Sunday 17 June 2018


Top five anti-ageing serums for dry to combination skin

I usually have quite a few serums in a rotation to allow to treat the skin when and where it needs quickly and effectively. Be that dehydration, lacklustre complexion, enlarged pores, fight against air-pollution and more, there’s a serum that will allow your skin to be the best it can be. Here are the five hard at work formulas my skin have been indulging in lately.

Dr Roebucks Protect & Prevent Serum*, now with new name Anti-Pollution Serumupdated formula and new lush packaging launched recently at SpaceNK combines the powers of niacinamide, powerful antioxidants such as quinic acid ester, blueberries derived extracts which suppress signs of ‘stressed skin ageing’, fight free radicals and prevent future damage. The formula also boosts the powers of vitamin C, aloe vera, retinol, lecithin, creatine and carnosine to promote healthy cell turnover, boost sun protection and deeply hydrate. Almost sticky water-gel formula sinks in quickly and boosts the power of moisturiser. Due to retinol in its midst, please don’t skip SPF when using it.

Dr Roebuck's serums fights pollution like no other

Cheap but powerful anti-ageing magic from The Ordinary

If signs of ageing are a real concern and you're on a budget, try The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA! Priced at less than £10 it truly delivers! Combining the powers of Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe 6 on a watery base of ultra-hydrating Hyaluronic Acid it stimulates the collagen production and actively fights the appearance of both static and dynamic lines. I usually use it alone in the morning or add a couple of drops to other serums in the evening. If you’re after a cheap yet powerful anti-ageing serum, you’re in a right place.

Verso Hydration Serum with Niacinamide* brings a luxurious simplicity to a skincare routine. A simple formula featuring Nordic lipids, oats kernel oils and niacinamide offers immense hydration which works at repairing the existing skin damage but also creates a strong barrier against the future environmental damage. A formula is light, water gel-like and sinks in quickly leaving skin little sticky. Perfect to layer under a light moisturiser for daytime. I think it would suit most skin types, it doesn’t block pores yet offers deep hydration that all skin types need. Yes it is pricey and at £79 won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re into your luxury skincare, it’s worth looking into.  

Ultimate hydration from Verso

Forget pores with Your Good Skin

My skin changes from dry through normal to combination depending on the weather, hormones and other factors, so I always have that one serum that fights enlarged pores and general congestion. Drugstore favourite as of late is the new Boots own brand Your Good Skin Balancing Skin Concentrate* that claims to repair all signs of imbalance in 28 days. It’s a strong claim and perhaps you’d have to use it for 4 weeks alone with only well-known formulas, but I really enjoy it on my oilier days. Light cream-like formula sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave the film on the skin. It almost looks matte, yet it isn’t drying. Not nourishing enough for dry types, this would be perfect for combination to oily skin as it targets discolouration, enlarged pores and sebum production. At less than £17 it won’t also break the bank. If you’re 30-60 years old and more oily, I’d mix it with Matrixyl & vitamin C based serum for maximum anti-ageing benefits. 

Last but certainly not least, my current holy grail the Caudalie VineActiv Glow Activating Anyi-Wrinkle Serum* does it all for me. Light watery cream formula offers such hydration and illumination as no other. Enriched with hyaluronic acid & squalane to deeply hydrate and vitamin C to help repair and prevent pollution and sun damage as well as patented anti-cell burn-out complex which claims to restore old cells, it’s a glow in the bottle kinda magic! I love it in the morning and at night as it truly works wonders with instant results. Dehydrated skin wonder child ensures you’ll never find your skin dry and dull. I honestly can’t praise it enough and at £36 for a 30ml bottle with an air-tight pump, it sits firmly in the mid-range skincare. I use only 1-2 pumps of the product in one go, so the bottle will hopefully last a while. 

Activate your glow with Caudalie VineActiv

Supercharge your skincare with hard at work serums

A serum is such an important step in any skincare routine so choose it well. Your skin is such a great tool, so if you learn to listen to its needs it’ll often tell you what works and what doesn’t quite quickly. Learn it, listen to it and you’ll soon find yourself with a glowing & healthy complexion not only you notice. 

Thank You For Reading,

Products marked with * have been gifted for a review consideration, others have been purchased by me, links used in this posts are affiliate. What it means is that I receive a teeny tiny commission for any sale made through the link. I do not receive a commission for clicks alone. This does not influence my opinion in any way. I’ll always relay my unbiased thoughts to my readers.


  1. I am testing that Dr. Roebuck's serum but I honestly don't see or feel like it's doing anything from my skin. :-(

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    1. Oh no, sorry to hear it hasn’t worked for you! I’ve tried all their serums and love two out of three which is brilliant :) thank god as they aren’t the cheapest either x

  2. I do refer the Buffet one over the Matrixyl one, but I agree with you on Serums: They are so important in your routine.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    1. I can’t use Buffet anymore! It works so great but it makes me all furry on the face lol x

  3. I'm with Anne in preferring the Buffet over Matrixyl. But I do find the Matrixyl to be very effective for fine lines around the eye area. I had a sample of the one from Caudalie which I loved! I must try the one from Your Good Skin as my local Boots stock it. Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

    1. I love the Caudalie one and I agree with you and Anne over Buffet. Sadly I no longer use it as it makes me furry... hahaha it seriously makes all the fuzz on the face really badly! I’ll try Matrixyl under eyes, thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Oh wow they all look so good! The verso serum especially, I love the look of the bottle, its stunning!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. Verso packaging is very chic indeed! I adore Caudalie one the most though, it ticks all the boxes! X

  5. Great picks! I'm not much of a serum person but I want to start incorporating it into my skincare. I'd like to start off with trying Your Good Skin one as it sounds like it's for me.


    1. Are you more combination and often dull yet congested? if that’s the case, this one would be perfect for you. You need a good serum in your routine, I’d recommend something with Vitamin C as well, as it can make a massive difference! X

  6. Some gorgeous picks here!

  7. Ooh I have this Caudalie serum to try - looking forward to it! I love the Dr Roebuck's serum too :)

    Jasmine xx

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