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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of BYOMA Brightening Serum versus BYOMA Hydrating Serum .

Last updated on July 18, 2023. Published on September 12, 2022

Overview

What they are

These products are both cruelty-free and reef safe serums. They have a total of 17 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain AHA, ceramides and Vitamin E

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for anti aging, dry skin, brightening skin, sensitive skin, reducing pores, scar healing, dark spots and better texture

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Serum British Brand United Kingdom

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

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Ingredient Info

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BYOMA Brightening Serum 25 ingredients

BYOMA Hydrating Serum 28 ingredients

alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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BYOMA Brightening Serum 25 ingredients

BYOMA Hydrating Serum 28 ingredients

Notable Ingredients

AHA
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Niacinamide
Ceramides
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (5)
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing (4)
Reduces Irritation
Skin Texture (2)
Reduces Large Pores (2)
Anti-Aging (4)
Dark Spots (3)
Scar Healing (3)
Acne Fighting
Brightening (5)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Acne Trigger
Irritating (2)
Rosacea
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

AHA
Vitamin E
Ceramides

Benefits

Hydrating (4)
Redness Reducing (2)
Reduces Irritation
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging (2)
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Brightening (3)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin (2)
Acne Trigger
Irritating
Rosacea
Eczema
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Ingredients Explained

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1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 1.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

Learn more about Glycerin

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 5.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 2.

3
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Ceramide NP is a type of ceramide.

Ceramides are intercellular lipids naturally found in our skin that bonds dead skin cells together to create a barrier. They are known for their ability to hold water and thus are a great ingredient for dry skin.

Ceramides are an important building block for our skin barrier. A stronger barrier helps the skin look more firm and hydrated. By bolstering the skin ceramides act as a barrier against irritating ingredients. This can help with inflammation as well.

If you would like to eat ceramides, sweet potatoes contain a small amount.

Read more about other common types of ceramides here: Ceramide AP Ceramide EOP

Learn more about Ceramide NP

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 8.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 8.

4
What it does: Emollient, Emulsifying, Skin Conditioning, Stabilising
Community Rating: Liked

Cholesterol is a class of organic molecules called lipids. It helps hydrate your skin and is essential to having a healthy skin barrier.

Our skin naturally contains cholesterol in the outermost layer. Besides cholesterol, it also contains ceramides and fatty acids. Cholesterol makes up about 1/4 of your skin's outer layer and barrier. Your skin barrier is responsible for keeping allergens and microbes out. Having a healthy skin barrier is also responsible for keeping your skin firm and plump.

Our bodies use cholestrol to create vitamin D, steroid hormones, and more.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 9.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 10.

5
What it does: Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is an emollient, solvent, and texture enhancer. It is considered a skin-softener by helping the skin prevent moisture loss.

Within a product, Caprylic Triglyceride can thicken the product and make spreadability easier by dissolving clumping compounds. An added benefit of Caprylic Triglyceride is its antioxidant properties.

Caprylic Triglyceride is made by combining glycerin with coconut oil, forming a clear liquid. Caprylic Triglyceride has not been found to be toxic for human use in concentrations under 50%.

While there is an assumption Caprylic Triglyceride can clog pores due to it being derived from coconut oil, there is no research supporting this.

Learn more about Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 10.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 9.

6
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Phytosphingosine is a phospholipid naturally found in our skin. It helps moisturize, soothe, and protect skin.

Phytosphingosine is already present in our skin. On our skin, it is a building block for ceramides.

Phytosphingosine tells our skin to increase its natural moisturizing factor (NMF). The NMF is responsible for hydration, a strong barrier, and plasticity. Our NMF decreases with age. Increasing NMF leads to more healthy and hydrated skin.

Studies show products formulated with NMF ingredients help strengthen our skin's barrier. Having a healthy skin barrier reduces irritation and increases hydration. Our skin barrier is responsible for having plump and firm skin. It also helps protect our skin against infection, allergies, and inflammation.

Phytosphingosine is also abundant in plants and fungi.

More ingredients that help boost collagen in skin:

Learn more about Phytosphingosine

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 11.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 11.

