The best new serums to combat irksome dark spots, wrinkles, sagging skin and other visible signs of ageing
Act my age
While the horrors of hormonal acne and clogged pores can hopefully be outrun with the passing years (and a respectable skincare routine), ageing skin is an inevitability that you can't dodge. Relentless in its pursuit — whether it is wrinkles, crow's feet, or sunspots — it spares no one, leaving behind nothing but the still-burning wreckage of your complexion.
Melodramatics aside: it is best to get one's foot through the door when it comes to an anti-aging regime. After all, the punishing passage of time brings about weakened skin reparative abilities, making each attempt at bouncing back more arduous than the last. Fortunately, getting a leg up in the anti-ageing game is made easy with the latest serum innovations in the market. We're talking multi-functions, customised repair, and just about everything under the sun to delay the visible signs of skin maturity.
Below, a list of trailblazing new serums to know about. Take notes.
DRGL Essence Anti-Ageing, $168
A first for DRGL, this innovatory essence also doubles up as a toner, thus eradicating the need for an extra step — and product to restock — in your regimen. If that's not alluring enough, the stimulation of collagen production as well as improvement of blood circulation clinches it, allowing for it to combat your skin's mortality at a cellular level.
Chantecaille Bio-Lifting Serum+, $436.50
It's no secret that constant screen-time can bring about a whole multitude of problems for your complexion. Short of going on a technology strike, opt for products that provide HEV light protection. This one by Chantecaille shields you, on top of moisturising, lifting and firming that precious visage.
Clarins Smart Custom Repair Serum, $115
It is right there in its name: formulated to understand the needs of your skin, this intuitive serum by Clarins provides customised repair with its inimitable blend of natural collagen-boosting ingredients and brightening botanicals. To sum up? Even skin tone, refined texture, and noticeably reduced lines after religious use.
Clé de Peau Beauté Essential Refining Essence, $130
Having attained cult status since its debut in 2013, the Clé de Peau Beauté Essential Refining Essence is now reformulated to deliver on even more benefits than before. Think visibly tightened pores, sebum absorption properties (to prevent that mid-afternoon sheen after a trek to the nearest kopitiam), as well as a refined and glowing complexion, thanks to the moisturising and retexturising ingredients.
Elizabeth Arden Daily Youth Restoring Serum, $169 for 90 capsules
Don't let its compact size fool you — this anti-aging offering from Elizabeth Arden is a triple threat in its own right. In every single capsule, a powerful formula which enhances the skin's barrier function, maintains skin moisture levels, and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum, $128
While there's no doubting the efficacy of retinoids, their side effects tend to put some on edge. Lucky for us, Sunday's Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum provides all the good of said chemical compound without the bad, thanks to the 5% Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, ginger, and prickly pear cactus concoction. The one-of-a-kind serum allows for a refined, clarified and youthful complexion — without flakiness or redness commonly associated with the R word.