ONE TWO THREE
Serums form an integral part of one’s beauty regime for hydration, radiance and firming benefits; I’ve been using these three serums: Aloe Unique Age-Defying Serum, Clarins Double (Hydric + Lipidic) Serum and L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew Hyaluronic Acid Replumping Serum and here’s what I thought:
SO WHY A SERUM?
Serums are lighter than moisturisers, as they are made up of smaller molecules, absorbing quickly and deeply into the skin. Packed with a high concentration of active ingredients they are powerful age-fighters, amping up your skin routine. When looking into a good serum, look for ingredients like:
Hyaluronic acid for hydration properties; on application skin looks instantly plumped and hydrated, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles without the use of butter, silicones or oils.
Antioxidants like Vitamin C fight against free radical damage; amino acids and peptides signal the skin to produce more collagen; Vitamin B strengthens the skin’s barrier and prevents water loss whilst retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids are renowned for their exfoliating properties and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
ALOE UNIQUE AGE DEFYING SERUM
Aloe Ferox is indigenous to South Africa containing twice as many amino acids as Aloe Vera. As it grows wild, no chemical or pesticides are used. This formula of Vitamin A, C, Borage Oil and Aloe Ferox leaf extract is packed with antioxidants and nutrients to boost the skin, all helping to kick-start age-defying powers to reverse and prevent wrinkles, signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. It ticks all the boxes for hydration, elasticity, soothes irritation and reduces skins sensitivity. Alcohol free
LOREAL PARIS REVITALIFT FILLER RENEW Hyaluronic Replumping Serum
I’ve used this in conjunction with the rest of the range but decided to use it again on its own for its high dosage of Hyaluronic acid. It also contains Fibroxyl plant extract renowned for firming properties. The syringe mechanism allows one to apply it perfectly before smoothing the serum in with your fingers. It’s lightweight and absorbs easily.
the syringe like tip
CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM (Hydrc + Lipidic System)
Clarins Double Serum contains both a water phase (Hydric) and an oil phase (Lipidic), featuring two separate compartments in the bottle; with each application, one third is an oil-phase and two-thirds is the water phase. The oil-phase is found in the centre core of the bottle surrounded by the water phase featuring an adjustable dial system customizing the dosage desired. There’s a large dosage setting which is perfect for dry/damaged skin and a setting for normal/oily skin where a smaller dose is recommended. I have the former type of skin so I keep the dial on the larger dose which is enough to incorporate into the face and neck area. The 20 plant extracts are still included in the updated double serum plus added turmeric known for its anti-aging properties. One of the reasons I keep returning to Clarins products is their continued commitment to environmental and social causes that protects biodiversity and help local communities.
Clarins Double Serum (Hydric + Lipidic System) comes in two sizes
50ml R1180 and 30ml R880