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We sat down with SkinCeuticals CEO Leslie Harris to find out more about their cult serums – whether you’re new to the brand or a dedicated fan looking to discover a new favourite, keep scrolling to find out more...
Plus, scroll down to find out Leslie's four golden rules of using serum...
Blemish & Age Defense, £85
BEST FOR: Oily, blemish-prone and ageing skin.
Leslie says: Targeting adult acne, oiliness and visible signs of ageing in one fell swoop, this genius serum is a SkinCeuticals bestseller. Brimming with dioic acid, which helps to regulate oil production, as well as salicylic and glycolic acids, it makes light work of clogged pores and boosts cell renewal for a more radiant glow. It's also ideal for those with acne scarring: clinically proven to reduce the dark marks left behind by acne in just four weeks.
C E Ferulic, £135
BEST FOR: A more youthful-looking, glowier complexion and all-round protection against atmospheric skin ageing (caused by pollution, UV and infrared radiation).
Leslie says: With a whopping 15% vitamin C, 1% vitamin E and 0.5% ferulic acid (a powerhouse combination of antioxidants), this award-winning serum will neutralise free radicals and improve signs of photo-damage, along with firming and brightening your skin. Over the years it really has become the ‘not-so-secret’ secret weapon behind many an A-lister’s glowing complexion.
Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier, £85
BEST FOR: Plumped-up fine lines and a lit-from-within glow.
Leslie says: Hyaluronic acid has become a beauty buzzword in recent years, but applying it topically isn’t always efficient due to its molecular size, which means some formulas can’t be fully absorbed. Unlike others on the market, H.A. Intensifier actually triggers your skin’s natural HA production – studies have shown it can boost the skin’s HA levels by 30% in just four weeks when used twice daily.
Phloretin CF, £150
BEST FOR: A more even skin tone and all-round protection against atmospheric skin ageing (caused by pollution, UV and infrared radiation).
Leslie says: All skincare routines should start with an antioxidant serum in the morning and Phloretin CF is the best option for those with combination or oily skin who are concerned about uneven skin tone. Famed for its ability to both prevent future photodamage and correct existing signs of environmental damage, its collagen-boosting properties will improve skin’s radiance and texture over time.
Phyto Corrective, £55
BEST FOR: Irritated or red skin.
Leslie says: With cucumber to cool and soothe, hyaluronic acid to moisturise as well as anti-inflammatory properties, this oil-free serum is ideal for sensitive skin that’s prone to redness. There’s also a Phyto Corrective mask in the range – use both for supercharged results and a more rested, soothed complexion.
Retexturing Activator, £85
BEST FOR: Uneven skin tone and texture.
Leslie says: This innovative exfoliating and replenishing serum has been clinically tested to surpass the resurfacing results of a daily 20% glycolic acid treatment, whilst helping to reinforce the skin’s barrier for healthier, more radiant looking skin. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and kombuchka, it’s ideal for all skin types.
The 4 golden rules of using serum…
1. Start with the thinnest formula first
If using more than one serum, always start with the thinnest, working up to the thickest. For example, if you use C E Ferulic and a hyaluronic serum, start with C E Ferulic, which is naturally more water-like in texture.
2. It’s all in the application
Either spread the serum into the skin using a circular motion or use a light tapping motion. Both methods will help the serum to penetrate the skin more easily.
3. Know when to use them
Take the time to read the small print on your serum – some are best used during the day (such as antioxidants) and others at night.
4. Always get expert advice
Remember, a serum’s only as good as the advice that goes with it – ensure you buy from authorised stockists and find the formula that’s best suited to your skin type for maximum results.