Serums which are meant to worn under moisturiser are meant to add a little ‘something’ to your skin. Depending on what you’re going for, you can find serums to help with concerns like aging, acne, dull skin, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. They tend to be more concentrated in ‘active’ ingredients than moisturisers and they will also penetrate the skin better than a moisturiser would, but that doesn’t mean that you should ditch the moisturiser altogether though!
I alternate the serums I used depending on how my skin is feeling and looking. If my skin’s feeling tight and dry then I’ll reach for something hydrating, but nowadays my skin concerns are marks left from breakouts, uneven texture and uneven skintone. These are the serums I’ve been using to help:
This new Prevage Anti-Ageing & Intensive Repair Daily Serum* is seriously like no other serum out there. It gives the skin instant results, and when I say instant I mean 15 minutes. Research shows that 63% of women who tested the serum noticed an immediate improvement in fine lines, radiance and luminosity. I honestly noticed a difference in how radiant my skin was instantly, and I’m not one to fall for the hype about products working instantly. But I did and that’s all down to the ingredients idebenone, arazine and thiotaine to protect the skin against free radicals and cellular inflammation, panthenyl triacetate and naringenin soothe the skin and help to calm redness, silicone and optical diffusers are there to soften the appearance of lines and botanical cork oak extract and polyimide-1 improves the firmness of the skin.
I have slight hyperpigmentation and marks from acne breakouts which is a pain to deal with. But, SkinCeuticals’ Pigment Regulator* is helping my skin gradually and I’m loving the improvement it’s made to my skin; before the marks were very red and obvious but that’s since gone down and I can see them gradually fading away. The Pigment Regulator contains 2% kojic acid and 2% emblica which reduce and prevent the production of excess melanin which is what causes the dark marks. It’s quite a small amount of kojic acid and emblica, but it’s actually great. I’ll keep at it and hopefully see a significant difference soon!
I’ve always preferred chemical exfoliators over face scrubs, they work a million times better. With my acne prone skin it can be tricky using a face scrub as it could irritate my skin resulting in a breakout so chemical exfoliators like Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate* do the job without the irritation. Result? Smooth, radiant skin with a glow I haven’t seen in ages! I use the oil free serum before applying the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser* and I wake up flake free and glowy. Makes me look forward to jumping out of my warm, comfy bed in the morning to look in the mirror for once!
The Vichy Idealia Pro is another serum I’m using to treat hyperpigmentation and dark marks. Along with SkinCeuticals’ Pigment Regulator I’m noticing a change; not huge, but gradual. Idealia Pro has a ‘DRM-Bright Complex made up of Vitamin Cg, Procysteine and Eperuline, which protects the skin’s fibroblasts from oxidation and inflammation. The skin is further perfected with natural Kombucha from Ceylon black tea concentrated at 3%, which refines and promotes vitality, and LHA which gently exfoliates dead skin cells.’
I love Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference* range but I didn’t mention how I love the Optimizing Skin Serum* even more. The serum does a million and one things for my skin; make it softer, smoother and balanced. Ever heard of skin that’s prone to breaking out but is dry, peeling and flaky at the same time? No? Well I’m an exception to that! But, the serum’s wonderful at balancing out my skin with its ingredients: Vitamin C, an antioxidant that brightens up the skin, retinyl linoleate a retinol derivative which helps to retexturize the skin and repair sun damage and finally sodium hyaluronate to moisturise the skin.