One of our most precious assets is our face. It is the first thing people see. It is the home of our smile. Taking good care of one's face is thus well worth it especially when the years start to add up. One of the most potent skin care products is the face serum. It can make the difference between soft supple skin or dull skin with premature wrinkles.
What is face serum and why you need it?
Face serum is a lightweight skin care product with concentrated active ingredients that penetrate the top layers of skin. Face serum goes a lot deeper than your typical moisturizer. It creates a creamy, healthy glow that isn’t achieved with regular face cream. There is a myth that face serum is just for dry skin. This is not true. It is ideal for all types of skin, including oily skin.
What's the difference between serum and face oil?
There is a big difference between face serum and face oil. They are made from different ingredients and do different things. Serums are nice and lightweight whereas face oils are thick and heavy. Serums penetrate the skin rather than leave an oily surface.
Serums are made from a water-based formula. They penetrate deeply into the skin and help reverse the causes of aging and skin damage at the cellular level. Serums often contain more antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins that work together to repair the structure of skin cells.
Facial oils, on the other hand, are not water based. They are made from an oil-based formula. They have larger molecules so they’re not able to penetrate the skin as deeply as a serum. Face oils seal the skin, locking in moisture and nutrients. They don’t let your skin breathe the way a serum does.
How to Apply Your Face Serum
Your skin care regimen does not have to be complicated. You can complete it in just 3-4 steps.
1. Cleanse properly every day. You want to exfoliate once a week as exfoliating increases your skin’s absorption of the serum
2. Apply face serum on slightly moist skin using one or two fingers
3. Apply your favorite moisturizer
4. Massage the area for a few seconds
A Few Rules of Thumb
Always use lighter products first. Moisturizer should be the last thing you apply
Use your face serum in the morning, at night, or both if you have dry skin
Because serums are concentrated with active ingredients, do not apply if you have eczema or rosacea. Concentrated ingredients may irritate the skin
Because serums only lightly moisturize your skin, it is recommended that you use them along with a heavier moisturizer
How to choose the right one
You want to make sure you use the face serum that is right for your skin. Here is a quick guide to finding the perfect face serum.
Look for high ingredient concentration (earth-based)
Look for short ingredient list
Look for a lightweight serum. Lighter serums tend to have smaller molecules. The lighter the serum, the better at penetrating the outermost layer of the skin.
Depends on type of the skin
Oily skin: Choose a serum with salicylic acid and/or glycolic acid
Dry skin: Look for a serum with hyaluronic acid (has ability to hold onto moisture)
Combination, hyperpigmentation or dull skin: You want a serum with Vitamin C (to brighten the skin)
Aging skin: Select a serum with peptides (increases collagen production)
Benefits of face serum
There are so many great benefits of a face serum. Combined with the right moisturizer, a face serum can give you long-lasting healthy skin. Some of the proven benefits of a serum are:
Reduce the appearance of pore size
Clear up blemishes
Smooth fine wrinkles
Offer a firmer, smoother texture
Increase moisture levels
Fresh healthy appearance
Reduce the signs of aging (serums work at the cellular level)
If you want optimal effectiveness of your face serum, don’t forget to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis with a gentle exfoliator. Try Sakury Face Crystal Peeling, a new, natural peeling device which gently, but very effectively exfoliates your skin and its special silica effect prepares your skin to absorb multiple hydrating and anti-aging treatments.