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BEAUTY, Beauty Articles, Featured | by — October 12, 2013

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Further to last weekend’s post on my current moisturisers and lotions, today I share the serums that I layer on before moisturiser to give my skin an extra boost.  Unlike my previous routine back in May where I tried a cocktail of various serums, this time my serums were more targeted at hydrating and recharging my skin, as lately my skin has been lacking lustre and require more effort than usual to look refreshed.  I’m not sure whether it’s because of age, or because I’ve dropped the ball on exercise, or if my skin is suffering from withdrawal symptoms from my previous skincare routine.   Perhaps it’s all of the above.   I’m pleased to report a few new gems in my latest skincare finds, and thanks to these I’ve found my glow again.

Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Serum

  • What they say: An age-fighting serum containing micro encapsulated vitamins A, C and E to help increase skin recovery, decrease fine lines and age spots while defending against skin aging. Boost elasticity levels with a skin-strengthening protein peptide that overrides biochemical triggers that lead to skin aging.
  • Texture:  White cream with a silky texture.
  • My skin concern: Dullness, fine lines & loss of elasticity.
  • My experience:  I tried the original formula many years ago (in my late 20’s) and it didn’t deliver any noticeable results on me. I’m not sure if they’ve changed the formula of if it’s just a change in packaging, but my skin was noticeably brighter and more supple and radiant.  I would have preferred if it didn’t have the silky (almost silicone-like) texture, as I like my serums to feel as though they’re soaking into my skin.   Results are most impressive in the first few weeks but plateau after that.
  • Price: $85 AUD / 22ml

Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum

  • What they say: Developed for individuals who experience skin irritation around the eye area.  Contains a powerful cocktail of ingredients that eases fine lines, dehydration, puffiness, and loss of elasticity.  Firms,  retains moisture, regenerates and reduces sensitization and irritation.
  • Texture: A clear gel that absorbs instantly.  The scent is similar to the Ultra Calming range.
  • My skin concern: Dehydrated eye area & I need something that will last yet won’t make concealer slip
  • My experience: I was sold on the first day I tried this.  It absorbs so quickly yet keeps the eye area hydrated for an entire day even in air conditioning / heating.  Best of all, my concealer now applies & stays on better than ever before, to the extent that past concealers that I regretted buying (because they won’t stay on) are now my favourites.  It also soothes itchy eyes, which I get from dust / pollen allergies which makes this a great choice all year round. Despite it being called “eye serum”, you won’t need another eye cream on top of it.  It really is that potent.
  • Price: $69 AUD / 15 ml

 Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

  • What they say: Advanced formula that repairs, and activates visible signs of youth.  Each drop delivers 40% more active ingredients than the previous formulation.
  • Texture: Water based serum with a cloudy appearance
  • My skin concern: Dullness, fine lines & loss of elasticity.
  • My experience: The results may be subtle to some, but as my skin now gets dull easily this serum gives me an overall “pick me up” effect. My skin looks well rested and more supple.  During the day, I get that “recharged” look with the serum alone that makes my skin look fresh throughout the day. But for overnight, I get more potent results when I combine the serum with Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector.
  • Packaging: The silver metal cap actually self-loads the exact amount of serum in the dropper as you unwind the cap. The amount is a perfect dose for both face, neck and decolletage. With one twist, it takes up  just the right amount of product for optimal application.
  • Price: $55 AUD / 20ml, $88 / 30ml, $125 / 50ml, $170 / 75ml

Lancome Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector*

  • What they say: Minimises appearance of wrinkles, tightens and reduces pores, produces a more resilient, even skin tone.  Has the ability to “self-propel” through the layers of the skin, recognising skin damage and triggering the skin’s repair process.  Suits all skin types, even sensitive and around the eye contour.
  • Texture: Milky white lotion that absorbs instantly
  • My skin concern: Dullness, fine lines & loss of elasticity.
  • My experience:  As my pores and skintone are already in good condition, the most noticeable results were that it softened my fine lines and improved skin resilience.  Since it’s suitable for the eye area, I also like to use the residue on my palms to apply pressure on my sub-orbital eye area.   I bought this primarily to pair with Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, as this combination is actively promoted by Lancome so I know I won’t have any skin issues with layering serums.  It may seem expensive to buy 2 serums just to get a potent “pick me up” effect, but until you experience dull skin that’s when you’ll know how desperate you’ll become to get it back!!
  • Price: $92 AUD / 30ml,  $130 / 50ml, $220 / 100ml

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

  • What they say: Supports the skin’s natural night time repair process to reduce cellular damage from free radicals.  Contains algae & yeast extracts and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, comfort and maximise natural repair process.  Slows down the look of premature ageing, dramatically reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and significantly improves the appearance of skin radiance and evenness of skin tone.  Suitable for all skin types.
  • Texture: Silky fluid that absorbs immediately.
  • My skin concern: Dehydration, dullness.
  • My experience:  It’s been a while since I last tried ANR, so I can’t recall the exact differences between the improved version and the previous one. Nevertheless, it’s delivers what I call an “overnight pick me up” where I wake up with re-charged, hydrated and supple skin that looks well rested.
  • Price: $95 AUD / 30ml, or $140 AUD / 50ml

Clarins HydraQuench Intense Bi-Phase Serum

  • What they say: As light as it is comfortable, HydraQuench Bi-Phase Serum works with all levels of the skin to help restore the skin’s natural hydration capabilities.  It replenishes moisture and promotes soft, comfortable and radiant skin.
  • Texture: The water based serum with 2 different viscosity that you shake to combine before use.  Has a subtle floral fragrance.
  • My skin concern: Dehydration
  • My experience: Don’t let its lightweight watery appearance fool you, it’s potent and hydrates dehydrated skin like no other serum.  I like to squeeze 2 pumps in the mornings since it’s winter and it absorbs instantly.  It’s also highly recommended by Lisa Eldridge.
  • Price: $85 AUD / 50ml

AHC Hydra B5 Soother

  • What they say: A hydrating serum that’s rich in Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5 and extracts from Portulaca Oleracea and Kava Kava – which soothe and rehydrate sensitive skin.
  • Texture: A viscous gel liquid that absorbs quickly when massaged into skin and leaves a slight sticky finish that goes away once you follow with moisturiser.
  • My skin concern: Dehydration
  • My experience:  I‘ve reviewed this previously here, but to re-cap: It’s one of the most hydrating serums I’ve tried that actually softens skin texture and calms skin sensitivities caused by dehydration.  My dry skin soaked up this serum like a delicious drink.  As testament to how hydrating it is, I’ve not needed to top up with a mid-week hydrating mask and can last the whole week in air conditioning & dry winds until my Sunday mask routine.  It also makes even dry foundation formulas glide smoothly and seameless over the serum.  The 15ml bottle (used twice daily) lasted me 1 month, and I’ve since re-purchased 2 bottles.
  • Price:$55 SGD for 15ml available at Reiiskin.com

Products marked with an asterisk were purchased by me.  All other products featured in this post were provided for consideration.

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