When it comes to skincare I think it’s safe to say that we are all on the hunt for what I refer to as the “unicorn” product. That magical creature (or product in this case) that will be the answer to all our bad skin habits and downfalls. While I don’t believe a product exists that can reverse damage or ageing (and I’ve tried a few) I do believe that in the same way we eat well and exercise for body health, we can work to maintain good skin health.
Serums have been around for a while now and often referred to as “the workhorse” of any skin routine. I’ve heard a lot about their benefits but what do they actually do and do they actually work? My current beauty routine consists of cleansing (twice), toning, eye cream, sunscreen and moisturiser. So is it really worth the extra money and time adding yet another step to an already busy beauty routine?
Serums are said to be more effective than moisturiser or face cream due to the concentration of ingredients (which also accounts for the increase in price compared to moisturisers). They also have a finer texture meaning they are absorbed into the skin faster and more effectively going deeper into the skin cells. Serums also tend to exclude ingredients like mineral, nut and seed oils which are used in moisturisers to lubricate and lock moisture in, which sounds like a good thing, and it is, but it can also stop active ingredients from getting in. Serums should be used under moisturiser for this reason but can also be used on their own. Their concentration also means that while more expensive a little goes a long way and only a few drops need to be used at a time (morning and night is recommended).
So with this is mind I set out to add a serum to my daily routine. I tried two products over a 3-4 week period, one I used during the day and one at night. I chose to select serums from different ends of the price scale for practical reasons (should i wish to continue using a serum) and to get a feel for the difference, if any.
Daytime – Musq Replenish Serum $59
Musq pride themselves on creating skincare products from all natural ingredients and I admit where possible I prefer natural ingredients also. Their serum comes in a lightweight pump bottle which was compact, making storage in a makeup back easy and the pump was easy to control and didn’t over deliver droplets like some do. The main ingredients in their serum are jojoba oil (known for hydration properties), Rosehip oil (known for healing and anti ageing properties) and CoQ10 (antioxidant). I did find this serum a little heavier and more like an oil but it was soft and silky on the skin and I only needed a few drops. Once applied to my face it was absorbed well and my skin felt plump and well moisturised all day. The scent was also lovely and really refreshing first thing in the morning. I really enjoyed using this product and I felt like it gave my skin had a lovely dewy glow.
Nighttime – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair $95-$175
There has been a lot of hype about this product so I was interested to see if it lived up to it’s name. The serum comes in a glass bottle with an eyedropper applicator and again only a few drops are needed. This particular serum is oil free and I noticed it was lightweight and absorbed into my skin almost immediately. It was quite a luxurious feeling serum and was silky and smooth on the skin which was a nice treat at night after washing away the day.
I have always thought that generally my skin was pretty good but after a few weeks of using the serums I did notice improvement. The texture of my skin improved, it felt softer, smoother and clearer. I was initially concerned that adding yet another product to my routine may result in breakouts and clogged pores but there were none above the occasional blemish (which is normal for me) and I have actually noticed fewer since. All in all I was impressed and while I still have small skin niggles I didn’t feel like the products were a waste. I was especially impressed with how well both serums were absorbed into the skin and general look of my skin after use. I will continue to include them in my routine.
You can find our more about the benefits of serums via the information links below or purchase your very own from Musq & Estee Lauder.
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