Nourishing serums seem to have become an essential part of my skincare routine. I like the intense hit of moisture that they provide, I like that they are quick to apply, I like that they can plump and smooth the skin without leaving any residue, and I like that they can be used before pretty much any product.
The latest serum I’ve been using the most often is the Propolis Energy Ampule from CNP Laboratory. It takes brilliant care of the skincare basics. It tackles hydration (the serum contains 10% propolis extract and hyaluronic acid), soothes irritation (allantoin, madecassoside, and beta-glucan), and helps to protect the skin from the daily onslaught of environmental aggressors.(Click here for ingredients list.)
The fact that this serum is non-oily, hydrating, and soothing makes this a great all-rounder. My own skin is relatively normal — sometimes slightly dry around the cheeks — and it works perfectly. It plumps my skin nicely, boosting moisture level without adding a gunky layer. If you hate the feeling of layer upon layer during the day or you want to keep things fresh and simple, then this serum works very well.
Most skin types will enjoy the Propolis Energy Ampule — if you’re dry you can layer it for an extra boost, or you like to keep things really simple then wear it alone. I used it directly beneath sunscreen during the summer. Now that winter is just around the corner, I’ve been layering it beneath a moisturiser.
My only complaint? That CNP Laboratory’s Propolis Energy Ampule is tiny. The measly 15 ml bottle runs around US$25. The larger 35ml is about US$48. The online prices for both sizes fluctuate a great deal over a short period of time so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the prices. I believe I bought mine a while back for US$16. It’s available online from many retailers including Amazon and YesStyle.