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From the Experts | May 18, 2023
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When it comes to plumping fine lines, smoothing wrinkles and improving skin laxity, dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid have earned a reputation for giving you quick, visible results. But injectables aren't for everyone – they're costly, time-consuming and often painful. So, what if we told you that the Bio-Performance Skin Filler Serum provides instant filler benefits* at home?

Shiseido has designed a cutting-edge skincare technology, inspired by cosmetic procedures, that can now plump and fill skin* at home, and allows you to simply unlock the smoothing effects of aesthetic treatments with a face serum. Here, Shiseido reveals the futuristic filler-like formulas that have got beauty editors talking, and how they can support your healthy complexion at every stage...

*in epidermis


So what are the benefits of dermal injections?

Dermal injections often associated with hyaluronic acid offer multiple benefits, including wrinkle reduction and volume restoration. They work into the dermis and effectively minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, leaving the skin smoother and more youthful. Additionally, dermal injections can restore lost volume in the face, addressing sunken or hollowed areas and providing a rejuvenated looking contour.

Can skincare really plump skin instantly?

Serums that give instant plumping effects and a younger look from the first use do exist, and they do this by working at the epidermis level of your skin. To further understand how they work, it's important to remember that most fillers reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid. This hydrating molecule already exists within your muscles, joints, eyes and skin; but it depletes over time, leaving your complexion duller, and your skin drier and deflated. By topping up your skin with hyaluronic acid you can smooth its surface and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

But, while hyaluronic acid fillers will give you fast, noticeable effects, Shiseido has spent 30 years exploring how the molecule might improve skin when applied topically. You may know that hyaluronic acid creams and serums give you hydrated, glowy skin – but Shiseido’s research has unveiled a new way to also fully exploit the volumizing power of HA in cosmetics. Molecules of hyaluronic acid are usually too big to penetrate the skin, so while they’re able to moisturise the surface, they can’t volumize from within… until now. Shiseido has discovered an innovative way to shrink the molecules down allowing them to penetrate the epidermis while retaining their volumizing properties. They then, re-expand to push up the skin from within, visibly filling out lines and wrinkles.

Before and after comparison from using the skin filler serum 

Skin Filler Serum

This is where the Bio-Performance Skin Filler Serum steps in; a two-phase treatment that transforms your skin texture and volumizes from the very first use... Thanks to its revolutionary instant volumizing action, it has skin looking 5 years younger.*

*Consumer test on 110 women.

The innovative technology behind Shiseido's Skin Filler Serum

So, how does the Skin Filler Serum work?

"Shiseido has harnessed the powers of hyaluronic acid more than ever before using MolecuShift Technology," explains Dr. Ewoma Ukeleghe, Medical & Cosmetic Doctor. "An impressive total of three patents (submitted) have been filed for this technology," she adds of the serum duo, which is designed for day and night use to push up and volumize your skin from within.

By night, the first step in the Skin Filler Serum duo delivers compacted hyaluronic acid into the epidermal layers of skin, where it penetrates over the course of six hours. Then, in the morning, you apply the second step: "a serum for daytime use containing an 'expander' molecule that redeploys the compacted hyaluronic acid that has penetrated the skin, and allows it to quickly regain its original size," explains Dr. Ukeleghe. Think of it like inflating a balloon. The second serum then pumps up the hyaluronic acid, a brilliant strategy to instantly replenish the skin’s volume and visibly improve fine lines and wrinkles.

Close up of the skin filler serums

The philosophy behind Bio-Performance Skin Filler Serum

While the Skin Filler Serum gives instant filler benefits* at home, the duo is also designed for anyone looking to support their complexion as time goes by. "This isn't about 'anti-ageing', but instead, an approach focused on supporting the health of ageing skin," explains Dr. Ukeleghe. "Bio-Performance goes head-to-head with the ever-growing popularity of aesthetic treatments. Moreover, it can be a great adjunct for patients who already incorporate aesthetic treatments into their beauty routine."

*in epidermis

So, as well as offering a visibly younger appearance the Skin Filler Serums are the perfect duo to accompany cosmetic procedures, as they complement the results of treatments such as dermal filler injections*. Meanwhile, the moisture magnet effect of the hyaluronic acid also keeps your skin hydrated, lending the smoothest canvas for the rest of your skincare and makeup routine.

