Heav­enly hy­dra­tion Serums to ease win­ter woes

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Win­ter’s big­gest skin con­cern is de­hy­dra­tion. All skin types can ex­pe­ri­ence de­hy­dra­tion so re­hy­dra­tion is es­sen­tial, and a serum at this time of year is ideal. Which to choose? All are hy­dra­tion based so that box is ticked, but con­sider your skin type be­fore pur­chase. Would you ben­e­fit from an anti-age­ing ac­tion? Is your skin dry or oily, or does keep­ing your skin healthy feel like a chal­lenge?

Th­ese con­cerns should de­ter­mine your choice – there are op­tions for all skin types that will work to cor­rect is­sues while adding max­i­mum mois­ture.

Anti-age­ing and wrin­kle re­duc­tion are al­ways popular. Ori­gins new su­per-strength Plantscrip­tion Serum has proven skin-smooth­ing ac­tion along with op­ti­mum hy­dra­tion, €64. New to the mar­ket, Bioque Serum XL has skin firm­ing and smooth­ing ef­fects, www.bioque.ie, €67.57.

To boost skin’s bar­rier func­tion, look to Shi­seido’s Ul­timune, €85, or Clinique’s Cus­tom-Re­pair Serum, € 60. Both work on the needs of the skin that be­comes pe­ri­od­i­cally im­paired or ir­ri­tated.

Oilier skin types prob­a­bly feel a serum would in­crease spotty out­breaks or oil pro­duc­tion, but this is not the case. Hy­dra­tion is mois­ture not oil, so a serum that con­tains an oil-con­trol fac­tor of­fers the mois­ture needed while stem­ming the flow of oil and black­head for­ma­tion. Clar­ins Pore Min­imis­ing Serum, (€ 30) and Bal­ance Me Con­gested Skin Serum, (€18, Deben­hams) both use skin- clear­ing in­gre­di­ents that help and hydrate oily skin.

If you’re a younger girl with few skin con­cerns and just need a hy­drat­ing ac­tion, there are straight­for­ward serums. Avène’s new Hy­drance Op­ti­male Hy­drat­ing Serum is a con­cen­trated dose of hy­dra­tion, €25, and Vichy’s Aqualia Ther­mal Serum has been re­for­mu­lated into a more in­tense mois­ture­filled serum, € 24. Both of th­ese serums have ther­mal wa­ter as a base, so both en­cour­age skin heal­ing and re­pair.

To use any serum, ap­ply to cleansed skin and al­low it to sink in for two or three min­utes be­fore ap­ply­ing mois­turiser. Serums are gen­er­ally in a light, gel-like for­mula to help speed its pas­sage into the skin. Their pow­ers lie in their mois­tur­is­ing prop­er­ties. Use the right serum and you should see a dif­fer­ence in your skin almost im­me­di­ately.

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