Friday, October 26, 2012

Serum Smack Down

Serum is unquestionably the current buzz word in the beauty and skin care community. Marketed as vials of miracle liquid that can give your skin a more concentrated, deeper dose of the things it needs to moisturize, stop acne, prevent aging and the list goes on, these products come with a high price tag. Unfortunately when I declared 2012 the year of skin care for Getting Cheeky that apparently meant that I'd fall down the serum rabbit hole.

Over the past several months I've sampled, purchased and returned several different serums. As I haven't posted about many of these products on their own, I thought I'd compare notes. As a reminder, I have almost clinically dry eczema prone skin. Though prevention of wrinkles and early signs of aging are always in the back of my mind, my main focus at this point is moisture, moisture, moisture.

REN Rose O12 Moisture Defense Serum USD $80/1.02 oz
The most expensive out of the group, REN's Rose O12 Moisture Defense Serum is what I would call "the big guns." Even at this time of year the thickness of this serum isn't necessary on a day-to-day basis. However, I live in an incredibly icy climate. When the temperature plummets and my skin feels raw and chapped no matter what I do I have no doubt that this thick, well-formulated moisture boosting product will be my go-to production. 

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster USD $30.00/1 oz
Indeed Labs Hydraluron was made popular by the amazing skin care guru, Caroline Hirons. When her high praise about the product fueled initial buzz about the product I was able to order from the Walgreen's website: unfortunately the product is no longer for purchase online and it's become increasingly difficult to track down state side (Boots carries Hydraluron in the UK). Availability issues aside, this product is as incredible as they say. As the name would imply Hydraluron delivers a high dose of hyaluronic acid (something present in high amounts in young skin). When applied and paired with a moisturizer on top I'm left with incredibly soft, plump skin. And dry patches? You can kiss them goodbye!

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate USD $46.00/1 oz
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is aimed at regenerating and repairing the skin at night while one sleeps to promote healthy, restored skin come morning. Though I like this serum and feel as though my skin looks bright when I wake up the morning after applying Midnight Recovery Concentrate, the results are not noticeable enough to justify repurchasing when this bottle is down to its last drop. 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair USD $55.00/ 1 oz
Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair was a learning experience for me. Though this product is the subject of many rave reviews it just doesn't do anything for me. At least, nothing noticeable. I hear stories of women who swear by this serum and look fifteen years younger than their age. Ultimately Advanced Night Repair is aimed at reducing the signs of damage and promoting the skin's ability to repair itself. Perhaps I'm just not using the serum correctly?

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum USD $48.00/ 1 oz
Of all the serums I've purchased and played with, Caudalie's Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum has to be my favorite. The product is easily accessible, relatively affordable in comparison to many of the serums on the market and incredibly effective. When I apply this product (whether under makeup or before I sleep) it's as though I've delivered a dose of the best cream moisturizer money can buy to my skin. Caudalie's wonder serum leaves my skin looking moisturized, refreshed, plump and glowing. I will certainly repurchase ... I can't be without this!

I must admit that despite the many trials and tribulations of testing serums I'm still interested in the NARS skin care range for its brightening properties. The newly reformulated NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate, for one, is singing a siren song to me.

What are your all time favorite serums?