Today’s beauty regimes are a lot more complicated than back when you just dabbed some cream on your face and went off. Beauty products have made their way into becoming essentials in everyone’s bathroom cabinets, and while we are all familiar with sunscreen, lotion, day/night creams, and cleansers, it is time we shift our attention to face serum.
Face serums have increasingly gained the attention of celebrities, beauty gurus, and even the average woman. Serums can be used to prep the skin as well – it is also full of smaller molecules that can deliver specific treatment to your skin before applying the regular moisturizer.
There are water-based serums and oil-based serums -both work equally well.
What is a face serum?
The serum is a skincare product you should apply after cleansing your skin, but before moisturizing. It is different from usual products because it helps your skin directly ingest the ingredients in the serum, because it consists of smaller molecules that penetrate into the skin, delivering a high concentration of natural active ingredients. Due to this reason, a few drops of a serum would suffice to cover the daily facial routine. It intensifies your regimen and helps with anti-aging and hydration since it’s rather light and effective nevertheless.
Serums mostly consist of six main categories being antioxidants, peptides, retinol, growth factors, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, and unique botanicals.
Serums should be applied twice on a daily basis for maximum effect. Sunscreen should be applied over it if you are to step out in the daytime and a moisturizer at night, for better skincare. When applying the serum, use one or two fingers as opposed to the entire hand, to avoid having it wasted it on the hands.
Which serum should you use?
To improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles – Antioxidant-rich serums tend to work at preventing strain from pollution and UV radiation, making them ideal for application under sunscreen in the morning. These multifunctional serums work to protect the skin as well as improve the evenness of the skin tone and reduce the number and depth of facial wrinkles.
To firm skin: If you are concerned about loose skin, use a serum rich in peptides to boost collagen and elastin production, and restore firmness to the skin.
To brighten and regenerate skin: Retinol in certain serums can help fasten the cellular renewal and make it look luminous although care should be taken as to not overdo, as they are very powerful and would cause irritations.
To renew skin: Omega 3 fatty acids can help your skin get renewed almost overnight if you choose the right facial serum.
We recommend the following serums if you are interested in finding the perfect skincare routine for your face:
- Laneige’s Water Bank Moisture Cream [Intensive]
- The Ordinary’s T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
- Caffeine Serum by the InkeyList
Go ahead and discover the serum your skin loves – there are so many to choose from to suit your skin type.