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Making sense of serums, boosters and oils

Updated: May 31, 2019



With all the serums, boosters and oils on the market, it’s hard to tell which one is right for you and your skin. Many people skip the step of adding one to their daily skin care routine. If that’s you, you may be missing a key to healthy, beautiful skin.


Serums are high concentrations of active ingredients designed to target specific issues. They can help with dryness, acne and signs of aging. Because of their small molecule size, ingredients reach the deepest layers of your skin as well as aid the surface.


Boosters, on the other hand, benefit overall skin health. They target surface-level skin sensitivities, redness, dullness and irritability. Regular use can improve hydration and radiance.

Oils provide hydration and nutrients to your skin. Made from plant extracts and essential oils, they improve your essential moisture barrier. Because the oil molecules are larger, they only benefit the outer layers of your skin. They also protect from damage caused by the environment and aging.



To summarize, serums are targeted and can go deep. Boosters are for overall and surface level issues. Oils hydrate and protect the top layers. Now that you now the basics, let’s get specific.


Need to brighten, firm and dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles?

Choose one to enhance your skin’s natural defense system. I suggest Dermalogica’s Biolumin-C Serum. It’s high-performing, infused with vitamin C and part of their Age Smart line.


Is your skin looking dull?

Add a natural, effective way to brighten skin and lighten dark spots without the harmful effects of chemical hydroquinone, a topical skin-bleaching agent. My favorite is Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum from Dermalogica. It’s concentrated oil and infused with Natural Hydroquinone Alternative and Gigawhite™. Both a booster and serum, it soothes, nourishes and moisturizes to restore balance to sensitive skin.


Want to feed and reawaken your skin?

Use a serum rich with vitamins and Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful rehydrator. Regular hydration can leave your skin feeling supple, smooth and silky. Éminence uses a vegan-friendly source of Hyaluronic Acid (marshmallow plant extract) in their Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum. I recommend it as a way to feed your skin for a youthful glow.


Need to replenish aging skin?

Select an oil that reinforces the skin’s protective barrier and replenishes lipids depleted by aging and environmental stress. Lipids are critical to maintain a strong protective barrier. They are our skin’s natural fats that protect and keep impurities out. Here are my top two suggestions:

  • Phyto Replenish Oil from Dermalogica is a feather-light treatment oil which rapidly absorbs to reinforce the skin’s protective barrier and replenish lipids depleted by aging and environmental stress.

  • Éminence’s Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil helps to increase collagen production, reduce inflammation and soothe the skin for a healthy, younger looking complexion.

Both Dermalogica and Éminence make high quality, professional grade skin care products. They have 60-90% more active ingredients and less water content than most products on the market. Be careful to purchase your products from certified sellers, like Lustre Skin Care. Scammers sell products under the guise of Dermalogica and Éminence, but with unclear expiration dates and questionable ingredients.


Although their prices may be higher than other over-the-counter products, Dermalogica and Éminence use superior quality ingredients. By certifying their sellers, you gain access to highly knowledgeable professionals. Finally, their proven record of results and effectiveness make Dermalogica and Éminence products a bargain in the long run.


I'm available if you have any questions or concerns. Give me a call (612.248.8939), stop by or go to lustreskincarempls.com to connect.


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