People who aren’t passionate about skincare, often find it funny when I complain about how expensive taking care of your skin could be. I mean think about it, back in the day all you need was to bath twice a day with a really good moisturizing bar and the occasional nixoderm when you break out. But now, routines get more and more complicated, requiring you to invest in more products just so you don’t walk around with botched up skin.
These days we’ve made the jump from cleansing, toning and moisturizing; to sheet masks, serums, oil-based cleansing, eye creams and a truckload of other not so affordable products.
I happened to be stuck in phase two of skincare for the longest time, and trust me, I was anything but consistent. Moving on to phase three, at least up to the level I can afford, I intend to step up when it comes to consistency. We’ll see how that works out.
One major component of phase two is the serum. According to an article featured in the HuffPost, “Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin”. While regular skincare people are just getting in on it, every diehard skincare enthusiast has always known of the wonders a serum can do for your skin.
So now that you’re about to fully get into the serum thing, how do you do it in a way that will not leave you destitute and begging for change under a bridge in Lagos? Well, I’ve got you.
The Ordinary’s Vitamin C 23% + HA Spheres 2% (N6,000 – N9,000)
I’ve recently become obsessed with products from The Ordinary, add this to my previous and continuous obsession with vitamin c serums and you have a match made in heaven! When I first started my research on which vitamin c serum to invest in and why? I discovered that the best form of vitamin c is L-ascorbic acid, which also happens to be the purest form. The problem is, this acid tends to be highly unstable so it isn’t common.
Imagine my joy when I found this one, which not only contains the rare L-ascorbic acid in a stable form but also has another acidic bae of mine, the Hyaluronic acid. The combination of both is sure to leave your skin looking hydrated, tight, even and well textured.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Multivitamin Hydrating and Revitalizing Face Serum with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid (N5,000 -N6,500)
I know what you’re thinking, “why is the name of a product that long?” Well, that’s for the Neutrogena team to answer. All I can say is if you have dry skin, this is the product for you. I have oily skin which could totally fry an egg under the right weather, so I never got to try this, but my friend did and she transitioned from Night King to a well-moisturized mother of dragons in less than a month.
Neutrogena has always been a fave. From their deeply soothing facial washes and scrubs to the sunscreen which I currently swear by. Effective and pocket-friendly, what’s not to love here?
Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum (N6,000 -N8,000)
Let me tell you a story about my aging process. It started when I was the first in my class to have acne and had to be used as an example in class when we received a lesson on puberty and continued when at just 23, I noticed 6 grey hairs. #Stressed
Whether we like it or not, we’re lowkey uncomfortable when we think about aging. Even though Tracee Ellis Ross told us that the soul is more important than its casing, I definitely want this casing to look bomb at 60. This is where the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum comes on board.
No, you won’t immediately look like Kris Jenner after a visit to 90210, but it would definitely help ward off the clock for a bit, thanks to its retinoids which help with collagen production and elasticity, thus preventing fine lines and wrinkles. You’re welcome.