I'm always looking for a good serum that gives your face that instant "lift'. Normally, I like to apply something before I go to the gym, or when I know I'm going to have a long night out. It's like caffeine for the skin, a nice little perk that refreshes. One product I came across that I can completely recommend is ESPA for men's Instant Revitalising Serum ($68).

Espa is a high-end brand used in many high-end spas (Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Rosewood). I've always been a fan, especially since they launched the men's line two years back. I was impressed how they strive to use only natural ingredients (no parabens, no chemicals, no dyes), which is often not the case at similar establishments. Espa's Instant Revitalising Serum easily worked its way into my skincare regime.

One of the top ingredients in squalane, an oil obtained from shark livers (or, preferably, olives), a powerful moisturizer that permeates the skin rather quickly. Furthermore, it prevents UV damage and promotes cell growth. The essential oils of bergamot and ginger also help promote cell renewal and even out skin tone. Squalane's partner in crime here is the apricot kernel oil, which is also easily absorbed into the skin, rich in oleic acid and fatty acids, so it's great for fighting fine lines and revitalizing the skin. It's particularly beneficial for dehydrated and sensitive skin. Four great ingredients and we haven't even gotten to the best part!

Instant Revitalising Serum is chockfull of algae extract, packed with goodies like amino acids and minerals, reducing inflammation of the skin and increasing hydration for the skin. There's also bearberry, one of my favorites, which has extremely beneficial astringent and tonic properties, and has a natural whitening effect. This is actually a bonus. It's the hypopigmenting component in bearberry that sets off the whitening effect (as in diminishing age spots). It's also a terrific antioxidant and increases the cell turnover rate quite quickly and works as a natural sunscreen.

There's also some great essential oils that give your face that boost it needs (sweet orange, ginger, the list goes on). The ESPA Instant Revitalising Serum is definitely a keeper with its myriad benefits (oh, and that sweet, gorgeous smell of it... so delicious!)

Water (Aqua) , Squalane, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate , Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil , Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Seed Oil , Glycerin , Algae Extract , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Crithmum Maritimum Extract , Butylene Glycol , Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract , Sorbitol , Sclerotium Gum , Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil , Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil , Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil , Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract , Mel (Honey) Extract , C12-16 Alcohols , Alcohol Denat, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract , Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract , Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract , Morus Alba Leaf Extract , Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract , Phenoxyethanol , Stearyl Alcohol , Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Lactate , Benzoic Acid , Dehydroacetic Acid , Lecithin , Palmitic Acid, Phytic Acid , Sodium Hyaluronate , Limonene , Geraniol , Linalool , Citranellol