As I get older, I realise the benefits of a decent face serum. But there are so many out there, how are you supposed to know what’s right for you? Here are my favourites of 2017 so far and how they feel on the skin.
You will see that all four products I am featuring in this post are marketed as serums but their texture and consistency are all different. They also promise to offer slightly different benefits to your skin.
The Peachy Fox range is available is made in the UK and available through Amazon. They contain no parabens or sulfates and do not test on animals. The aloe retinol serum has a gel like consistency that glides on the skin and sinks in leaving a light stickiness that disappears as it works overnight. It leaves a light and hydrated glow to the skin with no residue whatsoever by morning. The smell is fresh and clean with a strong aloe scent that I find really relaxing and perfect for bedtime. It contains jojoba, avocado, rosehip and argan oil to intensely moisturise and marine collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as help to push the oils deeper into the skin.
It is a bargain for the price and I really like the pump style of the bottle, it is so easy to gauge how much is being released so no product goes to waste.
In my head, the ‘snail gel’ line should be said in the style of Peter Kay and his garlic bread joke, “SNAIL? GEL?” In all seriousness, Dr Organic take the mucus left behind by wandering snails as they move across glass panels, then it is filtered and concentrated before adding other active ingredients such as olive leaf and jujube extract. They contain no parabens, sulfates or additives and the result is a thin milk like serum that spreads easily on the skin leaving a sticky residue to sink into the skin overnight.
Unlike the Peachy Fox serum, I like using this in the morning too as I find my foundation really adheres to it well, helping to apply a smooth layer with a light sheen underneath. One thing I am not keen on is the pump. It is really difficult to control and spurts out no matter how much you wanted to apply.
It is currently, at time of posting, less than half price on Holland & Barratt’s website so I’d definitely recommend giving it a go.
Skinkissed vitamin C serum is the first of 2 oil style serums that I have been loving recently, which is interesting when it doesn’t actually contain any oil! It is not tested on animals and contains potent ingredients like hyaluronic acid, marine collagen and vitamin c. It has a light refreshing scent and it great for day and night. I have been using it as a primer in the morning as the lack of oil means it sinks into the skin with no greasy residue, just a radiant glow of health to illuminate the skin all day long. At night I like to use a little more to give my skin a deep conditioning treatment overnight.
It is more expensive than my other favourites but I love the versatility of this product and my skin is really enjoying it. I have a fresh glow, my skin feels more moisturised and my foundation lasts all day with very little creasing.
This serum is the result of two years of research and development to find the perfect combination of ingredients to create a product to tighten and tone the skin, as well as improve elasticity and smooth fine lines. It is packed with antioxidants and natural nutrients that also have anti inflammatory properties to boost the natural defences of the skin. It has a lightly fruity scent thanks to the acai berry, blackberry extract, cranberry and cherry oils. I was expecting a pipette style applicator but it has a pump that is easy to use and control the product. It is a thicker oil style serum that I would only use at night as it does leave a bit of a greasy film on the skin, but this intensely hydrates the skin overnight and leaves it feeling plump and soft.
There you have it, my favourite serums of this year so far. What do you think I need to try for the colder months?
Contains PR Samples.