When we’re talking “serums”, we’re talking CONCENTRATES. When we’re saying concentrates, we’re going to spend some money. Because we expect THE BEST from a serum. So if we’re going to spend some of our good money, WHAT INGREDIENTS should we actually watch out for ?
Here’s my personal list of FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS:
NUMBER ONE:will always be my number one, and it should be yours also. HYALURONIC ACID. Moist elastin fibers – think FIRMNESS – need to function well. Hyaluronic acid (or “sodium hyaluronate”) will fix the moisture in your skin. There where it’s needed most.
NUMBER TWO:ANTI-OXIDANTSto protect our skin cells from environmental damage and help our skin do it’s (hard) job better. Think plant extracts like CAFFEIN or WHITE TEA ; many plant extracts will work as anti-oxidants. Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is great also.
NUMBER THREE:RETINOL, the most active vitamin A for our skin. Proven to REDUCE WRINKLES and hyperpigmentation (sun spots). Reduces acne, IMPROVES PORE SIZE. Does it all and that’s why we should all love this wonderful vitamin.
NUMBER FOUR:could easily be on place number three also ! Vitamin C BOOSTS COLLAGEN, improves SKIN BRIGHTNESSand evens out sun spots. Is a great anti-oxidant (cell protector) too ! Works well in combination with Retinol and vitamin E, which is another powerfull anti-oxidant.
NUMBER FIVE: STEMM CELLS EXTRACTS:nothing to do with human stem cells ! Just interrresting new active ingredients that are in fact “pluripotent plant extracts” that hold many secrets. Plant extracts like these have anti-oxidants, minerals and proteins that could all benefit our skin. The fact that they are harvested from young, undefined cells, makes them even more interresting !
NUMBER SIX: PEPTIDES.Although I have personally never been so enthusiast about peptides, they deserve a role in my list. Peptides are small proteins that can stimulate our skins’ collagen production. So do vitamin A and C, but peptides use another pathway. Many people swear by petides in their products, so I decided to mention them here too.
THE MOST IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER is, however, that you will need to pay a bit more for a GOOD serum. See it as an INVESTMENT in your skin. If you use a damn good serum, you can get away with a cheaper moisturizer. Keep in mind that some products, sold at exhorbitant prices are not necesarilly better than the ones in the “mid section”.You can find excellent products costing from 30 to 120 Euros. Above this, you’re paying for the marketing.
FAVORITES AT THIS MOMENT :
- Leegeehaam (yes, I know: it’s Korean, no idea how to pronouce this) Hyal B5 serum
- iUnik Bèta-Glucan Power Moisture Serum
- Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule
- Estee Lauder Night Repair
- Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum
- Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum
- Helena Rubinstein Force-C serum
- Louis Widmer Pigmacare
- Health Cosmeticals Repacell Serum
- Clinical Care Surgery Restore 50+ (also from Health Cosmeticals)