Hyaluronic Acid Shots.

I’ve never been big on shots (everybodddy). I prefer to sip things slowly.

But in the case of this product, I think the vial format is really quick and easy, plus it ensures you’re getting the correct dosage.

Could they save on packaging by selling the liquid in one large bottle? Perhaps. But maybe the reasoning behind it comes down to optimum dosage and protecting the integrity of the formula.

And the vials fit in your handbag/pocket, so you can get your hyaluronic hit on the run. 

2. What Does the Vida Glow Hyaluronic Complex Taste Like?

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Each to their own, but I love the taste.

It’s like a sweet/sour berry flavour that’s strong, but delicious. I like it straight out of the fridge, but you could absolutely mix it into water.

It would probably overpower something like oats or a smoothie, so my best advice is to just knock it back. 

3. Vida Glow Hyaluronic Complex Results.

When this product initially launched a few months back, I took one a day, every day for two weeks straight.

It’s hard to comment if it was the complex or just a great skin week, but my complexion definitely felt plump and hydrated. Coupled with great topical skin care and drinking heaps of water, I really do think they make a difference. 

Nowadays, I take this ingestible hyaluronic acid supplement as a targeted treatment when my skin is feeling especially dehydrated, like when I’m flying interstate or between seasons.

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Final Verdict?

Ingestible beauty is a new-ish space, and while there’s exciting research and anecdotal testimonials emerging, I'm the first to admit it’s not rock solid.

So, do you need to shot hyaluronic acid to have hydrated skin? No.

But if you’re looking for something to boost your existing routine, I think it’s a great targeted treatment you can use as a skin-insurance policy.

Plus, I’m optimistic I’m getting on the front foot, hopefully slowing down the rate at which my own HA will deplete as I age. Fingers crossed! 

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