How Anti-Aging and Anti-Acne Serums Work
What Is a Serum?
Face serums are increasingly popular and have been added to many individual's skin routines. If you are on the fence about serums, perhaps wondering about their hefty price tags, here is some truth behind serums and how they work.
Yes, a serum is technically just another face moisturizer or cleanser, but it comes with some high-quality advantages over traditional products. Serums penetrate deeper and deliver all the active ingredients directly into your skin much better than standard moisturizers. This is because serums contain, for the most part, only active ingredients. They tend to leave out all the heavier moisturizing ingredients and work directly on your skin.
There is a caveat to serums, though. As experts and typical users begin to experiment with serums, it is commonly found that serums provide minimal moisturization on their own. Though they have incredible added benefits over traditional products, it is recommended to layer the serum with a product providing those heavier ingredients. You would first apply the serum and follow with your regular moisturizer. Combining these two will net you the best overall results possible.
How Does a Serum Help Fight Aging?
Serums can work wonders in the fight against aging and wrinkles. A handful of serums contain growth factors and peptides that combat signs of aging with ease. Other ingredients to look for in anti-aging serums are retinol and antioxidants, especially vitamin C. These ingredients all promote collagen production. Collagen, as you may or may not know, is the most abundant protein our body produces. It is what allows skin to be firm yet supple. As we age, the levels at which our bodies naturally produce collagen decrease, so finding ingredients in serums that stimulate its production can significantly slow down the aging process of your skin. Serums containing the ingredients mentioned above combat aging by mimicking the natural process by which the body produces collagen. As a direct result, this stimulates our cells to create more collagen where the serum is applied.
If you want the most for fighting off signs of aging, look for products that contain a peptide called Matrixyl. Matrixyl is a highly developed peptide composition that has been known to effectively reduce the look of wrinkles. To take your product even further, check to see if it contains Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe' 6 along with regular Matrixyl. Together, these three peptides get deeper into your skin and add benefits for preventing, reducing, and masking signs of aging.
How Does a Serum Help Fight Acne?
There has been some speculation as to whether anti-acne serums are a good idea. Some would say that acne serums make the skin more oily and create a counter-effective result. However, it should be noted that most serums contain a higher level of active ingredients and are more potent than standard face creams, lotions, and cleansers. What this means for the serum is that it can get into the deeper layers of your skin and produce more efficient results. Acne-specific serums typically contain rich amounts of salicylic and glycolic acids.
Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in anti-acne serums because it prevents pores from clogging. Salicylic acid as an active ingredient in serums penetrates deeper into your skin and starts working at a much lower level of your pores than that of standard acne treatments.
Glycolic acid is a natural chemical found in sugar cane and has been used as a standalone treatment for improving the quality and health of skin by dermatologists. Glycolic acid gets to work immediately on your skin by loosening the bonds of the top layers of your skin cells. This allows those layers of your skin to be exfoliated quicker and increases the rate of new cell growth as well as the removal of dead and damaged cells.
Which Serum Is Best for My Skin?
It should be first noted that serums are meant to work with your other skin products and not to replace them entirely. Serums, like most other skin care products, can be found in a wide variety that target different skin types, as well as provide different end results. Finding the one that works best for you does not need to be difficult.
If you are someone who has drier skin, you should look for serums that contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid has been proven to be able to hold around 1,000 times its own weight of moisture. It assists your skin in retaining its original moisture by binding itself to water molecules. It keeps your skin refreshed and moist as well as repairs and protects it.
For someone with dull skin looking to add some shine and glow to their appearance, a serum with resveratrol and antioxidants, especially vitamin C, might be a good match. These ingredients coupled together keep your skin's pigmentation in order and firm the skin over time which will give it a nice natural glow.