WORDS CHARLOTTE-ROSIE CREIGHTON
It is a little-known fact that a fantastic serum will make the most significant difference in your complexion; the right lustrous elixir can give your skin an exemplary glow, working as medicine for the skin. The quest for the perfect serum isn’t an easy one; you must find the right formula for your skin type to get the luminous complexion we’re all lusting over.
Serums tend to be lightweight formulas packed with powerful supercharged ingredients that deeply penetrate your skin. A serum should be applied after your face is cleansed and toned, always before your moisturiser or oils. Never a replacement for your daily moisturiser or night cream; more of a supportive high-functioning best friend to both of them. It is a common misconception that face serums are only for those concerned with ageing or dryer skins; serums boost the effects of your moisturiser, acting as a perfect base for it. Moisturisers and serums are the Thelma and Louise of the face; you’ll never want one without the other, soulmates if you will.
We have compiled a list of our top five skin health-boosting serums; go on Huns, find the perfect Thelma to your Louise:
ILODY: LUXMI HYDRATING RADIANCE SERUM
Formulated with ‘tremella mushroom’ (or snow fungus as it's more commonly known), a skincare staple for well over 1000 years in the East that is quickly becoming a popular ingredient in Western skincare. Rich in vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin works to repair and strengthen the skin’s barrier and holds up to 500 times its weight in water providing plump, radiant, resilient skin. Black tea ferment is used to rejuvenate and detoxify, whilst liquorice adaptogen (which is suitable for sensitive skin) works as a skin brightener and an anti-inflammatory.
A light-weighted multi-functional serum that combines bio-compatible both perfect for skincare buffs and those looking to brighten and improve their skin’s texture. It can be used alone or mixed in with foundation to give an extra glow; think Mac’s Strobe Cream with added skincare benefits.
Available to by on www.ilodyskincare.com
RRP: £72 for 30mls
VINTNER'S DAUGHTER: ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM
A luxurious serum with an oil-like consistency that A-listers and beauty editors swear by. Formulated with 22 of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals for nourishing and restorative moisture, It has been described as ‘the face oil to end all face oils’.
Targets all primary signs of ageing over three weeks, gently infuses their powerful nutrients into the formula.
Added to this infusion is a clever group of botanical and essential oils to amplify performance and effectively target a broad range of skin concerns. The potent concentration delivers 60+ beneficial nutrients, including restorative phytoceramides and phytonutrients, balancing minerals, brightening vitamins, free-radical fighting antioxidants, moisturising fatty acids, and nourishing omegas 3,6,7 and 9 to revitalise, soothe, and support a healthy radiance. It is suitable for all skin types but particularly great for those looking to treat themselves to a bit of celebrity-like skincare luxury.
Available to by on Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum | Space NK
RRP: £175 30mls
BOLT BEAUTY: GLOW (DON’T SHINE)
The perfect travel Sylvanian family pocket-sized m serum. Ideal for combination or oilier skin types. Loaded with panthenol, chamomile, clary sage oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, blemish fighting, calming, oil-reducing ingredients to battle imperfections and reduce the appearance of pores. This lightweight formula leaves skin feeling well-nourished and glowing without leaving excess grease or shine.
Available to by on: www.bolt-beauty.com
RRP: £42 for 100 biodegradable drops
THE GLOWCERY: CLEAN GREENS SUPERFOOD FACIAL SERUM
A brand that not only looks after your skin but also looks after the planet.
I am describing this serum as perfect green goodness for the green god(dess). Packed with rich, plant-based, superfood goodness from 20 antioxidant-rich oils, including cold-pressed hemp, broccoli, green tea, and tamanu oils. As well as cold-pressed jojoba oil, which is similar to our skin’s natural moisturiser sebum, helps regulate oil production without clogging pores keeping skin balanced and healthy. This serum has more of an oil-like constancy with a quick serum-like absorption perfect for those whose skin needs a glow-inducing protective boost.
Top tip: Mix with the Original Weleda Skin Food for the ultimate winter skin saver treatment. It leaves skin feeling protected, soothed, and radiant.
Available to by on: www.theglowceryshop.com
RRP: £33 for 30mls
MOA: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT TREATMENT
A luxurious night-time treatment and serum alternative which would pair perfectly with your moisturiser. A light-weighted product that hydrates, plumps, and rejuvenates your complexion. This plant-powered super treatment contains ‘Queen of the night’, a night flowering cactus rich in antioxidants to help repair the skin's natural moisture content, Aloe vera, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Evening Primrose, Avocado Oil, and Neroli. An excellent option for those who like a lighter consistency product that is still packed with goodness.
Available to by on: wwww.moa.co.uk
RRP: £35 for 30mls
MAVALA: VITALISING HEALTHY GLOW SERUM
A skin-enhancing formula infused with pearls to create an instant glow, perfect for normal or teen skin needing a sparkle. The vitamin-enriched serum refreshes and energises dull skin and restores radiance for a healthier complexion. The serum is concentrated in vitalising. VitaminSwiss Apricot extract, which delivers antioxidant, toning, and exfoliating benefits, and Vitamin C, which illuminates the skin and acts like the natural vitamin present in the skin. Excellent for normal skin types in need of a glow-up.
Available to by on: www.lookfantastic.com
RRP: £36.75 for 30mls
BALANCE ME: VITAMIN C REPAIR SERUM
An am serum that is great for winter focuses on complexion, reducing the appearance of pigmentation and uneven skin tone; while improving elasticity and refining lines for a healthy, more youthful complexion. Contains Vitamin C and Boerhavia Diffusa for maximum efficacy and Hyaluronic Acid for added hydration. A lighter weighted formula is suitable for use on all skin types wanting to brighten and hydrate their skin.
Available to by on: Vitamin C Repair Serum 30ml (balanceme.com)
RRP: £32 for 30mls