The vernacular surrounding beauty is an ever-evolving creature. In all fairness, novel innovations and technology are hitting the market at a breakneck pace, so it comes as no surprise that new-sprung additions are constantly making their way into the lexicon. What is unexpected, however, is the breadth of conversations surrounding the industry. As of late, topics once considered taboo have shed the societal stigma once attached to it, allowing for open discussions and scintillating debate surrounding sexual health, plastic surgery, and cosmetic procedures such as fillers and Botox. The latter, in particular, proves to be a hotly contested subject, with some experts touting the necessity of preventative Botox while others extol the benefits of injectables. Then, there is the happy, more transient medium between the two which provides similar results. Enter: lifting serums.
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Much like Botox, the primary function of lifting serums lies in wrinkle-prevention as well as skin-tightening. Of course, sustained and consistent use is required to witness optimal results, with Botox being the more ideal option should individuals be seeking fast and drastic results. If not, lifting and firming solutions prove to be a sound investment, with there being a whole host of choices that not only boosts the production of collagen and elastin, but also amalgamates retinol, peptides, and other nourishing skincare ingredients into its formula. To sum it up: there are plenty of efficacious formulations in the sea, of which are catered to meet all your complexion needs in one fell swoop. Vogue Singapore rounds up the prime picks for your consideration, below.
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Clé de Peau Beauté Firming Serum Supreme
There’s no better product that encapsulates the sentiment that prevention is better than cure. Boasting a breakthrough complex that combines honeysuckle, safflower, and bupleurum falcatum root extract, the Clé de Peau Beauté Firming Serum Supreme is designed to up facial density and plumpness by 10 per cent in a mere two weeks. Its potency is best showcased when the product is applied using the brand’s meticulously-developed Lifting V-Force Exercise; an advanced massage technique that mobilises rudimentary skin structures with a specific configuration of pressure and movements. This results in unparalleled radiance and lift—bringing users one step closer to an ever-youthful countenance.
Clé de Peau Beauté Firming Serum Supreme, $460, available at all Clé de Peau Beauté counters
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Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose Advanced Serum
Turning back the clock is made easy with Dior’s micro-nutrient laden emulsion. Having undergone a reformulation and revamp, the most recent rendition of the La Micro-Huile de Rose Advanced Serum allows for the skin’s fundamental youthful structures to appear three years younger with just one month of use. Harbouring an unique texture that marries the richness of an oil with the penetrative quality of a serum, it infiltrates the dermis to plump, lift, and refine from within, enhancing facial contours and creating the impression of an enlivened complexion. Create strong definition by applying this product using gentle, even strokes, holding the chin between the index and middle fingers and moving up the jawline to acquire a chiselled mien radiating with health.
Dior Prestige La Micro-Huile de Rose Advanced Serum, $235, available at all Dior boutiques and online
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Dr. Barbara Sturm Lifting Serum
Botox, but in a bottle. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Lifting Serum prides itself on both short-term and long-term results thanks to a hard-hitting formula that physically elevates the skin while also enriching skin firmness and elasticity. This is credited to its winning blend incorporating secondly microalgae extract and red algae—a medley of ingredients recognised and revered for enhancing collagen and elastin production. Use it as the last step of your skincare routine, where a single pipette’s length of serum is recommended in terms of portion. Gently pat it into the skin, and wait for five minutes for it to fully absorb. Results are noticeable in said short time frame, with the general consensus amongst beauty buffs being that it serves as a great stopgap solution for users seeking a quick fix without resorting to aesthetic treatments.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Lifting Serum, $475, available at the Dr. Barbara Sturm counter at Takashimaya Department store and online
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Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift
The effects of gravity—and age—on skin is made obsolete with this bad boy. This cult-favourite from Clarins is crafted specifically to visibly sculpt, slim, and depuff, which leads to the generation of distinctively defined facial contours that feel lush and pillowy-soft to touch. Star ingredients of note include organic agropyon, Zerumbet ginger extract, and escin from horse chestnut that is said to help relieve the skin of excess water. Puffiness and bloatedness is markedly reduced, where the natural curves of the face accentuated with the removal of superfluous fluid.
Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift, $135, available at all Clarins counters and online
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La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum
The luxury label’s legacy of infused algae is exemplified with their lifting serum; a lightweight treatment imbued with the La Mer’s exclusive Lifting Ferment that targets dimension and definition in skin. This is done via the inclusion of a bespoke seaborn ferment that is developed to promote the creation of natural collagen, paired with the brand’s iconic Miracle Broth that possesses regenerative abilities like no other. In short: a deeply decadent, silky-soft serum that pushes for a remarkably uplifted appearance.
La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum, $720, available at all La Mer counters and online
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Shiseido Vital Perfection White Revitalising Emulsion
Those struggling with thin, sensitised skin on top of sagginess and wrinkles are sure to benefit from the latest anti-ageing potion from Shiseido. Its fastidiously-produced formula decimates all signs of aged proteins, making room for the growth of new cells that optimises an individual’s current skin condition so it feels strong and resilient. Dark spots and dullness, too, are eliminated in its wake with reliable use of this baby twice a day. Use it in conjunction with the brand’s entire Vital Perfection line comprising a softener and cream to witness its full capabilities.
Shiseido Vital Perfection White Revitalising Emulsion, $148, available at all Shiseido boutiques and at Sephora
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Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Instant Firming Serum
As it turns out, a patented combination of vine resveratrol, hyaluronic acid and a vegan collagen booster is all you need to whip your mien back into shape. At least, that is if French label Caudalie has anything to say about it. Their lifting and firming serum is built with the aim to correct wrinkles as well as elevate facial contours, with their conducted studies revealing that usage increases natural production of collagen as well as hyaluronic acid. Its formula comprising 97% natural ingredients seals the deal on it being an ideal pick for eco-conscious shoppers.
Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Instant Firming Serum, $105, available at Sephora