Lighter than creams and largely water-based, serums serve as essential boosters to any skincare regimen. They can contain up to 15 times more active ingredients, and penetrate deeper into skin to target a host of concerns, including dark spots, fine lines and dullness. And with smaller molecules than moisturisers, serums are absorbed faster into skin, too. Apply before using moisturiser to further improve hydration.
L’OREAL PARIS REVITALIFT INTENSIVE REPAIRING ESSENCE, $45.90 (30ml)
Skin instantly appears firmer and smoother with this potion that seeks to combat signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles.
BIOTHERM LIQUID WHITE SPOT FOCUS EVER-CLEAR DARK SPOT CORRECTOR, $95 (30ml)
White Lotus extract in this water-gel protects against free radical damage while imparting radiance to your complexion.
ESTEE LAUDER CYBERWHITE HD ADVANCED SPOT CORRECTION ESSENCE, $160 (50ml)
Powered by HD-90 Technology, this combats dullness and improves suppleness with baicalin, a botanical extract with exceptional brightening properties.
SHISEIDO WHITE LUCENT TOTAL BRIGHTENING SERUM, $159 (30ml)
Its groundbreaking brightening complex features resveratrol, which works with ingredients like 4MSK and white lily to inhibit melanin formation and yellowing in skin respectively.
SK-II CELLUMINATION AURA ESSENCE, $397 (75ml)
The brand combines its star ingredient pitera with a soft aura white cocktail complex to diminish dullness and pigmentation, giving your skin a lovely lit-from-within glow.
SULWHASOO SNOWISE EX WHITENING SERUM, $268 (50ml)
A reprieve for skin worn out from sun exposure, this infusion of traditional Korean herbs aims to boost circulation, resilience as well as collagen production.
BIOTHERM LIFE PLANKTON ESSENCE, $78 (125ml)
As concentrated as a serum but lightweight like lotion, this is absorbed quickly to leave face smoother, radiant and hydrated. A high concentration of life plankton also works to supposedly boost skin regeneration.
ESTEE LAUDER CLEAR DIFFERENCE TARGETED BLEMISH TREATMENT, $54 (4ml)
Salicylic acid, glucosamine, algae extract and caffeine work synergistically to combat the severity and frequency of breakouts and control oil production.
DIOR CAPTURE TOTALE ONE ESSENTIAL, $247 (75ml)
This contains hibiscus extract to detoxify skin by supposedly ridding molecular toxins and regenerating cell function, leaving your complexion more luminous.
ZA PERFECT SOLUTION YOUTH WHITENING SERUM, $29.90 (30ml)
On top of a retinol derivative to reduce the look of wrinkles, this also offers a brightener to reduce dark spot formation and promote radiance.
DERMAGOLD MIRACLE C+, $69 (15ml)
Formulated in a base of hyaluronic acid, this lightweight brightener calms and hydrates skin while protecting it from dark spot formation.
SHU UEMURA TSUYA SKIN YOUTHFUL RADIANCE GENERATOR, $108 (30ml)
By sending signals to reactivate skin’s self-regenerating ability, this pre-serum plumps up fine lines and gives an instant glow to the face.
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This article was originally published in Simply Her May 2015.