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Four Power Serums That Repair the Skin

By Renée Batchelor

Tung Pham. Styled by Tok Wei Lun.From left: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, US$205, Tom Ford Research Serum Concentrate, S$503, Clé de Peau Beauté The Serum, S$380, La Mer The Regenerating Serum, S$580.

When it comes to the one product your skin truly needs, serums rank quite high on the list, thanks to their potent formulations and regenerative properties. However, choosing the right serum for your skin can be an exercise in confusion, or at least in prioritising your main complexion concerns. 

If you are layering serums — this is usually done after your toner or softener and before you apply any moisturiser — always start with the lightest texture first so that it can be fully absorbed into the skin before the next serum is applied. If multiple products are not your cup of tea, a powerful, global serum (one that addresses several concerns at once) is a great option. 

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, is a small batch serum that is so in demand that it is constantly out of stock. The serum contains over 22 active ingredients, which stimulate the skin cells’s turnover to brighten and oxygenate the complexion so that it appears even-toned and radiant. April Gargiulo, the founder of the brand, says that each bottle is a labour of love that takes weeks to produce. “[The] Active Botanical Serum affects change at a foundational level by amplifying the skin’s own powers of regeneration, balance and healing. This is why your skin will never stop improving when you use Vintner’s Daughter products. The results are noticeable and continue to grow over time,” says Gargiulo. 

Tom Ford Beauty has recently branched out to include a skincare line named Tom Ford Research. Designed as a genderless product, the luxurious serum has a beautifully light texture almost akin to that of a primer. This serum immediately enhances the skin’s texture and luminosity while helping it to retain moisture. Ingredients include white porcelain cacao, caffeine, and gyokuro (a prized variety of green tea), as well as glycolic and lactic acids to refine the skin. The signatures of the brand appear in the packaging as well — the sleek, white bottle is cleverly designed with indentations for the thumb and finger, as well as a magnetic cap for easy closure. 

Clé de Peau Beauté has reformulated its star product The Serum with an algae complex called kelplex to help activate the skin’s ability to regenerate itself. With a light, almost water-like texture, this serum is ideal for those who don’t want the feel of multiple layers of products on the skin. Designed to boost radiance, this product is meant to be applied twice daily to help in the long-term — by heightening the skin’s potential to renew itself so that it appears smoother and more vibrant over time. 

Lastly, La Mer’s newly reformulated Regenerating Serum has a beautiful gel-cream texture that sinks into the skin in an instant. This is thanks to a delivery system that perfectly disperses across the skin’s surface so that it penetrates evenly. The serum works on the skin’s natural metabolic energy. It comprises of a metabolic ferment that contains concentrated plant stem-cell ingredients, glutathione and niacinamide to boost the skin’s production of natural collagen so that lines, wrinkles and pores appear less obvious, and the skin feels firmer. The serum also contains the brand’s proprietary miracle broth, a potent elixir that has both skin energising and anti-irritant properties, and lime tea concentrate, to protect against damage from environmental aggressors.