Are you using a skin serum?

Do you use a face serum? Find out why you need one, and when you should be using it. Editor Trudi Brewer explains on TV3's The Cafe. 

Hydrating, but not a moisturizer. Watery, but not an essence, a face serum is packed with goodness that can do more that reconditions your skin. They contain tiny potent ingredients that absorb quickly to deliver powerful antioxidants that protect and perfect the skin. This makes them a great additon to any skincare regime for targeting concerns, like wrinkles, dryness and dark spots. Editor Trudi Brewer shares tips on why every woman needs a serum in her skincare regime.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $129.

The latest, new generation pre-serum concentrate, is Ultimune. Designed to strengthen your skin, protect it from harsh climates and condition it from the inside out, it has an instant firming effect on the Langerhans cells (that sit in the top layer of the skin). Botanicals plant extracts including gingko, perilla, and thyme, Reishi mushroom and iris root extracts, correct and slow that ageing process, while yeast (b-glucan) and rose water offer nutrient-rich moisture to quench dry skin instantly.

Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum

Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum, $159.

Ideal for use in the morning, this is a power shot of stable vitamin C, and lactic acid help brightens dull skin, while a protein boost from a synthetic peptide, known as Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sophora Japonica flower extract (a flowering, ornamental tree that grows in Asia) and chia seed oil work together to hydrate and firm the skin. You can expect brighter, smoother looking skin within weeks. 

Pure Fiji Hydrating Multi Active Serum

Pure Fiji Hydrating Multi Active Serum, $79.

Packed with soothing Dilo leaf and beach almond leaf hydrosols and kinetin from the green coconut. Once blended with virgin coconut, Sikeci, and macadamia oils this serum firms and tighten ageing skin, while offering brilliant protection from our punishing environment. Soothes sensitive skin and ideal for alleviating that tight dry feeling on the skin, use morning and night, alone or mixed with your regular moisturiser. 

Swisse Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum

Swisse Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum, $35.

A natural offering, this facial serum combines potent antioxidants to help brighten a dull complexion. To help even out your skin tone, and balance the appearance of brown spots  Sicilian blood orange, olive leaf and licorice root extracts, whipped with vitamin B3 and jojoba oil, help nourish and condition all skin types. This is ideal for use in the morning to combat environmental stress our skin is subjected to on the daily.

Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum

Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum, $120.

Super hydrating thanks to vitamin B3 (niacinamide) that works to plump up fine lines and wrinkles while the vitamin B5 (panthenol) and hyaluronic acid restore moisture to the skin almost instantly, offering long-lasting hydration all day. Ideal for every skin type, use in the morning under your day cream and SPF.