One of the most intimidating products in skincare is the serum. Designed for intensive treatment targeted at a specific issue, serums are often the most expensive part of your skincare routine. If you’re spending major cash, you want to be certain a product will work. This is why I don’t write about serums a lot here: I just don’t have the money to be throwing at specialised treatments. Luckily, nice brands sometimes send me things to try, which means I get to do the testing part and you get to do the ‘making informed decisions about where you put your money’ part. Here are two natural serums that tick three major boxes for me: a) functional, b) affordable, and c) New Zealand made!
Linden Leaves Porcelain Brightening Serum*, $59.99 NZD
I know sixty dollars feels like a lot, but when my favourite fancy serum from Eve Lom costs $212 NZD, this one is much more reasonable. It’s a brightening serum, so it targets dark spots and pigmentation, and generally makes your skin more radiant. ‘Radiant skin’ is one of those marketing phrases, I know, but a highly moisturising serum packed with natural antioxidants (white tea!) will actually do a thing to your skin. I promise.
La’Bonic Organic Sebum-Balancing Serum*, $39.50 NZD
This guy is only forty dollars, and is one of La’Bonic’s best selling products. It’s a thin clear gel that contains tea tree oil and chamomile, both of which have soothing and balancing effects on the skin. I am a really oily-faced girl and including this in my routine at night helps prevent me waking up totally slick-skinned. I have a bit of trouble with pure facial oils, as they upset my skin, so if you’re the same then this is a more gentle option.
Do you use a serum? Do you find it makes a difference to your skin?