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what you need to know about serums

what you need to know about serums

Serums are finding their way into beauty routines everywhere. Stateside serums were only recently discovered by way of learning of the double-digit step Korean Beauty routines.  Serums seem to be the cornerstone of beauty trends near and far. There are many beauty gurus that swear by them while others are not too quick to give into the hype. There’s been much debate on when to apply a serum and when to just skip the step altogether. Serums are being called the modern day fountain of youth solution for ladies young and mature.  Everyone is talking about them, but there are still plenty of questions on what serums are and the benefits of using them. Before reading on know that there are some affiliate links included in this post which means if you click on a link and you buy a product I get pennies on a dollar from your purchase.  

what is a serum

A serum in the skincare world is very similar to a moisturizer.  It is very lightweight, has the advantages of some the best moisturizers out there, but the distinctive feature of a serum is that it has a higher concentration of active ingredients. The most popular serums that are running the market are full of vitamin C and those with hyaluronic acid.  Everywhere you turn companies are exploiting the idea that vitamin C is the cure-all to every skin situation, and  hyaluronic acid is "the anti-aging solution". Yes, these two ingredients while active are great for the skin and can help make dull skin look youthful again, but we can’t forget that there’sa whole lot more that goes into repairing and maintaining healthy skin.

serums come with options

Just as finding the best moisturizer for your skin is vital to any skin regimin, the same approach should be taken when searching for a serum.  All serums are not created equal.  You can find serums that specifically are meant to make your skin look younger, glowy, and manage fine lines.  There are serums that focus on brightening your skin and treating hyperpigmentation.  Some serums are for oily skin or combination skin, and others for dry skin.  It’s important to understand what your skin’s needs are before slapping any old serum on your face.  If you are using the wrong type of serum, it is very possible that you will do more damage to your skin. When looking at any product, it’s important to focus on what end results you are seeking and what you are trying to repair. Paying attention to the ingredients is key especially if you have sensitive skin or have skin allergies.

what’s in your serum

Quality serums should be rich in active ingredients like vitamins, antioxidants, and moisturizing agents. The whole point of a serum is to give your skin a boost of nutrients without blocking all the other good stuff.  Serums come in liquid form with just a touch of a creamy texture.  This type of product should be very lightweight which allows the product to penetrate your skin and create a barely there layer which gently sits on your skin and works long after application. Because serums are so lightweight, you don’t have to apply very much, in fact, you shouldn’t use too much due to the high concentration of the active ingredients.  This is why most serums come in a small bottle with a liquid dropper or pump that extracts a small amount of the product for use. 

serum benefits

Serums can do great things for your skin and make a great addition to just about any skincare routine.  Serums are known for retaining moisture and creating a thin layer of protection to your skin which enables peptides to do their thing. A great serum should have peptides that help your skin repair itself by way of elastin production and promoting cell regeneration. While the peptides are hard at work, they share part of their workload with hyaluronic acid which helps plump the skin interrupting fine lines and wrinkles. Other nutrients and ingredients aid in reducing dark circles and addressing hyperpigmentation. It’s with this combination of active ingredients that address shifting dull mature skin into supple, youthful skin. 

applying your serum

Before applying a serum, you will want to cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser then follow up with a toner. With clean hands, you will extract just a little bit of your serum onto the tips of your fingers and gently dab the product into your skin. One does not rub a serum in, you gently tap the product into the skin and allow it to penetrate and set for 10-15 minutes before continuing on with the next product in your skin routine. You should end your routine with a moisturizer.  If you plan on wearing a serum during daylight hours, be sure to use a sun protecting moisturizer to protect your skin.

So that is what I know about the world of serums.  If you have any questions, comments, or corrections leave a message in the comment box down below. 

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