Skin Serum: Why and How to use it? Part 1

Skin serum sounds like the new skincare product in the market required to address age-related problems. However, you’ll be surprised to know that regardless of your age,  skin serum forms an important part of your skin care routine.

Skin Serum – Part 1(Why and How to use it?)

Sure, your daytime cream provides you with all the moisture and protection you need, skin serums are the light, yet concentrated form of skin care product.

So what’s the difference between a serum and a moisturiser?

A serum works on the deeper layers of the skin while a moisturiser works only on the upper layers of the skin. It is the product which can be highly absorbed by the skin and contains the antioxidants and skin restoring ingredients required to enhance the texture of your skin.

Why Skin serums work better than creams?

The reason skin serums are so popular is because our skin can absorb them better than any cream or lotion. The smaller particles in the skin serums make them more efficient to be absorbed quickly by the skin. In addition to this, they also contain certain active ingredients, which begin their work immediately, that is to hydrate and protect the skin.

What is the Skin serum composed of?

Serum contains antioxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acids, glycolic acid, niacinamide, ceramides, skin brighteners such as kojic acid and loads of vitamins which nourishes the skin and help to retain its moisture.

When compared to a cream or moisturiser, serums contain very few thickening agents like an essential oil or seed oil. Majorly, serums have a high concentration of active ingredients.

All about the serum doesn’t mean that you can skip your moisturisation regime when you are using a serum. The serum is supposed to be used one step before you moisturise. Both the serum and the moisturiser works in sync with each other.

They do not contain sunscreen actives like a daytime moisturiser or the ingredients of a night moisturiser. They enhance the anti-ageing results.

If you think you have an oily skin and do not require any extra care with a serum, think again. A serum is a go-to product for the oily-skinned beauties too, which is attributed to the fact that serums have a non-greasy finish and do not leave a sticky residue.

Benefits of using a Skin Serum

Skin renewal:

Serums are composed of Vitamin C which helps the skin to renew dead cells and Vitamin E contributes to nourishment and hydration of the skin whereas Vitamin K helps to lighten the spots on the skin.

Opens up the pores of skin:

Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid contents of the serums act as an exfoliator which opens up the skin pores so that the active ingredients can be absorbed properly and deeply into the skin.

Hydrates the skin:

Serums contain hyaluronic acid which helps to moisturise and hydrate the skin. It locks in the moisture.

Efficient anti-ageing effects:

The anti-aging effects of serums are attributed to the botanical extract called rhamnosa; it delays the appearance of wrinkles. Thus the skin looks firmer when used regularly.

Unlike a toner, they do not leave a sticky residue:

Many face mist and skin toner make your skin feel greasy, and you want to wash them off. The greatest benefit of a serum is that it is designed to be a concentrated and yet to be a weightless product.

How to apply a Serum?

The application method of skin serum is a little bit different than the typical moisturisers and creme. While application, take care not to tug and pull your skin.

Choose a serum that best suits your skin type. You don’t require loads of this product on your skin. Just two pumps of the product are enough to take care all your skin concerns:

Step 1: Wash your face with a face wash/ cleanser.

Step 2: Use a skin toner as usual. Let the toner dry completely.

Step 3: Pump out one ounce of serum on your hands. Rub it on your palms in a circular motion to heat the product.

Apply on your face in gentle pressing movements going from inwards to outwards the face. Do not forget the neck. Tap till the product is completely absorbed.

Keep applying regularly, to notice the beneficial changes on your face!

Consult a top Cosmetic Physician

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