Powerful serums that look identical — but do completely different things for the skin: Vintner’s Daughter, Mimi Luzon, Root Science, etc

Powerful serums that look identical — but do completely different things for the skin: Vintner’s Daughter, Mimi Luzon, Root Science, etc

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Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @rootscience

The skincare industry of today is a vastly different in comparison to three years ago. These days, fancy, newfangled flacons are swapped out in favour of clear, apothecary style bottles; ingredients nobody can pronounce (aka unnecessary chemicals) are dismissed for clean, natural formulas that don't compromise on efficacy; plastic packaging is eschewed as recycled materials and glass take precedence.

A simplicity and minimalism takeover? It seems so. An awareness of the destruction substances such as parabens, sulfates, and fragrances can bring forth to skin has dramatically changed many a mindset within the community, with the industry following suit. It comes as no surprise, then, that the hyped skincare products of today bears similar characteristics, whether that translates to packaging and or ingredient of choice.

Below, the five game changing serums that bear an eerie resemblance to each other, but do dramatically different things for your complexion. Favoured by the Hollywood set, you'll be hearing of these bad boys soon — if you haven't already yet, that is. Stay above the curve...

Best all-in-one serum: Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

A desert island product that solves a myriad of skin issues, the Botanical Serum is a multifunctional powerhouse of brightening vitamins, balancing minerals, and free-radical fighting antioxidants. They ensure that skin is renewed, repaired, and protected as it delivers luminosity and evenness. In short? This is your liquid exfoliator, sunscreen, and serum encased in a single bottle. No wonder A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracee Ellis Ross are in on it.


Best anti-ageing serum: Mimi Luzon De No Age Recharge Serum

Skin regeneration and rejuvenation remain the focus of Mimi Luzon's offering, with her Recharge Serum working to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tones. The star ingredient, rare Swiss apple, also preserves the longevity of skin stem cells, leading to smoother, brighter skin with sustained use — all of which catapult it to holy grail status; at least according to Victoria's Secret model Devon Windsor.


Best skin-soothing serum: Prager Skincare Antioxidant Serum

Britain's Botox guru (aka Dr. Michael Prager) has taken his numerous years of experience dealing with celebrity complexions to develop Prager skincare, an anti-pollution skincare line dedicated to city slickers. The Antioxidant Serum is of no exception. It bursts with ascorbic and ferulic acids meant to take care of irritation and redness instantaneously, while sodium hyaluronate delivers on long-lasting plumpness for the complexion — perfect for temperamental skin that often resurfaces while traveling.


Best acne-fighting serum: Angela Cagila Detox Serum

Excess oil, pollution and toxins are drawn out of congested pores with this serum's winning formulation comprising tea tree oil, hyaluronic acid, and meadowfoam seed oil. It doesn't end there either — this potent elixir, suitable for all skin conditions including the oily, also ensures that moisture stays locked in and the skin is shielded from further environmental damage. Reasonably priced, your credit card won't suffer either.


Best radiance-boosting serum: Root Science Youth Preservation Organic Botanical Serum

Earning a prestigious spot in Kourtney Kardashian's skincare routine, this bad boy from Root Science comes packed with powerful botanicals such as rosehip seed oil and prickly pear seed oil that promote your complexion's natural glow. Skin will also be clarified and deeply moisturised thanks to its advanced formula which supposedly contains the purest and most efficacious form of plant oil available.