I have tested many serums and indeed a serum treatment hybrid at one time, but there are a few which I can rely on to ensure my skin is too ravaged by the seasonal transition to autumn. I have dry and dehydrated skin, which likes to play up whenever the seasons change. I can experience redness, tightness, flakiness, and even itchiness from a lack of oil and water in my skin – on my face and body. I know, I’m very lucky like that.
So I need some reliable products that will make sure that my skin can be its least worse at these trying times. In my experience, serums are not a one night wonder, for that you would have more luck with a mask, but serum is great for tackling specific skin concerns as part of your daily routine. When it comes to finding a good serum for my dehydration, I am looking for humectants such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid in the ingredients, as these are super effective at attracting and retaining water in the dermis.
Here my current favourite serums for preparing for autumn, when my skin gets more dehydrated than usual:
- Darphin Hydraskin (£43 for 30ml). Ever have uncomfortably tight and dehydrated skin when the months get colder? Try this pale blue, featherlight, oil-free serum from Darphin – it always provides instant and lasting relief to any tightness that I get in winter. Also, this absorbs instantly, ready for any moisturiser to go on top without any nasty bobbling.
- Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Concentrate (£31 for 30ml). Brilliantly hydrating and plumping, sinks in really well and comes in handy ampules which are great for travelling. I find a dose of this about the size of a five pence piece will cover my face and neck when patted in, and leave me with a comfortable complexion. This amazing pharmacy product does not layer with oils though as it leads to bobbling, so only use this under moisturising creams rather than oil treatments.
- Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex* (£43 for 30ml). The best all rounder serum that there is, in my opinion. I can rely on Advance Night Repair to give me healthy looking, plumper skin whenever I use it and every time I pass through Duty Free, I’m always hunting down the special 100ml bottle of this amazing serum. I use four drops of this morning and evening underneath moisturiser, but this also layers very well with other serums such as the Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Retexturizing Serum Concentrate or the Astalift Aquarysta Concentrate (sadly discontinued in Europe). If I stop using this serum in my routine, it becomes especially noticeable as it is also good at brightening and evening my skin tone. A great investment.
So what are your favourite serums to tackle dehydration? I’d love to hear your recommendations too.
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