Canadian Dermatology Association-Approved Serums

A serum is a vital part of any healthy skincare routine, and one that’s dermatologist-approved is even better. Here’s your guide to the serums designed to brighten, hydrate, rejuvenate and plump that are all recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association. Whatever your skin care needs may be, the doctor will see you now!

A visit to a derm can help you quickly assess your skin’s needs and provide you with a plan of action. The next best thing? Seeking out products that have the expert’s stamp of approval, like the select L’Oréal Paris serums that are approved by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA). Product status is determined by a group of top medical specialists and an advisory board focused on skincare and treatment from across the country. Packages bearing the CDA Skin Health emblem have been recognized for offering fragrance-free formulas that have a minimal potential to cause irritation. Recognized products are also free from containing most common allergens. What you will find is a formula that’s gentle yet effective. And that’s particularly important when you’re looking for a suitable serum. Serums are the most active component in a skincare routine, so you’ll want one that delivers beneficial ingredients without setting off any red alerts within your skin barrier. Whether you want to brighten, hydrate, rejuvenate or plump, read on to learn more about choosing the best serum that’s CDA-approved to achieve your complexion goal.

For brightening

Looking to enhance luminosity and minimize dark spots? Then don’t miss out on using a vitamin C serum! Dermatologists love to recommend this powerful antioxidant ingredient as one-third of any basic routine because it protects against free-radical damage, which can lead to a dull, dotted and dry appearance. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Vitamin C Serum blends 10% ascorbic acid (the go-to version for stability and effectiveness) in a waterless formula with nourishing glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Apply it in the morning to shield skin during the day, and always follow up with SPF. Both products work best in tandem—one without the other diminishes results all around.

P.S. Sun protectant is another third of any derm’s must-have list, with retinol completing the trio.

For hydration

The constant flux of life (changing seasons, hormonal cycles, ebbing stress levels…you get the picture) can prompt skin to shift gears, too. If the change you are noticing is headed toward a dehydrated skin texture and more prominent deep wrinkles, a nightly top-up of potent ingredients can help. Not only does L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum contain the serious moisture magnet that is hyaluronic acid but the hydrating concoction also boasts 0.3% pure retinol. That’s the vitamin A derivative coveted for its ability to multi-task; it works deep within skin to increase collagen production, which leads to reduced wrinkles. Plus, retinol improves skin tone, balances sebum levels and reduces pigmentation. Apply it in the evening to freshly cleansed dry skin and allow the goodness to get to work undisturbed while you sleep. When you wake up to a softer, smoother complexion—and you will!—be sure to protect your efforts by using a daily moisturizer with UVA and UVB protection. Sun exposure has a deeply drying effect on skin, even via indirect light.

For rejuvenation

The first stop for skin that looks tired, uneven and generally blah should always be a solid exfoliation session. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR Glycolic Acid Serum contains 10% glycolic acid—a member of the alpha-hydroxy acid family—which works as an epidermal pick-me-up by dissolving the gluelike substance that holds dead skin cells together. Once the lacklustre bits are removed, fresh skin has a chance to shine. But benefits don’t end there! Without cellular debris in the way, additional treatments (like a vitamin C serum, wink wink, and a hydrating face cream) have a chance to sink in easier and really deliver results. Plus, you’ll also notice that makeup, like foundation or primer, goes on much nicer, too. This exfoliant is safe for use in the evenings on most skin types, but if your complexion skews sensitive, begin by applying it two to three times a week and build up to nightly use.

For plumping

You’ll also experience the satisfaction of treating yourself to an intensive formula each time you snap open one of the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power LZR 7-day Treatment Replumping Ampoules. Designed to address deep wrinkles and fine lines fast, each ampoule of this fragrance-free anti-aging serum features 1.9% hyaluronic acid (the highest concentration of the hydrating hero found in any L’Oréal Paris treatment) and a juicy blend of glycerine (another potent humectant) and castor oil (an antioxidant with restorative fatty acid properties). Each of the vials contains a hefty dose, allowing you to use half of it on your freshly cleansed face, neck and décolleté in the morning and the other half at night for a full week. To properly open an ampoule: First tap the top and then, holding the contoured neck between your thumb and forefinger, snap it open using gentle pressure.

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