The summer months are brilliant for tanning the skin (safely!), and giving our complexions that much needed boost of radiance, which we lack in the winter. However, the combination of the sun, heat and environmental aggressors can leave skin feeling parched and sore. The answer? A thirst quenching face serum.
Serums are a step in our skincare routines we can often forget about. When we’re tired, it’s the standard cleanse, tone and moisturise, and when we’ve got all the time in the world, we pop on a mask and leave that to do its work. The reality is that serums often get left out, even though they’re an absolutely essential step if you want healthy and glowing skin.
When Should Serum be used?
Serums should be used after toning and before applying your moisturiser. They are usually super hydrating and contain a powerful cocktail of ingredients and antioxidants, which the moisturiser helps to seal in.
Top 10 Face Serums for the Summer
Everyone knows that the sun can cause accelerated skin ageing, leading to wrinkles, loss of elasticity and radiance, and mature spots. Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Advanced Daily Serum has been formulated with a powerful antioxidant to deliver unrivalled anti-ageing results. Improving radiance and minimising discolouration, it's the ultimate product in your beauty arsenal for the summer months.
This cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants is the perfect glow-inducing product for the summer. Infused with the brand's exclusive Anti Cell Burn-Out Complex, which helps to prevent against skin ageing, it's the perfect serum to use when your complexion is lacking in energy and radiance. Plus as it's extremely rich in Squalane, it quenches your skin's thirst after a day sunbathing.
Vichy's Mineral 89 Serum is one of the brand's newest ventures and contains only 11 ingredients; one of which is the summer staple, Hyaluronic Acid. As the sun can dry out your skin and leave it feeling parched, you need to replenish the lost moisture, and this one from Vichy is one we won't be living without while the sun is shining.
This unique serum contains Omorovicza's exclusive Hydro Mineral Transference System, which delivers moisture into the skin quickly where it needs it the most. Smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, the serum is a brilliant summer skin thirst-quencher and will leave your complexion radiant, healthy and beautifully soft.
This water-based serum is perfect for summer thanks to its rich blend of antioxidants and vitamins, which help to both hydrate the skin and reduce pigmentation. An ingredient called Vinanza Oxifend calms skin cells and prevents them from becoming overly stressed, which can happen when they receive too much sunlight; giving you a healthy and glowing complexion.
Zelens is a skincare brand you want on your radar this summer. The founder, Dr. Marko Lens is a skincare genius, and all of his products contain the very best ingredients to keep your skin healthy and radiant. The Z Luminous Brightening Serum contains a blend of Pearl, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid to boost the moisture levels in your sun-drenched skin and leave it feeling soothed, smooth and protected.
One of the main issues in summer is actually your skin breaking out. The use of suncream, makeup and a multitude of skincare products leaves your pores clogged and your blemishes appearing. Pai's Perfect Balance Blemish Serum has been formulated with antibacterial ingredients to fight spots at their source and keep your skin blemish free, while Hyaluronic Acid infuses it with moisture so that it doesn't dry out and become sore.
One of the main issues of summer is of course skin redness, so finding ways to reduce it is essential if you want a flawless and even looking complexion. Darphin's Redness Relief Serum contains the brand's Calm Complex, which immediately soothes irritation and sore skin to leave your complexion feeling soothed and calmed. Plus, it feels incredibly cooling on warm summer skin.
Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Serum is an absolute cult classic, and it's little wonder why. The serum feels incredibly hydrating on the skin and when you wake up after using it at night, your complexion looks brighter, clearer and feels infinitely softer. It's an absolute essential all-year round, but we love it in the summer months when our skin needs a radiance boost.