Thursday, September 20, 2012

Serums from Origins, La Roche Posay, Vichy, YSL and Image Skincare

Over the past six months or so, I've had the chance to try out some serums and without even trying, they've all slotted into my skin care routine effortlessly.  I really do think my skin has never looked or felt better and I'm a firm believe that serums have played a huge part in it.  Any time I've stopped using a serum for whatever reason, as soon as I start using one again, my skin perks up and that's enough for me to keep using them.

No matter what your budget, there's something for everyone out there on the market and I'd love people to try just one and see how their skin was afterwards. 

Behold the Serum Sisters.

Serums are super concentrated and are packed with active ingredients, which is why you only need a weeny blob to do your face before applying your moisturiser.  I've been using different ones every morning and night and my skin loves them.

Left-Right: Origins Plantscription, La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum, YSL Forever Youth Liberator

Origins Plantscription Anti-aging serum (€63/30mls)- One of the newest members of the serum sisters, this velvety feeling serum promises to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles while giving the skin a youthful glow and that bouncey feeling we're all after without looking like we're Madonna with a face full of fillers.  It glides on like silk and as I've just started using it over the past couple of weeks, I can't give you my proper review yet, but I've been loving using it at night before bed. 

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum (€23.00/30mls).  I've been dying to try this out and when it came through the letterbox last week, it was a close call as Bailey tried to eat the packaging.  It's aimed at dry skin so I'm currently making Joanne test this out.  It contains fragmented Hyaluronic acid and gives both immediate and long lasting hydration and of course has La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water which soothes and hydrates the skin.  Stay tuned for a full review that I'm bullying Joanne into doing.

Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum (€77.00/30mls).  Targeted towards ageing skin, this serum uses glycobiology and to make a long story short, it contains glycans which help increase communication between your cells.  As we age, the glycans die off and we need them to help our skin stay young looking.  This serum helps plump my skin and feels nice and light on my face.

Left-Right: Image MD Reconstructive Serum, Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright, Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10

Image MD Reconstructive Serum (€64.50/30mls)- This delicately scented creamy serum has Tri-C Complex and promises to lighten, tighten and brighten the skin.  It's one of the serums that feels like a moisturiser in terms of how my skin feels right after application and is aimed at ageing skin, dry/dehydrated skin, rosacea prone and sensitive skin.  My mam has her eye on this one so we'll see if I'm feeling generous but I've loved using it so far.

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Serum (€62.00/30 mls) - I've reviewed this in full here but I'm still a big fan of it and I'm at the last dregs of it.  It helps target pigmentation spots on your skin and I found it helped bring a radiance to my skin.

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 (€34.00/30mls) - Full of rhamnose for anti-ageing, hyaluronic acid to help hydrate and plump the skin and mineral rich Vichy Thermal Spa Water, this was the first serum I'd tried in ages and have no idea why I didn't review it.  The ceremides in it helps your skin to absorb the active ingredients.  It feels light on my skin and helps it feel smoother and firmer.

Origins - Arnotts Dublin
Image - For a list of stockists click here
Vichy - Pharmacies nationwide
La Roche Posay - Pharmacies nationwide
YSL - Department stores nationwide

What's your favourite serum?


  1. Ooh a post on serums, just what I've been waiting for! I've tried the Body Shop Vitamin E serum and I'm almost finished the No 7 Protect & Perfect serum but I'm not too crazy about either, my skin just seems the same! I'd be interested in trying the La Roche Posay one.

  2. Such a good post! I really want to try the YSL one!:D xx

  3. I love serums! Great post, and what a collection! I'm obsessed. I have been yearning to try the Estee Lauder night repair one. Its on my christmas list! :)


  4. Ooh! Serums,one of my fave things. didnt realise Lrp had any serums in the range,love hydraphase moisturiser so i will defo be giving the serum a whirl. love my emma hardie face & eye serums,really notice difference in my skin when i started using them. Tried estee lauder pore minimiser,meh,didnt repurchase,the night serum was nice too. like the sound of the origins one,might go on my nyc siopadoireacht list!!


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