Best Customized Serum | Kiehl's
There's nothing more personal about a routine than truly customized skincare products. Kiehl's launched their new Apothecary Preparations Personalized Skincare Serum service last fall and I love mine! This is definitely a splurge for a serious skincare enthusiast or someone who really wants an effective products...and Kiehl's always delivers. In fact, it kind of reminds me of their Midnight Recovery Concentrate which I fell in love with first, but with two touches of targeted complexes that are personalized to meet to my skin concerns and needs -- texture refining and brightness for dark spots. This service is only available the Kiehl's boutiques with a specialist who will analyze your skin to help figure out the best complexes to add to the skin strengthening concentrate base (for all skin types). Read about my in-store experience.
$95 (includes concentrate base + choice of 2 complexes) | Available at Kiehl's boutiques only.
Best Overnight Renewal & Anti-Aging| Estee Lauder
It's a really tough to choose my favorite serum for overnight renewal between Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II and the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate...but there are distinct reasons why I reach for one over the other. When I want a thicker, fast-working serum, I easily reach for my Advanced Night Repair. Its main goal is to reduce key signs of aging, but it's great especially if you're in your 20s. Never too early for anti-aging if you ask me! And for my sistas, even though we all know that typically "black don't crack"...we can certainly benefit as well.
Best for Ultra Hydration | derma e
Every time I use derma e's Hydrating Serum, I feel like I've splashed my face with water. Plus, the light fragrance is one of my favorites since it doesn't clash when I'm mixing brands in my routine. This serum was one of my go-to's for winter since its main purpose is to hydrate the skin which is amazing for anyone with dry skin. A key ingredient in this formula is hyaluronic acid for intense plumping moisture. I love using it in the morning with the vitamin C especially if I'm using a night serum, but even if I'm using another serum or concentrate, I'll still pair it with the Hydrating Serum.
Best Evening Botanical Concoction | Kiehl's
I live for evening serums (and creams). In fact, the Advanced Night Repair and Midnight Recovery Concentrate were the first two I ever tried. Midnight Recovery is my favorite botanical nighttime concoction for serums. Even though I lost my serum, I still highly recommend it whenever people ask me about my favorite skincare products. I absolutely adore it. Overnight serums plus eight hours of beauty sleep will give you a genuine glow come morning. Evening primrose and lavender essential oils blended with Kiehl's signature ingredient, squalane, renew and restore the skin overnight. Like most natural products, it is multi-purpose. According to Nordstrom's website, the concentrate can even be used for healing minor sunburns, nourishing dry skin or added to bathwater. I actually haven't tried any of those additional uses with this particular product yet, but I will soon!
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