The desire for clear and beautiful skin, fresh and flawless comparable to that of an angel motivates us to a daily cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. We spend a fortune trying to get the most clarifying cleanser, the perfectly balanced moisturiser, a tighter toner. And, if we knew the benefits of a good skin serum we might be persuaded to add this little gem into the mix.
Skin serums have been around for a number of years but have perhaps gained more publicity recently with the number of beauty companies creating and developing different kinds. Now, there seems to be a serum for this and a serum for that. But what is it really?
In this article you’ll find some useful information and tips that might help you think about why Serums might be worth considering.
How Does It Work
Serums contain high concentrations of different active ingredients that work on the skin in different ways. Some examples of these ingredients include: hyaluronic acid- which reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, vitamin C -which helps to brighten the skin and help reduce pigmentation, or glycolic acid which exfoliates. Serums deliver active ingredients deep into the skin’s layer because the molecules are much smaller than that of a moisturiser.
While it’s definitely possible to see some results right away, it is long term and consistent use that will allow you to see benefits like signs of skin damage fading, and the skin looking and feeling healthier and firmer.
How Do You Use It
Serums are designed to be applied after cleansing and toning, so the skin is prepped and ready to receive the active ingredients. The application can then be followed with your chosen moisturiser for a perfect nourishing finish. Your serum can be used in your day and night-time routines. With this product you can’t actually go wrong by applying too much. Consistency is the key.
The best serums are concentrated with anti-aging ingredients, which means more antioxidants.
When choosing a serum, pick one based on your skin type. Oily or combination skin will love a light serum, that won’t have a greasy feel. Dry skin, on the other hand, will probably love a serum rich in plant oils.
You can also choose a serum based on any particular skin concern you may have. Such as hyper pigmentation or brown spots. There are serums designed to remedy such problems. The beauty of serums is that there’s one for everyone and you can never be too young or old to start using it. The difference in its use can be quite remarkable.
Now that you know a little bit more about skin serums and some of the desirable benefits, here is some details on the most popular brands.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Anyone with eyes would have definitely seen this serum. Estée Lauder’s award winning Advanced Night Repair is literally postered everywhere and has its own section on the beauty counter. While it does state night repair it can be used in your morning routine too, and promises that you will wake up to beautiful skin everyday as it reduces lines, wrinkles and evens skin tone. It is also for all skin types. esteelauder.com
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sérum
This little baby promises youthful radiance and smoother skin in as little as seven day! Its patented formula acts on skin texture, elasticity, firmness, fine lines, wrinkles and skin tone. A powerful youth activating serum that reveals youthful radiance and smoother skin in as little as seven days. The mixture is oil free and is quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving any form of residue. lancome.com
L’Oreal Skin Perfection Advanced Serum
This is a powerful potion without the hefty price tag. Its formula is enriched with Perline-P and patented LR 2412. This helps to transform the appearance of skin quality, making it perfect. It promises to make pores look virtually undetectable, even skin tone and make skin feel silky smooth as it boosts hydration. loreal-paris.co.uk
These are just to get you started with some ideas. The world is your oyster when it comes to choosing a serum. You’ll find your fair share of variety that you can choose from. Dior, Rituals, The Body Shop, Clinique and Clarins, to name a few. Whatever your skin type or concern there’s a skin serum waiting for you with your name on it.