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Ahhhhhhhh Serums, quite possibly the favourite part of my skincare routine, well… apart from Acids but that’s another post!! Serums are where I personally like to spend my money. It is the perfect point in your skincare regime (after cleansing and before moisturiser) to really pack in some incredible ingredients suited to your skin type.
As Serums have smaller molecules than creams and lotions, they can penetrate at a deeper level and really infuse powerful ingredients, Antioxidants and Vitamins into the skin. Adding a serum to your regime will make a HUGE difference to the tone, clarity and texture of your skin. Whether fine lines and wrinkles need plumping by adding extra hydration, whether you want a smoother looking skin, or to brighten a dull lack-lustre skin, a Serum will help.
Here I have a tested range of Serums that are either new to me or a new launch in the beauty world , with the aim to provide something for everyone. However, please type Serum into my search engine and you will find many favourites that I have reviewed over the years. Ps… I am also reviewing the Elemis Ultra Smart Serum which will have its own dedicated post.
If you read my post all about cleansers HERE you will know that I featured a cleanser containing Pre-biotics and this serum is along that same vein of ingredients. ESPA is a brand of beautiful Spa Range products (of which I have enjoyed within their spas many, many times) that work in synergy with the skin. ESPA create natural skincare products that have holistic benefits and work with the mind as well as the body to create an inner calm, peace and outer glow. If you adore brands such as Elemis and Decleor, as I do, I can guarantee you will fall in love with ESPA. This Tri-Active ProBiome Serum is such a pleasure to use. Seeing the brand work with Biochemists, Skin Experts and Aromatherapists, this Serum is such an intensive product, you will most definitely see results. On me, I notice a bounce! My skin became more bouncy and plump also it added a level of hydration to my skin that I love. My fine lines are plumper and less visible due to being super hydrated. In lovely packaging, which allows you to see the amount of product remaining through a side panel, and a dropper dispenser, you will be tempted to use to much, but don’t! This is an expensive product, but the ingredients such as Algae, Seaweeds, Neroli, Oils and Pre and Probiotic technology, make this so concentrated that you only need 1-2 drops at a time. When I was testing this product, over the space of a month, I made sure I was always wearing it when travelling on the tube and into London and every time I went to the beach, to test it against pollution and external aggressors. If you are looking for a luxurious product, that smells very Spa like and calming, and offers the skin a lift, plump, glow and firmer texture… this is wonderful.
Who is it for : Anyone looking for a luxurious product to boost the glow of the skin and protect it from environmental aggressors
How much is it : £100 for 30ml
Where can I buy it : John Lewis HERE
Being a huge fan of Decleor Aromessence Serums ( I have many, for all different skin concerns and seasons) I was super, super excited to try this Brand New Launch. Now, what I am not able to do is sit here and tell you about the results I have seen because, well I have only been using it a very short while, but…. I can tell you how fabulous it feels, the immediate after application results it offers and the wonderful ingredients it includes. This serum of 100% original origin smells incredible! However, when i first removed the lid i couldn’t smell a thing…. until i applied it to my face, then boom, delicious! A blend of Citrus Oils including Green Mandarin, Lemon, Grapefruit and Sweet Orange, expertly blended with Jasmin and Sandalwood make this a pleasurable part of your skincare routine. From the get go, this feels more like an oil than a serum as Decléor’s Aromessences tend to, and i think that is why my dehydrated skin loves them so much. It just drinks them up and receives them so, so well. Immediately after applying just a few drops of this serum and using a facial massage technique ( some HERE) my face is absolutely glowing, and I mean glowing! The slip factor, the way it sinks into the skin, but most importantly the glow it adds to my skin from first application, have made this the Serum I will be using throughout the Summer to make me look healthy and fresh faced. Love , Love, Love this and deffo recommend it.
Who is it for : Mature skin types that have lost the glow and want a natural radiance boost
How much is it : £55 for 15ml
Where can I buy it : Decleor HERE
One of my favourite Doctor led brands is Murad. Whenever I use any Murad product I see immediate and long term results that make my skin look fabulous. I am currently on my Summer regime using my favourite ever product from Murad and a constant repurchase, the Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum which you can read all about HERE.
A couple of months ago after a period of stress and illness I was introduced to Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum and slotted it into my skincare regime. The effect it had on the dullness, the almost grey tone to my skin and the lack of life, was incredible. Stress is one of the top things in life that can really age your skin, and my life has been pretty damn stressful these past few months. I needed something from some where to give my skin life and this was it. Loaded with Niacinamide (A bloody marvel that is a water soluble Vitamin B that is great at boosting skins immunity, helping with redness, hydration and regulating oil) and Peptides and free from nasties, this cruelty free product is a bloody brilliant at saving tired…let’s face it …old looking skin. Having just purchased a second bottle so that I am not without one in my time of need hahaha, it must be good! Through the clear, airtight pump bottle you will see that the oil based spheres and water based gel have been separated to allow for a more potent, concentrated level of ingredients on each application. The immediate effect it offers is a glow and level of hydration, but over time you will see your skin have a blurring, smoother effect, with texture, tone and clarity all improved. I love this so much.
