When it comes to skincare some people like a simple routine, while others prefer a complex regimen of multiple serums, moisturizers, toners and more! But, is a serum really that important for your skin or is it just an extra step?
BeautyStat reviewed some great serums for all different skin types and concerns, from anti-aging and scar-reducing to sensitive and oily skin. Our very own Ron Robinson explained exactly what a serum does for one’s skin and how to apply:
“Serums are specialized treatments that work to target a specific beauty concern. They are typically very lightweight gels or lotions and often contain concentrated amounts of certain ingredients; they are meant to be applied under your moisturizer.”
Read on to see what our beauty editors deem the best serums on the market today, and learn all about Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate ($85.00), which has won best-in-beauty awards from Elle, Essence and Star Magazine for its age-defying, skin cell renewal effects that 90% of women find more effective than their current serum.
The Clarins Double Serum is the only treatment that reactivates the 5 vital skin functions:
Hydration: Delays the appearance of wrinkles and maintains skin softness and comfort.
Nutrition: Promotes cell nutrition by increasing the speed at which nutrients penetrate the skin cells.
Oxygenation: Enhances cell oxygenation resulting in skin radiance.
Protection: Stimulates the activity of two genes involved in skin protection.
Regeneration: Boosts production of collagen and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) — responsible for skin firmness and density.
With twenty-seven years of plant science experience, twenty powerful plant extracts and two age-defying formulas in one, this serum is the cream of the crop!
Read BeautyStat’s Review On Dr. Perricone’s Vitamin C Ester And Chia Seed Serums HERE!
It is meant for dry, combination, oily and sensitive skin types — my skin usually falls into one or more of those categories throughout the year, so this was something to marvel at.
It contains water-soluble (hydric) and oil-soluble (lipidic) age-control ingredients that when dispensed blend together for a precise dosage. Use morning and/or night, this serums is very lightweight, blends into skin beautifully for your next step, moisturizer, and has a clean, floral scent (without being too overpowering).
After just one application:
Skin radiance is boosted by up to 82%
Skin’s textured is refined by 76%
Skintone is evened by 73%
Skin texture has a smoother appearance by 88%
With continued use and after four weeks your skin will look younger, brighter, healthier and more vibrant! I really love this serum and thought that it made my skin look smoother and even instantly. It did not cause any irritation and my skin felt more hydrated with less dry patches as well. The Double Serum really does it all! Twofold!
Anti-Aging: “I think Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum ($28.00) is great for mature skin and has a lovely, weightless texture that sinks in like a dream. I use it morning and night; I also love the affordable price — a lot of bang for the beauty buck!”
“Though I did have to get used to the slightly tingly feeling that the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($146.00) caused upon applying, it left my skin smooth and healthy looking. Bottom line: pricey but worth it, especially when used in conjunction with other SkinCeuticals products. – Yona McDonough
Hyperpigmentation: “I would suggest Dior Capture Totale One Essential ($95.00) as it brightens the skin. I’d suggest combining that with a CC Cream from brands such as Smashbox, Juice Beauty, AMOREPACIFIC and Peter Thomas Roth — all depending on your skintone. Some CCs have wider color variations than others. You can also use a “Blur” from Nanoblur or L’Oréal.”
Dry/Combination Skin: “Although a facial oil, Rodin Olio Lusso ($150.00) adds hydration, evens out my skintone, gives an overall radiance to my skin with an addictive scent. This is the only oil I have been using for years.”
Read BeautyStat’s Review On The Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Moisturizer + Serum Duo SPF 15 HERE!
Enlarged Pores: I have always loved Sunday Rileys Good Genes, as many of my makeup artist friends have called my skin “pore-less.”– Nicole Gordon Levine, senior beauty writer [Follow Nicole on Twitter @NicoleGLevine!]
Acne-Prone Skin/Anti-Aging: “MITOQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenation ($185.00) is 1,000 times stronger than CoQ alone. I’m thirty-six-years-young and want to prevent and preserve, so this is one of my go-to heavy hitters!
It redensifies skin to heal; prevents fine lines and wrinkles; fades scars, brown spots and discoloration; lightens and brightens; reduces blemishes. This cream feels as if it DISAPPEARS right into my skin, no residue… just a silky finish!”
Anti-Aging: “Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-Aging+ Intensive Repair Daily Serum ($225) immediately improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, radiance and gently firms the look of skin with continued use.
It is blended with exclusive antioxidants — Idebenone, Arazine and Thiotaine — to protect skin from environmental and free radical damage. This serum is clinically proven with 61% of women showing a significant clinical improvement in the appearance of fine lines and radiance in just 15-minutes!” — Evelyn Lugo
Sensitive: “Arbonne Calm Soothing Facial Serum ($45.00) is ideal for sensitive skin based on its moisture barrier soothing complex that cools and soothes. It’s lightweight and doesn’t irritate the skin, making it ideal for layering with other skincare products.”
Re-Texturizing: B. Kamins Nia-Stem Serum Kx ($135.00) is made up of the brand’s known bio-maple compound that moisturizes skin with antioxidants. The added stem cell benefit will have your skin looking smoother and younger. I couldn’t believe how it made my pores seem less apparent!” — Theresa Romano, managing editor [Follow Theresa on Twitter @there_esa]
What are some of your favorite serums? What do you think of our editors’ top picks?
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– Theresa Romano
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