Tried and tested: skin serum

Unlike moisturizer, which only hydrates the top layer of your skin, serum particles are smaller and penetrate deeper into your pores. Serums are typically natural oil- or water-based, and rich in vitamins like A and E vital to healthy skin. Serums are primarily used to fight aging, but can also be used to brighten and firm the skin, treat dark spots or prevent acne. They are also full of antioxidants which can rid the skin of harmful toxins absorbed from pollution in the air.

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum with Antioxidant Complex (1 oz), $50

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This product smells like a rose-filled heaven! One of its key ingredients – Rose Hip Oil – is rich in fatty acids, great for skin elasticity. The Australian-made product is best for protecting and hydrating the skin, and smoothing an uneven complexion.

La Mav Organic Skin Science, Wrinke-Defence & Skin-Brightening Day Fluid (1.7 oz), $AUD39.95

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This licorice-scented “day fluid” is designed to reduce shine in oily to combination skin. It evens skin tone and protects the skin from impurities – from dark spots to fine lines. Not only are La Mav products give you some bang for your buck, but they also don’t test on animals!

Dermalogica, Age smart multivitamin power serum (0.75 oz), $65

dermalogica.comThis serum is ideal for mature or aging skin. It boosts elasticity is rich in vitamins A, C and E. It reduces dullness and the appearance of sun spots and sun-damage. Dermalogica is a developed by the International Dermal Institute and is  free of artificial colors and fragrances.

Images via Jurlique, La Mav and Dermalogica.