Into The Gloss
When it comes to your beauty budget, I’ll bet you pony up the most on serum.
Yes, serums are usually a lot more expensive, but they’re also super concentrated (a little goes a long way) and deliver quickly and visibly on their promises–which make them worth that side job you work to pay for your regimen.
However, if you prefer to use only natural ingredients, you might be feeling left out while everybody else raves about how retinol has turned back the clock 20 years. Well there’s no need, my friend. No need. Natural serums are not only matching their traditional counterparts, they’re besting them, and here are four worth moonlighting for:
If your skin is prone to dryness, redness or tends to get sensitive after using potent anti-aging ingredients
Whether you wrestle with pimples, irritated skin, flakes or dryness, fixing your skincare concerns all comes down to remedying one thing: your skin barrier. That’s right, all of these problems manifest because the (ultra-delicate) uppermost layer of your skin is compromised. This happens for a lot of reasons, such as processed diet, stress, urban pollutions and applying harsh, oil-stripping chemicals. This is why nutritionist Kristina Holey and chemist Marie Veronique created a potent serum to maintain — and prevent the loss of — the natural moisture in your skin cells with proven ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA. It doesn’t sound as fancy as your favorite “rosehip oil that was cold-pressed in Chile,” but trust me: getting your barrier back into balance is the key to ending most (if not all) of your skin nightmares. In fact, nurture your barrier before you even think about using other active serums because a weak barrier will expedite aging — no matter what you slather on top of it.
If you want to fight aging and brighten skin with a velvety-oil texture
Sephora shoppers are going nuts over Biossance’s new line — and for good reason; this Berkeley-based company centers their collection on squalane, a natural substance found in human sebum, to replace the amount we lose over time (at about twenty, we start losing squalane, which is responsible for the plump, hydrated look that babies have.) Biossance derives their squalane from sugar cane to ensure it’s environmentally sustainable. The formula is boosted with tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a super-advanced type of vitamin C, and chios crystal oil, which boosts natural collagen production. This serum packs a ton of benefits with minimal ingredients, making it even better if you’ve got sensitive skin.
Speaking of which…
If you’re skin is ultra-sensitive but you don’t want to compromise on fighting damage and wrinkles
A new company, Lily De Mai doesn’t shy away from the concept of “clinical”; that is, they make sure their stuff is 100% safe but they’re open to using scientifically proven ingredients known to visibly transform skin, like tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (an incredibly stable, fat-soluble, ultra-penetrating form of vitamin C), CoEnzyme Q10, ceramides and peptides. This Anti-Ox serum contains ingredients that were all specifically chosen for their remarkable abilities to fight free radical damage and thus, prevent premature aging. But it’s not all stuff from a lab: Red raspberry, rosehip, sea buckthorn and pomegranate oils, to name a few of the more natural ingredients, keep skin healthy and young-looking even when daytime aggressors like pollution and UV rays try to get you looking ten years older.
If you prefer a lightweight, water-based formula over oily texture and are deadly serious about anti-aging
This hard-but-not-impossible-to-find serum is a cocktail of plant-derived squalane, stem cells, peptides and powerful antioxidants like CoQ10, curcuminoids (yes, the substances in turmeric), vitamin C and super-conductive, energizing, monatomic gold and silver to increase cell communication — this means faster repair and regeneration of damaged and aging skin. There are also enzymes from phytoplankton to help fix and prevent DNA damage. If your skin is on the oilier side, ISUN offers Phyto-Infusion II, which is exactly the same thing except it doesn’t contain olive squalane which, in ISUN’s formulations, is better for dryer skin types.