Super serums

If you’ve ever wondered about the magic behind these powerful elixirs, you’re in the right place. Serums are lightweight, fast-absorbing liquids packed with powerful active ingredients designed to target specific skin concerns. Unlike creams or lotions, which contain more emollients and moisturising agents, serums are formulated to deliver a high concentration of active ingredients directly to the skin making them highly effective in addressing issues such as dehydration, wrinkles, fine lines, redness, hyperpigmentation, acne, and more. With a wide array of serums available on the market, finding the one that suits your needs can be a bit overwhelming. Top Tip! It’s best to focus on your skin and your specific concerns and treat accordingly, rather than throwing the kitchen sink at your complexion. Try and look for a multi-tasking serum, with a synergistic blend of ingredients so you’re getting lots of benefits with just one product. To reap the benefits of serums, it’s essential to use them correctly. Start with a gentle cleanse, followed by toner (if using), and then apply your chosen serum. Allow it to absorb and follow with moisturiser and sun protection factor (in the morning).  Undoubtedly a game-changer in your skincare routine, for optimal results be sure to use consistently and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your skin goals. 

What’s new?

Doctrine Divinity Cleansing Balm

New Irish skincare brand Doctrine are dedicated to transforming the skin we’re in. Their products are thoughtfully crafted to benefit all skin types, ages, and genders, contributing to the improved well-being, radiance, and texture of your skin. Expertly formulated in-house by Cosmetic Chemist Tracey Ryan, each product is meticulously crafted with functionality and potency at its core, using ingredients that genuinely make a difference. Erase the day and soothe skin with their Divinity Cleansing Balm, an indulgent and sensory formula that transforms from a cushiony balm to a light oil to milk without leaving any residue. Containing calming Spirulina and Yarrow extracts, this plant-based butter dissolves makeup, SPF and impurities leaving skin soft, supple and hydrated, ready for your next steps, €42 available online from 

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel [HA2] Bi-Phase Serum

Clarins reformulated bi-phase serum intensely hydrates, rebalances, replumps and repairs the skin barrier. At the heart of its formula is their Hyaluronic Power Complex, a duo of hyaluronic acids (regular and acetylated) combined with organic leaf of life extract, which provides continuous, multi-level and long-lasting hydration. The formula is also enriched with saffron flower polyphenols to help balance the microbiota while organic strawberry tree extract has a seboregulating action, helping to refine skin texture and tighten pores. It also reinforces the skin’s natural defences and improves skin quality for radiantly beautiful skin with each application. A silky, non-greasy formula that absorbs easily and nourishes the skin. For all skin types, €55 available online from and Clarins stockists nationwide.

Yonka Serum C20

Yon-Ka’s latest innovation, Serum C20 is a healthy ageing, radiance enhancing and unifying elixir suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Using 99.9 per cent natural ingredients, it is formulated with a highly stable and potent new generation 20 per cent Vitamin C infused with native turmeric and pomegranate cells. These native plant cells not only enhance the power of the Vitamin C, but also deliver antioxidant benefits of their own and ensure visible and proven effectiveness from five days. Enriched with organic apricot oil, sweet orange essential oil and Yon-Ka Quintessence, skin is more luminous, the complexion more even and the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation minimised. With continued daily use, wrinkles become less visible, and skin is noticeably more toned, €138.50, available online from and YonKa stockists nationwide.

Skin Formulas Oatfoliant

New to the Skin Formulas family, Oatfoliant is an oat-based gentle yet effective exfoliator that maintains the skin barrier integrity. Utilising Avena Sativa (oat) Kernel Flour, and a proven anti-ageing formula that enhances skin texture, the finely milled oat powder works to remove dead skin cells and impurities from the surface of the skin and unclog pores, leaving it smooth, refreshed and brightened. One of the unique benefits of Oatfoliant is its ability to soothe and calm the skin, oat powder has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce redness and irritation, making it particularly beneficial for those with sensitive or reactive skin, €45 available online from and Skin Formulas stockists nationwide. 

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Sherna Malone is a skincare specialist working in West Cork.

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