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THE GLOW UP News from the beauty aisle

THE TRUTH ABOUT SERUM If you haven’t incorporated a serum into your skincare routine, now’s the time! Light and fast-absorbing, serums are used to deliver targeted skincare results with a high concentration of active ingredients. Here are our top picks of serums from our favourite local brands. By Sarah Fung

Infused Serum, ZeroYet100 If an oil-based serum is more your thing, this new product from local low-waste brand ZeroYet100 is infused with gorgeously scented essential oils, each with powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Key ingredients include sandalwood, frankincense, saffron and meadowfoam oil, each of which are packed with nourishing ingredients to help hydrate, detoxify, soothe and treat blemishes. It also smells gorgeous, making it a lovely product to apply just before a meditation or yoga sesh. $228 from

Age Delaying Serum, Rare SkinFuel Local entrepreneur Michelle Chen launched RARE SkinFuel last year after not being able to find a product to help her skin after pregnancy hormones wreaked havoc on her complexion. Using all-natural Australian ingredients, this serum uses kakadu plum extract, hyaluronic acid, white tea and lactic acid to refine, balance and hydrate for a luminous glow. $2,470 from 32

True Luminosity Serum, Snow Fox Skincare Extremely light, scent-free and with a watery consistency, this serum seems unassuming but delivers results, with blue lotus extract, zinc and caffeine to reduce inflammation, treat blemishes and boost hydration. Its star ingredient is potassium azeloyl diglycinate, which reduces redness, treats large pores, scarring and discolouration without causing sun sensitivity. $580 from Mi Ming Mart stores citywide.

100% Hyaluronic Acid + KGF, Skin Need Skin Need is the brainchild of Christal Leung, a Hong Kong-based skincare expert who produces white label beauty products for brands across the world. She creates her own formulas in her US lab under the label Skin Need. It offers several oiland water-based serums, including the 100 percent hyaluronic acid serum, which uses this wonder product to deliver a deep and long-lasting hit of moisture. It also contains peptides to boost skin healing and collagen renewal, and can even help treat UV damage. It’s also super gentle, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and is fantastic on post-surgical or laser-treated skin. $848 from

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