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Serums: What They Do & Why They’re Different

We know they're good, but do you need yet another product on your overcrowded vanity? We weigh in.
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The skincare conversation has evolved beyond the bare necessities. Gather a bunch of skincare junkies around a table over dinner and the conversation will not cease. Splash masks, taking care of the skin on your neck, the utmost importance of hand creams, the never-ending quest for glowing skin sans highlighters – a new beauty thing to obsess over seems to arise every day.

Skincare junkie or not, we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of serums. The general consensus is that it is good for your skin and it should be incorporated into your skincare if you’ve got the means to it. What we’re not completely sure of it why and what its benefits are exactly. How does it measure up to a regular moisturiser? A face mask? An essence? Is it just all in our heads? That is what we’re going to learn about today, kids!

First up – what is a serum and what does it do? Serums are liquids that you apply to your skin after cleansing and before moisturising, serving the purpose of enriching your skin with the high concentrations of ingredients that are good for you. Different serums cater to different needs and it’s important to note that most serums are not rich enough to be moisturisers. Serums penetrate into the skin, but lotions and creams sit on the surface to lock in moisture. Essence and serums are essentially the same thing. (TRUTH BOMB. Don’t trip now.) The only difference is in the texture, where essences are more lightweight than the latter.

The reason why serums come with a hefty price tag is because of the number of active ingredients in them. There are also water-based serums and oil-based serums, both of which work vastly different from each other. Water-based serums like this one from Dr. Jart has small molecules, unlike oil-based serums, which allows it to nourish the skin deep below the surface. Oil-based serums sit on top of lotions and creams, as the big molecules prevent everything under it to stay there. In a nutshell, read your labels and don’t use them wrongly!

The biggest question pops in now: which serum do you use? Look out for ingredients such as acids or vitamins that will help in rejuvenating and reviving your skin. Ingredients in the Skin Inc Serum-Infused Night Oil such as trehalose or tocopherol work superbly, providing photoprotection and hydration.

For wrinkles and fine-lines, Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum works miracles that targets inflammation, promotes cell regeneration, and protects against free radicals amongst other many benefits. From cult favourites like Esteé Lauder’s Advanced Night Serum, to more wallet-friendly options from Innisfreewe’ve got your skin covered. Lee-ter-rally.


Dr. Jart Cicapair Serum


Skin Inc Serum-Infused Night Oil


Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Ageing Serum


Pixi Rose Oil Blend


Innisfree White Tone Up Eye Serum


Esteé Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum


Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate


Susanne Kaufmann Hyaluron Serum


Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum


Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum

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