We’re always on the lookout for beauty products that aid in our quest to age gracefully.
With often a hefty price tag, adopting a facial serum may seem intimidating at first. Then we are reminded of all the benefits, from clearing blemishes to smoothing wrinkles to improvement in hyperpigmentation.
How often we should apply each serum? and which ingredients target our specific issues? Here is what I learned.
Face serums are lightweight moisturizers that penetrate deeper to deliver active ingredients into your skin.
Using a serum daily can give your skin a firmer, smoother texture, make pores appear smaller and increase skin moisture levels.
The most expensive serums tend to contain higher quality, more concentrated ingredients.
Look at the ingredients to make sure that not only do they address your skin concerns, but also that they are clean ingredients which can help. Keep your skin healthy.
Antixodants (such as pomegranate extract, vitamin C and grape seed extract) help protect against sun damage and fight damaging free radicals responsible for much of what we perceive as skin aging, including fine lines.
Anti-inflammatories, (including zinc, arnica, aloe vera and goldenseal) neutralize redness and prevent inflammatory cell damage.
Hydrators (such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, amino acids and essential fatty acids) strengthen your skin’s barrier and help build strong cell membranes. These ingredients protect against dryness and fine lines by replenishing naturally occurring skin lipids, improving moisture retention and protecting your skin from the environment.
The right time to use a serum depends on the formula and your skincare routine.
Serums can be applied in the morning, at night or both. Check with your skincare professional before applying a serum in the evening if you are already applying a topical retinoid. The combination of the two products may lead to irritation.
For those with drier or mature skin, or for those live in a dry climate, serum can be layered under the morning moisturizer.
Serums are typically very concentrated. A little goes a long way.