Feed your face with a serum

Th­ese po­tent pow­ders must be ac­ti­vated with wa­ter in or­der to re­lease their glow-giv­ing pow­ers, says

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Beauty - Katie Wright

DID you know that some skin­care prod­ucts are a lot like veg­eta­bles? Hear me out on this one...

In the same way you should steam car­rots in­stead of boil­ing them in wa­ter to pre­serve the vi­ta­min con­tent, some for­mu­las are packed with pow­er­ful, but del­i­cate nu­tri­ents that have to be kept dry to main­tain their po­tency.

Th­ese pow­der-based serums need to be mixed with liq­uid so that the vitamins and ac­tives can pen­e­trate your skin and de­liver max­i­mum ben­e­fits.

And the ben­e­fits can be truly re­mark­able. Use an ac­ti­vated prod­uct as a tem­po­rary booster treat­ment over a few weeks and you can ex­pect to see a clearer, calmer and al­to­gether brighter com­plex­ion.

So keep munch­ing on those veg­gies to soothe your skin from the in­side, and com­ple­ment your five-a-day with a pick from this nu­tri­tious se­lec­tion...

1. No7 Youth­ful Vi­ta­min C Fresh Ra­di­ance Essence, €25, Boots

New from the ever-re­li­able No7, this twice-daily serum, which con­tains 5% vi­ta­min C, has had im­pres­sive clin­i­cal trial re­sults: af­ter two weeks, 91% of women said their skin looked more ra­di­ant.

2. Clin­ique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vi­ta­min C, €70, Brown Thomas

With 10% vi­ta­min C, this is the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of any prod­uct from the brand. One vial gives you seven days of serum (to be mixed with your reg­u­lar mois­turiser), so it never loses its glow-giv­ing po­tency.

3. Sarah Chap­man Stem Cell Col­la­gen Ac­ti­va­tor Duo, €178.80, www.Feelu­nique.com

Fo­cus­ing on firm­ing and smooth­ing, this dual for­mula mixes pow­dered stem cells with a pep­tide-rich serum, the pair com­bin­ing to boost col­la­gen pro­duc­tion.

4. The Body Shop Vi­ta­min C 10 Day Glow Boost­ing Con­cen­trate, €26.50

Drop the vi­ta­min C pow­der into the an aloe vera-rich serum to cre­ate a su­per-strength booster, but be sure to use it within a week when the ac­tives are at their peak.

5. Dip­tyque Ra­di­ance Boost­ing Pow­der, €45, dip­tyqueparis.eu

Mix this pow­der with wa­ter in your palm to cre­ate a gen­tly ex­fo­li­at­ing cleanser that comes with added nu­tri­ent ex­tras by way of rose petals and jas­mine.

6. Bath Spa Skin­care Re­ju­ve­nat­ing Pow­der Serum, €36 ap­prox, bathspask­in­care.co.uk

Packed with vitamins and min­er­als, this pow­der, which can be mixed with any mois­turiser, pro­motes younger-look­ing skin.

7. Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask, €24, www.feelu­ni­uqe.com

With vitamins de­rived from Baobab fruit, this clay-based mask soothes and re­vi­talises at the same time, and can be mixed with wa­ter or nat­u­ral yo­ghurt.

8. Per­ri­cone MD Ad­vanced Re­newal In­fu­sion Serum, €240 ap­prox, per­ri­conemd.co.uk

If pig­men­ta­tion is your pri­mary con­cern, you’ll love the bright­en­ing ef­fects of oxyreser­va­trol, which is found in this small, but mighty so­lu­tion.

9. Medik8 White Balance Click Oxy-R, €55.50, www.zest.ie

De­liv­er­ing an in­tense burst of hy­dra­tion via a patented hy­dro­gen­based En­ergy Com­plex, this four­week treat­ment should be used a few times a year when your skin needs it most.

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