Skin Serum – Part 2 (FAQs)

Now that you’ve started taking care of your skin diligently, many of you may be wondering whether to invest in that clear essence-like product. The beauty benefits of using a skin serum go beyond the anti-ageing contradictions. For instance, it has a moisturising property but it’s not a moisturiser. It has an anti-ageing property but it’s not an anti-ageing creme.

Let’s try to address the following few questions which clear the role of skin serum in its care:

1. Who should use a Skin serum?

Anyone and Everyone must include a serum in their skin care regimen. Serums contain small molecular ingredients which are beneficial and target specific problems related to skin. For example, if you have a shiny T-zone area, a shine control serum may provide the benefits for your skin. If you have dry skin, the hydrating and nourishing agents contained in the serum can tackle the problem.

Serums a must for the acne prone skin and even the sensitive skin. Conduct a patch test on the skin before starting to use the product.  The market is flooded with serum for all types of skin.

Age is not a barrier for using a skin serum. The earlier you start using a serum, the better it is for the skin.

Consult your dermatologist if you are suffering from eczema or rosacea before using a new product.

2. How often to use a skin serum?

Skin serum must be used as often as required; commonly once in the morning and evening. For the not-so-damaged skin, a bi-weekly application should be enough for the product to penetrate the deep layers of the skin and to provide the beneficial effects. Please see the instructions on the label of the serum for clear usage instructions.

3. What is the difference between a Skin serum and face oil?

Of late, face oils have become very popular. Face oil works to hydrate and nourish the skin. The serum, on the other hand, goes one step further. It exfoliates and brightens your skin. Serum boosts the collagen and makes your skin firmer, thus providing anti-ageing effects. The texture of the skin serum varies a lot.

4. What about the price of a serum?

Purchasing a serum can pinch to your pocket. The active ingredients which make the serum super-efficient make this product very expensive. However, it’s a wise investment. When applied judiciously, one standard bottle of an ounce should last a month.

An important rule of serum is not to overuse them.

5. What are the adverse effects of a skin serum?

Retinol is an active ingredient which works against ageing and is probably the most effective. The side effects of serum are often due to its retinol content but temporary. Some of these effects are dryness, irritation, flaky skin, peeling, redness and inflammation.

Experiencing these side effects is common. You may want to pause and give your skin the time to heal and resume after few days.  It is recommended not to use the serum after an exfoliative episode. Avoid the temptation to peel your skin if it is flaking. Never expose your skin to sunlight after using the serum, as the retinol becomes ineffective on exposure to UV rays.

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