I cannot stop singing my praises for Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum ($48). I first came across it a couple years ago, when a glowing-complexioned friend of mine recommended it. Thinking she just was one of those lucky people just born with good skin, I took everything she said with a grain of salt and never ended looking into the product. Besides, serums were always too strong for me.

Then, literally a year later, I came home one day and noticed my roommate (whose skin is very comparable to mine) skin was looking flawless. She told me she was incidentally also using Ole’s Truth Serum. That was more than enough to convince me to go out and buy my own bottle. And I’m so glad I did, because it’s really a serum where I can see a noticeable difference in my skin and complexion. Since then, I’ve gotten so many of my friends totally hooked on it.

Claire had previously done a comprehensive review on the serum, but they have updated their formula since then because it’s now paraben-free. It still contains such brighteners as grapefruit and orange extract (which contributes to how great it smells). Antioxidants like green tea, and a powerful vitamin C derivative (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) help fight free-radical damage, which another vitamin C salt in the form of calcium ascorbate helps boost collagen production.

The serum also contains hydrating sodium hyaluronate, which penetrates the skin to promote nutrient absorption for softer, fuller skin. Although I haven’t tried or observed this on my own, one of my friend applies a little on her lips before bed and swears her lips feel fuller in the morning. It's the only serum I've used so far that doesn't make me feel sticky or oily (it is and oil-free formula). I just use a little in the morning and before bed.

If you're in the market for something that clarifies without irritating, and also helps "plump" your skin for a fuller look, I would definitely suggest giving the Truth Serum a try.

Water (Aqua), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Acerbate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphrasis Offinalis Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).em>

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