Last week I touched on a few top tips to help keep your skin hydrated and more youthful looking this Autumn. You may recall that I mentioned the "serum" word.
Its complicated out there in skincare land and if you pop along to any beauty counter they will no doubt bamboozle you with the latest cosmetic science and try to sell you a different lotion and potion for just about every concern going. Try not to be too intimidated ladies as there really are some amazing products out there that are well worth the investment. And, as usual, I'm here to take the pain out of the process and give you an ant-ageing leg-up so to speak!
One thing that I do believe you should all be investing in this winter is a high quality serum.
A great anti-ageing serum will help save your skin from the inevitable ravages of time and combat so many to today's environmental stresses.
Well a serum will usually contain a much higher concentration of active ingredients than your regular moisturiser and will generally be a fast absorbing formulation with a silky feel and texture. This allows it to quickly get to work delivering effective results when and where they're needed the most.
Normally you'll be selecting a serum to specifically tackle your principle skincare concern. So that might be wrinkles, pigmentation, radiance, hydration. You might use a different serum at a different time of year. For me, in the Autumn, as the weather changes and the central heating comes on, I switch to something deeply hydrating to combat these environmental aggressors.
You should also invest in a different serum too as you go through the decades; what works on skin at 30 won't be right for your skin at 55. Companies like Boots and Estee Lauder have a comprehensive range of age and benefit appropriate serums for you to try and they always have great in store advisors too with a wealth of knowledge.
Its also targeted and marketed specifically to the 45-60 year old female and sadly, yup, thats me! (not sure when that happened but hell, lets embrace it!)As the fabled ad goes, "TAH-DAH"
At £27.00 it won't break the bank either. So far, so good. I love the texture and my skin is definitely smoother and more even after just a few days use. Not sure yet how it will fare against the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (bit of a mouthful that one!) but loving the initial results.
How to use a serum?
It really couldn't be easier - just add a serum to your morning and evening routine. Simply apply before your regular moisturiser. You should really start to see and feel the effect within just a few short weeks. They really are that good. A serum would definitely be one of my desert island must have's! Along with lip balm - you can never have too many lip balms!
Here's a few of my favourite serums to cater for all budgets and skincare concerns:
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
The stuff quite literally of legend! I've you've not yet tried it, where have you been? Put it immediately on your Xmas list - the Selfridges event will be coming up soon so thats always a good time to go purchase your investment skincare. Every little bit of discount helps.
The jury is most definitely in full and final agreement when it comes to the remarkable benefits of this patented wonder serum. It bloody well works!
Apply every night before bed and wake up looking fresher every morning. You are going to have more youthful, younger, hydrated, rested and even toned skin. I rest my case. Usual price around £52.00
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I am a huge fan of the Kiehls range. I literally can't live without their Creme de Corps and I buy it in those huge litre bottles. So anything with a Kiehls tag usually will get my seal of approval. This concentrate contains a blend of 99.8% naturally derived ingredients. It literally sinks into the skin and you can be sure to wake up with more radiant looking and softer smoother skin. Usual price around £37.00
Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Serum
This one has been clinically proven to reduce wrinkles by up to 94% and firmness by 57%. Those are some seriously impressive results and all that is apparently after just one treatment. Its got a really lovely luxurious feel and I swear my skin always looks instantly uplifted and more radiant after applying. This is more of a special treat as its usual price is £99.00 but its got some fabulous natural ingredients like moringa oil and noni fruit. Funnily enough, those are two MAJOR ingredients in a new ingestible that I'm currently taking and I must say, my skin is positively blooming sweeties! More on that too! You know that I can't keep all these secrets to myself!
Good Genes treatment from Sunday Riley
I love discovering new skincare brands and Sunday Riley is one of my favourite latest finds. I've bought this Good Genes treatment about 3 times already this year. I absolutely adore it. It's just amazing for giving your skin that extra glow. You really can just pop this on and head to the gym - no need for anything else. It brightens, refines and plumps and has an almost zingy zesty like texture and sensation when you apply plus a fragrance that just gets your senses going. It's fab and definitely worth trying out. I usually stock up in Space NK where this costs £85.00
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
What's great about this serum, besides the lush smell of oranges which is just divine, is that it works immediately. If you're on the impatient side with your skincare and you want to see immediate results then this is the one for you! A little goes a long way so you actually get quite a lot of bang for your £47.00 buck! Your skin is going to look and feel more supple and it's fab at helping eradicate any redness that you might suffer from. Redness can be a problem both in the winter and as skin ages.
So there you have it, some tried and tested serums all of which have been on yours truly's face at some point this year. All of which I can genuinely say work and I love.
If I had to pick only one as a recommendation for you to try then my current favourite would be Good Genes. FAB-U-LOUS. Unlike anything else I've ever tried. I really do love this one.