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Specialty serums – the skin’s secret weapon


Beauty expert Michelle D'Allaird shares her favourite skin treatment products.

One of the secrets to beautiful, youthful-looking skin is a superior daily skincare regimen. We’ve long known that 80% of the condition of the skin is how it’s cared for at home – but what about the other 20%? Professional facials? Maybe. But what else it could be?

Secret weapons for your skin

Which “secret weapons” might I be referring to? They’re right within your reach! Here are five products that are at the very top of my professional treatment list for everyone, depending on their skin concerns.

1. ARTISTRY Vitamin C and Wild Yam

This is my favourite product: a pure concentration of vitamin C that’s known to increase the skin’s firmness and brightness.
Vitamin C has been top of the ingredient charts for over ten years. It’s the ideal ingredient to trigger collagen reformation in order to strengthen the skin, as well as to increase the skin’s brightness. When exposed to air, light and water, vitamin C quickly becomes useless. This is exactly why ARTISTRY™ Vitamin C and Wild Yam is so effective, delivering the purest concentration of vitamin C deep within the layers of the skin.

2. ARTISTRY essentials Alpha Hydroxy Serum Plus

This is my secret weapon for gently increasing cell renewal. Alpha hydroxy acids are gentle fruit acids that help increase cell renewal and mildly exfoliate, delivering a fresh, smooth surface to the skin. The acids penetrate into the epidermis to promote cell turnover for an extended period of time. The answer to irritating acids without the irritating results!

3. ARTISTRY INTENSIVE SKINCARE 14-night restore programme

The ultimate repair programme, this secret weapon repairs cellular damage at night, while we rest. In just 14 nights, damaged skin cells are repaired to ensure maximum functioning of the cells as they move upward in the layers of the skin. I like to compare 14-night restore to a two-week intensive workout programme! Imagine that for two weeks you put your body through an intense workout of cardiovascular activity, weight lifting and core strengthening … That’s exactly what will happen to your skin – and when the skin cells are repaired, everything works better!

Usage tip for all three products: Use at night after cleansing and toning, then follow with night moisturiser. Can also be used before treatment serums such as ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND™ Serum Concentrate or ARTISTRY Hydra-V™ Vital Skin Serum Concentrate.

4. ARTISTRY INTENSIVE SKINCARE Anti-wrinkle Firming Serum

Vitamin A has long been the gold standard for improving wrinkles in the skin – for over 50 years. The problem was that it can be highly sensitising, leaving the skin dry and flaky. Not any more! This unique retinol product is formulated with a special targeting complex to minimise all adverse effects and deliver the vitamin A directly to the target areas. ARTISTRY was granted the patent on this formulation from the University of Michigan’s top retinol research team. There’s nothing like it to minimise wrinkles and firm the skin.
Usage tip: Use at night after cleansing and toning, then follow with night moisturiser. If you’re using a treatment serum such as ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND Serum Concentrate or ARTISTRY Hydra-V Vital Skin Serum Concentrate, apply it before the ARTISTRY Intensive Skincare™ Anti-wrinkle Firming Serum.


Our secret weapon against harsh chemical peels with negative side effects. This mushroom enzyme dissolves dead skin build-up on the skin’s surface, leaving it soft, smooth and more receptive to the superior products that you apply afterwards.
Usage tip: Cleanse the skin. Apply eight pumps evenly over face, neck and décolleté. Leave for eight minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Apply toner, treatment serum of choice and follow with night moisturiser. You shouldn’t do this before exposing your skin to the sun, so it’s better to do the peeling procedure in the evening.

Provide your skin with every benefit

Yes, all these products sound amazing! But to get the most out of each specialty serum, you need to use them one at a time as part of your night-time regimen (except for ARTISTRY Intensive Skincare Renewing Peel). You can even still use your “hero” serum as well.
Always apply lightest weight to heaviest. When that particular specialty serum runs out, choose another one. This is a fabulous way to switch up your skincare programme and provide your skin with the benefits of all of these amazing “secret weapons”.

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