1. GUERLAIN SUPER AQUA-SERUM
PRICE: Dh747, Sephora,
THE SCIENCE BIT: An advanced anti-wrinkle hydration formula that deeply nourishes skin, makes it more resistant to the signs of ageing and visibly reduces wrinkles and fine lines for a smooth, radiant and re-plumped complexion.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “My skin suffers greatly with the constant air conditioning and is parched most of the time. After using this water-based serum for a month, my skin is super-supple, hydrated, and looks fresh.”
2. NATURA BISSÉ DIAMOND LIFE INFUSION
PRICE: Dh2,650, Saks Fifth Avenue
THE SCIENCE BIT: Inspired by cutting-edge cancer-research technology, this powerful night serum is capable of regulating the skin age biomarkers that prolong the lifespan of skin cells. It slows the ageing process to preserve the youth of the skin through a natural magnetic active ingredient.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “Said to make the skin look 3.9 years younger in just seven days, I have to say that my 37-year-old face may never want me to use anything else after trying this. You only need a small amount of this powerful serum to cover the face, neck and décolleté, but after trying it for a week, tone, texture and luminosity were vastly improved, and my skin glowed. In two weeks, fine lines and wrinkles were far less pronounced, patches of sun damage were fading and my face appeared lifted and plumped, topped off with supremely soft and supple skin that looked so good, I have started to skip my usual foundation. Possibly the closest you’ll get to a facelift in a bottle.”
3. LANCÔME ABSOLUE SUBLIME REGENERATING OLEO-SERUM
PRICE: Dh920, Paris Gallery
THE SCIENCE BIT: With 20 years of stem-cell research behind it, this part-oil, part serum boosts skin regeneration with a combination of lemon, camelia and babassu essential oils with Pro-Xylane, the premiere active ingredient, reconstructing the skin’s matrix and making it more toned, plumped, radiant and luminous.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “Best for those with normal-to-dry skin, this gorgeous-smelling, oil-based formula serum is absorbed easily and leaves the skin looking gloriously fresh and glowing from day one. After applying day and night for four weeks, my skin looks visibly rejuvenated and smooth, with fewer fine lines – so much so that even my husband has asked what I’ve been doing to look so much younger. Needless to say, I’m obsessed with this stuff.”
4. GUERLAIN ABEILLE ROYALE YOUTH SERUM
PRICE: Dh600, Paris Gallery
THE SCIENCE BIT: Uses natural bee products to stimulate healing and help continuously repair wrinkles caused by micro-tears in the tissue, whilst lifting and firming the skin from the outside in.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “After two days of using the serum day and night, I could see an improvement in my skin’s firmness, and after a week, the overall texture was more refined. Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes are less prominent, my skin looks fresh and lifted, and feels moisturised but less oily in the T-zone. Great for combination skin like mine.”
5. LANCÔME GÉNIFIQUE YOUTH ACTIVATING CONCENTRATE
PRICE: Dh410, Paris Gallery
THE SCIENCE BIT: With 10 years of research behind it, the concentrate contains ‘youth proteins’ to refine the skin’s texture and promote a luminous glow, promising results in just seven days.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “This lightweight hybrid product sinks in effortlessly and leaves skin perfectly hydrated, without any residue or stickiness. After a month of use, my skin is noticeably more radiant and plumped, with a reduction in pore size, and a more even skin tone.”
6. LA PRARIE CELLULAR HYDRATING SERUM
PRICE: Dh885, Harvey Nichols
THE SCIENCE BIT: This product quenches intensely dry skin by attracting moisture, binding it to the skin and preventing it from escaping by restoring the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “My skin is constantly dehydrated, but this lightweight and beautifully scented serum delivered an instant hit of much-needed moisture that lasts. After five days, I noticed fine lines around my eyes fading, with my skin’s usual tightness and dryness much improved. All that, and my complexion has a new-found luminosity and firmness. I’m hooked.”
