Skincare Serums You Need to Try in Your Beauty Routine

Long wait is over! Welcome to another #skincaresaturday, today on #saltycollective Melissa is talking about skincare serums that you need to try!

I’m sure summer weather is in full effect in all the states, so your skin is probably going through some stuff.  Being inside all day and suffering from dryness from constant AC exposure, to going outside and experiencing humidity, sun exposure, etc.  With all that being said, please don’t switch up your skin routine drastically!  If anything, the one thing that I switch out during the hotter more humid months is the type of moisturizer I use.  I will use a more mattifying moisturizer for day and during night, I’ll use moisturizers with a more gel-like texture.  But everything else stays the same, and that includes skincare SERUMS

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These are such an essential step in your skincare routine, and can be used for both day and night (even though some say night in the name).  I would say unless the product specifically says to use only for nighttime, there is nothing wrong with using it for both day and night.  Some things that are not normally recommended for day is retinol skincare serums/creams/etc.  This is usually because it makes your skin vulnerable to sun exposure. 

The most important thing is to learn what works for you and your skin.  It’s all a learning process and honestly sometimes during the day your skin may stay more moisturized because of the warmer weather, so maybe you want to focus more on vitamin C and all purpose skincare serums.  Then at night, you want to make sure your skin is staying hydrated and repairing itself and recovering from all of that sun exposure.  That’s where hyaluronic acid and vitamin C play a role.  Then slap some advanced night repair to cap it all off, then some moisturizer or night cream and then BAM some facial oil and your nighttime skincare routine is complete! ☺ Happy Reading!

Below are some great options for skincare serums you in need your routine right now:

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair ($72)

I’m telling you, there’s a reason why I continue to recommend this product.  I honestly believe it’s the reason why my skin has stayed in such good shape over the years.  It is THE best skincare serum out there but you’re not limited to one serum, I use an average of two every night so definitely don’t be afraid to mix it up. 

Reference my first and SECOND post about the night repair serum here.  But for those of you newcomers, I’ll wrap it up real quick for you.  This is definitely a popular item and my devoted followers (I know, a girl can dream) and majority of mothers/fathers/parental figures out there, can attest that the claaaaaaasic brown Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair bottle is worth the price!  It helps with fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, dullness and uneven texture.  If you are a Beauty Insider with Sephora, they’re offering a sample of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair for 250 rewards points!

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The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum ($12)

The Inkey List is a fairly new brand on the skincare scene, it came about around April of 2019 and has gained popularity due to its affordable price range as well as high performing products.  It’s popular in Europe and is said to rival The Ordinary, which is also another popular affordable skincare brand.  I haven’t checked out anything from The Ordinary but I definitely have it on my list of things to purchase.  Alright, back to The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum now that you got some background on the company. 

Out of all the skincare serums, I purchase The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum because I felt like my skin needed some extra hydration from time to time and I go back and forth on using this during the day, but definitely at night when my skin starts to fill dull and dehydrated.  The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum has two percent hyaluronic acid to help hydrate your skin which leaves it smoother and plumper.  Obviously the benefits of hyaluronic acid are fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, uneven texture and dryness. But what makes The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum so great is that it has two percent hyaluronic acid and also Matrixyl 3000™ which is a peptide that supports natural collagen production which helps keep yo skin plump AF. 

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum is a lightweight liquid that I apply after my toner/essence which is great because it’s capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water that will hydrate different layers of your skin. The Inkey List is a cruelty free brand and also a Clean skincare brand, which is awesome.  The one downside to this product is the packaging.  I guess I’m used to serums coming in some type of doppler bottle for dispense, but this bottle type makes it hard for me to dispense a controlled amount on to my hands.  I can’t complain since I’ll just use the leftover for my neck and back of my hands (honey tip: always do this with leftover products!).  But then again, I guess that’s why The Inkey List can be so affordable because of it’s minimal packaging, which I won’t complain too much because it keeps it in the affordable range.

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Laniege Glowy Makeup Serum ($32)

You all know my love for Laniege, Korean skincare brand that Chloe Kim endorses (no big deal), duh! While this isn’t necessarily a skincare serum and markets itself as a Glowy Makeup Serum, it is actually dual purpose.  The Laniege Glowy Makeup Serum can be used as a makeup primer or just as a serum that’s lightweight, hydrating and keeps your oiliness in check for a visibly smooth complexion and longer-lasting makeup wear.  I use this at the end of my daytime skincare routine so I can seal in all the other products and have a primer ready to go. 

The Laniege Glowy Makeup Serum is made with diamond mineral powder, I mean come on.  Rihanna vibes right now… shine bright like a diamond, shine bright like a diamond.  I mean legit real diamond mineral powder that helps create a visibly translucent glow and smooth your skin’s appearance.  The Laniege Glowy Makeup Serum also has ceramide hydration gel that helps deliver and lock in moisture for an even balance and almost mattifying effect.  But not chalky mattifying, which makes this great as a last step serum to lock in all the other products.  You get that mattifying moisture lock in and a translucent glow for those no makeup days. Lastly, the Laniege Glowy Makeup Serum has Light Fit Prep Technology that adheres to your skin and BAM there it is, that primer function that helps extend your makeup wear.  One serum, two benefits for just $32.  But you still shinin, shinin, shinin, shinin, yeahhhhhh (Beyonce anyone?)

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment with Ferment2 + Vitamin C ($156)

I guess Estee Lauder is going to make two appearances on today’s post, but I guess that’s why it’s such a powerhouse company.  FUN FACT: Did you know Estee Lauder owns Jo Malone London, Dr. Jart, MAC, Glam Glow, La FREAKIN Mer, so yeah this brand is legit and the beauty is, they don’t stray away from what they know.  All things beauty. 

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Crystal actually introduced me to this product and I had seen it before, but she was like GURRRRLLL this shit is legit. So, I obviously had to check it out and for once, I felt behind the power curve on this product since it’s normally me telling her what to cop.  The Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment with Ferment2 + Vitamin C, whoa that’s a long ass name, is a serum that rapidly brightens the look of skin and targets the appearance of multiple types of spots and uneven skin tone. 

With all the sun exposure I get in Hawaii, I always get nervous about dark spots and rather than spending hundreds of money on peels and laser treatments later in my life, I figured if I started incorporating Vitamin C now, it’ll help deter any potential spots and help lighten the few that I have.  I’m Korean and my mom is constantly reminding me how bad dark spots are and when I get older, it’ll only get worse.  So that’s where the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment with Ferment2 + Vitamin C comes in.  This stuff is a fast-absorbing formula and helps not only brighten and hydrate for up to 48 hours, but helps visibly smooth your skin’s texture and enhances your glow.  Now this long ass name, well it really addresses all the ingredients in the product itself.  Vitamin C helps brighten and promote a youthful appearance while the Ferment2 helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and improve your skin’s clarity.  This stuff is oil-free and gentle for use on all skin types, so buh-bye dark spots… seeya!

Let me know if you use any of these skincare serums and let me know what you think!


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