Have you figured out your ideal skincare routine yet? Cleansing, toning and moisturizing have been part of our routines for ages now. But have you included the recent addition to skincare - face serum? Read on to know why you should start using them and how they can benefit your skin.
1. What Is Face Serum?
Serum is a skincare product that contains powerful ingredients and can be applied to your skin directly. They are applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. Face serums are used to target skin concerns such as:
- Dark spots and hyperpigmentation
- Acne and clogged pores
- Uneven skin tone, redness and sensitivity
2. Function Of A Face Serum
Serum is made up of smaller molecules with high penetration power and can deliver high concentration of active ingredients.
3. How To Use Face Serum?
Apply a thin layer of a serum of your choice (about a pea-sized amount should do) and massage onto skin until fully absorbed.
4. What Is The Best Face Serum?
There are plenty of face serums available in the market that target skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, skin dullness and so on.
SkinKraft offers customized serums for various concerns:
- SkinKraft Skin Lightening Serum
- SkinKraft Anti-Aging and Antioxidant Booster Shot
- SkinKraft Dark Spot Control Serum
- SkinKraft Acne Control Serum
5. How To Choose The Right Face Serum?
Before choosing a face serum consider this,
Skin Type - Be aware of your skin type and the ingredients that go into your face serum. You do not want ingredients that dry up your skin if your skin type is already dry.
Skin Issue - What are you trying to address with a face serum? Is it the fine lines around your mouth or the dark spots that are a result of sun exposure?
Always look for ingredients like the following:
Hydrators such as ceramides are like the cement of the skin and prevent water from escaping.
Antioxidants like vitamin C and grape seed extract help protect against sun damage and fight the signs of aging.
Anti-inflammatories, including zinc, arnica and goldenseal, soothe redness and prevent inflammatory cell damage.
Plant-based ingredients like licorice helps in skin lightening and helps you get rid of those dark spots.
6. Top 5 Benefits Of Face Serum
1. Your will experience an improvement in your skin texture due to collagen content. Your skin is more plump now.
2. You will witness lesser spots and scars with regular use of a serum.
3. Open pores are reduced, meaning lesser blackheads and whiteheads.
4. Under eye serums reduce puffiness around the eyes.
5. With lesser breakouts, your skin feels fresh and moisturized.
7. How To Get The Most Out Of A Serum?
A. Test beforehand: Always perform a patch test before application.
B. Less is more: Don't apply too much of serum as they contain potent ingredients. Applying excess quantity can irritate the skin.
C. Cleanse first: The first step to any skincare routine is cleansing. Make sure to cleanse your skin before applying the serum.
For dry skin, apply serum when it is still damp because the moisture makes it easy for penetration. For sensitive skin, allow your skin to dry before applying the serum. Doing so will slow down the penetration of serum which is more likely to lead to irritation.
D. Avoid colors and fragrances: Serums are packed with potent ingredients. The extra fragrances and colors interfere with absorption of the product.
Best Time To Apply Face Serum
Face serum can be applied during the day and at night. Apply face serum after cleansing and pat drying. If you are applying serum at night, make sure not to layer too much. Night cream or moisturizer forms a heavy layer. So it is important to apply either a serum or a moisturizer.
Ideal Age To Start Using Face Serums
Serums contain powerful ingredients that can have an impact on the metabolism of cells. Face serums can turn out to be way too active for younger skin. The ideal age to start using face serums would be late 20s and early 30s. This is the age at which the first signs of aging appears.
You can continue using face serums till the age of 50+. Including a face serum in your skincare regimen will not only enhance your skin but also protect it. After all, you want to protect the largest organ of your body - the skin.
How Long Does It Take For Face Serum To Work?
Face serums contain active ingredients in concentrated amounts. The time to show desired results depends on the type of serum. Ideally, it takes 4-6 weeks to see visible results.
Difference Between Serum And Face Oil
The serum is water-based and the potent ingredients penetrate deeper in the skin.
Face oils, on the other hand, work on the surface of the skin to retain moisture. They have a thicker and oilier texture. Face oils take much longer to sink into the skin.
Face oils are usually for dry skin. But there are a lot of face oils that are non-comedogenic and can be used for oily skin too.
Serum Is A Lightweight Moisturizer
Serums tend to moisturize your skin and can be called as lightweight moisturizers. For maximum benefit of hydration, use a barrier repair moisturizer like SkinKraft Barrier Repair Cream along with your face serum.
Are you now ready to equip your skincare routines with an additional magical product - the face serum?
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