Why Apply Serum First?
Are you up for some detective work? With so many skin care options on the market today, we need to do some sleuthing to determine the best solutions for your skin.
Let’s start with the evidence. Are you experiencing dehydrated skin symptoms? Does your skin feel greasy after product application? Does your makeup go on smoothly? The answers to these questions provide clues as to what changes you may need to make to your face-care regimen.
One product currently stumping many consumers is the facial serum. Used appropriately, serums offer extensive benefits to your skin. The key, then, is to know how to use them – and many people don’t.
Since it would be a crime to treat your skin to anything less than the best, let’s do some digging to solve this mystery. Like any good investigator, we’ll need to cover the Who, What, When, Where and Why of the serum story.
This one’s easy. It’s you. As you consider what skin care products are best and the most beneficial way to use them, you must keep your personal needs and lifestyle in mind. While following expert advice to reap the best benefits, you must consider your specific goals. If you need to reduce dehydrated skin symptoms, one serum might be better. If you experience a lot of sun and weather exposure, another serum could be best.
Clue #1: Serums are optimized to tackle various skin concerns. Find the one that’s best for your needs.
Exactly what is a face serum? These products are water-based, liquid concentrates packed with nutrients and powerful bioactive ingredients. Lightweight, serums are made up of small molecules designed to penetrate deeply in the skin to deliver a high concentration of these active ingredients. Various formulas are available to combat specific skin issues.
Clue #2: Serums are made of small molecules packed with active ingredients designed to penetrate the skin.
When it comes to serums, this question tops the list. It is essential to apply serums before moisturizers and other products. The serum prepares your face to receive the benefits of the other applications. Remember the previous clue we discovered: serums are lightweight. An important rule of thumb in skin care is to apply products in order – lightest to heaviest. Serums, with their thinner consistency, should be applied first. This allows the high concentration of active ingredients to fully penetrate your skin. Used appropriately, you’ll typically start to see results from a serum within the first seven to 14 days.
Applying a serum over a layer of moisturizer blocks its effects and greatly diminishes its results. When you apply the serum first, its powerful components get to work right away and allow the rest of your products to work even better. The layer of moisturizer over the top seals in all of the serum’s beneficial ingredients. By the time you get to your makeup, you have created a radiant, even finish that accepts the makeup well. You won’t need to pile on the foundation. Your serum preparation provides a beautiful final appearance.
Clue #3: Serums must be applied after cleansing but before moisturizing to achieve maximum benefits.
If serums offer such great benefits, you should coat every inch of your face with a thick layer, right? Nope. Keep in mind, serums are potent products. You don’t need to slather them on. Many people use far too much serum. Read instructions carefully. A little goes a long way. A few drops are usually sufficient to cover the entire face. Use one or two fingers to apply small amounts of serum to your face and massage it thoroughly into your skin. Do this as part of your morning and night routines.
Clue #4: Serums should be applied morning and night, but each application only requires a small amount of product.
Our “when” discoveries have already partly answered this question, but there’s more to learn. We know serums prepare your face to receive the benefits of your other products. We know they provide concentrated ingredients that penetrate deep to achieve the look and feel we desire. But, we have yet to discover why you might consider starting a specific serum regimen.
From dehydrated skin symptoms to acne-prone skin, many issues can be targeted by various face serums. Their thin formula allows them to reach deep into pores, delivering the proper ingredients you need to sooth your biggest skincare troubles.
Dehydrated Skin Symptoms
A common concern is dehydrated skin symptoms, so let’s start there. How do you know if your skin is dehydrated? Look for these signs
– Your skin feels tight, appears dull, and feels itchy
– You experience a burning sensation on your skin
– Your skin heals slowly
– You experience increased sensitivity
– Your skin becomes red/inflamed
– You notice flakes, dry lines and/or wrinkles
If you experience these skin symptoms, they are often caused by one or more of the following:
Aging: As we get older, our skin’s ability to regenerate declines. Its natural hydrators aren’t as strong, and blood flow typically decreases as well. This overall decline can cause dehydrated skin symptoms.
Environment: Sun exposure, cold wind, low temperatures, air conditioning and forced air heating can all dry out your skin.
Diet: While fat-free diets may offer benefits, one of the down sides is a deficiency in skin-friendly essential fatty acids. This can cause itching, dryness, scaling and inflammation.
The right serum can combat these dehydrated skin symptoms. Look for hydrators in the serum ingredients such as amino acids, ceramides and essential fatty acids. These will strengthen your skin’s barrier and build strong membranes to protect against dryness by improving moisture retention.
Clue #5: If you are experiencing dehydrated skin symptoms, serums loaded with hydrators are an effective solution.
More Face Serum Solutions for Skin Hydration
If you aren’t experiencing dehydrated skin symptoms, serums can still be extremely beneficial. Additional ingredients that offer skin benefits include:
Vitamin C: This reduces fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating new collagen. Its antioxidant properties help protect your skin from the environment, reducing discolorations and protecting against UV exposure.
Antioxidants: Vitamin C is just one of many antioxidants used in serums. Others include pomegranate extract and grape seed extract. Many natural marine and botanical ingredients are used to reduce dark spots and improve your skin’s elasticity and luminosity. Look for these ingredients to fight the free radicals that cause skin to age.
Anti-inflammatories: To prevent inflammation and redness, serums use zinc, arnica, aloe vera and goldenseal.
Peptides: These amino acids reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while regenerating and restructuring your skin.
Clue #6: Serums are packed with potent ingredients that will rejuvenate skin and help you achieve a vibrant, youthful appearance.
Mystery Solved: The secret to flawless, youthful skin is the proper application of serum. Layered first, the serum prepares, hydrates and enriches your skin to achieve the natural, glowing look you desire.
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