Luxe Serums Can Be A Miracle For Your Skin When You Find The Right One And Here's Help

If you’re looking to invest in a high-end serum for your skin, then here’s the lowdown on a few that could change your skincare game.

Published On Feb 20, 2024 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024

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Luxury serums are a great way to supercharge your skincare routine with their targeted benefits. That’s not to say that mid-range or budget ones aren’t necessarily good, but the fact remains that when it comes to premium skincare, years of R&D, scientist-backed formulations, top-notch ingredients and millions of dollars have gone into these products, making them safe, potent and effective, giving you a serious bang for your (big!) buck. 

Let’s be honest, while they may be effective, some luxury serums are popular because they’re perceived as premium and aspirational, and because tons of reels have been made on them. But the fact remains that while these are expensive not everyone knows what their key ingredients are or what skin issues they can really tackle. So, this list aims to break down some of the best luxe serums for you, their key ingredients and issues they can target, so that you can make an informed decision before splurging on them. Thank us later! 

Key ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, tripeptide-32 
Helps with: Hydration, evens skin tone, line reduction 

Encased in its iconic amber-coloured bottle, the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, or ANR as it’s often referred to, is a night repair serum that promises to tackle multiple signs of aging. While many mistake the ‘R’ in ANR for retinol, the fact is that this serum doesn’t include this active ingredient but instead features hyaluronic acid and the brand’s exclusive Tripeptide-32. Overall, it is a lightweight, fast-penetrating face serum that is suited to all ages, skin tones, and skin types and helps with line reduction, firmness, even tone, strengthening, hydration, radiance, and antioxidants. 

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Key ingredients: metabolic ferment, miracle broth, lime tea concentrate 
Helps with: diminishing lines, refreshing skin, making skin more resilient 

A favourite with celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and others, this renowned brand’s regenerating serum includes metabolic ferment, a potent plant stem-cell ingredient plus glutathione and niacinamide, which helps skin boost its natural metabolic energy and collagen. While the brand’s name is an ode to the sea (La Mer is French for ‘The Sea’) so it’s no wonder then that all its products include a patented ‘Miracle Broth’ crafted with a blend of sustainably harvested giant sea kelp, and other nutrients, all which undergo 3 to 4 months of fermentation. The serum also consists of lime tea concentrate which has antioxidant benefits to fight free radicals. It works to diminish the look of lines and wrinkles, helps refresh and hydrate sensitised skin and give visibly smoother, more resilient skin. 

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Key ingredients: Vitamin C, glycolic acid, phyto-luminescent extract 
Helps with: Improving the look of hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone 

Suitable for all skin types, this serum promises to give brighter, even skin. It is now a well-known fact that vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that supports healthier-looking skin and can help prevent visible skin damage like hyperpigmentation, dullness and uneven tone. Coupled with that, this serum also includes glycolic acid which removes dead, dulling surface cells that in turn helps with better absorption of the vitamin C. Together the duo help give the skin a radiant, fresh look. Interestingly, the serum also has a dual-chamber delivery system that stabilises vitamin C and a calibrated cartridge that delivers a potent, exact dose so you needn’t worry about how much to use each time. 

Key ingredients: Vine resveratrol, hyaluronic acid, vegan collagen 1 and vegan collagen booster 
Helps with: Correcting wrinkles, lifting & firming 

While this serum has been popular, it recently underwent a reformulation to include vegan collagen. This plant-derived collagen, combined with an exclusive anti-aging patent is said to be three times more effective than retinol, which makes it a powerhouse anti-ageing formula. It works to correct wrinkles and smoothens skin, and its concentrated formula promises to instantly lift features giving visibly firmer skin. 

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Key ingredients: Roselle extract, reishi mushrooms, hydroxyproline 
Helps with: Improving hydration, boosts radiance and smoothness 

Packed with skin-loving ingredients, this potent antioxidant face serum with a lightweight fast-acting formula promises to show results in just three days. How come? Well, its key ingredients include fermented roselle extract – which increases skin’s capacity to hold water and thus gives plumper, more radiant skin – as well as heartleaf extract, an ancient Eastern herb that helps to soothe skin, make it more resilient and strengthen its protective barrier. In addition, reishi mushrooms, which are rich in antioxidants and polysaccharides, hydrate skin to visibly reduce signs of aging, while hydroxyproline, a collagen-supporting peptide also works to reduce visible lines and wrinkles. 

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Key ingredients: Bifidus prebiotic, hyaluronic acid, ascorbyl glucoside 
Helps with: Improving the skin barrier and appearance of fine lines 

A reparative anti-ageing formula, this luxurious serum consists of 10 per cent bifidus prebiotic, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin CG (ascorbyl glucoside is a water-soluble form of vitamin C) and works to improve the skin’s moisture barrier while boosting overall skin health and radiance. The serum also improves elasticity, and delays wrinkles by improving the appearance of fine lines caused by dehydration or due to thinning skin.


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