Serum 101: Eight best face serums that really work.
Everyone knows the basic commandments of skincare. Don’t sleep with your makeup on. Moisturise your skin, even in summer. Don’t skip the SPF. And now, there’s a new addition to the mandate: Use a serum daily. If you’re not sure why you should add a serum to your already full shelf of skincare products, let us tell you why.
Serums are essentially specialised skincare products with the highest possible amount of active ingredients, such as vitamin C, E, and K, all working to make your skin healthy. Serums are also available to target specific skincare issues like redness, pigmentation, acne, and dull skin. “The molecules in serums are smaller than those in a moisturiser, giving them the ability to penetrate through pores and deep beneath the skin’s epidermis, absorbing all those good ingredients and nutrients deep within skin’s layers, where it is needed most, “ says Shubhika Jain, founder, RAS Luxury Oils. So if you were thinking, “I already use a moisturiser, why do I need a serum?” this is why. In fact, you should simply add this step to your regular cleansing, toning, and moisturing routine. As Dr. Aneesh Sheth, founder, Dr. Sheth’s, says, “A serum can work on its own, but adding other steps will obviously add to its benefits. A toner will balance the skin’s pH so the serum is easily absorbed into the skin and the moisturiser will seal the serum, letting it work more effectively.”
Skin takes an average of three-four weeks to renew itself, so a bride should start using one a good four-to-six months before her wedding celebrations to really let it do its job. Don’t expect one serum to do everything - it will not fix redness, and acne, and dull skin, all at the same time. Picking the right serum is as important as letting it do its job. “Serums for dull and dry skin should contain an advanced mix of water-binding agents and skin-reinforcing, non-fragrant plant oils that deliver antioxidants so it can be easily absorbed into skin, while anti-redness serums help to calm skin, relieve visible redness, and flare-ups,” says Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta, founder and medical director at International Skin & Anti-Aging Centre (ISAAC). A quality serum, and everything it promises might sound like it’s too good to be true, but it is worth it.
1. Get the Glow
L'Occitane en Provence Immortelle Divine Serum, ₹7,450 (30 ml)
Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Brightener No. 42, ₹3,550 (14 ml)
Dull skin that’s crying for some glow and hydration? Incorporate these serums in your day and night beauty rituals for the best results.
2. All-Day Glory
Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Serum, ₹4,550 (30 ml)
Kaya Youth Advance Derma Stemness Restoring Serum, ₹2400
These serums are perfect for skin that is dull and damaged. Rejuvenate your lifeless skin and infuse it with a fresh new vivacity.
3. Skin Soothers
Blossom Kochhar Aroma Magic Anti Acne Serum, ₹750
RAS Luxury Oils Radiance Beauty Boosting Day Face Elixir, ₹2,550 (15 ml)
Red, inflamed, or irritated skin? Give yourself some much-needed TLC with these serums to ensure that your problems are solved before your big day.
4. Night Repair
Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum, ₹4,995 (15 ml)
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, ₹3,650 (100 ml)
No matter what your skin type, invest in a good night repair serum. Do not skip this step, because this is when your skin renews and revitalises itself.
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Assisted by Jasnoor Arora