Whenever I hear a makeup brand is entering into the world of skincare, it’s always with a sense of trepidation that I try the products. But with BareMinerals, I felt safe knowing that great skin is part of the brand’s DNA; their original loose-foundation formula is kind enough that you can sleep in it (great for late nights out). Also, it’s worth sharing that Shiseido bought BareMinerals last year, which means the mineral makeup brand now has access to the Japanese company's research and development teams. Last year, we saw the launch of the Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion (£45), then a collection of cleansers and moisturizers, and now serums.
I love serums, or perhaps it’s more factually correct to say I love good serums—ones that do what they promise in the shortest time frame possible. In fact, I love them so much that I don’t bother with a moisturizer. I just layer up different ones for different concerns—they’re all so lightweight that they absorb in seconds. I’ll share my routine soon, but in the meantime, there is one serum, the BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Anti-Imperfection Serum (£36), to state its proper name, that has transformed my skin from hormonally temperamental to calm and clear within a month. I’ve suffered from problem skins since I was in my teens (I’m now 31), so it’s safe to say when it comes to spot-fighting products, I’ve tried them all. But BareMinerals’s new offering may well have blown a lot of them (including prescription products) out of the water. Keep scrolling to find out why I’m obsessed with this skin-calming, spot-clearing serum and why it’s well worth the investment.
You just need a couple of drops of this clear, oil-free, serum to cover your entire face and neck. I’ve been using the formula morning and night for around five weeks. It’s scent-free and absorbs fast. Within the first 10 days, I noticed that the spots I had were less visible, and I hadn’t had a new spot rear its ugly little head. I waited until my period, sure as the sky looks blue that I would get a spot. I waited and waited. I’m still waiting. Six weeks is pretty much the longest I have gone without a spot since high school. Even when I used prescription topicals, I would get an odd spot (or suffer from terrible dryness and flaking), but with this serum, my skin looks clearer, brighter and plumper. My skin tone is more even, and it glows! It glows so well that my boyfriend has complimented my makeup-free face a few times since January.
So what makes it so good? It has various key active ingredients that are worth knowing. Zinc helps to control excess oil, clear existing blemishes and prevent new spots from occurring. Licorice root extract, known for being soothing and calming, tackles redness, while meadowsweet extract, a phenolic acid, boosts your skin’s defenses against blemish-causing bacteria. Algae extract prevents dryness, while salicylic acid encourages skin cell turnover (read: fewer blocked pores).
Since slathering this serum on my skin, I'm also using less foundation—just a little Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation (£50), which is pricey, so using less is a very good thing. Also, it has a texture more like a BB cream, which I can totally get away with now if I apply some Nars Soft Matte Concealer (£23) strategically just to conceal dark circles, broken capillaries, and redness. If spots are your issue, then I urge you to give this serum a try—at £36, it’s not earth-shatteringly expensive, and I’ve been using it for weeks, and I'm still nowhere near finishing it. When I get close to the end of the bottle, I’ll be preemptively buying my next one for fear of running out. In fact, can I just get it on some kind of repeat prescription?