It’s all very well having matching lips and tips, like I have in my photo, above, but glowing skin goes with everything! So, we need to get something straight here. From talking to lots of you ladies, I know that some of you think serums are merely a marketing ploy by skincare companies to get customers to spend more money.
Readers, trust me; I’m not prennent le piss when I say you need to use a serum if you want to seriously improve your complexion.
OK, they are a bit more spendy than moisturisers, but that’s because you’re getting more concentrated ingredients and deeper-penetrating results.
Serums contain more active ingredients to combat wrinkles/age/pigmentation issues. So, basically, if you have a problem with your skin that you’d like to improve, then using a serum definitely helps.
Now which one to go for? I’m a big fan of Trilogy’s Age Proof CoQ10 Booster Serum, €36.29, from health stores nationwide, as it’s great for a new mum, like me. I like to buy Irish, so Kinvara’s Skincare Rosehip Face Serum, €28, see www.kinvaraskincare.com, is a great alternative. Ali Mac’s Face Serum, €41.95, www.alimacskincare.com, is full of super-restorative ingredients, such as rosehip, jojoba and avocado.
Vichy’s Idealia Life Serum, left, €34.50, is a unique combination of LR2412+LHA molecules, which help to transform the appearance of skin quality affected by fatigue, stress, pollution, cigarette smoke or an unbalanced diet.
If I was rich, I’d use SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel, €180, every day. SkinCeuticals took their award-winning CF Serum — which clinical studies proved interrupted several chain reactions that can lead to wrinkles and skin cancer — and put it in gel form, so now it suits all skin types. For stockists, see www.skinceuticals.co.uk
For women aged 60-plus, No7 Restore & Renew Day and Night Serums, both right, €33 each, target the five key signs of ageing. A little goes a long way. Once it has been absorbed, apply your moisturiser with an SPF.