Who is it for : Anyone with stressed skin, dehyration, lack of tone, dullness and tired skin.
How Much is it : £70.00 for 40ml
Where can i buy it : Murad HERE using code SHARON10 (not affiliate) at checkout for 10% Off
ARK Skin Perfector Radiance Serum 30ml
If you read my post all about cleansers for Mature Skin, HERE, you may remember how much I have been enjoying this brand. Well I have a serum to share with you too by ARK and it’s one that I think the “uneven skin tone” types (raises hand) will enjoy. ARK’s age aware skincare range gives you an almost bespoke regime to work with and using Naturally derived, plant based ingredients in an almost Spa like way is what makes this brand a stand out. With key ingredients such as : Vitamin C, Amino Acids, Red Algae, Velvet Flower Seed, Allantoin, this is perfect for anyone that has Hyperpigmentation and an uneven skin tone. The brightening effect this gel like serum gives is wonderful and over time can reduce pigmentation. It is Vegan friendly, gives the most wonderful, dewy glow to Mature Skin and feels heavenly on. If your budget cannot stretch to the Murad product above, then give this a go. Highly recommended.
Who is it for : Anyone with Hyperpigmentation and Uneven skin
How much is it : £45.00 for 30ml
Where can I buy it : Look Fantastic HERE
Hold the phone!! Hold……The……Phone…! Part of the Iconic Glow Tonic Range that I am always banging on about HERE, HERE and HERE, this new addition is an absolute must have! It’s affordable, it’s easy to use (apply a few drops after cleansing and before moisturising and tap into the skin) and the results are incredible. Containing both moisturising and exfoliating properties, plus skin loving ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, Aloe Vera, Glycerine and Ginseng, this lightweight serum hydrates and brightens the skin, whilst gently sloughing away the dead skin cells. It doesn’t feel harsh, it doesn’t leave the skin red (patch test if sensitive) it just leaves the skin looking fresh and glowing. A gentle and effective serum. I love it
Who is if for : Anyone that needs to resurface the texture of their skin gently
How much is it : £26.00 for 30ml
Where can I buy it : Marks & Spencer HERE
Guess what my favourite wine is? New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…. Everyone else has Vitamin Drips..me? I have Sauvignon Blanc Drips hahaha, so when I discovered that the antioxidant grape from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is included in this product, it was a no brainer. This Ceritified Organic and award winning product has the most delightful texture. With a viscosity close to water it literally sinks into the skin upon application and dries down immediately without leaving behind any tackiness that some serums can. The happy orange colour naturally derived, from organic ingredients adds a touch of a glow to the skin. What i love most about this product, is not just that this is a sustainable brand, not just that this is a water charged, oil free, bioactive serum , but that this is incredible at making my dehydrated skin almost plump up infront of my eyes. I admit, at times i can get so busy, my water intake can be so low and my skin suffers, the fine dehydration lines start showing and my skin struggles to look good. A course of this twice a day after cleansing and toning and before moisturising, has my skin looking and feeling great in no time at all. Over time it builds the skins resistance to external agressors and the inclusion of Mamaku Black Fern helps cell renewal. For me and my dehydrated skin, this is all about immediate hydration. A wonderful Organic and Sustainable brand that gets my vote every time.
Who is it for : Anyone with thirsty, dehydrated skin that loves Organic products
How much is it : £29.99 for 30ml
Where can i buy it : Look Fantastic HERE
Another beautiful brand that i really need to feature more of. If you read my posts about Jurlique HERE and HERE you will understand the ethos behind the brand. Signature Serum is the most beautiful light, lotion consistency that glides over the skin and leaves it with an almost satin feel. Easy to apply, you gently warm it between your fingertips and press it lightly into the skin. It does not feel tacky just very, very soft. The ingredients such as Red Clover Extract, Yarrow Extract and Viola Tricolour are hand harvested at their peak to ensure the most potent blend of naturals for optimal results. Packed full of Hyaluronic this is super hydrating and works well when layered with other products from the range. Wonderful and gentle on more sensitive skin, but all skins will benefit from its anti-ageing ingredients.
Who is is for : All skin types but great on sensitive and dehydrated skin
How much is it : £60.00 for 30ml
Where can I buy it : Look Fantastic HERE
So there you have some incredible serums that I have been testing and trying on my mature skin these past few months. Not all are suited to my dehydrated skin as some work better for oily, or sensitive skin but I have listed a variety for all skin types. Serums really are the one product you should be adding daily, if not twice daily into your routine. Do your homework because there really is something for all ages and stages of skin and all budgets. If you like any that I have listed you can click below to purchase. Let me know if you do and how it works on your skin.