A recent office chat about the age we all started using serums (the correct age: here) quickly turned into a deep discussion about the serums that changed our lives.

“I didn’t start until last year…”
“Yeah, I was scared because I don’t like the idea of oils on my skin.” / “I didn’t really know what the point was? Why do I need to buy another thing?

That was a gist of it. The last word is that you ABSOLUTELY should be using a serum as part of your everyday skincare routine. The higher concentration of actives in serums means they achieve results much faster than almost any other skincare product you currently own. And, if you haven’t found one that’s quite right for you, below we’ve listed the ones that made us converts here at Gritty Pretty.

If it changed our lives, maybe it can change yours too.

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– Morgan Tait, Creative Director

“I was introduced to the serum by Sydney facialist Jocelyn Petroni. During my facial, we spoke about my skin insecurities and mine was that I didn’t have even skin tone.

I hadn’t used a serum before that because I was scared; whenever I put anything oily on my skin, I’d break out so I was a bit worried about trying it at first. My skin is quite sensitive so I had to build up to it; you can feel the product working. When I started I’d use it once a week, and then every second day once it was fine, and now I use everyday with no issues.

The texture of it is like a clear oil. It starts oily and goes matte after it has absorbed into your skin. I noticed results within two months and it changed my life because it made me stop using foundation. Now I just BB cream and concealer, or foundation as concealer. I never wear foundation all over my face anymore.”


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– Wendy Hoang, Beauty Editor

“I don’t have a very long relationship with products because we get so many to test, but these two serums I keep coming back to. They’ve made me believe that natural beauty products can be comparable to chemical ones in terms of their effectiveness and result, without being harsh on the skin.

They work great on all skin types; mine is sensitive/combination. As I’m big fan of serum mixing, I use two pumps of each every night (applied together to avoid that oily skin feeling)  and let it penetrate and absorb into my skin before applying moisturiser. Anti-ageing and hydrating results are visible within a week, two at most.”


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– Lauren Deighton, Digital Sales & Partnerships Manager

“It was the middle of winter and my skin was really dry [when I went into Aesop]. The store attendant showed me the Parsley Seed Serum and I decided to give it a try. This was actually the first serum I ever used, I wasn’t using anything before that.

It’s a mix of gel and oil and has been great for me because I have combination skin and do get the occasional breakout, but the oil hasn’t caused any breakouts at all. I also have sensitive skin and it just drinks this oil up with no reactions.

I mix it with moisturiser in the evening (about two to three drops) and apply it all over my face and neck and my skin started to feel much smoother within a week. Within a month I noticed the difference, it seemed to plump out any fine lines and my skin felt more hydrated.”


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 – Eleanor Pendleton, Editor & Founder

“I started using the SK-II R.N.A Power Radical New Age Essence when it first launched and I have used it morning and night ever since. I love that it suits all skin types and targets all concerns. It contains nourishing olive leaf extract as well as SK-II’s hero nutrient-rich ingredient, Pitera.

It’s a milky white lightweight lotion with a delicate, lovely fragrance. I apply one pump onto my face, neck and décolletage. By using is consistently, my complexion is clear and hydrated. I noticed results within four weeks of use. The skin has a 28 day skin cell cycle so I always recommend when trying a new product, stick with it for at least a month.”




Simona Mazenyte

Thought provoking article as there are numerous serums from different brands and it is important to get good advice in choosing the right one for your skin. I have used DMK Beta Gel serum as I have particularly reactive skin. This serum contains betaglucan plus vitamins B and C. Betaglucan has been shown to stimulate the skin’s inbuilt immune system which can help reduce swelling, redness and inflammation. Simona | Skin Aspirations

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