Skin Saver: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum
What Vichy says: “For Aqualia Thermal, Vichy Laboratoires were directly inspired by the solutions designed for athletes, or people suffering from dehydration, to formulate a cocktail of active ingredients that provide optimal and long-lasting hydration deep inside the skin.”
What Best Health says: “I’ve come around to the fact that my combination skin needs moisture. Like, a lot. It simply performs better (think: clearer, smoother, plumper) when hydration is maintained. What hasn’t changed is my preference for products that offer a light texture and sink in quickly. This serum does just that without skimping on major nourishment. Boasting 97% ingredients of natural origin, it contains plant mannose (a sugar derived from beech, birch or maple pulp), that helps deliver water to deep epidermal layers along with water-trapping sodium PCA and the moisturizing must-have that is hyaluronic acid. There’s also the legendary Vichy thermal water, and no silicone, mineral oil, or parabens in the mix! I layer the serum under the accompanying gel-crème. But the line is rounded out with a light and rich cream, so every skin type can find a fit that’s just-right.” – Ingrie Williams, Beauty & Style Director
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum, $43, vichy.ca
Skin Saver: Valmont Cure Majestueuse Votre Visage
What Valmont says: “This highly sensory nectar is divine to apply and is absorbed in record time to merge with the skin, releasing powerful omegas and precious ingredients from the hive. Bathed in these extraordinary compounds, skin appears transformed, suppler, softer and visibly more radiant. Cure Majestueuse offers the cutting-edge performance of a serum combined with the extreme sensuality of a sensory oil with a light finish.”
What Best Health says: “This nourishing face oil applies on like silk, giving a healthy glow that is visibly noticeable all day. With just a few drops, this lightweight formula melts easily into my skin, leaving behind no oily residue. Plus, it’s refreshing scent will leave you smelling absolutely delightful. It’s definitely a must-add to your beauty routine if you’re looking for a luxe facial serum.” – Alyssa Ball, assistant web editor
Valmont Cure Majestueuse Votre Visage $450, at holtrenfrew.com.
Skin Saver: Universkin P Serum
What Universkin says: “It’s revolutionary personalized skin care, tailored to your individual skin needs. The base of our unique system is an innovative and patented serum formula designed to integrate pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients. This serum acts as the foundation to receive your specific ingredients (up to three) at concentrations recommended by your skin-care specialist following a thorough analysis of your skin.”
What Best Health says: “I recently had the opporutnity to visit SpaMedica in Toronto to receive a Universkin analysis and pick a blend of active ingredients for two custom serums: one combo for day and one for night. The whole process took about half an hour and Claudia, the senior medical aesthetican, advised me on the best ingredients to treat my specific concerns. We went with niacinamide, madecassoside and azelaic acid for the morning to improve texture and reduce redness, and retinol and D-panthenol for the evening to help with cellular renewal and dehydration. Claudia mixed the powder ingredients into each formula before my eyes and I now have two serums that are fresh for eight weeks. It’s a pretty neat experience and is probably the direction we’re heading with most skin care – completely customizable products that are tailored to each individual. Just be careful with the glass bottles! They’ll smash if they fall on a hard surface.” – Andrea Karr, web editor
Universkin P Serum, $199 at universkin.ca.