7. OLAY REGENERIST MICRO-SCULPTING SERUM
PRICE: Dh85, Boots
THE SCIENCE BIT: Infused with the highest concentration of the Regenerist range’s super-concentrated amino- peptide B3 complex, the serum leaves the complexion looking brighter, more radiant and significantly firmer after just five days.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “Two weeks in, and I am bedazzled by this bargain beauty buy. The beauty ed’s recommended dose of five pumps morning and night before moisturising seemed like a lot, but it simply vanished into my skin, leaving it looking instantly fresher, brighter and firmer. My deep smile lines seem less obvious and my skin looks luminous. Easy on the pocket, kind to the skin and incredibly effective. What’s not to love?”
8. LA PRARIE CELLULAR
PRICE: Dh2,100, Harvey Nichols
THE SCIENCE BIT: Stimulates the skin’s natural antioxidants and helps prevent surface damage. It keeps the skin on continuous alert to defend itself from damage and energises on multiple levels to reverse the signs of ageing.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “This is described as the skin’s virtual bodyguard against ageing, so I was intrigued to see if this daily-use serum would work to protect my skin from environmental assaults and leave it fully recharged and rejuvenated, as the product claims. After just a week of use, fine lines were noticeably diminished, pores far smaller, and there was a real luminosity to my newly even skin tone. After a month, my tired and stressed-out skin is looking the best it has in years. Pricey, but impressive.”
9. KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT
PRICE: Dh321, Harvey Nichols
THE SCIENCE BIT: An almost 100 per cent natural botanical elixir that works overnight to regenerate, repair and replenish the skin barrier for younger-looking skin by morning.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “Cranking up the AC at night is essential right now, but my skin is drying out as a result. However, three drops of this heavenly smelling oily serum before bed every night has solved the dehydration issue, as well as some minor blemish problems, and makes me look like I’ve had at least 12 hours sleep, when I’ve only managed half that.”
10. DR DENNIS GROSS HYDRA PURE VITAMIN C BRIGHTENING SERUM
PRICE: Dh465, www.basharacare.com
THE SCIENCE BIT: A nighttime serum that fights hyperpigmentation with three forms of vitamin C, whilst boosting collagen levels and diminishing fine lines.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “I have oily skin and suffer from hyperpigmentation, and found this serum to be brilliant at minimising the appearance of both. After a few days, my skin looked visibly clearer and more radiant, and after a week, hyperpigmentation was less apparent and the T-zone far less oily. With continued use, dark patches have noticeably reduced and my skin looks so much brighter than before. Great results, and fast!”
11. INSTITUT ESTHEDERM INTENSIF HYALURONIC CONCENTRATED FORMULA SERUM
PRICE: Dh389, Boots
THE SCIENCE BIT: Contains a high concentration of three patented forms of hyaluronic acid to penetrate the epidermis, restoring the density of the skin by gorging it with water.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “So many products promise the world and don’t deliver, so I wasn’t expecting remarkable results. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Apart from smelling fantastic and applying easily, my ultra-dry skin has been given an unexpected hydration boost. I tried it before bed, and when I awoke my skin, which is usually as dry as a bone after a night with full-throttle AC, was velvety soft. Some moisture-rich serums leave skin feeling loaded down, but because of the light texture of this product, my skin was smooth, without feeling greasy. I’ve continued to use the serum morning and evening and have definitely noticed that my skin is becoming more supple and radiant and with each application.”
12. CLARINS HYDRAQUENCH INTENSIVE SERUM BI-PHASE
PRICE: Dh290, Clarins Boutique
THE SCIENCE BIT: A bi-phase serum that contains a repairing formula rich in Katafray bark extract and new hyaluronic acid complex to deeply rehydrate skin.
OUR GUINEA PIG SAYS: “I have combination skin, and am constantly trying to keep it hydrated without making it oily, which often results in me not moisturising as often as I should.
I loved the consistency of this super-light serum, and noticed a remarkable difference in my skin feeling more quenched, without any additional oiliness after just a few days. This lotion immediately absorbed into my skin leaving no residue so I still felt like I could apply my daily moisturiser on top without it being greasy at all. Top marks for confused skin like mine.”