Want to maximise the effects of your skincare routine? Try using pre-serums, which are created to help replenish moisture that is stripped from your skin during cleansing. They act as an amplifier, helping your skin to better absorb the benefits of your other skincare products. Some even aid in the cell renewal process but essentially, these hard-workers lay a foundation for a strong, healthy and radiant complexion. Unlike a regular serum, take note that these go on right before your toner. Scroll through the gallery to see our recommendations.
Text: Sofia Kim / FEMALE / April 2018
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex, $115
This is formulated with the brand’s Jaum Balancing Complex to hydrate and balance skin for a healthier and more radiant complexion. It is also enriched with a slew of Korean medicinal herbs as well as membranous milk-vetch, which promotes natural skin circulation and dwarf lilyturf and liquorice to boost synergy among herbal extracts to restore skin’s natural healthy radiance.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $105
This pre-treatment helps defend against multiple signs of ageing and damage while enhancing the effects of skincare that follows. It contains the brand’s exclusive Ultimune complex which consists of Bulgarian rose water, aqua in pool and yeast extract to protect and strengthen skin while a powerful botanical blend of gingko biloba leaf extract, shiso and thyme maintain a healthy skin surface and protects against impurities.
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, $95
Designed to help restore the look of healthy skin, this is infused with a host of plant extracts and probiotic fortifiers to strengthen skin’s natural defenses. Flaxseed and sea fennel boost skin’s natural moisture levels by reducing water loss and also reinforces its moisture barrier.
Cle de Peau Beaute Le Serum, $420
This luxurious pre-serum has a weightless, gel texture that contains the brand’s exclusive Illuminating Complex EX and Chai Hu herb extract to strengthen and enhance skin’s resilience while diminishing signs of ageing and damage. The result: A supple, radiant and younger-looking complexion.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Antioxidant Infusion Essence, $125
A unique blend of seven powerful antioxidants fights against environmental aggressors to leave skin looking youthful and radiant. Mineral-rich bio-fermented water instantly revitalises skin, while carob seed extract supports skin’s natural moisturising system to boost hydration levels over time.