Want to Know When to Use Skin Serums?

Recently, I had a client ask me what skin serums are and should she be using them instead of moisturizer or in conjunction with them? The answer is BOTH, depending on your skin type.

Serums are very popular at the moment and are a lightweight lotion that penetrates deep into the skin. Serums are often infused with active ingredients such as Retinol, Vitamin C and Glycolic acid . Skin serums can help with: hyper-pigmentation, fine lines,firming skin, smoothing skin and calming sensitive skin. Most are water based and a few drops will go along way on your face.

Antipodes Super Fruit Skin Serum

I have recently purchased Antipodes Worship Super-fruit Antioxidant Serum and have been using it daily in my skincare routine. I selected this to help with my fine lines and to fade some of my sun damage. There are many options available and I recommend exploring the benefits of each and selecting what is best for your skin.

My Skincare Routine, including Serums

I suffered cystic acne as a teen with scaring and have developed sensitive skin over the years.Therefore I try to keep my skincare as natural as possible to avoid flare ups.

  1. Cleanse – I use a non foaming cleansing gel.
  2. Tone – My favourite is a few light sprays of rose water.
  3. Facial Serum – Morning and night
  4. Moisturizer.
  5. Sunblock

Moisturizer comes after serum as its heavier. If you have oily skin then you can try forgoing the moisturizer after applying serum. I would love to hear about the products your using or your experiences with serums!



Beauty review: Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intense Skin Plumping Serum

I had such a great success and result after using the Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser ( see post here ) that I was only too happy to purchase from the range again when looking for a new deep moisturizing serum. This time I decided on the Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intense Skin Plumping Serumthis comes in a 30  ml bottle and retails for $49.50 at Farmers.

DAILY RITUAL: Apply to face, neck and decolletage with the lid dropper. Use daily for immediate hydration and the best long-term results.

ELEMENTS OF BEAUTY: Waiwera mineral water * Vinanza Grape® * Mamaku black fern



Sweet Painted Lady Antipodes review


Being a 30 something I’m only too aware of the affects years of running around in the sun and not looking after my skin have made so the idea that my collagen production would be enhanced was a win for me!  After using it for two weeks I have noticed my skin again is looking brighter, pores have reduced in size,my skin feels smoother and very well hydrated!

The serum is 100% water based and as a result spreads beautifully , I only use 2-3 drops to cover my face and neck during my morning and night routine. Overall I am very pleased with the results, the product delivers what it claims and I’m looking forward to purchasing more from the Antipodes Scientific Organic Range. 

For New Zealand based readers you can purchase Antipodes from Farmers Department stores, Hardys Health Stores and other good health stores.



7 Days of Antipodes Skincare

Recently I had noticed a growing reaction to my current skincare products resulting in painful contact dermatitis, dryness, and darkening under eyes so I decided to bin my skincare ( Avenno and Olay ) and start fresh with some new gentle products.

I had  a chat with my followers on the Sweet Painted Lady FB page and what a great wealth of knowledge they are!  We discussed great products for 30+ ladies  and the general consensus was that the Antipodes range was best for overall results, quality and price. Miss Victory Violet also wrote a timely post a few days later about her results with Antipodes so that sealed the deal so off to Farmers Department store I went!

I selected the Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser, this retails for $39.00 in a 200ml bottle. It is a lovely light gel that foams lightly when worked into the skin.


Antipodes description:

 Reveal clean, clear and blemish-free skin thanks to the action of exfoliating extracts from the New Zealand kiwi superfruit and vibrant hibiscus flower. Manuka honey’s antibacterial powers and antioxidant-packed Vinanza Grape form the perfect union to help reduce and balance oil production, helping grant your healthiest glow ever. Lightly scented with refreshing green apple and cardamon.

I then made a  little photo diary to document if there were any changes


Before: Darkness under eyes, sensitive and redness around nose, irritation around right eye, Break outs in t-zone.  Washed skin  according to instructions left my skin feeling fresh, no stinging and it smells lovely. ( Apologies for poor pic quality though it does capture the irritation)

Day Two: Reduced redness in complexion, under eye darkness receding, mild redness around nose and existing irritation around right eye, mild break out on chin

Day Five: Have been sick with the flu but kept on trooping, this is the best my skin has been in a long time and a friend commented that my skin was looked great! Win! Overall  brighter and clearer complexion, still a little dryness around the nose, no irritation around my eye.


Day Seven: I’m really happy with the overall result, my complexion is clearer and brighter, pores are more refined and the under-eye darkness has faded. Apart from the dry irritation around the nose and mild break outs I’m really happy with the results. After cleansing my skin fells fresh though a little dry so I will be investing in a Antipodes moisturizer that is more hydrating as the Almond oil is not enough to counteract the Winter drys.

Thanks so much for to my followers for your recommendation!