My skin care regimen isn't complete without a brightening serum, and lately my product of choice has been the new Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum ($220). I know it's a hefty price tag, but you get what you pay for. The Tata Harper brand is known for its natural take on beauty, and 55 percent of the elements in this serum are certified organic. You won't find any parabens, phthalates, or other suspicious ingredients on this list — just plant extracts and oils, some of which even come from the Harper family farm. Plus, there aren't any bleaching agents, either, so you know you won't be irritating your complexion with harsh chemicals. But what about the results? This serum isn't watery, and it's thick enough to give you a protective layer in the colder Winter months. The brightening effects will have you smiling back at a more glowing version of yourself in the mirror.
When it comes to healthy ingredients, the fresher the better. Right? Now you can apply that same philosophy to your antiaging skin care routine, too. Philosophy Time in a Bottle ($74) includes a serum that helps keep signs of aging at bay with a special DNA renewal complex, along with a separate vitamin C activator. Once you're ready to starting using your new serum, just pour the vial of potent vitamin C into the main bottle. The benefit of the fresh pour means the vitamin C will remain at its highest potency, so you'll get maximum results. The blend of antioxidant protection from the vitamin C with the DNA repairing ingredients allows for some serious antiaging to happen. Isn't it time you to started becoming a skin-care mixologist?
Two things everyone wants more of: sleep and clearer skin. Even better when you can get both at once. The brainchild of makeup artist Munemi Imai, Mun No.1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum ($95) brings beauty sleep to a whole other realm. Made with prickly pear seed oil, an antioxidant that helps reduce fine lines, skin is left softened, brightened, and protected from damage free radicals can bring. Rose oil lightly scents and rejuvenates a distressed complexion, while argan oil quells redness. This beauty oil blend is lightweight enough to be worn during the day, and creates the perfect base to wear under foundation. It's even gentle enough for those afflicted with acne, like yours truly. Go ahead and set that wake-up alarm a bit ahead; this beauty oil's got some work to do.
You know how you've been looking for that one product that will wrangle your oily skin into submission? Well, it's the Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Serum ($42) you want. No matter how much powder I use, my forehead has reflective properties by noon. But this serum tones it down from oil slick to dewy glow. One pump of this gel includes glycolic and salicylic acids to help clear out pores and essential fatty acids that regulate the amount of oil produced from the start. It's so good at its job that it's replaced primer in my makeup routine. Call it an upgrade.
If you're concerned about both acne and aging (like yours truly), then you'll want to get your hands on Eminence's Red Currant Balancing Concentrate ($58). Made with tea tree oil to prevent pimples and oiliness, this creamy pink serum is also laden with with antioxidants from elderflower, magnolia bark, and red currant. Not only does this mean the complexion is protected from skin-aging free radicals, but it also means you can also kiss your inflammation woes goodbye. While it's hefty enough (yet not heavy) to be worn on its own, you can layer this concentrate under moisturizer if more hydration is needed. If you're all about a simplified skin care routine, it really doesn't get any easier than this.
With unprotected sunning and late nights out in the sultry heat, perhaps you haven't been as kind to your skin as you could have been this Summer. Let Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($62-$92) be your answer to a rejuvenated complexion while you sleep. Can it be any easier than that? Made with hyaluronic acid, the serum leaves skin not only soft and silky, but also subtly plumped up. And a blend of antioxidants help to protect against and neutralize environmental aggressors. Apply on freshly washed skin prior to moisturizing — you'll love the fresh, astringent scent — and let this potent potion do its thing while you're off to slumberland.
Free of parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, and silicone, the eco-friendly serum smells like a dream. It's fresh, clean, and uplifting thanks in part to essential oils such as ylang ylang and neroli. Most of all, it's a multitasker, quelling redness as it brightens the skin, leaving the complexion nice and plumped up — but not oily. Argan oil (aka liquid gold) helps fight free radicals, while palmarosa helps ward off minor infections. You can't go wrong with this one. Besides, how often does one really get a chance to strike gold?
Touted as an antiaging moisturizer and foundation primer, this dual-branded prepper is perfect for those who love multitasking products. Its texture and look is similar to a white facial sunscreen, with a bit more of a satiny, rich feel. Because of this, the Serum Primer doesn't sit atop of the skin like many other primers, but soaks in. A little amount will also go a long way, taking some of the sting out of a $14 price tag. To find out the rest of the review, just keep reading.
Reader Humsoutloud has tried just about everything to help calm her sensitive skin. Upon discovering Origins Dr. Weil Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Serum ($110), she is now hooked for life. Here's what she had to say about this product:
I know people say they have tried every product, but I literally have — from the doctor to organic to high-end. My skin will break out if anything but water touches it, and I have blotchy patches and lines already. (I'm really young.) I read reviews of this product all over the internet so I decided to try it. This is the first time in six years that my skin looks beautiful! I'm not wearing any makeup because my skin looks like it's glowing and even. Seriously, it is worth every penny, and it lasts a really long time. I look my age again, and there is nothing "bad" in this product (sulfates, etc.).
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