What is a serum?
When do I use a serum?
How do I find a serum to suit my skin?
If I use a serum, do I still need a moisturiser?
Face serums under $50
As we age, collagen and elastin in our skin breaks down and our skin starts to look thin instead of plump, it sags and lines appear. Mizon's Bio Collagen Ampoule Serum promotes firmer skin by replenishing collagen. And with a high concentration of collagen in its formula – 50% to be exact, it's no wonder it's a favourite of beauty editors world-wide.
For dry and dehydrated skin:
Most of us won't realise how dehydrated our skin is until we see how fast hyaluronic acid is slurped up into the skin. While your skin may not be cracking, flaky our dry on the top visible layers, it's what's going on in the layers you don't see that you need to treat. If you're not already familiar with skincare brand The Ordinary, now is the time to get acquainted. It's a no-fuss brand with high-quality products with super low price tags. And their Hyaluronic Acid is as good as any other.
There is nothing more refreshing than the zing of Vitamin C on your skin to promote a radiant complexion. Vitamin C is like a pep-talk for your skin - it wakes it up and gives it that boost to get out there and glow, glow, glow. For their Vitamin C Skin Booster, The Body Shop extracts Vitamin C from the camu camu berry which has 20 times more Vitamin C than an orange. Expect some serious power in this bottle!
For scaring and marks:
Said as plainly as possible, rosehip oil is excellent for scarring. It's a powerful oil which reduces the appearance of scarring, marks and can even work its making on fine lines. Rosehip oils can be as cheap as chips, but there is one important thing to note - they can go rotten. A rosehip oil combined with strong antioxidants are the way to go, because antioxidants protect the oil from going off and you can keep it for longer. Just store the bottle out of the sun.
For that Nicole Kidman-glow:
For red-carpet-worthy skin, you can't go past this beauty game-changer. Inside this pretty green bottle is a highly concentrated exfoliating gel that works while you sleep (bonus!) to reveal even and radiant skin. Because this potent serum is formulated with 10% glycolic acid (a miracle for treating blackheads, dullness, fine lines and acne) it's recommended you use sparingly and wear a sunscreen in the daytime when using it.
For reduced pores:
Pores, ugh. Who needs 'em? Unfortunately us, but we can reduce their appearance with some crafty serum work. Sephora's own range of skincare is as good as the premium products stocked on their shelves. This Clarifying Booster is ideal for oily skin. It contains a high concentration of skin-balancing zinc which minimises excess oils leaving your completion with a matte finish. Apply this serum under your makeup in the morning to avoid that slick oil sheen that seeps through by 3pm.
The buzzword in skincare at the moment is retinol, the technical term for Vitamin A. Retinol gets high praise for it's ability to smooth skin and reduce the signs of ageing and sun damage. Because of retinol's potency, it's recommended that you start with a product that has a lower concentration of retinol and after time build up to something stronger. Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol is the perfect gateway retinoid.
For a little bit of everything:
Perhaps you don't need to combat a specific skin problem, but just want something to take care of your face? Just like the brand's name, Face Hero is your go-to for an all-in-one skin pleasing serum. Packed with 10 potent plant and nut oils this product is perfect for every skin type and every day use. The product designed by beauty guru and funny-girl Zoe Foster Blake promises to hydrate, revive and brighten skin plus protect your face against fine lines, dark spots, dryness and ageing inflammation.