My Skincare Routine: Part 3 (Serums)

Now that we've been through double cleansing and toner, it's time for my favorite part of my #skincarerountine: serums!

As Ankita says in her post, "Serum is considered a lightweight, fast absorbing, deep penetrating (due to smaller molecular structure) treatment product applied after toner; it is formulated with concentrated ingredients to target specific skin concerns such as dullness, acne, ageing skin etc." Most often, serums are clear, gel-based or liquid, and they tend to be less thick than a moisturizer. They’re typically applied before moisturizers to help lock in moisture. Often, a serum is able to hydrate more effectively than even the heaviest creams. The molecules are able to truly penetrate the skin and hydrate on the deepest level, while the heavier creams more so sit on those top layers.

My go to for serum is rosehip oil because it

  • Regenerates and heals the skin: Because it contains high concentrations of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, and K, rosehip oil is known for its exceptional regenerative and healing properties.

  • Increases collagen production and skin elasticity: Research shows that after eight weeks, rosehip oil will lead to a significant improvement in crow's-feet wrinkles, the skin's moisture level, and in elasticity.

  • Assists in brightening and evening out the skin: Because it's rich in vitamin C, rosehip oil helps brighten the skin. It also helps decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

  • For more on the benefits of rosehip oil click here.

I've been using Rosehip Oil as a serum from Trilogy for over 5 years and don't go a day without it! They have three options for their oils:

  1. Certified Organic Rosehip Oil - Formulated with pure, cold-pressed rosehip seed oil with a minimum 80% essential fatty acid (omega 3 & 6) and fatty acid content (omega 9),this nourishing pure seed oil helps to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles.

  2. Rosehip Oil Light Blend, 30ml - Lightweight yet deeply nourishing. Enriched with essential fatty acids from rosehip and cranberry to moisturise and nourish, jojoba to soften, grapeseed to help regulate skins own oil production and antioxidant lycopene from tomato seed to provide protection against free radical damage

  3. Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, 30ml - Combines essential fatty acid rich rosehip oil with super antioxidants from acai, tomato seed and cranberry to nourish and help replenish skin softness for the improved look of elasticity, while also helping to provide a protective moisture barrier against environmental damage

The light oil blend is the one I use when in Bangkok because the others are too thick for the hot temperatures and humidity here. You can buy it for 1,280 Baht at Sephora Thailand or via LINE @trilogythailand. They have promotions a few times a year so when they are on sale I buy a few bottles to stock up!

I recently discovered WNC Rosehip Oil (some of their other products are mentioned in part 2 which you can read here) and have been using it for a few months. It is thick like the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil and Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, so I use this serum at night. The great thing about WNC Rosehip Oil is that it's made locally and sold for only 350 Baht (including delivery!). You can order yours from Dr. Priya Khorana via instagram, her handle is @lifestylenutritionconsulting.

Earlier this year a dear friend who is also obsessed with skincare and essential oils (hi Siessa!) told me that she's been adding drops of #Frankincense essential oil to her serums for years so I had to try it. I've been doing so for 4 months and will never look back!

Frankincense is used topically and cosmetically, its astringent and cytophylactic qualities help Frankincense oil to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections such as discoloration. It stimulates the growth of new cells, thus when used on cuts it promotes faster healing. I love the sweet, honey-like and woody fragrance from it. It can be used with any carrier oil such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil - all of which Dr. Priya Khorana carries for the same price as the rosehip oil.

Now that we've discussed serums, stay tuned for next week's post on #moisturizers and #SPF!

Written by Devi Bajaj

Executive Director of Enliven Services

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