Ideal skin, glowing complexion. Should you switch to serums?

Until I saw a friend using it one day, I didn’t even know what a serum was.

Nor did I know that such watery things for face even existed . I’m ruling out toners; we’re talking heavy stuff here. You know, stuff that actually does miracles for the skin.

But there it was, some liquid thing stored in an amber glass bottle, equipped with a rubber pipette cap no bigger than my thumb.

I couldn’t help but think of all those chemistry lessons in high school. And as I found out later, serums have actually a lot to do with biochemistry.

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My friend kept spreading the serum all over her face and neck, and I asked if “the thing” actually did anything to her skin. She said, “It’s the best thing I’ve ever used.”

I was intrigued.

I’ve used many face care products over the years myself, and because I have sensitive skin – I’ve dealt with acne, dermatitis, dry skin and pretty much anything you can think of – I learnt to be skeptical when it comes to miracle-making skin care products, particularly for face.

So what made this serum so special? My friend told me she saw results faster than she had imagined, that her pores got smaller, her skin softer and more glow-ey, and that she had an overall “feeling” of healthy skin.

Hmmm … I was skeptical, but I knew I was going to try it myself.

First things first – research.

Since I had no idea what a serum was, I wasn’t going to spend money on not knowing what. When it comes to things I put on my face, I’m a bit of a lab rat.

What I read was that face serums contain high concentrations of active substances that have a stronger and faster effect on the skin than face creams do.

Some of the compounds you find in serums are antioxidants, vitamins, retinoids – chemical compounds that have similar effects to those of vitamin A, and peptides – known for their anti-aging effects, but not only.

Aside from being very concentrated, face serums also have a smaller molecular structure, which translates into faster skin absorption and deeper penetration of the skin.

Issues that serums may treat are dehydration, irritations, dark spots and acne, one or two of which I was myself struggling with at the time. But depending on the manufacturer and the type of serum, you’ll find that some also touch on a bunch of other problems.

Did my skin turn celebrity-perfect after I started using serums?

I’d lye if I said it did, but I will tell you this.

It’s the best thing I’ve ever used.

What I love most about my face serum is that it does actually make my skin glow-ey, it definitely helps with acne, plus I use one that’s professional anti-aging, and I’ve actually seen results. On top of this, it also helps (a lot) with controlling my oily skin, and my face is now more matte even during summer.

To answer our question: you don’t have to switch to serums if you don’t want to. But if you’re struggling with the skin on your face, then you should definitely try them.

Usually, serums target specific skin types and skin issues. Make sure to investigate before investing into the product so that you can have something that’s really going to work for you.

And if you’re thinking about that price, keep in mind that you only have to use so much to get results. There’s a reason serums come with a pipette, to help you dose how much you use, and 2 to 5 drops is usually more than enough.

The difference between serums and face moisturizers

Serums do not contain ingredients such as petrolatum or mineral oil. These kind of ingredients prevent water to evaporate and are blocking your skin pores.

The watery formula of the serums allows the skin to breath and gives a long lasting feeling of intense hydration. If you have oily or mixed skin you can gently rub only the serum, with circular moves, allways after a good cleanse. If you have dry or normal skin you may feel the need to use the moisturizer also, after the serum.

The difference between serums and facial oils

You could say they are the same thing. I thought so too, for a long time. But I was wrong. You could think of serums like a super facial oil in a way. It’s all about those essential oils enhanced with active ingredients.

How to get most of your serum

  1. Cleanse thoroughly first with tepid water.
  2. Apply to damp skin. Moist skin is more permeable than dry skin, so don’t forget this step when you use your miracle face serum. Apply tiny dots of serum all over your face and then blend lightly and quickly all over.
  3. Wait for it to be absorbed and then apply the moisturizer, if needed.

How to choose the right serum for your skin

As I allways say, go shopping with a purpose. Think of the skin problem you want to fix, and choose the right serum for it.

To improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles choose a serum with lots of vitamin C, like Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (10,5 % vitamin C).

Serums rich in peptides can help to boost collagen and elastin production and restore firmness to the skin. If you want firm skin you can’t go wrong with L’ORÉAL Revitalift Triple Power Concentrated Serum Treatment. You can buy it from here and from here.

To brighten and regenerate skin go for a serum formulated with retinol that helps accelerate cellular renewal, and makes the skin more luminous and smooth. Specialists recommend Garnier Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Wrinkle Reducer Serum + Moisturizer.

If you have sensitive skin is best to choose carefully and to aplly small amounts of the product to your skin. Having a very sensitive skin myself, I’ve tried my share of serums, and I loved Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum.

Those were my thoughts of the day on the miracle serums that should make your shopping list this season. Keep it classy and…

…happy shopping!

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