If you feel like you’re doing all the right things when it comes to skincare, but there’s something missing … something you can’t quite put your finger on then it might be time to introduce a kickass serum to your daily skincare routine. These days every brand and their dog has a serum but how do you know which ones to use and why? Well ladies, it’s your lucky day because not only have we tested out loads of serums to find our top 3 favourite serums but we’ve also got the low-down on why you should be boosting your skincare efforts with these powerful little concoctions.

If you’re thinking that serums are just another ‘thing’ to add to your skincare routine then think again because using a good serum can make the world of difference to your skin. By using a serum, you can intensify the strength and effectiveness of your skin care regime and get the results you want much quicker and with less product. This is because most good quality serums are formulated with a higher concentration of active ingredients. With just a few drops, you can cover your entire face and give your skin a much-needed boost. Serums are particularly great for clients looking for powerful anti-aging effects or intense hydration. I like to add my favourite serums to my moisturiser for an added moisturising effect, but you can also use it as a stand-alone product, without a moisturiser on oily skin.

1. Africology Skin Renewal Serum – for sensitive skin

Africology Skin Renewal Serum

If you’re skin is super sensitive and reaction prone then this is the serum for you. The Africology Skin Renewal Serum is gentle on sensitive skin while still giving you a plumping and firming effect. After a few weeks of using this powerful potion, your skin will feel revitalised and hydrated so it’s great for anti-aging and restoring elasticity. I was also impressed to find out that you can use the serum for aromatherapy when you need to unwind and relax – when you need a moment, simply pour a few drops into your palms and breathe in the therapeutic aroma. For use on your skin simply apply directly to your face, lips, eye area and neck daily or add a few drops to your moisturiser.

*Top Tip: This serum is also great for travelling! If you’re feeling dehydrated after a long flight, then this little bottle will be a lifesaver for your skin. 

Available online from the Africology website or from Africology stores and spas at R690 for 30ml.

2. Dr Babor Derma Cellular Ultimate A16 Concentrate – for anti-aging

Dr babor serum

Babor is well known for its stellar range of serums – no matter what your concern, Babor has a serum to help you combat it – but this new Dr Babor Derma Cellular Ultimate A16 Booster Concentrate is the Rolls Royce of anti-aging serums. The intensive active concentrate has a high-dose of Retinew A16 which helps to stimulate the skin’s renewal processes and leave your skin feeling smoother and looking more youthful. I loved using this serum because it gave my skin a super rosy glow after each use and left my skin feeling hydrated and ready to take on the elements. To apply the product squeeze the contents of the pipette into the palm of your hand and smooth over your face, neck and décolleté. You can then apply your regular moisturizing cream on top.

Available online from the Babor South Africa website or from selected spas at R1800 for 30ml. 

3. Esse Probiotic Serum – a powerful natural alternative

Esse serum

The world’s first live probiotic serum, this new serum from Esse is all about making sure your skin stays healthy. This rather powerful serum contains more than one billion live probiotic microbes per millilitre and helps to equip the skin to rectify imbalances and strengthen barrier function for a firmer, fuller, more resilient skin. It’s suitable for all skin types and is just what you need to help your skin fight any form of stress. I loved this serum because my skin felt like a million bucks after each use. It works best when combining it with the full Esse Plus range but can also be added to your current skin care routine. To use, simply apply a small amount to the skin twice daily before moisturising.

Available from the Wellness Warehouse website and selected spas at R1200 for 30ml.