Why You Need a Serum in Your Skin Care Routine
Skin care routines can come with many steps. From cleansing, using toner, moisturizing, masks, and everything in between, it may become overwhelming for people who are not familiar with all the products in a skin care regimen. One of those beneficial in-between steps is applying a serum. While some people apply serums religiously, others may be a little confused about what serums are and how they help the skin and freely skip this step. Serums are skin care "power players", efficiently targeting specific concerns to help you develop and maintain healthy skin. Here are the basics of serums and why you should incorporate one into your skin care routine.
Serum BasicsSerums are thin, liquid-based products that are much lighter than creamy moisturizers and contain many active ingredients that give your skin the extra boost it needs to treat specific concerns. They should be applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. Typically, serums are applied once a day, but read the label of your product to determine when and how much you will need to apply. A little goes a long way with serums. Often, you will only need to apply a pea-sized amount onto your skin and spread it around your face and neck. Many serums are applied with a night time skin care routine, while others may be used during the day. This will all depend on your skin type and the results you are looking to achieve. While the ingredients in serums are beneficial to your skin, too much of a good thing can be damaging. When serums are applied too often or piled on too thick, the ingredients can interfere with your skin and irritate those with sensitive skin.
Serums and Your Skin Type
Despite the thin consistency serums are known for, they contain many active ingredients that sink deep into the skin to produce results. From hydrating dry skin to improving the look of aging skin, there are serums designed for everyone's skin care needs. Unlike some other skin care products, serums are formulated with specific skin care concerns in mind. Some of these ingredients may include antioxidants like vitamin C to protect the skin against the sun's harmful UV rays and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Serums containing vitamin E will be better suited for those suffering from dry skin to add more hydration. Anti-inflammatory ingredients like zinc and aloe vera work well for those who want to reduce the look of redness on the skin.
If you are unsure about the serum you will need to add to your routine, consult your dermatologist for more information on their recommended serums and your skin type. While serums are helpful for many skin types, those with certain skin conditions will need to be careful. If you have issues with rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, or similar conditions, be wary and consult your dermatologist before using or continuing to use a serum. They may also recommend a serum specifically designed to work around those skin issues and still produce the hydrating, anti-aging, or acne-free results you want.
Adding a Serum into Your Routine
If you don't currently use a serum, it's never too late to begin! Make sure your skin is ready for a serum and if your dermatologist has any recommendations or serum alternatives based on your skin's needs.
But why do you need a serum? If you're struggling to manage signs of aging and wrinkles, a serum can help preserve collagen. Have problems with acne? There are serums, including one of our own, that encourages exfoliation and discourages bacteria to clear up pesky blemishes. Those with dry skin will also see results from vitamin rich serums when they're applied before a moisturizer. No matter what your skin care goals are, there's a serum that can help you get there. Cleansers, toners and moisturizers help your skin stay healthy, but serums provide that extra boost to really keep your skin radiant.