It’s time to wake up tired lifeless skin. Serums go beyond moisturisation to lift, repair, boost and ultimately transform skin from the deepest levels. We put six super serums to the test to discover the most potent ingredients and scientific breakthroughs your skin needs to know about now. Plus, we road test a nifty tool that will transform the way you apply your skincare from this day forward.
From anti-aging to skin brighteners we’ve got the top serums, chock-a-block with nutrients and vitamins, to cater to your skin’s needs and to produce noticeable results. Like your staple winter coat, make your skin serum the essential investment piece for your skin this winter.
Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator for Luminous Skin
Let your skin drink from the fountain of youth the Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum. We all want a serum to increase our skin’s luminosity without the shine factor and this little beauty delivers. This patented serum is infused with a mixture of glycans that increase youthful activity in cells and make the skin look plumper. And if Victoria Beckham is a fan you know it will do the job.
RRP: $120 30mL available from Myer and David Jones nationally.
Correct Pigmentation with Sisley Paris Phyto Blanc Intensive Whitening Serum
Specifically formulated to reduce visible pigmentation of the skin, this whitening serum prevents the appearance of brown spots and visibly lightens the skin. In addition to the anti-dark spot active ingredients, a selection of essential oils, vitamins and nutrients ensure your skin’s natural radiance. Scientifically proven to reduce dark spots from 4 weeks, and double the results with 8 weeks application.
RRP: $390. Available from David Jones stores nationally.
Hydrate the Skin with Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough 3.6.9 Replenishing Oil 25ml
Protect your skin from the elements with this lightweight oil designed to hydrate dry skin and promote your skins elasticity. Best of all is absorbs easily, is non-greasy and produces a natural glow.
RRP: $60. Available from Mecca Cosmetica and David Jones nationally.
The Anti-Aging Serum: La Prairie Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Firming Serum
Your go-to serum for deterring the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, La Prairie Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Firming Serum contains a highly concentrated formula that achieves firmer, more wrinkle-resistant skin. Tone and tighten the skin and achieve smoother and suppler results!
RRP: $280 30mL call 1800 251 010 or head to www.laprairie.com.au
For Skin Repair, Ultraceuticals Ultra C Firming Serum (Normal/Oily)
Kick-start your skin’s repair function with Ultraceuticals Ultra C Firming Serum (Normal/Oily) .The formula with stabilised Vitamin C helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Goji-berry extract is included in the formula for its anti-ageing benefits, while Java tea extract controls shine and improves luminosity for glowing skin.
RRP: $98 25mL. Available from David Jones and selected skin-care clinics nationally.
Replenish and Nourish with Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+
Bursting with antioxidants this Rosehip Oil by Trilogy fights premature aging as well as replenishing skin for greater softness and elastic. A combination of organic and 100 per cent natural ingredients including tomato extract, helps to effectively restore and nourish the skin. If you’re all about serums and their texture, the oil uses oat extract to provide a luxurious texture that glides onto the skin.
RRP: $29.95. Available from Myer, Priceline and selected Pharmacies nationally, or head to www.trilogyproducts.com
Dermaroller – Used to enhance benefit of any Serum
Use your skin products to their full potential with the help of nifty tool called the Dermaroller. It works to enhance penetration of any ingredient with 200 times more delivery, so you can experience additional results and enhance the value of your daily skincare regime.
RRP: $195. For stockists enquiries call 1300 799 709
Sarah Knox, National Training manager at Dermaquest gives us some expert advice on how to use the Dermaroller.
“The Dermaroller is studded with 192 very fine microneedles that create little channels in the top layer of skin, allowing serums to penetrate up to 200 times more effectively. Our skin has a very effective barrier for preventing absorption of many products; this barrier is also there to protect against environmental influences, irritants and bacteria. The Dermaroller bypasses this barrier by creating microchannels into the epidermis, allowing the delivery of key ingredients. The idea is to apply the serum first and use the Dermaroller to manually drive the ingredients into the skin. These little channels stay open for several minutes allowing enough time for the ingredients to absorb.”
Tips for Using the Dermaroller effectively:
– Before going to bed roll each part of the skin three times in four directions: horizontally, vertically and on both diagonals for two to five minutes, then apply the recommended moisturiser.
– When starting out, use only every third day.
– When your skin becomes accustomed, use Dermaroller in shorter intervals.
– Never apply high or lateral pressure on the Dermaroller.
– Make sure it is properly cleaned after use.