Are you someone who is still currently not sure what a facial serum is? Most of us who like to take care of our skin already knows the monotonous routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing our skin every day. But today, the beauty world introduces a new and must-have miracle step– facial serum.
You might be thinking that serum is just an oil that you slather on your face. Stop right there! I know that many of you might google what it is and question if you do really need to use one.
Here in this article, you will find out if serums are right for you.
What is a facial serum?
It’s really easy, serum is a highly concentrated oily liquid that greatly slips deeper into the skin than the most other products. Compared to a cream moisturizer, a serum is made up of smaller molecules which can deliver those powerful skin-loving ingredients further into the skin.
What is the difference between a serum and a moisturizer?
The only common function that they have is that they can both act as moisturizers. But, the only difference that you can notice with most serums is that once they soak in your skin, you will feel that it’s a bit dry. So it’s better to use a moisturizer after using a serum. The moisturizer’s job is to coat the skin to lock in moisture.
Don’t forget to give the serum a few minutes to soak in your skin before you apply the moisturizer. This will give the serum a chance to do its thing and not letting your moisturizer get in the way. It’s up to you how you will give it time.
What is the proper way to use a serum?
Of course, remove and wash off your makeup and then cleanse your face. Before you apply your serum, you want to make sure that your pores are clean. You can apply the serum on a dry face but it’s advisable that you apply it with a damp face. A damp skin is about ten times more permeable than dry, so make every drop of your serum count.
After doing that, use a pea-sized amount of serum and gently massage the product into your face and neck a couple of minutes. You can layer serums if you want too, just make sure to give it a few minutes before adding the second serum. Then, proceed to apply your regular moisturizer and makeup as normal. There are certain serums that are specifically designed for nighttime use. Just be careful because there are serums that contain ingredients that make your skin sensitive to sunlight. It’s advisable that if you will use a serum in the morning, you can choose one that has natural SPF quality and would look nice under makeup or with no make-up on.
Which kind of serum is right for me?
If your skin type is acne-prone, you can use serums that contain Vitamin C, retinol and salicylic acid. These will help to lessen inflammation and act as an antioxidant and unclog pores. For dull complexions, you can look for serums that have green tea extract and ferulic acid. This will leave your skin brighter and smoother. And if you feel that you have very dry skin, opt for serums that contain Vitamin E, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid for elasticity, extra moisturize, and light exfoliation.
Do I really need a serum?
No, you don’t really need one. But, just put it this way, a serum is like the icing on top of your cupcake. You can eat a cupcake without an icing, right? But having the icing on top makes it much better!
Most serums are expensive because they are highly concentrated. A serum is just really natural, having ingredients that are usually no fillers of any kind. Just skin-loving ingredients.
If you come to think of it, a serum is worth the price tag. You usually just need about 2-3 small drops to cover your entire face and neck. So a tiny bottle will likely last you months and months. Serums are for every skin types, even if you have an oily face and are likely the solution to all sorts of skin concerns.
Is it really worth the hype?
A serum almost does all the work that your skin needs. It moisturizes, reduce acne and acne scars, repair skin damage, lessen inflammation, rejuvenates, regenerates, and hydrates the skin. And if you love makeup so much, you can use it as a makeup primer. Plus, a serum smells so good! So, is it really worth the hype? What do you think? Would you add it your skincare routine? I will leave that question to you.
Ivandrea Ollero is a beauty fan and a makeup lover herself, she provides useful makeup techniques and skincare tips for enhancing the natural beauty of everyone. She is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis, one of Australia’s leading makeup and skincare brand.