I have been missing Paris lately, and I kept thinking about how women there never wear ANY makeup. You know why? Because their skin is FLAWLESS, even the older women. So I thought I might talk to you about the virtues of using a serum in your skin-care regimen, especially now that winter has finally loosened its grip.
Warmer weather calls for lightening the load when it comes to skincare. You can do just that with a serum without losing any effectiveness. Serums are like skin care specialists; they can boost the performance of any skin care regimen.
In the life of your skin, there are many things you can do to enhance its texture and appearance. One of those things is to use a serum. Now, many people would disagree with me on this point but hear me out. I have used SOME kind of serum since I was 18 years old. I just turned 46 years old this past April, and most folks think I am about 10 years younger than I am. So as far as I am concerned, there HAS to be some truth to it. That and most of the leading European skincare companies like Sisley and Clarins and even the drugstore lines like Lierac and Vichy have always offered serums in their lines. For years, European skincare has been the leader in research when it comes to how the elements and different variables affect your skin. And we all know that European women are still fabulous as they get older, look at Sophia Loren and Catherine Deneuve.
So let’s get with the program ... serums are "skin care specialists" and can help you with any issue you have. Any of these fantastic serums can be used together with a moisturizer or alone if you want something lighter. They address all different kinds of aging issues and are at varying price points. So no matter your budget, you can find one for you.
Here are some of my favorites that have proven track records for incredible results ...
Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate [$85] This is the first serum I ever used, so I am a bit biased. Although it has been re-vamped and re-packaged in a new fancy container, this is still powerfully packed to the gills with all kinds of goodness. Formulated with 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules, Double Serum’s innovative, dual-chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin’s vital functions.
L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Serum [$15] This is by far the best drugstore option when it comes to serum. If you want to save your pennies, you can invest in this one and rest assured you will get your money’s worth and then some. This serum features a Nutri-Repair Complex enriched with Bio-Peptides and patented Ceramide Fortifiers that help reverse the signs of past damage.
Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough [$41] This is a great option if you are looking for something in the mid-price range. It contains Vitamin C and E peptides (which are links of amino acids which are structural building units of proteins) and soy. This serum is great for firming and brightening the skin.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate [$84] A true favorite, this was created back in 1982 as Night Repair. It was re-formulated in 1990 as Advanced Night Repair. This new formula is a super intensive serum that helps with dehydration, excessive sun exposure, or pre- and post micro-dermabrasion and chemical peels. Use this one if you have spent a lot of time in the sun or if your skin needs a little TLC. Like vitamins for your skin!
By Terry Serum de Rose [$115] The smell alone is enough to sell me FOREVER. This is a firming and lifting serum that boosts the skin’s age defenses to improve natural resistance to external damage and protect it from premature aging.
Treat your skin to a little extra help; you should treat it well all year long, really. You especially need to watch it if you spend a lot of time in the sun. Even if you only spend what you consider to be a little time in the sun without protection, you are still at risk for sun damage.
Every woman in this day and age should be using an SPF of at least 25 on a daily basis. Sun damage can cause myriad other problems, including dehydration, hyper-pigmentation and extreme dryness, not to mention skin cancer, so no excuses!
Lianne is the Editor and Publisher of the award-winning beauty blog The Makeup Girl
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