Intelligent Beauty

Why serum is the crucial skin care step you shouldn’t skip

The filling in your skin care sandwich, serum is the step that feeds your cells with all the nourishment they need to do their jobs effectively – from vitamin A through to cutting-edge cocktails – there’s something for every concern so we’re here to help you find ‘the one’ (or the several)…

Just as you wouldn’t make do with two slices of bread, serum is packed with the ‘flavour’ that whets your cells’ appetites – triggering all of the processes needed to optimise health and increase skin’s resilience. After your cleanser, before your hydrator, serum’s the PB&J (or the egg mayonnaise) that will sate your cells’ cravings and, as with your go-to baguette, bap or wrap, you can stick to one flavourful, does-it-all option or layer up multiple tinctures to rustle up something akin to a skin BLT *chef’s kiss*.

Don’t know where to begin? We’ll be guiding you through the skin care fundamentals to help you establish which actives are right for your skin type (and which play together). From helping you navigate labels to delving beyond the ingredient lists and exploring the trends (double serum is here from Korea), prepare to upgrade your regime and recover your glow-jo.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…