I’m all about serums, folks. I’ve said bon voyage to lotions and creams entirely over the past year, and my skin is pretty damn happy, if you ask me. So what’s the deal with serums? Why would you want to use one?
Well, serums are multi-taskers, for sure. They reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce inflammation and skin irritation, impart hydration, improve complexion and restore elasticity, and most absorb quickly into the skin. As you can see, I have a few, and I wanted to give you my opinion on some of my favorites. I obviously don’t use all of these all the time, but they all serve a purpose for different skin situations.
Lina Hanson Global Face Serum* – This serum wins for best scent, hands-down. Ladies, the sustainable, ethically sourced essential oils in this blend are simply amazing – baobab, marula, argan and frankincense protect the skin from environmental damage and prevent dryness, and the texture of the oil is perfect. Not too thick and not too thin. I only need this serum after cleansing and I’m good to go.
Kypris Clearing Serum – If you haven’t heard, Kypris is really the darling of the green beauty community right now. I’ve tried many of the Kypris products, and I enjoy using the clearing serum sporadically on bumps and/or blemishes on the the skin, especially around that time of the month. The serum includes tea tree oil, quinoa, zinc, and lilac leaf stem cells, to name a few. For those of you with angry, blemished skin, I highly recommend this one.
Yuli Liquid Courage – I bought this sample and used it for a week or two. It’s a photostable, regenerative, health-boosting, concentrated antioxidant serum suitable for all skin types. I really like the way it feels on the face, and the unisex scent is very pleasing. It’s great as a prep before makeup. However, the $125 price point is a little too much for me, considering I love other serums more.
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum – Oh, this is a good one. Of all the serums I use, I find this one to be the most active on the skin. It has won tons of awards and is a best seller from Tata Harper, boasting the benefits of 7 anti-aging products in one serum. It’s super concentrated, and contains Hyaluronic Acid, antioxidants and vitamins for a visibly healthier, more radiant appearance. My skin feels super firm after using this, and it’s obvious it’s working. However, I do need to use another layer of moisture after applying the serum. I usually follow up with the Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex. This serum is my go-to when I’m needing a boost.
Kypris Antioxidant Dew – Another Kypris product, this serum works very well in the mornings as a layer of hydration and as a prep before foundation. I love the way this serum smells – a bit like pumpkins. Reminds me of autumn. Also, this serum doesn’t contain any essential oils for those of you who are sensitive.
Lotus Wei Quiet Mind Balancing Serum* – I love Lotus Wei products so much. In fact, I’m going to write a separate post on what the oils and mists have done for me. I can’t say enough about Lotus Wei…this serum helps to quiet the mind and bring balance. Honestly, I don’t really use this one on my face, but I rub it on the back of my neck, heart, and pulse points when I’m feeling like my brain is going ninety-to-nothing.
Mun Brightening Youth Serum – Last, but certainly not least, this amazing serum by Mun. This is what I use every. single. day. I can’t sing enough praises about this serum. First off, it only has 3 ingredients, which I truly appreciate. (“Try this serum! With 354 botanical extracts!” Personally, that gets really old.) The Mun serum has Prickly Pear Seed oil, which instills radiance and resilience, and Rose and Argan oils, which transform the appearance of your skin. I’m obsessed with this serum. OBSESSED. It is my holy grail product. It is the perfect texture – light enough that my face doesn’t feel congested, but moisturizing enough that I don’t need additional products for hydration. I use this in conjunction with the Mun No. 11 Anarose Toner* every night before bed. (And will post about this brand exclusively in the near future because these two products are my favorite in regards to skincare.)
If I had to pick my two favorite out of this bunch it would be Mun first, followed by the Tata Harper serum. Honorable mention going to Lina Hanson. (Seriously, please smell that serum if you get the chance. psst – she just came out with a perfume.)
I hope this helps you in your green skincare search. I will be posting my specific morning and evening skincare routines soon, and as always, if you have any questions, please leave in the comments!
*these products were provided c/o the brand