In skin care, face serums are used as potent enhancements to many regimens. These products are formulated with greater amounts of active ingredients, and because they are generally lighter than your traditional face creams, they can penetrate your skin deeper to truly make a difference. Typically applied daily as the last step before moisturising your skin, these products are versatile and can be used in numerous ways: They can be added to moisturisers, night creams and masks to enhance their potency, used as a spot treatment for problem areas, or utilised as a stand-alone hydrating gel for oily skin. With continued use, serums offer visible results that may not be realised with most creams and lotions alone. There truly are serums for every skin condition. Here are just some of them.
FOR FINE LINES, WRINKLES & SAGGING: Anti-Ageing Serums
The best anti-ageing face serums out there feature ingredients that speed up cell turnover, boost collagen production and improve your skin’s elasticity. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, help fight free-radical damage that leads to premature ageing. Some also offer skin-firming benefits, making lines and pores less visible.
Key Ingredients: Retinol, antioxidants, peptides, stem cells and growth factors
Depending on the active ingredient, brightening serums work by either inhibiting some steps along the melanin pathway (different ingredients inhibit different steps along the pathway, not just production) or by accelerating cell renewal, improving skin tone and texture and illuminating a dull complexion.
Hydrating serums offer a two-pronged approach to restoring your skin’s moisture level. First, they repair your skin barrier to prevent moisture loss. Then they bind and seal moisture to your skin. Use this to boost the effects of your moisturiser, or try it alone if you have oily skin.
Designed to reduce redness, itch and burning sensations usually associated with reactive or intolerant skin, calming serums are generally mild, formulated with natural anti-inflammatory ingredients and without potential irritants.
Key Ingredients: Chamomile, lavender, aloe, arnica and calendula
FOR DARK SPOTS AND LARGE PORES: Radiance-Boosting Serums
Enhanced by ingredients like aloe, lemongrass and liquorice, this multi-tasking product gives you a more even complexion while reducing the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. And when used daily, this multipurpose lactic acid treatment gives you smoother, more radiant skin, so get ready to receive endless compliments.
Key Ingredients: 5% lactic acid, liquorice, lemongrass and aloe