Just as the weather has started to warm up, which means I will be reaching for lighter bases, my skin has been playing up. I had a bad reaction to a moisturiser, which made me break out very badly and then my already quite sensitive skin, became very inflamed which I put down to a combination of my meds and also not eating as well as I could have over the Easter period. To combat these effects, I have upped my skincare game and each morning and evening, I examine my face before I apply anything so that I can assess exactly what my skin needs. I want my skin to look clear and to feel comfortable (a bit of radiance and refined pores wouldn't be asking for too much either!) and the five serums I am sharing today are the ones that I have been reaching for most often over the past few weeks. I must add that Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is my go-to evening serum, especially at times when I am trying to repair my skin, but I haven't included it in this post because I have spoken about it so, so many times on the blog already but you can take it as a given because it is my all time favourite skincare product. I am always happy to spend a little more on serums, moreso than moisturiser, because they are more effective in making a difference to my skin due to the fact that they can penetrate more deeply than moisturisers.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster: This watery/silky-textured serum is packed with hyaluronic acid and delivers a powerful dose of moisture to the skin, immediately quenching its thirst. It also contains rose water, which helps to sooth irritated skin making it perfect for all of my recent skin concerns. It can be used as a serum after cleansing and toning or can be mixed with moisturiser for an extra boost. It absorbs quickly but the effects are felt for hours afterwards without feeling like there is a layer of product siting on the skin. Only a few drops are needed so this 30ml bottle lasts a long time. Anybody with dry, sensitive skin will love this product, which is why I am on my 3rd bottle of it and already have a back up in my cabinet. This is priced at £59 or €70.80.
Omorovicza Gold Flash Firming Serum: This contains colloidal gold, which has anti-inflammatory properties - perfect for my skin at the moment, but it also contains Vitamin C, which not only brightens the skin but it also aids skin repair, and polypeptides that help to strengthen the elastin and collagen in the skin. I find all Omorovicza products to be very soothing on my skin - they are gentle, but very effective and it is my go-to brand no matter what my skin issue is.This is priced at £135, but keep an eye on Lookfantastic as they often have 15-20% discounts available.
Mizon Peptide 500: Another lightweight serum - similar in texture to the Sarah Chapman one yet I wouldn't say that it packs as much of a punch on terms of moisture as the SC one. This serum is very soothing on the skin, but it also strengthens and helps skin renewal. It leaves my skin looking plump and even and noticeably firmer with consistent use. This is priced at €21.50 from Iherb.
Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum: I adore the scent of this serum - a light, coconut scent but if you don't like coconuts, don't worry because it soon dissipates. This serum has a slightly tacky feel to it when applied but you don't need to worry about products pilling when applied over it. It is packed with skin-nourishing ingredients - Geranium Flower oil to firm and plump, Seabuckthorn Oil to hydrate the skin and Neroli Oil to even skin tone. I have found this particularly good since my breakout, in helping to redness of the blemishes without compromising on the hydration level of my skin. This is normally priced at £84.90 but for the month of May, you can buy it for £19.99 by using the code SIOBHAN1 at the checkout. Dr Botanicals is a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free brand.
Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus Brightening Serum: This is a recent addition to my skincare collection (Pur-lisse sent me a selection of products, which I will fully review at a later date when I have used them more) but one that I have been loving so far. Blue Lotus extract is anti-inflammatory, which is what my skin needs at the moment otherwise, I would not have risked introducing a new product to my skin at a time when my skin was angry. Apart from reducing inflammation, I've noticed that this adds some (much needed) radiance to my skin, which is no mean feat when it's playing up the way it has been over the past few weeks. My skin feels soothed, comfortable and plump when I use this serum - what's not to love? This is priced at $76.
Do you use serums and if so, what are your favourites? Has your skin been behaving recently? I would love to hear in the comments below!
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