Serums confuse a lot of people. They never know why they should use them, when they should use them, or what type to use.
Serums are highly concentrated and active; this means that they need to be applied first, to clean skin. This way all the active ingredients can penetrate your skin.
These active ingredients are the reason why serums are more expensive than regular moisturisers.
The high concentrations in active ingredients push the price up.
As to which serum is best for you, here is a lineup of serums addressing various skin conditions.
With 1.5 percent salicylic acid, this fast-acting, quick-drying, medicated oil clears acne and blackhead-causing buildup and debris from congested pores for smoother, blemish-free skin.
This is where I would normally place a serum that contains glycerin or hyaluronic acid and tell you that it can hold 100 times its weight in water. Don’t get me wrong that’s a good thing.
However, a new concept in skin care is the incorporation of ceramides.
Ceramides are important components of the intercellular lipids that are necessary to link the protein-rich corneocytes into a waterproof barrier that is capable of protecting the underlying skin tissues and regulating body homeostasis.
This means that you are actually replenishing the building blocks of your skin instead of just sealing moisture onto your skin only to lose it when you wash off your hyaluronic acid rich serum.
This feels watery and smells like lemon grass. It is enriched with snail gel serum which is excellent for scar healing.
You can use it in the morning just before you apply your daily moisturiser but I feel that it’s more suitable for a night routine.
This product uses next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in signs of ageing without the irritation that comes with retinol use.
The ordinary’s products don’t boast of glittery packaging and their product descriptions aren’t alluring but the products do work.
To improve foundation texture
Mixing serum with your foundation is one of those fads that is actually worth a try, it’s supposed to make your foundation more dewy. You might want to try this when it’s colder and drier outside and your mattifying foundation starts to leave you with dry patches.
This aveeno serum is well suited for that purpose because it doesn’t have any light sensitive ingredients or ingredients that make you sun sensitive. It also visibly smoothes out fine lines on application.
Now that we’ve covered serums, it’s only natural that we cover moisturisers too, look out for that post next week.
As a rule choose your serum by condition and your moisturiser by skin type. Your serum goes at the treatment stage of your routine and moisturiser follows as your coat/protection.
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