I am not what most would define as a ‘makeup wearer'. As a beauty journalist whose job it is to trial and test all of the new makeup launches, I’d go as far to say that makeup for me is strictly a work thing. Spending my days swatching, buffing and blending means that when it comes to non-work hours, I’d rather let my skin do its thing and avoid the laborious task of applying makeup altogether.
Instead, I prefer to select my morning skincare products carefully. I look for cleansers that deliver an instant glow boost, SPFs that come with subtle blurring benefits and, most importantly, serums that leave my complexion looking plump, healthy and oozing radiance. And I say serums are the most important part of my morning skincare routine because it is through the wonders of serums that my skin gets all of the goodness it needs to stay healthy in the long-term.
I’ve spent countless years trying to find a morning serum that works best for delivering a skin-loving glow that allows me to skip makeup (I’m lazy, what can I say) – and I’ve tried hundreds. So imagine my surprise at the fact the one I forever find myself coming back to is the UK’s number one serum (and the second most-searched for skincare product on Google this year). Yes, it’s Clarins Double Serum.
And while I’m obviously overjoyed that I can sit here and tell you that the glowiest, most skin-loving serum I’ve ever come across is widely accessible and easy to get your hands on, I must admit that a little part of my beauty editor heart is sad. Because my job is to tell you what you don’t already know, and the fact that one bottle of Double Serum sells every five seconds worldwide and that it has won 394 beauty awards implies you already know how good it is.
Clarins Clarins Double Serum (£58)
But on the off chance you didn’t, I’m here to confirm it. Seriously, this product is good. It’s marketed predominantly as an anti-ageing serum, which needless to say I’m not particularly in favour of. It doesn’t contain retinol and it isn’t going to get rid of any deep-set wrinkles. If you ask me, Double Serum is just healthy-looking skin in one very clever bottle (it contains two vials to keep oil soluble and water soluble ingredients separate for ultimate potency.)
Championing anti-inflammatory turmeric along with a plethora of other plant ingredients (21 to be exact), Double Serum delivers the core things your skin needs to look healthy and radiant. It delivers lightweight but intense hydration to plump, turns skin supple and radiant thanks to skin barrier support, has antioxidant benefits to protect skin against potentially dulling damage and, on top of all of this, it leaves skin looking noticeably smoother thanks to a boost in collagen production.
It is so good at what it does, in fact, that my choice to avoid makeup application in the morning is no longer just down to the fact that I simply can’t be bothered, but also because I genuinely don’t feel as though my skin needs it. If anything, applying makeup risks only flattening and dulling Double Serum’s handy work. And the best bit is, there’s something for my disastrously dark under-eye area now, too.
Clarins Clarins Double Serum Eye (£56)
For years I have preached the message that dark circles and eye cannot be tackled with topical products. Unless you’re prepared to try something invasive (tear trough filler, I’m looking at you), concealer and cover-up is the only way. But now, Clarins Double Serum Eye is a thing and with 89% of people saying that signs of fatigue are visibly minimised after 28 days use, I must admit that if it’s anything like as good as the original Double Serum, I might just be tempted to give it a go.
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Elemis Pro-Collagen Renewal Serum (£70)
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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Hyaluronic Acid Capsules 30-Piece (£45)
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Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum (£100)
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Summer Fridays CC Me Serum (£57)
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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir (£60)
Formulated and designed specifically to make skin look great from the minute it's applied, this serum from Charlotte Tilbury is a surprisingly great skincare product. Containing peptides, polyglutamic acid (which is essentialy supercharged hyaluronic acid) and vitamin C, there really isn't a great need for makeup over the top.
Kiehl's Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum (£42)
If your skin is prone to looking dull, dehydrated and tired first thing in the morning, a quick layer of Kiehl's Super Serum is all it needs to look its healthiest all day long.
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