REVIEW: Dermalogica’s new Phyto-Nature Firming Serum

Sheila Chiang
Lifestyle contributor
Phyto-Nature Firming Serum by Dermalogica. (PHOTO: Dermalogica)

SINGAPORE – When it comes to skin aging, it’s not all about genetics.

Our exposome, otherwise known as our environment and lifestyle, also affects how skin ages. Factors that make up our exposome include our behaviour, climate, UV exposure, pollution, sleep, diet and stress.

Well, my lifestyle certainly isn’t setting my skin up for success. I recently realised that it’s time that I incorporate a fast-working, active, anti-aging product into my skincare routine. I chose to try Dermalogica’s newest product, the Phyto-Nature Firming Serum.

It’s said to help decrease the appearance of fine lines, double the skin's luminosity and reduce visible wrinkles.

The product has also been certified cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan, and formulated without artificial fragrances or colours.

One of its key ingredients, Amazonian Camu Camu, sourced sustainably from Peru, helps prolong radiance. Often called the “youth berry”, this superfruit contains 60 times more Vitamin C than an orange and has been wild-harvested by indigenous tribes – to maintain health and longevity – for more than 700 years.

Moroccan Rockrose Extract, derived from the incredibly resilient plant that has the ability to germinate even after burning, helps neutralise skin-damaging free radicals. Caffeic Acid from Madagascar Green Coffee Bean, a phyto-active that works with skin’s microbiome, helps revitalise skin, and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

This serum is on the pricey side (it retails at $238) so there are high expectations of it. For a month, I patted one-pump worth of this serum onto my skin morning and night.

First of all, I have to say that I do not like the pump. Sometimes, when you press once, the product doesn’t dispense and when you try to press harder, you get too much. After putting on the product though, it absorbs quickly.

After testing it for a month, my skin does feel slightly more supple when I wake up in the morning. The brand also promises that the serum will reduce the appearance of fine lines after one application and lessen the look of wrinkles after four weeks. Personally, the results weren’t that obvious.

Overall, the results I got, from trying this complimentary bottle of serum, are not significant enough for me to want to purchase it.

The Phyto-Nature Firming Serum comes in a 40ml / 1.3 US FL OZ bottle. It costs $238 and can be purchased from AsterSpring (14 centres islandwide) and authorised Dermalogica skin centres.