Step Four: Serum

I'll admit...I could probably get by without including an essence into my skincare routine and just use serums. Serums are the heavy duty lifters when it comes to attacking certain skincare needs. Even though serums are often lighter than creams and moisturizers, they are more potent. Everyone in their 20s should start using a serum because the aging process starts around 25 years of age. But the great thing about serums is that there a lots of options out there for your specific skin type and concerns. 
1. Laneige Water Bank Serum $35 
This is the perfect serum for summer... and spring, and fall, and even winter. It's very light and absorbs quickly, but it does exactly what it says it does. It's hydrating, soothing, and cooling. I love it, and  love it even more because it's now available at Target. 

2. Skin Ceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel $62
I've had this for a long time because I don't use it regularly. I use it it's as a spot treatment on areas that have discoloration or light scarring from blemishes. It's very gentle and helps reduce skin irritation. It's a nice serum to keep around for when I need something to calm my skin and fight hyperpigmentation. 

3. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate $46-$120 
This is NOT a serum but I'll include it here anyway. Serums don't include emollients, and seeing that this product is an's not a serum at all. In any case this oil is lovely. It smells lightly of lavender, but the fragrance doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, and it lasts a very long time so it's worth every cent. This kept my skin supple and healthy during cold winter months. It's just a very luxurious product (and it's multipurpose) that I immediately wanted to buy after trying a sample of it. During the summer I use this for when I do facial massage about once or twice a week.