So, you’ve got your face wash, moisturizer, exfoliator, mask and sunscreen sorted, and you think that’s all you need to make it work! Girl, there is one skincare product you’ve been missing out on, one that is a potent source of nourishment and nutrition for your facial skin – a face serum. Adding it to your skincare routine can make a big difference to the way your face looks and feels.
How does face serum work, you ask? Face serums are like lightweight moisturizers but they contain a higher concentration of active ingredients such as vitamin C, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid, compared to typical facial moisturizers. While face creams contain only 5 to 10% active ingredients, a face serum can contain up to 70%, which means serums provide a much greater concentration of nutrients that go deeper into the skin. Available in a variety of different formulas (gels, oils and light creams) the most common benefits of using serums include hydration, increased nourishment, brightening of the skin, and acne prevention. Serums can also help in strengthening skin cells.
Due to the various options available, serums are skincare products you can go wrong with – picking the wrong product for your skin type or concern can make the skin condition even worse. For example, if you have oily, acne-prone skin, you should choose a lightweight non-grease serum because an oil-based one can result in more sebum production. If you have dry skin, you should pick a serum that will moisturise your skin. And if you want to be more conscious about the products you buy and use on your body, choosing a vegan face serum is an easy and effective step to take. The increased demand for natural face serums as of late has resulted in a diverse array of vegan face serums out there for everyone.
The ingredients in every beauty product, including face serums, are specific when it comes to skin type and issues. Looking for a serum that won’t leave you with clogged pores that lead to breakouts? A vegan face serum with anti-inflammatory antioxidants from seed oils, plus some probiotics to balance out the skin’s microbiome, is the way to go. Having issues with sensitive or breakout-prone skin? If so, you know how important it is to avoid cheap occlusive agents like mineral oil and petroleum. Face serums are specially designed to be delivery systems, which means they don’t contain any of those ingredients. Instead, they contain natural active ingredients that get past the outer layer of your skin to deliver their greatness deep down.
How to Use a Face Serum?
When it comes to how to apply face serum correctly, it should always be applied on clean, bare and dry skin. Simply said, it should be the first thing you put on after cleansing. Experts recommend applying two pumps of the serum, rubbing your hands together and spreading it into the forehead, starting from the centre of the face and working down. Move to the nose and cheeks, and then go from the chin to the jawline.
If you will be layering a couple of different serums, use the more potent one first so you don’t dilute the actives. How many face serums can you use? It’s recommended using no more than two serum per routine. If you have more serums that you’d like to use, use two in your morning routine and two different serums in the evening routine. While it’s fine to use the same serum consistently, by alternating you can reap different benefits.
How Long to Leave Serum on Face?
Give the serum a few minutes to set in before you apply your moisturizer. If you have oily skin you can skip the moisturizer during daytime, but remember to wear sunscreen. To get the most of your serum, it is important to seal it with something that protects the skin barrier.
At What Age Should You Start?
Just like it’s never too early to start being physically active or eating healthy, this fundamental aspect of life also applies to skincare. Using serums packed with incredibly important ingredients before you start noticing sings of aging means you have more chances to keep your healthy glow for longer.