It’s old but oh-so-true wisdom that prevention is ALWAYS better than the cure, and this is especially true when it comes to skincare. Forward planning is the key to future-proofing your face and if there’s one product you need in your anti-ageing arsenal, it’s a super dooper facial serum. (Full disclosure: I have four on rotation… but even one’s an excellent start!)
So, what exactly does a serum do?
Serums can work all manner of magic on your skin: reducing UV damage, stimulating collagen production for a firm, youthful complexion, visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping prevent signs of ageing, fighting blemishes, smoothing the skin and imparting radiance… And that’s just for starters.
The big pro of serums is that they can penetrate deeper than your regular moisturiser and contain a higher concentration of active ingredients, ie the things bully your pesky skin into submission.
What a serum is not.
A serum should not replace your moisturiser as they typically have a lower moisturisation factor. They are designed for application under moisturiser and add a bit of extra oomph to your skincare regime. They are also not a sunscreen, which remains the number one anti-ager you should invest in!
Which do I choose?
An age-preventing serum is always a good idea, and one we’re loving right now is from one of the most recognised skin and beauty care brands in the world. Yup, the clever cookies at Nivea have the anti-ageing game sewn up with their innovative Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls.
Pearls Get the Girls
The first product to harness revolutionary pearl technology at an affordable price point (hurrah!), Nivea’s Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls are formulated with three hard-hitting anti-ageing ingredients: moisture-retaining superstar Hyaluronic Acid, plus Coenzyme Q10 and Creatine – powerful, energising actives found in young skin that sadly diminish as we age, affecting the skin’s ability to regenerate (aka stay smooth and wrinkle-free).
When you squeeze the product the pearls burst and mix with the gel, ready to be applied and absorb deep into the skin. This clever technology means that the ingredients are freshly activated before each and every use for maximum benefit to the skin. Clever, no?
How Do I Use A Facial Serum
One of the most important things to note is that a little serum goes a looooong way and to not overuse the product. You only need to use about a pea-sized amount of serum or you’ll end up flushing it down the drain. Seriously.
You’ll be receiving a sample of Nivea’s Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls this month (woot!) and, while it may seem kinda small at first, I can assure you size really doesn’t matter and you’ll get a good 4-5 uses from the sample. I gave it a go and let’s just say this little guy shut my inner sizeist sceptic down and impressed the heck out of me!
When you squeeze your sample, the pearls will burst and mix with the gel. Work the product into a smooth, silky gel, then apply to the entire face, or just where you are feeling a little dry or dull, such as the forehead or around the eyes.
Then simply slap on your moisturiser and foundation (with SPF!) and you’re good to go. Your skin will look smooth and radiant, your makeup will stay put, and your serum will work double time to keep you looking younger longer.