How Two Gritty Pretty Team Members Supercharged Their Skin With These Super Serums
Curious as to what the Gritty Pretty team chat about in the office? Two words: Lancôme super serums.
As a beauty magazine, we come across countless brands and products every single day. Some are quickly snatched up as restocks of our firm favourites and others are taken home with the hopes they will solve our skin woes overnight. But it is quite a rare occurrence that two of our team members are lusting over products from the same brand. Such is the case with our Senior Creative Producer, Nicola Sevitt, and Beauty Editor, Rose Garnett, and their shared (and immense) love of Lancôme super serums.
ICYMI: a serum is a fundamental step in any effective skincare routine. Not only does the right serum, containing the right highly-concentrated actives for you, deliver visible and long-lasting results but it is also able to penetrate the layers of the skin far more effectively than a moisturiser could. Light and fluid in texture, serums also absorb quickly and easily, which means there are no excuses for skipping this skin step. We know we’re being bossy! Sorry, not sorry!
However, what we will acknowledge, is that finding the right serum for you can be a challenge. And this is where the French luxury beauty brand comes in. Founded in 1936 by perfumer Armand Petitjean, Lancôme’s mission is simple: to provide individuals the best of cosmetics innovation in terms of quality, science and efficacy. Which is why we were not at all surprised to learn that the brand harnesses its pioneering beauty technology to empower every woman with the ability to decode her skin via expert online or offline diagnosis.
So, with technology in tow, Nicola and Rose have found their super serum soulmates. Here, the duo share their love letters to Lancôme…
Nicola Sevitt, Senior Creative Producer
“This product is serious business. Unlike my usual serums, Lancôme’s Rénergie H.C.F Triple Serum pumps out in three streams, indicative of its three powerful ingredient groups: hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid (a personal favourite) and vitamin C + niacinamide. Two of the three streams are clear, with a gel-like consistency, and the other is white with a rich creamy texture. At first, this overwhelmed me and I was slightly apprehensive, but the serum glides onto the skin beautifully, leaving it feeling so smooth and dewy.
“And, to be honest, I should have expected nothing less. Inspired by 40 years of research into regenerative sciences, this serum corrects the skin, layer by layer, to tackle volume loss, wrinkles and dark spots in one fell swoop. Protecting against oxidative damage, this formula is perfect for the girl who wants all the skincare benefits with none of the layering (a.k.a me).
“I also found it’s really fabulous to wear under your makeup; it acts as a seriously hydrating base. I’m excited to see the more long-term benefits as I continue to use the product, including skin tone correction and an improvement in fine lines.”
Rose Garnett, Beauty Editor
“If there is one thing to know about me, it’s that I take my skin barrier very seriously. So, it takes a lot for me to commit to a new serum as I am always a little nervous to introduce anything that could flare up my sensitive skin into my regimen. But the Lancôme Advanced Genifique serum is the brand’s number one serum for a reason—it works wonders. Formulated to help recover the skin moisture barrier with just one drop, the serum is proven to strengthen the microbiome and help the skin become more resilient while you wear. In seven days, the skin quality is visibly improved, appearing smoother, plumper and more elastic and after one bottle, the skin’s radiance has been proven to increase by 52 per cent**, with a 46 per cent reduction in wrinkles**.
“The formula is bolstered by pre & probiotic fractions which help to rebalance the skin (i.e. strengthening the good microorganisms to fight off environmental aggressors that can cause irritation), hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin and vitamin Cg to boost brightness and radiance. In short, the formula has everything you could ever need for skin that is plump, resilient and clear.
“A bonus that I also find to be a selling point of this incredible product is how well it sits under makeup. Providing bounce and luminosity to the skin, it is the perfect base to ensure your makeup lasts all day but also looks natural and radiant. I even find that patting a little on the high points of my cheekbones provides the most glorious highlight. All in all, the Lancôme Advanced Genifique Serum has fast become a must-have in my skincare routine. A gold star is awarded for how well it keeps my sometimes moody skin looking and feeling its best.”
**Clinical grading, 34 women, 8 weeks.