Before zeroing in on yet another product that will occupy space on your beauty shelf, it's always worth giving thought to the concerns you'd like to address and your own skin type.
Even if you're the proud owner of several serums, there's a chance you might not be 100 per cent sure of what they do. In your defence, they can be somewhat vague... just think of the contradictions: they can be moisturising, but you're encouraged to still use a moisturiser. They can be oily, but they're not necessarily a face oil. Watery? A little, but definitely not a toner.
Despite their ambiguity, serums are some of the most efficient and potent products in our routines, delivering a high concentration of powerful active ingredients directly to the skin. They are particularly suited to targeting specific skincare concerns at source.
Whether it's a serum to help with dehydration and fine lines, to improve dullness and uneven tone or to leave ageing skin looking firmer and smoother, La Roche-Posay's offering is recommended by dermatologists worldwide thanks to its ultra-gentle approach to, well, products that really work.
Still unsure which La Roche-Posay serum is for you? Scroll on to find out.
For Re-Plumping and Hydration:
HYALU B5 SERUM
A hero product in the La Roche-Posay range, if your concerns are mainly around dryness and signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, this intensely hydrating serum could really help.
Formulated with two different-sized molecules of hyaluronic acid, HYALU B5 SERUM works to restore plumpness and reduce the appearance of dehydration and fine line.
The serum is also enriched with Vitamin B5 and Madecassoside to help repair the skin’s protective barrier function and hydrate skin for up to 24 hours.
How To Use: HYALU B5 SERUM can be applied both morning and night, is suitable for all skin types (yes, even oil-prone skin needs moisture) and is a great starter serum for those looking to add some actives into their routine.
For Dullness and Uneven Tone:
VITAMIN C10 SERUM
Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a much-lauded ingredient in the skincare world, and for good reason. With a 10 per cent concentration of vitamin C, this formula packs a powerful punch whilst still maintaining its suitability for sensitive skins.
Salicylic acid and Neurosensine in the formula helps to exfoliate away dead skin on the surface and boost the skin's radiance.
How To Use: With a fresh, non-greasy texture, Vitamin C10 Serum is suitable for daily use. Apply one pipette to a cleansed face and neck in the morning. When using vitamin C, it is important to follow with broad-spectrum protection such as Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF 50 during the day to help prevent photodamage.
To fight the visible signs of ageing:
RETINOL B3 SERUM
Retinol is – without question – the all-star ingredient for fighting signs of ageing. First developed as a treatment for acne, it wasn't long before those in the industry realised it could also be used to combat common signs of ageing and encourage skin cell renewal.
Trust La Roche-Posay and its line-up of brilliant sensitive-leaning skincare, to come up trumps with this formulation, ideal for those who have yet to find their perfect retinol or are first time users.
Featuring a clever combination of pure and slow-release retinol, RETINOL B3 SERUM is clinically proven to help improve the appearance of skin and fight visible signs of ageing.
How To Use: With retinol, it's about playing the long game. Start slow and build up a tolerance, applying it every other night to see revitalising results. As retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight can actually decrease the efficacy of the product, it's a product best used at night and an SPF should always be applied the following morning.
La Roche-Posay's Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF 50 is the perfect addition to your routine when using actives as it offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a lightweight fluid formula.