Since turning 30 three years ago (making me now 33) my skin has changed radically. I'm now enjoying the hazards of age, heredity and residual sun damage. To be honest, I don't get too wound up over the changing condition of my skin. The main reason I don't sweat it is because I know there's not much I can do to stop it from happening; and there are a lot of fantastic products on the market to help me make the transition.
Serums have begun to play a large role in my skincare routine. I currently use three of them - not all at once! Although serums can be expensive, costing several hundred dollars, I think they're a worthwhile investment - but you know me. I don't use super expensive products, because it's just not necessary. Here's an overview of the two moderately-priced serums that are on heavy rotation in my skincare routine - and the one splurge that makes a special appearance once in a while.
Left to right: Vita Soothe, Peptide Renewal Serum, Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Serum
After meeting the founder of Minneota-based Epitome Skincare at the HAMMS Event last April, I've become a newfound fan of this entire line. There are several standout products, which I'll tell you about another time. But my favorite is the Vita Soothe Serum. ($56) This lightweight serum gives my skin a shot of much-needed hydration while soothing the red, rosacea glow (ha) that I've inherited from my beloved Grandma Kappy. I saw the way rosacea blemished Kappy's soft skin and am determined to treat mine with as much care and vigor as modern skincare will allow.
I use Vita Soothe in the evening, after cleansing and toning my skin. A pea-sized amount from the pump (which I love as far as dispense methods go - not at all messy) goes all over my face. Then I follow up with moisturizer. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is visibly less red and has a nice glow.
The majority of my skincare products are by Mario Badescu, so I was thrilled to see them add a new serum to their line - the Peptide Renewal Serum ($45). As the name would indicate, this serum is packed full of peptides and botanicals that target ultra-dry and mature skin. This stuff is seriously hydrating, and a little goes a long way.
I don't love the packaging - the dropper can be a little messy and it's easy to accidentally dispense more product than I need. But I really enjoy the way this serum feels on my skin, so I can overlook that minor issue. I use this serum in the morning, after toning and before applying a light moisturizer. It instantly smoothes my skin, which helps my foundation and concealer glide on perfectly.
Last but not least is a new addition to my serums. Michael Todd True Organics Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift serum ($150) isn't something that I use everyday. Instead, it pops up during my twice-weekly at-home spa sessions - when I use a face mask and really give my skin special attention. I like that this product claims to be comprised of 70% organic ingredients. The formula is very thin and leaves a sticky residue on my skin, which is why I don't use it before applying makeup. Unlike my everyday serums, I don't see instant results either in skin texture or tone after using this particular serum. But maybe it's one of those products whose results won't be evident until I'm in my 60's.
Clearly, this product is the splurge that I alluded to at the beginning of this post. And honestly, I'm pretty sure I would not own this product if it had not been sent to me due to that pricetag. I'm going to keep using the serum a few times a week, but I really don't think it's a must-have.
That's what I'm using these days - how about you? Is a serum part of your skincare routine?