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Today we're talking serums, and - more specifically - the ones I can't live without! There's a real spread of ingredients and price-points but each of these products truly add something to my skincare routine. This is why they've made it into my top 5...
First up, let's talk about the Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum* | £60 (30ml). This is a copper peptide serum so you have two bottles you have to combine to activate before using the product, at which point it turns a bright blue colour (but don't worry; the formula is very fluid so you don't have a blue-cast after use or anything!) This serum contains copper tripeptides that act as antioxidants and have an anti-inflammatory effect. These peptides also may promote collagen production and cell turnover, making it anti-ageing and giving a renewing effect (though there aren't a ton of studies out there to verify this, so take radical claims about copper peptides with a pinch of salt). Personally I find this serum revives and refreshes my skin like no other! My skin looks smooth, even and rejuvenated when I use this serum. I reach for it about once a week and I'm on my second bottle now (you can pick up a smaller one for a more purse-friendly £38).
Next I'm going to talk about a much more affordable product, also from Deciem: the Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% | £5. Niacinamide is Vitamin B3 and can offer a variety of skin benefits. Not only can it be great for oily skin by helping to regulate surface oils and reduce the size of pores, but it's fantastic for reducing redness and repairing the skin's natural barrier. This is a fantastic serum that works, with minimal mess and stickiness. It's an amazing everyday product if your skin lacks lustre or if you have blemish-prone skin and want something gentle for everyday maintenance. I also really like that this ingredient works well with other actives and isn't harsh on my skin.
A totally underrated hero product of mine is the Alpha-H Vitamin E* | £29. This is a water-light antioxidant serum that's really great for dry and sensitive skin. Not only does it give my complexion a dewy glow, but it's amazing at relieving irritation and protecting the skin by reinforcing its natural barrier and preventing water loss. During the colder months, when my skin is feeling a little sensitive or just when I want to restore my skin's overall health; this is the serum I reach for.
Another one from Niod is my favourite HA out of the many I've tried - their Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex* | £38. It's no secret that I love hyaluronic acid; it has incredible water-retention abilities and a formula with multiple molecule sizes like this one will help it to really penetrate into every layer of the skin. As this ingredient draws moisture from the atmosphere, I prefer to apply this serum to slightly damp skin. I love how fluid and fast-absorbing this serum is, and it really gives me that healthy, glowing, plump skin look.
Finally, I love love love the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum* | £67 (for full size). I'm usually a little sceptical of Vitamin C serums, as this antioxidant can have great skin benefits but can also be so unstable! This product, however, has fantastic packaging for keeping light and air out of the formula. C-Firma contains Ascorbic Acid, which is one of the more well-researched Vitamin C variants and can deliver skin-brightening and evening effects. Not only does this product contain Vitamin C, but it's also formulated with lots of lovely non-fragrant oils, to give the skin a dewy glow. It definitely makes my skin appear healthier and more radiant when things are looking a bit dull and lacklustre.
What are your favourite serums?