Six Degrees of Serum

Monday, November 19th 2012 0

A guide to the best serums

If you've been following the beauty experts of any monthly glossy magazine, you'll be aware that everyone is swearing by serums. A more concentrated version of moisturisers, they're the new skincare essential. Here, I've listed my favourite serums for every skin eventuality; mix them up to maintain a great complexion, whatever your skin type.

Dry skin: Clarins HydraQuench

Described by as ‘SOS moisture for thirsty skin’, my dry-skin saviour is Clarins HydraQuench. Applied to cleansed skin twice daily, this serum can hydrate even the driest of skin in just a couple of days. The formula is thin and runny, like water, but the oily texture means that just one pump will go far.

Oily skin: Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Serum

A serum that is very matte in texture, this would be a great product to combat shiny or oily skin. If used under make-up, it leaves a soft, balmy residue on the skin that is similar to a primer and will ensure that make-up glides on evenly.

Overnight repair: bareMinerals Active Night Cell Renewal 

For an overnight nourishing treatment, look no further than bareMinerals. A thick, oily formula, it leaves skin feeling soft and plump by morning with results that last all day.

Instant skin boost: Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum

When in need of an instant remedy, perhaps pre-party or for an early morning, try this lovely serum from Burt’s Bees. Quite oily in texture, it will take a while to absorb and leave you with a fresh, dewy glow all day.

Anti-ageing: L’Oreal Revitalift 10 Repair Serum

To help to delay the ageing process, I like to mix some of this into my regular serum. A thicker, runny formula, it is lovely when used under make-up and feels instantly soothing despite absorbing very quickly.

Mature skin: Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Serum

A rich, creamy serum, this applies like butter (and is yellow, too, so best used before bed). Use alone or mixed in with some Eight Hour Cream as an overnight mask. In the morning, skin will be moisturised and glowing.

For more information about serums, I’d suggest reading the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar for a fantastic piece by Newby Hands.

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