If you’re wondering what a serum is and how beneficial it can be to your skin, read on!
Serums are not as popular as other skincare products and are often overlooked and even considered a bit of a mystery by many people. The good news is, they don’t need to be!
In this post, we’ll briefly explain what serums are and how to use them, before diving into their benefits. Ready to upgrade your skincare regimen?
What is Serum?
A serum is a lightweight moisturizer formulated with highly concentrated active ingredients, such as glycolic acid or vitamin D, and designed to address specific skin concerns. Because of their advanced formulation, they can penetrate deeper into the skin than other skincare products. Their texture varies from gel-based to a water-like consistency.
How to use SerumsSerums are thinner than most moisturizers and therefore are best applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. If you use a toner, your serum should be applied just after but still before any moisturizer or facial oil to help lock in moisture. They’re designed to layer well under makeup, so make sure you apply every morning before doing your makeup.
Key Benefits of Serums
Exfoliating your SkinAdding an exfoliating serum to your skincare regimen can help cleanse your pores, brighten up your complexion, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or fade hyperpigmentation. These serums are formulated with naturally occurring acids, such as AHAs or BHAs, and work in different ways. Therefore, depending on your skin concerns, you’ll need to look for the best ingredient combination. For instance, if you tend to have clogged pores, using an exfoliating serum formulated with BHAs would be the best option.
Hydrating your Skin
If you have dry skin and are looking for enhanced hydration properties, serums formulated with hyaluronic acid are your best bet. Because hydrating serums contain a high concentration of active ingredients, they can significantly boost your hydration regimen and help you achieve your skincare goals. Whenever you’re looking at plumping up your skin with hydrating products, make sure you apply them on a damp face to lock in the moisture even more.
Manage acne-prone skin
Want to keep your acne at bay? Using a serum formulated with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help you manage your acne, promote cell turnover, and achieve clearer skin. Retinol is another powerful ingredient in the fight against acne. It can help unclog your pores and reduce the appearance of acne scars.
Reduce the Appearance of WrinklesHyaluronic acid (HA) has been proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which explains its widespread popularity across the planet. Therefore, if you’re after plumped and hydrated skin, make sure you pick a serum highly concentrated in hyaluronic acid to reap the full benefits. Applying a HA serum consistently will help plump up your skin, and help reduce the appearance of your fine line effectively.
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