Face serum is an alternative or additive to moisturizer. You can live without it, but you can’t ignore the studies behind this magic bullet. Personally, I replaced my heavy cream with one of the nice hydrating formulas. It works exceptionally well for my combination skin and helps me to add plumpness and refresh the look. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of different serums and how to choose the one specifically for your skin type and concern.
So, What is Face Serum?
Face serum is a lightweight formula with key, highly concentrated active ingredients that can target acne, dark spots, dryness, and other issues. Upon contact with the skin, it absorbs quickly and penetrates the deepest layers. Usually, you have to apply it after you cleanse and tone your face and before a moisturizer. If your skin is too oily, use a hydrating serum instead of moisturizer, especially in the summer.
Fortunately, we have plenty to choose from. In the current beauty market, you can find many face serums that will work for almost every skin concern, like anti-aging, acne-fighting, hydrating, skin-brightening, repairing, and exfoliating. You just need to know what your skin craves.
Face Serum Benefits
Face serum is made of tiny molecules, instantly delivering active ingredients to your skin. As you start using it regularly, you may notice the effect within the week. Each formula has a unique purpose and ingredients. For example, if your skin is dry, serum with hyaluronic acid will help to hydrate it. This hyped-up ingredient binds and retains water molecules to make the skin plumper. Those with dull skin may benefit from exfoliating serums with natural acids like AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids). These ingredients help peel away dead skin cells, providing an even tone and a fresh look. Antioxidant-based serums with vitamin C or E protect your skin against damage caused by free radicals.
How to Choose a Face Serum for Your Skin?
- Indicate your skin type and concern. What is your target? Maybe you have acne? Dark Spots? Tired-looking eyes?
- Don’t pick the product based on its eye-popping packaging. Sometimes it can be just an emotional hook for lazy buyers.
- Check the list of ingredients. It should be alcohol and fragrance-free. It’s best to opt for products that contain quality ingredients without any extra questionable stuff.
- Face serums usually come in a bottle with a dropper or pump. You should look for dark, airtight pumps because they have numerous benefits. Firstly, a dark bottle with a pump protects sensitive ingredients from oxidation and blocks out UV light. Secondly, a pump allows less frequent exposure keeping the formula safe from bacteria and other contaminants. Finally, a bottle with a pump is good for travel.