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Hydrated Skin = Happy Skin : Serums

Welcome back, beautiful people, to part 2 of Hydrated Skin = Happy Skin! This mini series is all about my top skincare picks for hydrated and happy skin through winter.

Part 1 was all about cleansers, and if you haven't read it yet, well you should probably pop on over. Today's post is all about serums and face oils to keep your skin as hydrated as it can be. Serums are probably my favourite way to keep my skin hydrated. Finding the right serum for you can be a real game changer. I have been lucky enough to find a number of fantastic serums that have been doing wonders for my skin lately. 





When I am choosing serums, and oils, I tend to lean to lighter in consistency, basically anything that is hydrating but doesn't leave my face feeling oily and wet and weighed down (it's a fine balance if you ask me). Throughout winter I have been loving Hyaluronic Acid, so anything that has that is a bonus as well.

Serums

Dr Roebuck's Ultimate Hydrating Serum*// This unique Ultimate Hydrating Serum combines the power of our proprietary CNYouth MoleculeTM with natural occurring antioxidants. I love this serum because it is thick, but extremely lightweight and soaks into the skin quickly, so your skin feels hydrated but after a few minutes is almost dry to touch. I love that it is natural too, so there are no harmful ingredients that are going to irritate my skin in the process. The dropper can be a little bit challenging, but I recommend squeezing it outside of the bottle (to empty it) and then continue squeezing while you dip it into the serum, it will pick the serum up much easier that way.

 
Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Intensive Moisture Quenching Bi-Phase Serum* // This is a two phase serum (kind of like a water and oil formula, that you shake to combine). It is as light as water and soaks into your skin so easily. I have been loving this for a quick fix. It isn't as thick as others, so if my skin is particularly dry I might use another, thick serum over the top, but this stuff is fantastic. 

Crop Naturals Antioxidant Facial Serum* // Now this isn't explicitly a hydrating serum, but I have been loving it. It is enriched with Camellia, Rosehip and Pomegrante seeds to leave your skin feeling firmer. However, I have always loved Camellia and Rosehip for hydration and soothing, so this has been a real winner for me. 


Palmers Skin Perfecting Ultra Hydrating Serum // This has honestly been my favourite serum this year. I just finished the bottle and I am so sad. It contains retinol and hyaluronic acid, so it is hydrating but also helps to leave your skin looking even and feeling smooth. I cannot recommend this enough. It is super affordable (especially considering the ingredients), gentle on the skin and so hydrating. Plus, like the others, it is lightweight and immediately soaks into the skin.


Face Oils

I would be lying if I said that serums are the only fix for me through winter. While they definitely help, I always have a face oil on standby for when my skin is just not loving life. 

Farsali Rose Gold Face Elixir // This one is a big favourite of mine because it can be used, mixed in with your foundation. It is hydrating and leaves your skin glowing (with real gold flakes in it, it is just beautiful to look at). I often mix this in with my foundation during winter, to give my skin a boost throughout the day, otherwise my skin can look a little bit flaky come knock off time (and no one wants that).



Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil* // I honestly don't think my skin would survive winter without some Rosehip oil in my life. It is so hydrating and gentle on the skin and is my life saver through winter. I often apply this AND a serum during the evenings, to give my skin that extra hydration boost over night. Added bonus, I find it really helps reduce my spots and acne scarring too.



So those are just a few of my favourite serums and face oils through winter. I'd love to hear your favourites, to see if there are any that I need to try (because, let's face it, I can always do with more hydration through winter). 

If you missed Part 1: Cleansers make sure you check that out. Stay tuned for Part 3 on Thursday, which will be all about my favourite moisturisers and hydrating masks.








*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

24 comments :

  1. Im loving this series. I really want to try Clarins and Palmers ones.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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    1. Glad to hear you're enjoying them! I loveee the Palmers one the most, probably of my favourites! xx

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  2. I've finally gotten into serums over the last year or so and they make such a difference to my skin. That Clarins one looks interesting :)

    Amy // www.thenoiseinwonderland.com

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    1. They honestly do, especially when you find the right one!! xx

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  3. I havent tried any of these serums. I did try a rosehip oil (cant remember the brand) and my skin freaked out and became very sore and red. I mentioned this to a beauty therapist and she felt sure that my reaction wasnt to the rosehip but to the carrier oil. Im now very careful but have found that my skin like jojoba companies Jojoba oil.

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    1. Oh no!! That is awful, hopefully it's not rosehip it's self! I love rosehip so much! xx

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  4. Such a nice compilation of hydrating serums, i love the Clarins bi-phase serum and want to try farsali next.

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    1. I highly recommend farsali! It is amazing! xx

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  5. I've been meaning to try that Palmer's ultra hydrated serum. I've been loving their cleansing oil so its really gotten me interested in the brand and now I'm curious about many of their skincare products.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. It is sooo good and so hydrating! I am such a big fan of it at the moment! xx

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  6. I am OBSESSED with rosehip oil & use it for E V E R Y T H I N G!

    Sharni // A Girl & Grey

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    1. It is the best! I just bought another one because I'm almost out of my current one! xx

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  7. I am a big fan of facial oils and serums...My fav facial oil at the moment is by Pixi beauty. And fav serum - From Nellie Tier....I feel Farsali is quite over hyped and over priced....I dunno if I will ever purchase it....Looking at how expensive it is....In my list - I have Sunday Riley Luna Oil next...

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    1. I have been saving my Farsali one so much, because I love it!! It is very different to anything else I have tried xx

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  8. Loved this post! However, I've never tried any of those products. One of my favorite skincare brands is M&C Naturals. x

    https://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooo I haven't tried that before!! xx

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  9. Love your blog posts always so much information on the products x

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    1. So glad you have been enjoying them!! xx

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  10. Serums are my best friends, its soo light weight and quickly obsorbed by the skin! Thanks for sharing some beautiful products

    Ankita | Beautistaa.com

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    1. They are the best, especially when you find the right one!! xx

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  11. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Farsali and the Palmer's! I've been curious about both, but given my mature skin, will try the Palmer's first!

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    1. I absolutely love the Palmers, I don't think you can go wrong with it!! xx

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