If you’re skin has taken a beating from harsh central heating or you’re just feeling the effects of the festive period, we’ve found the ultimate skin-saving potions- and they start from just £3.99…
Finding the right skin care products can be a bit of a minefield. We’re all so different, and what works for Gwyneth Paltrow, or your actual best friend, might not work for you. Whether you’re prone to dry skin, oily skin, acne or rosacea we’ve rounded up the best serums to keep your skin hydrated, protected and perfected. These targeted, potent serums and boosters can be slotted into your skincare routine, used alone or alongside other products – it’s just a case of personal preference. For those with skin in need of saving, a fast-track solution is just a click away…
1. 111SKIN Ultra Hydrating Aqua Booster
This wonder potion is specifically formulated to revive dry skin. The oil-free formula is enriched with Lactil®, which cleverly replaces lost moisture by emulating the skin’s natural moisturising factors. It also has a Hyaluronic Acid Complex that increases hydration levels by up to 30 percent. It’s known to be particularly effective when traveling or transitioning between the seasons.
£85 at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Skin Laundry Brightening Serum With Glycolic Acid
This results-driven formula helps brighten sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and melasma (discolouring). It also improves your skins tone and texture while stimulating and strengthening cell turnover. Just massage 3-4 drops into your face and décolletage after cleansing and before moisturising. This is best used at night, or underneath sunscreen during the day. P.S. It contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
£48 at www.skinlaundry.com
3.Lacura Vitamin C Serum
This product comes from one of the beauty industry’s best kept secrets: the Aldi skincare line, Lacura. Comprising potent, hard working ingredients at ridiculously competitive prices, Aldi’s beauty products are ideal if you’re working with a more frugal price point – this one comes in at just £5.99!
The vitamin C serum is soft and soothing, helping to keep skin plump, youthful and pepped up with a natural glow. Use every morning before your usual moisturiser and SPF to protect skin throughout the day.
£5.99 at www.aldi.co.uk
4. Kiehl’s Vital Skin Strengthening Super Serum
This super serum works to strengthen your skin from within. It is a radiance-boosting skincare treatment that helps to minimise the signs of ageing, as well as enriching your skin with hyaluronic acid, glycerine and an adaptogenic herbal complex. It generates up to eight layers-deep, creates a natural barrier and neutralises the effects of daily stressors upon the skin. The end result is a smoother, stronger, firmer and a visibly brighter complexion.
£33.60 at www.kiehls.co.uk
5. Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Power Serum: Power Glow Set
Victoria Beckham’s Beauty line is all about revolutionary science and clean beauty. This little box of tricks promises radiant, healthy, seriously transformed skin in six weeks. The six vials of Power Serum are like a bootcamp for your complexion. This defense and repair kit is supercharged by Augustinus Bader’s patented TFC8® technology for rapid transformation and hydration. Its daily dose of active ingredients strengthens the skin’s barrier function and supports ultimate skin health. It also protects against modern day stressors like blue light and pollution while nourishing and hydrating.
6. Dior Skin Boosting Super Serum
A luxury and exemplary skincare formula that rejuvenates and supports the skin, the One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum provides an all-round treatment that protects the skin against UV rays, stress and pollution, detoxifies with Hibiscus flower extract, and nourishes and stimulates the recycling process of the skin. If it’s a do-it-all product you’re after, look no further, the result is radiant skin.
£86.50 at www.johnlewis.com
7. MZ Skin Glow Boost Ampoules
Five days. Ten ampoules. This is a five-day course to radiant skin which sounds pretty straightforward. The single-doses are to be used twice per day to help restore your skin’s youthful glow and natural luminosity. Scientifically formulated, each vial is packed with an innovative sequence of antioxidants and acids, including Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Meso Cocktail and Ascorbic Acid, which work together to brighten, hydrate and smooth the skin’s complexion.
£155 at www.mzskin.com
8. Eve Lom Intense Hydration Serum
This Intense Hydration Serum is, as it suggests, a hyper-hydrating formula which works immediately to nourish skin, as well as leaving a long-lasting surge of moisture. It is a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula, and aids the skins natural barrier while replenishing dry, dehydrated complexions. It plumps and smooths, too. The success is in the next-generation Hyaluronic Acid and Pro-Vitamin B5, which deeply penetrates the skin. Apply 2 or 3 drops onto the face and neck in the morning and evening after cleansing and before moisturising.
£75 at www.johnlewis.com
9. Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm has a lot of celeb clients (think Hailey Bieber and Gwyneth Paltrow) and a lot of incredible products. This is one of the skincare specialist’s favourites. It’s a highly concentrated serum infused with Hyaluronic molecules that deeply penetrate the skin providing really intense hydration. It also works to combat the damaging effects of your daily environment, as well as minimising the appearance of wrinkles.
£85 at www.cultbeauty.com
10. The Ordinary
We can’t mention skincare superheroes without The Ordinary’s aptly-named skin buffet. This Multi-Technology Peptide Serum targets the multiple signs of ageing in one versatile formula. It has clever ingredients like Matrixyl 3000, Syn-Ake and Relistase, which work in synergy with 11 skin-friendly Amino Acids, and when used regularly it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Expect a youthful look that is ultra-nourished – sounds pretty good to us!
£12.70 at www.cultbeauty.co.uk
11. Lacura Healthy Glow Glycolic Toner
Who ever said skincare saviours had to cost a fortune? Aldi, the home of affordable, well, everything, includes this glycolic toner in their range for glowing and refreshed skin.
Glycolic acid gently exfoliates the skin to reveal a brighter and more even complexion. Add to your nightly routine before moisturiser and wake up to a gorgeous glow!
£3.99 at www.aldi.co.uk
12. UBeauty The SUPER Hydrator
Colder weather drying out your skin? Or maybe you’ve found that moisturisers aren’t quite locking in all the moisture all day long. UBeauty’s incredible formula in The SUPER Hydrator ensures 48hr moisture retenion- perfect for dry skin.
Powered by U Beauty’s proprietary HYDRA-SIREN Capsule, the SUPER is able to effectively transport more water by weight to the deep layers of skin.
From £65 at www.ubeauty.com