I’m obsessed with serums.
People often wonder why they need to use a serum. What’s the point? Why not just moisturise? What do serums actually do? Well in general, a serum targets any skin conditions that you are concerned about, while a moisturiser provides more general hydration.
I usually use serum in the morning and one at night, switching between my arsenal of products. I cleanse, apply my serum, and then moisturise. Then I can apply makeup and get on with my day or head straight to bed.
A note about my skin: I am prone to pimples and blackheads, have a few little fine lines around my eyes but nothing too serious, and although I get oily throughout the day my skin is really quite dry.
These are the serums in my regular skincare rotation. I’m only writing about the products I actually use – there are plenty of serums that I’ve tried and discarded along the way!
Aspect Jungle Brew
This is my number one, my holy grail, the best serum ever invented for people with pimples, acne, blackheads and blocked pores. It is an antioxidant and antibacterial oil free serum, which contains special ingredients from the Amazon rainforest to regular oil production. I get regular extraction facials and my beauty therapist put me onto this. I see huge improvements in my skin when I am using it regularly, so I try to use it ever night before bed. The only downside is that costs over $100 AU – and you’re not going to find it cheaper overseas because it is an Australian product. I will use this until I die or my skin clears up permanently. I’m on my third bottle.
Aspect Retinol Brulee
I believe that it is never too early to start using anti-ageing products. Think of them as age-prevention. Retinol is the best anti-ageing ingredient out there, and it also helps to fight pimples. Aspect Retinol Brulee combines retinol (vitamin A) and Lanablue (blue algae extract) to help smooth out the skin. Unlike other retinol products I’ve used in the past there are no weird side effects, and it absorbs easily. I usually apply this in the morning, and only use it maybe twice a week. I feel like it makes my skin firmer and tighter, and improves my general complexion.
Aspect Extreme B17
Noticing a theme here? This is yet another Aspect serum that I use regularly. I tend to think of my skin as oily, but in actual fact it is quite dehydrated and it responds to my bad moisturising habits by creating more oil. My beauty therapist recommended this serum to help balance that dehydration. It’s also recommended for pigmentation, sun damage and acne scars. It really helps my skin to glow and feel plumper and smoother. I use it in conjunction with either the Retinol Brulee or Jungle Brew.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+
When I can’t afford Jungle Brew (like at the end of a pay cycle) this is my alternative pimple targeting serum. It reduces imperfections, unclogs pores and mattifies the skin. I’ve had good results from this product, but it doesn’t quite match up to the wonders of Jungle Brew. But on the plus side it is cheaper and available at Priceline. If I didn’t know about Jungle Brew I would think this was the absolute best imperfection clearing serum around.
Boots No 7 Protect & Perfect
This cult serum is pretty much the most popular anti-ageing product in the UK. The original formula went viral after a British TV show showed that it actually reduced the appearance of wrinkles, and this is the newer and more potent formulation. Yes I bought into the hype when I was in England. But here’s why I like it – a lot of anti-ageing products are very heavy and pore clogging, which isn’t great for those of us who get regular breakouts. This serum contains salicylic acid which helps to clear up imperfections, as well as Matrixyl 3000 Plus and antioxidants for the anti-ageing side of things. It’s great for those of us in the “still getting pimples but also terrified of the first signs of ageing” category. As far as I can tell, in Australia this product has been repackaged as Serum 7 Beauty Serum.
Spill – what are your favourite serums? Let me know in the comments!