Can we get a big “hell yeah” for face serums?! They’re kinda like wheatgrass shots we add to our green smoothies; a little pricey, and maybe a little gimmicky, but whenever we incorporate them into our beauty routine we feel a million bucks.
So here’s the dealio – like that shot of wheatgrass, they’re a boost of concentrated nutrients to the skin that penetrates better than many moisturisers. Creams sit on top of the skin to form a protective barrier of hydration, serums are typically made from active ingredients that contain molecules small enough to penetrate the outer layer of the skin and deliver intensive doses of collagen builders, antioxidants, and other anti-aging ingredients deeper in the epidermis.
And because many formulations are water based, serums can also serve as great vehicles to deliver water-soluble ingredients, like vitamin C, beyond the skin’s surface for deeper absorption and to provide a brightening effect… tick tick tick!
To maximise the effects, we make sure to cleanse our faces with warm water (to maximise absorption), apply a serum to the face when it’s slightly damp and following with a moisturiser a few minutes later.
So, now that we’ve convinced you, that you need some serious serum action, here’s our round-up below:
Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum, $34.99, available at Priceline.
Best for: dehydrated skin
This serum uses hyaluronic acid to boost the moisture in your skin, and sinks into the face extremely quickly. Its travel-friendly packaging also makes it perfect for taking with you wherever you go.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, $104, available at Sephora.
Best for: those looking for a serum that works immediately.
One of our holy grail serums! Smelling like orange quality streets, (yes, really) this is one for those who are a little impatient. Getting to work immediately, our first use resulted in more supple skin and less red patches. It might seem expensive but its extremely economical; a little goes a very long way.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $64, available at David Jones.
Best for: those looking for an all-round glow that works fast.
The beauty of Kiehl’s concentrate is that it does its work overnight. A heady mix of oils work to improve the look of your skin while you snooze, so you wake up to a glowing face.
Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum, $94, available at Mecca.
Best for: those looking for an amazing make-up primer/serum duo.
For those fighting shine, adding an oil-based serum to their skin-care routine can result in a finish so slick, makeup can’t hold on. Luckily, the silicone derivatives in this vitamin-, and yes, oil-rich formula (it counts 10 plant oils among its ingredients) take the shine right out of the equation and help keep your makeup in place, making this serum/primer hybrid the perfect thing for summer skin.
La Roche Posay Pigmentclar Serum, $59.99 , available at Priceline.
Best for: targeting dark spots and pigmentation
Absolutely obsessed with this serum at the moment. We’ve tried lots of creams to help with uneven skin tone, and dark spots left behind by pimples and this is one of the only ones that has worked nearly instantly! It leaves the skin feeling fresh, even and luminous.
Origins Original Skin Serum, $58, available at Mecca.
Best for: 20-something skin.
While many serums are targeted toward more mature skins, this Origins serum offers a no-nonsense formula for 20-30 somethings. The texture is lightweight, and the scent refreshing. This serum is win-win, and the price isn’t too bad either.