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Yes, your skincare regiment needs a serum

With almost the entire country on lockdown.  We’ve found ourselves with a lot of free time.  This means we can finally add a few more steps to our skincare routine to keep our glow.   

If you are trying to take a good care of your skin during the quarantine, but feel like there’s still something missing, a facial serum might be just the thing you need. These potent products can do a lot for your skin – a lot of hydrating, rejuvenating and brightening power comes in those small bottles.

What are facial serums?

Facial serums are highly effective, concentrated serums that contain high concentrations of active ingredients to target a specific skin problem such as acne, wrinkles or a dull complexion.

Most facial serums fit into the general category of skin moisturizers, though they also help cleanse the skin and repair skin damage.  Traditional cream moisturizers typically keep the moisture in your skin.  Serums have two advantages over the facial creams and lotions:

Firstly – facial serums are more concentrated and contain more nutrients and antioxidants than standard moisturizers.  Which means a small pump of your serum can have better results than a traditional moisturizer.

Secondly –facial serums are lightweight products with a smaller molecular weight, allowing them to penetrate the skin easily and provide deeper levels of your skin with the necessary moisture and nutrients to combat aging.

When choosing a facial serum, the ingredients that you should look for are antioxidants (vitamins A, C or E), humectants (hyaluronic acid or glycerin), exfoliators (AHAs), skin repairing ingredients (stem cells), replenishing compounds (peptides, niacinamide). 

So what are the benefits of using a serum?

  • You should start seeing changes in your skin very quickly. Facial serums are concentrated serums that focus on treating a specific skin problem such targeting wrinkles, fighting acne, or a dull complexion.
  • They contain only high-quality active ingredients; no unnecessary filler compounds.
  • Most serums contain high amounts of antioxidants. They protect the skin against free radicals and other environmental stressors and maintain it healthy and youthful for much, much longer.
  • They are lightweight, non-comedogenic products and they don’t leave a greasy residue – perfect for oily, acne prone skin.

How to Use a Serum:

Since, serums contain higher concentrations of active ingredients, they are more likely to cause skin irritation. That is why it is best to use only small amounts and not to use it too often. Start by using your serum twice a week, to let your skin get used to it, and gradually increase to once or twice a day.

First, wash your face and apply a facial toner (if you use one). While your skin is still slightly damp (not wet!) from the toner, apply a small amount of the serum. Two to three pumps should be enough for your face and neck. Let your skin absorb it before applying a facial cream.

Some women, and especially those with oily skin, find that serums are moisturizing enough and they don’t need to use a face cream after a serum. For people with normal to dry skin, it’s necessary to use both. That way, you get the best out of both – small molecules that penetrate the skin and hydrate from the inside and large molecules that stay on the surface and prevent drying out.