In my early twenties I was guilty of neglecting my skin. My routine consisted of a splash of water to the face and maybe a quick cleanse if my skin was starting to break out. I ignored the importance of a thorough and consistent skin care routine, which is easy to do when you have picture-perfect skin. Unfortunately as we age, things change.
Today, I am a much different woman. Skin care is my favourite beauty category. I love trying new products and feeling the dramatic results on my skin. Right now, I’m all about serums! If you haven’t used a serum before, you might want to jump on board!
My skin care routine is 4 steps:
- Cleanse (double cleanse to remove all makeup)
- Apply serum and let it soak into skin
- Moisturise and go
Serum should always be step three and you should be applying it morning and night. It is important to let it soak into the skin for 2-3 minutes before applying your moisturiser to let it penetrate your pores and get to work! It works wonders on fine lines and dehydrated skin.
There are hundreds of different serums on the market, so it can be confusing knowing where to start. Below are my top 5 recommendations for breathing life, lustre and luminosity back into your skin!
La Biosthetique is a Parisian-based beauty company who specialise in skin, hair and makeup products. I recently visited their flagship Sydney salon Bauhaus in Alexandria for a facial and have been using their products ever since. Their hydro-actif capsules contain a velvety oil-based serum containing hyaluronic acid that pads fine lines from within. I particularly like using this serum at night as it drenches my skin in goodness which I can still feel the next morning.
La Prairie have created a seriously indulgent serum. The name says it’s all – ‘White Caviar Illuminating Pearl’. It specifically targets greyness (dullness), redness and dark spots. It brightens and illuminates skin, fighting pigmentation to reveal a glowing complexion. It’s on the higher end of the price spectrum, but if you feel like spoiling yourself, then I’d definitely recommend giving this one a try.
Dr Natasha Cook’s Cell Renewing Serum is packed with alpha and beta hydroxy acids to help battle fine lines, pigmentation and age spots. The serum increases your skin’s metabolism, encourages new skin cell production, exfoliates and removes dead skin cells and stimulates collagen and elastin. You gently massage a few drops of this serum into your face, neck and décolletage prior to your usual moisturiser.
Lamcome’s Advanced Genifique Sensitive serum is slightly gentler than its predecessor, but just as effective and the two can actually be used together – day and night. It is packed full of Vitamin E, which blocks free radicals from entering the skin, thereby delaying ageing. The serum claims to reduce the occurrence of ‘bad skin days’. It certainly does leave skin feeling smooth, silky and soft.
Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Vitamin C serum is actually part of a two-step process. A powder cleanser is used first to refresh and renew the skin, followed by the hydrating serum. The difference with this one is that you mix it with your favourite moisturiser – just two drops day and night. The serum needs to be activated by pressing the button on top to release the Vitamin C powder into the gel before shaking vigorously. The Vitamin C remains active for seven days. This is one of my absolute favourite products on the market. Every time I use it my skin looks instantly revitalised and glowing.
If there’s a serum that you swear by, we’d love to know!