I’m still loving the bones of my Clarisonic Mia and it’s rekindled a love affair with all things skincare – especially serums. These days I feel like my skin is much better equipped to reap the benefits of these concentrated skin savers. Of course serums can target all manner of skincare issues but, now that I’m in my thirties, it’s the antiwrinkle brigade that I’m reaching for most. These are the products I have on constant current rotation:
The Natural One: Apivita Antiwrinkle Natural Serum
Suitable for all skin types, this light, milky serum is free of parabens, silicones, mineral oil and any chemical nasties - but I’m more interested in what’s in it rather than what’s left out. This has a very impressive ingredients list – with propolis (from bees), antioxidants, vitamin E, essential oils and hyaluronic acid, it’s ticking all the boxes for nourishment and hydration.
But wrinkle-fighting? Well, things are looking good on that front too – the superstar ingredient here is bio- resveratrol, a really powerful antioxidant that can potentially stimulate skin cells and keep them healthier for longer. I’m hopeful, and in the meantime, I’m happy that my skin looks more plumped up and smooth.
Three other varieties are also available: Lifting, Hydration and Radiance; they’re all €40 for 15ml. Find Apivita in the new M&S beauty halls.
The Supersized One: Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate
One of Kiehl’s best-selling products, this super serum is loaded with 10.5% pure, stabilized Vitamin C, which targets lines and wrinkles and promises improvements in skin texture and radiance.
And they’ve got the clinical results to back up their claims: over an 8 week period, trials showed a ‘significant improvement’ in the appearance of skin surface wrinkles and lines, skin texture and pores, and the overall appearance of the skin. A pleasure to use, this sinks in immediately and my skin feels brighter, and more even-toned.
A new 50ml size is available from Kiehls on Wicklow Street, Dundrum Town Centre and Arnotts, priced at €55.
The Plant-Based One: Clarins Double Serum
With this dual oil-and-water product Clarins have waged war on every sign of aging – we’re promised firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, a more even complexion, less visible pores and more, thanks to more than 20 pure plant extracts.
I’ve been using it on and off since I first told you about it at the end of November and I’m actually starting to panic now it’s more than half way gone. I saw results from the first week of use - this stuff definitely works. It’s €69.50 for 30ml and recommended for women of all skin types, from the age of 25 onwards.
The Cutting Edge One: Lancôme Renergie Plasma
We’re getting higher tech now as we move into the very high-end space. Thanks to two cutting edge technologies, this serum promises results that are similar to a dermatologist’s treatment, but without the needles.
It feels really rich and nourishing – so much so that I’ve been skipping the moisturiser on top.
Keep that in mind and it might be easier to justify the €102 price tag…that, and the fact that it feels amazing on the skin, and targets skin tightening, firmness and radiance.
I’m loving it so far – watch this space.
What are you using and loving right now?