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The Overwhelmed Woman’s Guide to picking the right serum.

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Whether you’re a skincare aficionado or a complete newbie, it can sometimes get a bit much trying to decide how to best tackle your skin goals and exactly what to include in your routine.

There are so many serums that claim to do so many things and it can be difficult to wade through it all and understand which one will *actually help* you with your skin concerns.

Enter BOOST LAB, who make highly potent, targeted serums but also help simplify the entire process so you can better understand what your skin needs.

Even better than that, the BOOST LAB serums are colour coded (I LOVE colour coding!) to easily identify your favourite serum.

Let’s go through a couple of common skin concerns and see which ingredients are best suited to helping your routine work its hardest for you.

Puffy under eyes and dark circles

The under-eye area is quite delicate, so it can be a bit tricky to figure out, especially if you’re trying to tackle more than one issue at a time.

Fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffy under-eye bags can all contribute to the appearance of a tired eye area. 

Peptides are a hero ingredient when it comes to revitalising the skin, because they act as the building blocks of important proteins in your skin such as collagen and elastin. They can help support your skin by increasing the firmness and plumpness of the area. 

The blue labelled Bio-Active Eye Reset Serum pair these hero peptides with a number of natural extracts and mineral blends to visibly reduce puffy eye bags and dark circles.

BOOST LAB has united these ingredients together, along with a mineral tonic for a serum to help revive your under-eye area.

Supercharging this routine with the Night Renewal Serum introduces retinol, a gold standard ingredient to help renew skin and improve elasticity.  

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Dry and dull skin

Aside from feeling dry and tight, other signs of skin in need of hydration are a rough texture, increased sensitivity or an overall dullness. 

The best way to help improve this is to boost your moisture levels as well as strengthen your skin barrier to prevent further moisture loss. 

This is where the multi-award winning BOOST LAB 2D-Hyaluronic Hydro Boost steps in, with two types of hyaluronic acid as well as Pro-Vitamin B5 (read: Panthenol).

Whilst the hyaluronic acids work together to deeply penetrate and hydrate the skin, the Panthenol steps in to speed up the natural restorative processes of your skin and work as a protective film to hold water in. 

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Want to take it one step further? Pair it with the Brightening Serum, so that you can help get that glow again whilst increasing your hydration. 

Breakouts and blemishes

There can be many reasons why you’re experiencing breakouts, but whatever the reason, there are a couple of superstar ingredients that work well together to treat existing breakouts and prevent new ones. 

Vitamin B3, better known as Niacinamide, is an all-rounder that benefits almost every skin type, with research showing that it works to regulate oil production in the skin, calm inflammation, as well as protecting against sun damage and other environmental stress. 

That’s why you can find it in the BOOST LAB Blemish Rescue Serum, along with Zinc PCA, which also helps to reduce redness and support the healing process post-breakout. Another great way to help treat and reduce breakouts is by exfoliation, using an ingredient like Lactic Acid to gently remove dead skin cells for a revitalised skin surface.

The Aloe Vera Juice and Manuka Honey in the Resurfacing Serum work to soothe the skin alongside the hardworking actives, making it a great pair with the Blemish Serum which has a super cute orange label.

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Fine lines and wrinkles

If you have fine lines and wrinkles you’d like to reduce, look no further than a blend of active peptides.

In the same way they can revitalise your under-eye area, peptides have a skin-smoothing effect on the rest of your skin, stimulating collagen production which leads to firmer, more even skin. 

The BOOST LAB Anti-Ageing Serum, with a pretty pink label, pairs peptides with a complex carbohydrate blend. 

It helps to intensely hydrate the skin, whilst also providing a shield from further external aggressors and matches well with the Night Renewal Serum, which works its magic with retinol.  

Uneven skin tone and dark spots

Free radical damage can be caused by environmental stressors such as UV rays and pollution, as well as fatigue and stress. On the skin this can look like uneven skin tone in the form of dark spots, redness and dull patches. 

Using a Vitamin C product can be helpful, as it’s a powerful antioxidant, which means it helps protect the skin from environmental damage. 

In combination with niacinamide, like in the Brightening Serum, you have a powerful duo of ingredients working to both undo and prevent future damage.

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Look for the yellow on the BOOST LAB site for your skin brightening heroes.  

Still not quite sure where to start? Or maybe you have multiple concerns that you’d like to try and tackle at the same time?

BOOST LAB have also created their Perfect Pairs and Power Packs, with ingredients designed to work together. You can easily identify which is best for you based on your specific skin concern. 

And if you still aren't entirely sure, try out their nifty Skin Advisor tool. Once you provide a selfie, it completely analyses your skin to best identify the perfect serum for you.

Since I’m looking for some help with dry skin, I’ll be going for the aqua coloured Hydro Boost and pair it with the Brightening Serum for the ultimate duo! 

Give your skin the supercharged boost it needs by checking out BOOST LAB's extensive range of serums. Use the coupon code BOOST10 to receive $10 off your order! 

Feature Image: Supplied/Mamamia.

Boost Lab
As serum specialists, BOOST LAB has designed hyper-targeted solutions for individual skin concerns, using only gold standard quality, high potency ingredients and formulations to give your skin the supercharged boost it needs, no matter what challenges your lifestyle brings.