Stumped by serums? Exasperated by essences? And totally overwhelmed by oils? Sarah-Jane Corfield-Smith breaks through the skincare jargon and tells you which your skin needs and why
Stumped by serums? Exasperated by essences? We demystify the jargon.
Once upon a time we were told that all we had to do was cleanse, tone and moisturise. Do those three things and great skin will be yours. Then, all of a sudden, extra steps were being incorporated into what was once a simple regime. Serums popped up first. Bottles filled with magical, potent ingredients we all had to use. Not long after that, facial oils were revealed as another step to include. But how? And what if you had oily skin – surely slathering on an oil was the worst thing you could do? (Spoiler alert: it’s not). And then we get inundated with essences. When are we meant to use those, and what are they, anyway? It’s a minefield out there, which is why we decided to sit down, take a long, hard look at these three categories, all of which are heralded to be complexion-boosting wonders, and tell you what they do, when to use them and which suit your skin’s needs.