One of the more confusing skin care products on the market are serums. People are generally confused about what serums are and how and when to use them as part of their skincare routine.
What is Serum?
Serums are generally water-based liquid or gel products that feel lightweight on the skin. They differ from moisturizers not only in their consistency and feel on the skin but also in terms of the ingredients they contain. For instance, a moisturizer will have occlusive ingredients in it so that water won’t evaporate from your skin while a serum will not have such ingredients.
Serums have a high concentration of active ingredients antioxidants, vitamins, skin brighteners, peptides, hydrators, or exfoliators. Serums are made of very small molecules, so the skin absorbs them quickly and deeply. Thicker moisturizers can form a barrier on the skin which is great for locking in moisture, but it can lock out active ingredients. Serums penetrate the skin faster and more effectively.
Who Needs A Serum?
Actually, almost anyone could benefit from using a serum; you just need to find the right serum for you. If you are looking for anti-aging ingredients serums can give your skincare routine a great boost by providing your skin with a dose of concentrated anti-aging ingredients.
Oilier skin types usually love serums because they feel weightless on the skin. Everyone can benefit from using an antioxidant serum during the day like a Vitamin C serum. In the case of Secret Serums, the My Anti-Aging Treatment utilizes a patented delivery system combined with a high concentration of active ingredients, antioxidants, peptides, stabilized Vitamin C, plant stem cell, and skin brighteners that visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, remove dark circles and under-eye puffiness, repair and rejuvenate the skin, firm sagging skin, help generate collagen, remove age spots and uneven skin tones and improve skin text and elasticity of the skin.
How Do You Use a Serum?
Most serums are quite expensive, but they will last a long time. You apply a serum directly on your skin after cleansing and toning (if you use a toner). Depending on the function of the serum and its active ingredients you apply either morning or night.
Most importantly you don’t need a lot of product – a few drops or a pea size amount of the product is enough. More is not better when it comes to serums. Wait a few minutes after applying your serum to let it absorb into the skin before applying your makeup.
Here’s a Seratopical TIP: Refrigerate your Serums.
Store your serums next to the milk and eggs: They work best chilled. Not only does cold storage extend shelf life (heat and humidity cause oxidation, which makes formulas break down and become less effective) but applying chilled products can wake up groggy skin and tighten pores.