There is a lot of hype around serums, and for good reason, they often work a lot harder than a moisturiser and the good ones genuinely make a difference to the appearance of your skin.
My favourites are:
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
I know it’s not a new recommendation but this product really is so good at perfecting the skin. Its anti-aging and smoothing qualities are well documented, but what you don’t often hear is that it’s also fantastic for keeping breakouts at bay. I want to say that’s down to the Hyaluronic Acid, but I actually have no idea which ingredient I should be giving credit to… I’m just happy it does such an excellent job.
Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil
I adore this. It feels pure, nourishing and organic but with the benefits of the sophisticated technology Pai uses to create it’s skincare products. Pai’s rosehip oil is super concentrated, with high levels of the powerful anti-aging vitamin A.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold
More of a treatment than a serum, but I use it about once or twice a week instead of one of the two above. Liquid Gold contains glycolic acid, which evens out skin tone, smooths wrinkles and controls breakouts. They describe it as a ‘resurfacing lotion’, which does sound a bit intense, but I have fairly sensitive skin and feel little more than a tingle when I apply it. I always do the intense treatment, which just means that I don’t apply moisturiser afterwards. A couple of notes on this one: don’t use this at the same time as an exfoliating product and if you have very dry skin, this might not be the product for you.
I’ve tried lots of moisturisers, but for day time I always come back to Olay Essentials Complete Normal to Oily Day Fluid SPF15. I’ve used this since I was a teenager and while so many others will make me breakout in spots, when I use this my skin stays clear and balanced. I love that it has a light SPF, which is perfect for a bit of protection during winter months. (During summer I wear an additional SPF product – I like Clinique’s Super City Block SPF 40, and this year I also want to try Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 30 on Sali Hughes’ recommendation).
My favourite night cream is Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturiser. As the name suggests, it’s packed full of antioxidants and makes me feel like I’m undoing some of the damage city life does to my skin.
When my skin is clear, once a week or twice I also use Bio Oil as my night time moisturiser. It’s so healing and when I wake up I feel like the lines around my mouth are plumped out a little.