A Serum Worth the Splurge?
Beauty Addicts across the web will know that skincare is key to looking fab in your later years.
Having run around under the African sun for far too long in my younger days, I am incredibly worried about wrinkles and age spots as I get older.
To offset skin damage, this year one of my resolutions was to incorporate a serum into my skincare routine.
Knowing how my skin just loves to show me who’s boss, I was quite worried about finding one that wouldn’t irritate my sensitive skin or break me out.
Luckily these days we have a snazzy little tool called Google and I must have used up gigabytes worth in the search for the perfect serum.
Eventually Paula’s Choice (for better or for worse) made me settle for Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Supplement.
It contains white birch and grape extract, and in fancy French at least claims to be multi-action and anti-ageing.
This stuff does not come cheap in Japan, retailing for about JPY 10,000 (JPY 9,000 plus tax) for 30ml. I purchased mine from the Bobbi Brown counter at Tokyu Department store next to Shibuya station.
The serum itself comes in a tinted glass bottle with a dropper, which some people might not be fans of, but I quite like as it makes me feel like an apothecary or a Hogwarts potions master.
You only use three drops at a time and the advice is to use it on clean skin – I use it at night only, after or mixed in with my Hada Labo lotion. You will definitely need to follow up with an appropriate moisturiser or night cream if your skin is dry or dehydrated.
The packaging advises using up the serum within 24 months, but I doubt it would last that long if you use it regularly. Plus, most beauty gurus would say that the ingredients in serums are quite volatile and their efficiency is reduced each time they are exposed to the outside air.
This makes serums quite a large portion of your beauty budget, but I personally believe in investing in your skin. As the fabulous Caroline Hirons has said, “Face and neck, high-end, boobs and down, Bob’s your uncle.”
I started out using it daily for three weeks or so back in March of this year, but then noticed some severe breakouts.
Because my skin changes with the weather here around March and September time every year and I usually experience more acne at these times, I cannot say for sure this was the reason.
I discontinued use for about a month, but still continued to have breakouts, so I really can’t be sure the cause was this product when it may well have been the changing seasons.
Determined to see this serum through to the end I started using it three times a week, and while I do still suffer from acne, which is my normal state, I do have the occasional good skin day as well.
I can’t really comment on results as I believe the effects of products like serums can only be seen in the long-term and if used regularly (in my case probably more than three times a week!), but I do not think it has made my skin worse.
The price notwithstanding, I quite like this serum. Whether it has concretely benefited my skin or not, it’s too early to tell, but I would say do give it a go if you fancy trying a serum that gets a thumbs up from Paula’s Choice and has fans singing its praises all over the web.
I would be quite happy to repurchase this again, but I will also be investigating and trying out other serums as well if I can. After all, that is what beauty junkies do.
If you have any Holy Grail serums, I would love to hear all about them in the comments!
So much love,