* Clinical test - 20 volunteers that underwent injection procedures and used Skin Filler Serums for 2 months

How to use the two serums in the Skin Filler Duo


The Night Infill Serum

Your quest for firmer, bouncier skin begins at night-time. Purify your pores by double cleansing, using the Perfect Cleansing Oil to slough away makeup, and the Clarifying Cleansing Foam to tackle impurities. Then, apply the Night Infill Serum by massaging it into skin in circular motions. While you sleep, the compacted hyaluronic acid in the formula will gradually penetrate your skin's upper layers. You can follow with your favourite night cream for extra nourishment. Try Bio-Performance Advanced Revitalizing Cream for an added boost of hyaluronic acid.


Step 2: The Day Full Expansion Serum

By the morning, the compacted hyaluronic acid will have been absorbed into your skin. Cleanse with the Clarifying Cleansing Foam and follow with the Day Full Expansion Serum from the Skin Filler Duo. The breakthrough serum will convert the compacted hyaluronic acid molecules from step one back to their larger, natural size, in turn enhancing skin volume from within to lend a more youthful look. Complete your routine with your go-to moisturiser, then apply Urban Environment Age Defence Oil-Free SPF 30 to protect skin throughout the day.

"I absolutely adore the way that the serums transform my skin," says Dr. Ukeleghe. "I have used a hideous amount of hydrating serums on the market, but this gives me instant visible and tactile results, leaving my skin plumper and softer."

Shiseido's commitment to sustainability

Skin Filler Serum - Refills

The Bio-Performance Skin Filler Serum isn't just good for your skin; it's designed with more sustainable packaging too. The two serums come in refillable packaging, so you can reuse the elegant bottles to minimise plastic waste. The refills are made of 20% plant-origin materials* and allow a 74% reduction of plastic used**.

*Refill bottle, not including cap
**Refill versus overall packaging

Skin filler serum refills


Want to know more about how to plump up your skin?


Why is my face not plump?

There could be several reasons why your face may not appear plump. One common reason is a decrease in collagen and elastin production, which happens naturally as we age. These proteins are responsible for maintaining the skin's firmness and elasticity. Other factors that can contribute to a lack of plumpness include dehydration, a poor skincare routine, excessive sun exposure, smoking, and certain medical conditions. Consulting with a dermatologist or skincare professional can help identify the specific causes and recommend appropriate solutions for your individual situation.


Does hyaluronic acid plump skin?

Yes, hyaluronic acid can help plump the skin. It is a natural substance found in our bodies that can hold moisture, providing hydration to the skin. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid attracts and retains water on the superficial layers of the skin. When injected into the skin it results in a more volumizing effect. Its different ways of use globally result in a plumping effect and provide various benefits such as smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin appear more hydrated and youthful. What makes the Bio Performance Skin Filler Serum so unique is that it offers volumizing effect in the upper layers of the skin while being applied topically. This volumizing effect is made possible thanks to MolecuShift technology that shrinks high molecular weight HA and then re-expands it once it is entered into the skin.


Do you need to use moisturiser after hyaluronic acid?

Yes, it is generally recommended to use a moisturiser after applying a hyaluronic acid serum. While hyaluronic acid helps to attract and retain moisture in the skin, a moisturiser helps to seal in that moisture by strengthening its barrier function. Using a moisturiser after hyaluronic acid can complemente its effectiveness and ensure that your skin stays properly moisturised throughout the day or night. We recommend you always apply one of our moisturisers after using the Bio Performance Skin Filler Serums.

A woman applying serum to her face


Is it good to use a hyaluronic acid serum daily?

Using a hyaluronic acid serum daily can be beneficial for most people knowing its involvement in skin hydration and plumpness Since natural hyaluronic acid production tends to decrease with time, incorporating it into your daily skincare routine can help maintain moisture levels, improve skin texture and preserve youthful looking skin.


How can you get plump skin naturally?

Apart from using our skin filler serums, there are several natural ways to plump up your skin:

  1. Stay hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water helps maintain skin hydration and overall health.
  2. Eat a balanced diet: Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can provide essential nutrients for skin health, such as vitamins A, C, and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
  3. Protect from sun damage: Excessive sun exposure can lead to collagen breakdown and premature aging. Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing protective clothing.
  4. Get enough sleep: Quality sleep allows the skin to repair and regenerate, promoting a healthy complexion.
  5. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption: Smoking and excessive alcohol intake can contribute to skin aging and dullness.
  6. Regular exercise: Exercise improves blood circulation, which can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
  7. Use a gentle exfoliator: Regular exfoliation can remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover, revealing smoother and plumper skin.

NB: Dr Ukeleghe is a contracted ambassador for Shiseido

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