By Alix Turoff
What if we told you that the idea of a magic potion that would take care of all your skin woes wasn’t so far-fetched after all?
Whether you’re dealing with dry skin, battling signs of aging or you’re just plain old tired, we have the serum for you. These serums will work with and advance upon the beautiful skin you already have, just giving it a little boost when you need it!
Dry Skin. Skin parched? We really like EVE LOM’s Intense Hydration Serum ($95). This serum works to rehydrate dry skin by 20% in just 2 hours by maintaining levels of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for increasing water retention in the skin and restoring suppleness. This can be used every day or as needed!
Wrinkle-Fighting. If you’re looking for age-defying technology, try Clarins’ Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate ($85) which packs two age fighting formulas in one. With 20 pure plant extracts, this double serum utilizes a dual chamber system to reactivate the skin, reduce wrinkles, even the skin tone and shrink pores. 88% of women who used this product reported smoother skin, 82% reported a brighter complexion, 76% reported a more refined skin texture and 73% reported increased tonicity after use. We’ll take those results!
Organic. If the environment, sun or just years of living has wreaked havoc on your skin and you’re looking for an organic, preservative free product, give Marie Veronique Organics’ Natural Anti-Aging Pacific Face Serum ($140) a try! This product works to improve the skin’s barrier function, increase moisture retention and plump skin to hide signs of aging, leaving you with a soft, dewy complexion. Marie Veronique Organics’ serum uses the best ingredients to bring you a great product. Pacific Marine Bioactive Peptides from algae and seaweed provide nourishment to the skin while lacto-ceramides mimic the skin’s natural ceramides to enhance barrier function, keeping moisture in and toxins out. Their proprietary Noni/SOD/Reservatrol Microemulsion increases the absorption of these biomolecules, making them available to the skin for use. This blend is packed with antioxidants, wound-healing properties, enzymes and anti-aging properties.
Relaxing. Looking for a stress release or a way to relax after a particularly taxing day? Try RED FLOWER’s Cardamom Amber Oil ($48). The blend of cardamom, bergamot, rose, jasmine, litsea cubeba, ylang ylang, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, black pepper, sweet orange and apricot helps to heal and detoxify while providing a warm and comforting scent. The blend works to increase circulation and blood flow, giving the user glowing skin and it’s packed with one of our favorite beauty complexes, Vitamin E to nourish and enliven skin. Amber oil provides aromatherapy-like effects while black pepper relaxes the muscles and cardamom, a common aphrodisiac, produces a heightened energy response by stimulating brain activity. Paired with a yoga session, we can’t think of a much better way to unwind after a long day.
Age-Preventing. Leave it to SkinCeuticals to create an antioxidant packed, collagen boosting and super hydrator all-in-one. SkinCeuticals’ CE Ferulic Acid ($153) protects against photo aging by releasing antioxidants which combat the oxidative effects of free radicals. Applying this serum is the beauty equivalent of carrying a shield to protect you from the harsh effects of our environment. It works to stimulate collagen synthesis to fight already present signs of aging while simultaneously preventing from further damage caused by UVA, UVB and infrared radiation. After you apply this serum, it lasts for 72 hours, making it the perfect addition to your sunscreen regimen!
Firming. For toning and tightening, our pick is Murad’s Complete Reform with Glyco Firming Complex ($69). This serum increases firmness as soon as you apply it. It lifts skin, fills in fine lines and targets wrinkles to give you tighter and younger looking skin. In clinical trails, it was shown to increase firmness by as much as 61% after just one application. Use daily with your favorite moisturizer!