Serums are the supercharged skincare solution you need to be using, but are you using the right one and is it any good? We’ve rounded up fresh finds and cult classics to revive your routine.
These magic mini bottles contain high concentrations of potent active ingredients that aim to provide solutions to a range of skin dilemmas, from acne and dullness to wrinkles. Whether you want to target one specific concern or a range of issues in one go, there’s a concoction ready and up for the challenge. Not sure which is best for you? Don’t worry, we asked a skin scientist for her tips.
If you were to invest in one good skincare step (aside from SPF50, ahem), serums would be the way to go. They penetrate deeply into the skin to deliver serious results. Gently pat into your face, neck and décolletage after cleansing and exfoliating, but before moisturising, and use both day and night for best results. Here are seven innovative options to try.
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BIOEFFECT Limited Edition EGF Serum ($750, at Bioeffect)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) is a protein natural to our skin, and it works to boost production of collagen and elastin for a plump, youthful complexion. You may have tried the original version of this elixir, but this potent blend is three times the size and double the concentration, hence the high price tag.
Using bioengineering technology, this plant-based EGF harnesses two unique barley varieties grown in Icelandic lava fields using geothermal energy and pure Icelandic water. The serum aims to reduce lines and wrinkles, while also improving skin thickness and radiance.
Dr. LeWinn’s Reversaderm Collagen Accelerator Serum ($34.97, at Chemist Warehouse)
Ideal for those concerned about their sun-damaged skin, pigmentation, age spots or acne scarring. Formulated with alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate, resveratrol to protect and vitamin C for plumping, this AM and PM serum helps dull the appearance of skin discolouration, restore radiance and even smooth lines.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex ($110, at Adore Beauty)
Inspired by the field of epigenetics, scientists have been researching the technology in this newly relaunched serum for seven years. Its proprietary blend of yeast and plant extracts, as well as peptides, is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines in just a few weeks.
Ellus & Krue EPI-gN Serum ($248, at Ellus & Krue)
Formulated and developed locally by the scientific director of the Queensland University of Technology’s Cancer & Ageing Research Program, Professor Derek Richard. This serum aims to tackle each factor contributing to ageing, while at the same time protecting the skin’s DNA. Made from a combination of scientific and plant-based ingredients including niacinamide, curcumin, hyaluronic acid and peptides, this drop is rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals, helps to reduce redness and works to even skin tone.
ProX by Olay Correctiv-White Spot Fading Essence ($69.99, at Priceline)
Developed by the Global Derm Alliance after analysing the gene expressions of 2000 women over a period of 20 years, and approved by more than 1000 dermatologists globally, this brightening serum blends hero ingredient niacinamide with artichoke and carob extracts.
The formula provides anti-inflammatory benefits to help strengthen the skin’s barrier, while reducing uneven skin tone, spots and pigmentation.
U Beauty Resurfacing Compound ($209.29, at Net-a-Porter)
A corrective serum for a bunch of skin concerns including enlarged pores, uneven texture, dullness and dark spots. Loved by skin experts worldwide, it claims to replace six products in your skincare line up, it’s formulated with antioxidants, vitamins C and E, peptides, retinol, hyaluronic acid and AHA’s.
Biologique Recherche Serum Colostrum ($177, at Skincare Edit)
If your face is super thirsty this potent milk protein works to boost epidermal water within the skin to help prevent future dehydration. In moisturising the skin you’ll see a visible improvement in elasticity and plumpness, too. A little goes a long way, so gently press all over your face morning and night before locking in with a heavy emollient cream if needed.