Saturday 18 November 2017

Want to know the secret to radiant skin . . .

They're the hard-working superheroes of the skincare world. Packed with nutrients and vitamins, serums help to fade dark spots, plump up skin and soothe irritation. And they enable moisturisers to work more effectively. We put three of the latest offerings to the test.

Vital C, €59 u available from Renew Clinic, 30 Lower Hatch Sreet, Dublin 2

Vital C, the new daily hydrating serum from Image Skincare, is a joy to use.

You can tell it's packed full of oil-soluble vitamin C because it smells so citrusy -- like Fanta, but in a good way. It sinks into your skin in seconds and feels very soothing.

After 10 days of use, my skin felt hydrated and smooth. Vital C also helps acne, redness and is said to combat ageing.

I can't promise that you'll look younger, but you can expect to see a new healthy glow after daily use.

Origins Plantscription, anti-aging serum, €62

Used over four weeks, morning and night, this didn't disappoint.

My whole face and neck area felt firmer, with a more even texture and appearance, particularly around the eyes.

There was, though, little noticeable difference to the creases around my mouth. Applied under my usual moisturiser and make-up in the mornings, it felt like a primer, holding everything in place without the need to touch up.

Waking up the next day, after applying to cleansed skin the evening before, my face and neck felt smooth and plump to the touch. The serum is pleasantly lightly scented, non-oily and absorbs quickly -- and a little goes a long way. As a mature woman, with fairly dry skin, I'd certainly continue to use it.

Olay 3 Point Super Serum, €41.99

This serum from Olay's popular Regenerist range promises to dramatically firm the face, neck and decolletage with twice-daily usage.

It's rich in ingredients which boost collagen -- the key to plumper, tighter skin.

It has a silky texture, a light appealing fragrance and is absorbed really easily, making it perfect for wearing underneath other products. My skin tends to be dry and this cream instantly soothed it, and even after a couple of applications felt smoother.

As for long-term age-defying results, I can't say I saw a huge difference but I'd happily buy it again for its more immediate benefits.

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