During a recent office conversation about the age we started using serums (the correct age you should should start: here), we quickly segued into a deeper discussion about the serums that changed our lives – and skin.
“I didn’t start until last year…”
“I was scared because I don’t like the idea of oils on my skin.”
“I didn’t really know what the point was? Why do I need to buy another thing?“
That was the gist of our conversation – and in fact, most conversations this beauty editor has with women about serums. The last word is that you should abso-freakin’-lutely be using one in your skincare routine. The high concentration of actives means you get results faster than almost any other skincare product you own.
If you haven’t found one that’s quite right for you, here are the serums that converted members of the Gritty Pretty team. If it changed our lives, hey maybe it can change yours too…
The serum that changed my life… Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum.
“I was introduced to the serum by Sydney facialist Jocelyn Petroni two years ago. During my facial, we spoke about my skin insecurities, and mine was that I didn’t have even skin tone. I had dark and light patches and it was really inconsistent so she recommended it to me. I hadn’t used a serum before that because I was scared; whenever I put anything oily on my skin, I broke out so I was a bit worried about trying it.
My skin is quite sensitive so I can feel the product working and I had to build up to it. When I started I’d use it once a week, and then every second day once it was fine, and now I use everyday with no issues. The texture of it is like a clear oil, you put it on and it starts oily and goes matte when it absorbs into your skin, so I let it dry completely before I put a moisturiser on top.
“I noticed results within two months and it changed my life because it make me stop using foundation. Now I just BB cream and concealer, or foundation as concealer. I never wear foundation all over my face anymore.”
The serum(s) that changed my life…The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion & CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum
“I’ve been using these serums the longest (two and half years now) and discovered the natural Aussie brand, which is still so underrated, when I worked in beauty PR. It’s made me believe that natural beauty products can be comparable to chemical ones in terms of their effectiveness and the results they bring about, without being harsh on the skin.
My skin type is sensitive/combination and I’ve never been afraid of using oils. When I was beauty intern working my way up in magazines, all the editors openly talked about using oils in their skincare regimes and they had amazing skin, so naturally I always used them too. While nourishing, I never felt any [oils] were as fine or absorbed as well or were as penetrative as jojoba oil. And I’m big fan of serum mixing. Every night I mixx the coQ10 serum with an oil serum and the consistency wears more like a moisturiser.Anti-ageing and hydrating results are visible within a week or two.”