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What it does:
Community Rating: Liked

Sodium Phytate is the synthetic salt form of phytic acid. Phytic acid is an antioxidant and can be found in plant seeds.

Sodium Phytate is a chelating agent. Chelating agents help prevent metals from binding to water. This helps stabilize the ingredients and the product.

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 12.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 24.

8
What it does: Cleansing, Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Stearic Acid is a fatty acid. It is an emollient, emulsifier, and texture enhancer.

As an emollient, stearic acid helps soften skin. It aids the skin's protective barrier by preventing water loss. It also provides a gentle cleansing effect without stripping away natural oils.

Stearic acid may also be used to enhance the texture of products. It can add volume and stabilize ingredients such as water and oil. This can help water and oil ingredients from separating.

Sources of stearic acid include animal or vegetable fats/oils such as coconut or shea. It can be naturally found in butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, vegetable fats, and animal tallow.

This ingredient may not be Malassezia folliculitis, or fungal-acne safe.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 14.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 12.

9
What it does: Emollient, Emulsifying
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Oleic Acid is an Omega-9 fatty acid. It can be found in many plant oils such as avocado and marula oils.

Oleic Acid is used to enhance the texture of products. It is also a cleansing agent. As an emollient, it can help hydrate and soften the skin.

Oleic Acid isn't fungal acne safe. It can be bad for oily skin and be bad for acne prone skin.

We recommend speaking with a professional if you have any questions or concerns.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 15.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 13.

10
What it does: Emulsifying, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Hydrogenated Lecithin is created from the hydrogenation of lecithin. Hydrogenation is a chemical reaction between molecule hydrogen and another element.

Hydrogenated Lecithin is an emollient and emulsifier. As an emollient, it helps soften skin by trapping moisture within.

The phospholipids in Hydrogenated Lecithin can produce liposomes. Liposomes help other ingredients get through the skin barrier to be better absorbed.

As an emulsifier, it prevents oil and water ingredients from separating.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 16.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 17.

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What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 17.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 21.

12
What it does: Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 18.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 25.

13
What it does: Emollient, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Squalane is an emollient that helps the skin hold onto moisture. It's an oily liquid that occurs naturally in certain types of fish and plant oils.

Because squalane boosts hydration in the skin, it also comes with plenty of benefits: it is an antioxidant and can help fight free radicals and skin damage. Squalane is also found to have a detoxifying effect when applied.

Squalane comes from squalene, which occurs naturally within the sebum of our skin. It is one of the oils our skin produces to keep itself hydrated. Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene and has a longer shelf life.

Research shows that squalane is non-irritating (even at 100% concentration).

In general, it's a fantastic ingredient. It does a great job at hydrating the skin, and it's suitable for those with sensitive skin.

The source of squalane may impact malassezia / fungal acne. This is because olive oil derived squalane can contain impurities such as fatty acids and plant waxes. Sugarcane derived squalane is recommended for anyone with malassezia concerns.

Is squalane vegan? This depends on the source. Squalane can be derived from both plants and animals. Most squalane used in skincare comes from plants.

Please note: the source of squalane is only known if disclosed by the brand. We recommend reaching out to the brand if you have any questions about their squalane.

Read more about squalene with an "e".

Learn more about Squalane

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 19.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 4.

14
What it does: Antioxidant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Tocopherol (also known as Vitamin E) is a common antioxidant used to help protect the skin from free-radicals and strengthen the skin barrier. It's also fat soluble - this means our skin is great at absorbing it.

Vitamin E also helps keep your natural skin lipids healthy. Your lipid skin barrier naturally consists of lipids, ceramides, and fatty acids. Vitamin E offers extra protection for your skin’s lipid barrier, keeping your skin healthy and nourished.

Another benefit is a bit of UV protection. Vitamin E helps reduce the damage caused by UVB rays. (It should not replace your sunscreen). Combining it with Vitamin C can decrease sunburned cells and hyperpigmentation after UV exposure.

