If undisturbed, my evening skincare routine takes me approximately 5-7 minutes, getting through all 5 steps.
Step 4 Moisture: Serum
From summer skin to winter skin
I rarely use serums during the summer months (approximately May to August), as my skin isn’t that dry but more oily during the warm weather.
So during the summer I only apply a moisturizer, without SPF, (obviously, no need for that, when I’m sleeping) as step four of my evening skincare routine.
However, when the weather changes, becomes cold and dry, my skin gets dry and I get flaky patches around my nose and on my cheeks. This is where I reach for a serum for an extra moisture boost.
Love at first serum
Thus fare, I’ve “only” tried four serums. Nonetheless, my first ever serum is still my favorite of them all. It’s the REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil – Oh, dear!
The thought of applying an oil to my skin for moisture, was at first a little contradictory in my head. I thought that oils equals greasiness and not particularly moisturizing. However, this serum has fast become my stable skin rescue for my dry winter skin. Often I use on it’s own, without topping with a moisturizer. And it gives my skin a beau-ti-ful glow (not greasiness) the next day. The bottle is almost empty, so I’ve already repurchased a new one. Better safe than sorry.
SERUMS TAILORED FOR REDNESS
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Serum* and Avène Antirougeurs FORT Concentrate are both targeted for people with redness and sensitive skin.
The Avène Antirougeurs FORT Concentrate was a Lisa Eldridge-induced purchase, as she uses it on models and clients with redness in their skin. So I’m a true victim of product advocacy! *makes notes on my to do-list, to write a blog post about product advocacy*.
I don’t think it is an actual serum, nevertheless, I use it as such. I only apply on my red areas, around my nose and on my cheeks. Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t reduced any of my redness, as it is not a medical drug (my thoughts on products marketed for rosacea will come in a future blog post), and I wouldn’t expect it to do so, either. However, it’s a tad too tacky for me, so I don’t use it on a daily basis.
The Rosaliac AR Intense Serum* from La Roche-Posay, has an orange hue to it and a gel-like texture. I apply it only onto my red areas.
On their Danish website they claim it 1) Reduces local redness 2) Instantly soothing effect and 3) Evens out skintone. Well, it has done none of the above for my skin, and I’ve been using it for 3 months straight, now. But again, I wouldn’t expect it to. However, it doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and it gives a really rich moisture to my skin.
And that’s a success criterion for a serum, in my opinion!
Are you into serums? If so, which ones do you prefer?
I have contacted La Roche-Posay and on my request, they have send me the Rosaliac AR Intense Serum. I am not obligated nor paid to mention it on my blog or any other of my social media platforms. It is my choice to show this product, as it is a part of my daily skincare routine.