In the same way there is a pill for every ache and pain, these days there is a serum for every skin concern.
With so many choices, it’s easy to stock up on products that might be great for someone else but are useless to you.
Knowing which skin concern you are trying to address will allow you to simplify and customise your routine accordingly. You just need to know what to look for.
Whatever your skin concern – acne, persistent rosacea, dehydration and irritation – there’s a serum jam-packed full of ingredients that will help.
To find out what we recommend for your skin concern, scroll on…
For those who are always battling dull, uneven, and badly textured skin, it’s time to invest in a resurfacing serum. In general, resurfacing-specific products contain chemical exfoliants that dissolve dead skin cells by breaking the bonds that hold them together. During this process, the surface skin sheds, revealing the underneath layer of smooth, bright, and glowing skin.
Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot SerumRRP $129.00Alpha-H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum is an overnight treatment that combines two of the most powerful age-defying skin revitalisers – Glycolic Acid and Granactive Retinoid. This unique combination works to resurface, reboot and renew tired, dull and prematurely ageing skin; delivering visible results in one bioavailable formula.
AHA Glow Resurfacing SerumRRP $29.95
BOOST LAB AHA Glow Resurfacing Serum is a facial serum that acts as a dynamic exfoliator to support the natural cycle of skin-cell turnover while ensuring a smooth, bright, revitalised complexion. It works to improve multiple signs of ageing, and provides a gentle and effective treatment leaving skin feeling fresh, smooth and clean. Ingredients include:
- Scientifically developed using the latest resurfacing Gold Standard Lactic acid complex to remove dead surface skin cells to reveal fresh, young radiant skin.
- Aloe Vera: high moisturisation to help calm and soothe dry and sensitive skin.
- Manuka Honey: has high antibacterial and antioxidant properties to soothe the skin.
All BOOST LAB serums are dermatologically tested for sensitive skin to ensure they are not only potent but safe for all skin types. To use: cleanse skin as usual in the morning and/or evening, apply a few drops of the serum to your face or hands before applying your favourite moisturisers and make-up as usual.
Dark spot correcting
A brightening, pigmentation-fading formula can help fade dark spots caused by acne scarring, ageing skin, or sun damage. Hyperpigmentation can be effectively lightened with ingredients such as niacinamide, ferulic acid, retinol, and vitamin C.
Pigmentclar Anti-Pigmentation SerumRRP $59.95
La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Anti-Pigmentation Serum is an anti-dark spot serum that has long lasting efficacy* and visibly evens out the complexion. Highly concentrated in [LHA], this serum offers gentle surface exfoliation to unify the complexion. Thanks to its anti dark-spot complex [PhE-Resorcinol + Ginkgo + Ferulic Acid], it visibly reduces dark spots and pigmentation. Tolerance tested under dermatologist supervision on sensitive skin.
*Serum anti-dark spot efficacy maintained for up to 3 weeks after use cessation (12 weeks’ use) – Cosmeto-clinical study on 30 subjects
Clearly Corrective Dark Spot SolutionRRP $70.00
Kiehl’s Solutions Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution visibly diminishes the number and intensity of discolourations while deterring the formation of spots on the skin’s surface. The highly effective ingredient in this treatment is activated C.
Rosacea, redness or irritated skin
Those with rosacea, sun damage, irritation, or general redness typically require a carefully curated skin routine using products made to calm and soothe. Refresh and protect with cooling ingredients like aloe vera, eucalyptus and zinc.
Phyto Corrective GelRRP $100.00
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel is a hydrating and soothing gel serum that combines hyaluronic acid with a phyto botanical blend of cucumber, thyme, eucalyptus, olive leaf and mulberry extract. It helps to calm redness, soften and brighten skin. Ideal for improving the appearance of large pores, redness, sun damage, free radical damage, hyperpigmentation and ageing skin.
Sensibio ARRRP $42.99BIODERMA Sensibio AR has been formulated for very sensitive skin with redness. The daily soothing and anti-redness cream helps give skin immediate and long-term results by soothing skin intensely, moisturising, and helping reduce the sensations of overheating and tightening. In the long term, the patented Rosactiv ® formula helps reduce the appearance of both temporary and permanent redness.
Dehydrated skin is often confused with dry skin, but they are not the same thing. Dehydrated skin cries out for help in holding onto moisture, which is why it’s important to use ultra-hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid that not only boost the skin’s moisture levels, but helps to retain it. Just what our thirsty skin needs.
Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max SerumRRP $74.95
La Mav® Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum is a serum that hydrates skin and creates a powerful shield to lock in moisture and restore comfort and radiance. The formula contains hyaluronic acid and co-enzyme Q10, which plump the skin for a healthier appearance. The formula also helps prevent the visible signs of ageing. It is ideal for lacklustre skin that is prone to dryness, fine lines and dehydration.
Hyaluronic Acid BoosterRRP $52.00
Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster is a skin treatment that works to visibly plump skin and smooth fine lines. It contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin, diminish the appearance of wrinkles and improve sun damage. The lightweight gel formula is suitable for all skin types, including breakout-prone skin.
Getting the skin’s natural pH levels right when you have oily skin can be really difficult. Often, lathering our faces with heavy oils and serums feels counterproductive when the goal is to minimise oil production.
Using a serum developed specifically for oily and acne-prone skin types, on the other hand, will remove the guesswork and help to control breakouts without damaging already temperamental skin.
Want a balanced T-zone and a congestion-free complexion? Try the Skin Physics SALICYLIC ACID + Blemish Control Serum ($29.95 at Skin Physics) or the Clémence Organics Repair Face Serum ($84.98 at Clemence Organics)
SALICYLIC ACID + Blemish Control SerumRRP $29.95Skin Physics SALICYLIC ACID + Blemish Control Serum is a clarifying complex that rebalances oily skin, unclogs and refine pores to clear blemishes and help prevent future breakouts. Hero ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Australian Lemon Myrtle Extract, Witch Hazel and Niacinamide.
Repair Face SerumRRP $84.98
Clémence Organics Repair Face Serum is an organic super serum formulated with rosehip, calendula and jojoba oils to promote skin repair and renewal. Ideal for skin which may be showing signs of ageing, sun damage, scarring and pigmentation. Antiseptic, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties will help those that struggle with acne, inflammation and/or skin redness. Fast absorbing, this serum will leave skin feeling nourished and rejuvenated, with a light glow. After cleansing and toning, apply to face, neck and décolletage until well absorbed. Use morning and night.
Have you tried any of these serums? Do you use a serum?
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