Beauty: We try out the ten best skin serums for readers
Find a hard-working treatment to tackle dryness, dullness, breakouts and ageing. By Pippa Bailey.
1. Clinique Turnaround Revitalising Serum: £38 for 30ml
I'm not sure I've ever loved a product on first use as much as I did with this. It leaves skin bright, fresh and so soft and even-textured that I couldn't stop touching my face. Great for general skin texture and radiance.
2. Estee Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Serum:£45 for 30ml
If oily skin and breakouts are your problem, this uses salicylic acid and witch hazel to get to potential spots and deal with them before they come to the surface. It leaves a beautiful matte finish and our tester saw a considerable reduction in spots after two weeks. If your skin is only oily/spotty in patches, it can be drying when used over the whole face, so you may prefer to use it on problem areas only.
3. Lancome Advanced Genifique Serum: £59 for 30ml
One of the pricier serums, this leaves skin radiant, smooth, plumped and glowing. The reviews online speak for themselves. We also love the clever dropper, which dispenses exactly the right amount of product.
4. Indeed Labs Hydraluron Serum: £16.66 for 30ml, Boots
Hydraluron contains a pure form of hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that holds 1,000 times its weight in water and is therefore an absolute essential for dry, patchy skin (though everyone could benefit from this in the winter months). At £24.99 it would be a bargain, but it's often on discount in Boots so there's really no excuse not to.
5. Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence: £59.50 for 30ml
Our tester found that this serum made a difference to her dry skin within a couple of days and eventually that it was so hydrating that she didn't need to use night cream anymore. It clears up dry patches and smoothes the skin texture, leaving a great base for make-up and stopping it becoming flaky as the day wears on.
6. Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum: £32 for 30ml
If your skin is dull, rough and leaving you looking older than you are, Origins Original Skin is an excellent, natural choice for retexturing, fading flaws and giving you your glow back. Our tester found it left her skin feeling fresh and bright. She also has super-sensitive skin but didn't have any problems with it.
7. Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase: £44 for 30ml
Another favourite for hydration, Clarins' HydraQuench is a brilliant fix for seriously dehydrated skin in need of some TLC. It is a light, 'wet' formula and soaks into the skin as soon as it is applied. Our tester saw great results after two weeks of use.
8. REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil: £25 for 30ml, REN Skincare
This delivers great results for a mid-range price point. It is different from many of the serums we tested in that it is oil-based, which makes it rich and feel very nourishing.
9. Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster: £45 for 30ml
An excellent cocktail of ingredients that help to repair and replenish the skin's barrier and maintain its natural balance, actually delivering on its name. Our tester - an air stewardess - found the serum went a long way to keeping skin nourished and hydrated during frequent flights.
10. Balance Me Congested Skin Serum: £16 for 15ml, Birchbox
This light serum fights brewing breakouts, soothes redness and helps to balance oily skin without stripping it of moisture - and all that in a product with 99% natural ingredients. Our tester found that it "manages to leave spots less inflamed without drying out and has actually made a noticeable difference" to her skin.
Clinique's Turnaround Revitalising Serum gets the top spot for impressive results at a reasonable price point. But at the lower end of the budget Indeed Labs Hydraluron is a worthwhile addition to your skincare routine.