If I had to think about the achievements or discoveries made during this year, in terms of beauty knowledge, the importance of serums would be for sure on top of the list. Serums can be completely redefine the concept of moisture. Completely. For both women and men. This is not only a post dedicated to beauty queens, but to all people, no matter of the sex. Once you go good serums, you never get back. Promise. Although, one of biggest beauty myths is that you need to invest more on a moisturizer or night cream, rather than on every other skincare product. Wrong!
But I’m not a facialist. Nor a beauty consultant or a PR agent specialized in this field. Which means all the products I try and review on my blog come from my own shopping. And a bottle of serum usually lasts on my bathroom an average of 6 months. So among my recommendations, you will not find dozen of products, given that it would be unaffordable to me, to buy all these serums just to make a list of what works and what doesn’t.
Last premise, I’m more on the organic beauty side, rather than on the truly chemical one. I tend to prefer cosmetics with low impact on the environment, possibly cruelty-free and with organic sourced ingredients. Not all my beauty equipment is green, of course, but if I can find something genius with no bad chemicals in it, I would be the happiest woman.
Here are the products that have been redefining the concept of moisture, during the last twelve months:
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum collagen booster – Winner of the Natural Health Beauty Award 2010 and of the prize Best Collagen Booster in Harpers Bazar’s Hot 2011, this super-serum is enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants, thanks to which your skin will look smooth and youthful. The producer declares it has also calming properties on sensitive and blemishes-prone skin. And to be honest, I bought it for this reason, since I wanted something not too thick or greasy on my super delicate and irritable skin. A few drops of this are enough for the whole face. Though the bottle is really tiny, 15 ml are enough for 3 months usage.
REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil – This is far cheaper than the previous, as you get 30 ml of product more or less for the same price. If you’re a follower of my blog, you can’t stand anymore my mentions of this powerful skincare treatment. Sorry! But you know, when I love something, I would speak about it for decades and this is the case of the Omega 3 Optimum Skin serum oil from REN. I tried it in summer, usually not the easiest season for oils and the like, but it behaved amazing! Now that the weather is frequently windy or cold, I feel my pores saying ‘thank you’ whenever I apply it. Marvelous!
REN Resurfacing AHA concentrate – Depending on your needs, you fill find serums which answer to all your questions. If the concern you want to treat is more clogged pores, or greyness, rather than lack of hydration, a light exfoliating treatment will improve the condition. Loaded with glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citrus acid, this serum reduces the size and appearance of pores, promoting skincare turnover and preparing the ground for the following treatments. It comes in a 30 ml bottle and costs a little bit more than the other products in this selection, but is definitely worth the expense.
Caudalie Polifenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil – Available in a value set, which could make a wonderful present for you or one of your friends, this is a concentrate of essential oils with anti-oxidant properties. It purifies, detoxifies and soothes your skin for a more radiant look the day after. The producers ‘suggestion is in fact to use it at night, either alone or under your usual cream, in order to have a younger looking skin the morning after, upon waking. This is in my PM routine since last May and although at the beginning I felt its herbal scent a bit too strong, I couldn’t go to sleep without it nowadays. It’s packaged into a 30 ml bottle and costs more or less like the previous, but you won’t regret the purchase.
How about you? Is there anything you would recommend in terms of serums? I’d be really glad to widen my knowledge in this field…