2016 is indeed winding down to a close and with that, I’d like to wish everyone around the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ! 😀
The last couple of months have seen me start on a few new serums — for me — by none other than La Mer, that has really perked up my skin a LOT of notches for that nice, dewy glow that has been lost since it has gotten used to Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair series. The following serums from the skincare line are what I am using for my day and night skincare routine in this particular order:
La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum
This was a relatively new discovery as I had gotten this from the airport DFS store on my way to Vancouver from Hong Kong. After doing a quick consultation with the Google Gods, this seems to be only sold in La Mer (North America) and it hasn’t launched in Hong Kong yet. Being the most viscous of the three, I decided to use this after patting on my Treatment Lotion and prior to the following serums in this post. I pumped out two squirts and smoothed it onto my face while lightly massaging it in. I noticed a very strong scent where although it didn’t affect my skin (i.e. dry it out, start a flare-up of eczema/atopic dermatitis or some totes fun combo of these 🙁 ), I was not a fan of it at all. Scent aside, my face has been quite happy with it; I feel like I added an extra layer of moisture to my skin and it looks…perkier. I mean, after using it for a good couple of days, morning and night, my skin looks brighter and bouncier than usual. I will note here that given that I have dry, sensitive and flaky skin, if I were to just use this on its own, I don’t think it would be nearly enough; in fact, this serum seems to work better — for me at least — when used in combination with La Mer’s The Concentrate. For all of you out there who have normal to oily skin, or just non-flaky dry skin, using this serum alone in your skincare will most likely be enough for you.
La Mer Regenerating Serum
Since I bought this serum prior to the Revitalizing Hydrating Serum, normally this would be the serum I’d use after the Treatment Lotion and before The Concentrate. Right now, I use this on alternate days with the Revitalizing Hydrating Serum because although this is just as hydrating, its main purpose is synonymous to its name: regenerate. I found that this serum is best for post-procedure or post-acne (i.e. acne scars) skin where you need a hydrating serum to help regenerate healthier skin cells and you’d top it all off with one good thick layer of hydration, The Concentrate, prior to applying the La Mer moisturizer of your choice. The one aspect that I’m not too happy with is how the bottle is not travel-friendly in the sense that although it’s pump-based with a thoughtful metal handle that swings up to stop accidental presses on the pump, the bottle itself is made of metal; it’s rather weighty.
La Mer The Concentrate
Following up with the Treatment Lotion, I would apply this serum evenly onto my face and neck, gently massaging it in as opposed to smoothing it on; it has the iconic La Mer scent to it that dissipates as soon as it is applied. Although I am allergic to added fragrances in skincare, I have had no reaction to La Mer’s products at all; in fact, my skin is hydrated, bouncy and happy 🙂 In regards to its hydrating properties, its gel-like texture did not mean that it disappeared immediately on my desert-dry, sensitive and combination skin; I smoothed it on and melted into my skin, making it feel supple and moist without that sticky feeling. In essence — pun most definitely intended here — I have swapped my trusty Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum for this Concentrate as my core facial serum to top off any of the La Mer serums I’d use underneath 😀
All in all, my skin is happy, hydrated and bouncy again <3