You might have noticed Vitamin E + C often paired together. This is because it is great at stabilizing Vitamin C. Using the two together helps increase the effectiveness of both ingredients.

There are often claims that Vitamin E can reduce/prevent scarring, but these claims haven't been confirmed by scientific research.

Learn more about Tocopherol

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 20.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 27.

15
What it does: Buffering, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

Lactic Acid is an AHA that is derived from fermenting lactose, a carbohydrate from milk. It removes the top layer of old and dead skin cells and helps increase cell turnover.

Benefits of Lactic Acid are that it can help to reduce large pores and reduce the effects of aging. Some potential downsides are that it can be bad for dry skin, cause irritation, worsen eczema, and worsen rosacea.

Not only does it help exfoliate the skin, it helps strengthen the skin's barrier. When applied, lactic acid helps the skin create ceramides.

Lactic acid is an over-the-counter chemical exfoliant that comes from the fermentation of lactose β€” a carbohydrate found in milk.

Legend has it that Cleopatra used to bathe in sour milk to help reduce wrinkles.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:

Learn more about Lactic Acid

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 21.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 20.

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What it does: Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant and emollient, meaning it attracts and preserves moisture.

It is a common ingredient in many products, especially those designed to hydrate skin. The primary benefits are retaining moisture, skin softening, and promoting a healthy skin barrier.

Though Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from fatty acids, it is not the kind that can dry out skin.

This ingredient is also used as a preservative to extend the life of products. It has slight antimicrobial properties.

Learn more about Caprylyl Glycol

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 24.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 18.

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What it does:
Community Rating: Liked

Caprylhydroxamic Acid is a chelating agent.

Chelating agents help prevent metal ions from binding to other ingredients. This helps prevent unwanted reactions and effects from using the product.

Caprylhydroxamic Acid is often used with natural antimicrobial products as an alternative to preservatives.

Learn more about Caprylhydroxamic Acid

BYOMA Brightening Serum contains this as ingredient number 25.

BYOMA Hydrating Serum contains this as ingredient number 28.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

BYOMA Brightening Serum 25 ingredients

BYOMA Hydrating Serum 28 ingredients

64% are loved or liked
16% have mixed ratings
20% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet
50% are loved or liked
14% have mixed ratings
29% are disliked or very disliked
7% have no rating yet

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BYOMA Brightening Serum 25 ingredients

BYOMA Hydrating Serum 28 ingredients

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Reviews

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BYOMA Brightening Serum 25 ingredients

3.0 /5
from 3 ratings
Broke Me Out (1) Irritating (1) Pilling (1)
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YousifShamoon

1 year ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

liked it
it does occasionally lather up during application, but it happens so inconsistently that i don't know the cause. my skin tone was visibly...

liked it
it does occasionally lather up during application, but it happens so inconsistently that i don't know the cause. my skin tone was visibly more balanced and bright after i started using this and my skin felt less dull and dehydrated. it takes a while to absorb into the skin because of its more viscous texture. i won't be repurchasing personally because i feel like i don't need my serum to be this gentle and also because the numbuzin no. 6 appears to be a much better option for me, but i'll have to try it and see. definitely get this if your skin is sensitive and/or you definitely don't wanna risk compromising your skin barrier, this applies to all byoma products because of their triceramide complex and not so risky ingredients.

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jDragneel

6 months ago Β· Combination Skin
Review

I’m pretty sure this broke me out. Didn’t feel like it did much, pilled under my makeup. Wouldn’t buy again

BYOMA Hydrating Serum 28 ingredients

4.5 /5
from 2 ratings
Hydrating (1)
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faulmag

3 months ago Β· Dry Skin
Review

The serum is really nice, I like the milky texture and it left me feeling hydrated.

Unfortunately, the dropper stopped working after a few...

The serum is really nice, I like the milky texture and it left me feeling hydrated.

Unfortunately, the dropper stopped working after a few uses... and this is not an isolated issue. Many other people have reported this with the serum. It was so bad that I had to return it. Ridiculous, since I would've held onto it had that not been an issue. How hard is it to design a dropper? My review would have been 4 stars had that not been the case.

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