Sometimes when mid-year hits we find ourselves stuck in the daily grind – working, caring for others, long commutes all which leave us saying ‘I don’t have time’ when it comes to things like exercise, eating well, doing things that make us feel good, meditating and developing an attitude of thankfulness. Not prioritising these things leaves us in a cycle that can leave us feeling worn down, and perhaps even impacts our self esteem. As part of my Six Weeks of Self Care I’ve been boosting my skin care routine to give my skin health some extra love as its the first thing to go when I am busy. The product that I’ve found made the most difference to my routine was the addition of a serum. On instagram, many of you asked me to chat to the professional therapists at Endota Spa about the science behind serum products and how to determine which product is best for your skin type. So I’ve done just that and I hope this is a comprehensive guide that will help you understand which serum is best for your skin type, so that you can see the results you want with your skin!
My skin issues
I wanted to give my skin a hydrating boost as the harsh winter air leaves my skin looking dry and dull and my skin had adapted to my previous winter skincare routine was no longer giving me the best results. My Endota beauty therapist recommended trying a serum to get moisture to the second layer of skin. I’ve LOVED it, and combined with the Dermalogica Hydrating Masque it has made a HUGE difference to my skin – including the fine lines I get from skin dehydration and lack of sleep.
What skin type do you have?
Before we go onto what worked for me, let’s reflect on this incredible fact – each of us has been made uniquely, with our own individual skin composition (and own individual skin concerns). Out of the millions and billions of people on our planet, no two of us are the same! So what works for me, won’t necessarily work for you! However, we still share some common skin concerns. Scientists and the Endota skin care team have been working to sort out the common concerns arising from our unique skin properties into four categories. These are:
1- mature/prematurely aging skin/loss of firmness
3- coarse texture/ dull skin tone
4- fine lines/ lack lustre and dull skin/ aging skin
What are your biggest skin concerns? Which category does your primary skin concern fall into? For me it’s dry, dull skin, which fits into category number 4, fine lines/lack lustre and dull skin/aging skin.
Now comes step two – combating your skin care concern!
Endota is my current go to skin care range. I love them because they are Australian made and owned, cruelty free and they offer an Australian Certified Organic range. Their philosophy incorporates prioritising your well being as an essential part of living well, rather than as a treat – and I totally agree. If you haven’t tried a treatment at one of their day spas then I recommend you get your diary out right now and book one in. They are the most professional spa I’ve been to. Look after you!
Which Serum is Best for your Skin Type
The Endota New Age Range Serums
Spa quality serums that have been clinically tested
Endota have recently expanded their ‘Endota New Age Range’. This range is set to have 24 new product formulations, but I just want to focus on four: the new treatment serums. These serums are used during your day spa treatment, but you can also obtain them (as I do) as a take home product. Each product in the range has been clinically tested to make sure it is effective and that you are not wasting your money.
As I mentioned, my skin concern is dry skin and fine lines, so I have been using the new Endota Peptide 8 Hyaluronic Serum which increases my skin hydration and clarity. I use it morning and evening after cleansing and before putting on my Endota New Age Peptide Firming moisturiser. This Peptide 8 Hyaluronic serum has been proven to reduce wrinkles and increase skin moisture by 11% within 24 hours! I can testify to these results!
But how does the Peptide 8 Hyaluronic Serum actually work?
Now here is the science part. Get your nerd glasses out and take a quick refresher of your year 12 chemistry class. This serum has three active molecules.
1- Britenyl: this blocks the melogenesis process (the process which causes skin pigmentation) at multiple levels of the skin resulting in protection from inflammation. It’s four times as potent as vitamin C and 60 times more effective than kojoc acid (that’s a natural agent that prevents pigmentation).
2- Phytocelltec: this is a patented liposomal preparation made from a Swiss apple variety (if the Swiss apples look as good as the Swiss people then I’m convinced. Also, I’m ok with the thought that my skin could look as good as the skin of an apple!). It works to protect the skin’s stem cells (the most important part of the skin) against premature aging.
3- Acetyl Octapeptide-3, or as I prefer to refer to it, ‘botox in a bottle’. This works to prevent muscle contraction which is how it reduces the depth and appearance of wrinkles.
How amazing is that! Whenever I learn something new about skin care I’m always in awe of the complexity of how our skin has been made. There are so many different layers and molecules involved.
“But I’m not worried about skin category four – what about me?”?
So you’ve just read the science behind my serum of choice, but there are three other common skin complaint categories to address. I can’t tell you the detailed science behind each one or we would be here all day, but I can let you know which serum to choose for which skin concern.
Skin care for category 1 – mature/prematurely-aging skin/loss of firmness
If you are concerned with category 1- mature/prematurely-aging skin/loss of firmness, then try the Endota Age Defying Retinol Serum. It has vitamin A, nicotinamide (a form of vitamin B3) and sodium hyaluronate. It’s a potent wrinkle reducer and improves the elasticity, radiance, tone and clarity of your skin.
Skin Care for category 2 – texture/dull skin tone
Category 2 readers (concerned about coarse texture/dull skin tone) should try the Endota Super C Firming Serum. It is made with Encapsulated Vitamin C (which has anti-aging and anti-acne effects), Sodium Hyaluronate (keeps skin plump and hydrated) and Ferulic Acid (a plant based antioxidant). This product will even out your skin tone and improve your skin elasticity.
Skin Care for Category 3 – Hyperpigmentation
If your concerns fall into Category 3, Hyperpigmentation, then pick up the Endota Potent Brightening Serum. It has Actizyme, Britenyl and 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid aswell as Nicotinamide.
This product targets age spots and fades dark spots in your skin to give you a more even completion.
So where do I get started?
Book into see your Endota Spa consultant for a treatment, or pop in store to have a chat about your skin type. They can explain to you what each of the other ingredients do in the serums for categories 1-3 (you can also leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you too, if you want more information about this – I love the science, especially when you’re investing heavily in a product!).
Enter the giveaway to win a $365 Endota New Age product prize pack!
In the mean time, you can enter giveaway from Endota to share with one wonderful reader. The prize pack includes my favourite serum, moisturiser and eye cream:
- the 1 x Endota New Age Peptide Firming Moisturise (RRP $110),
- 1 x Endota New Age Peptide 8 Hyaluronic Serum (RRP $180) and,
- 1 x Endota New Age Vita Peptide Eye Cream – (RRP $75).
That’s a total of $365 in prize! So click on the links below to get your entries in.
So ladies, can I urge you to take some time out and look into how you should be caring for your skin. Each of us has been given beautiful skin to care for so make sure you treat it gently and nourish it well. If you’re interested in the Endota skin care range you can purchase it here.
NB: as seen on my instagram I was gifted some Endota products to trial, however I was already using some of these products before this gifting – big fan!
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