If you could take youth and put it in a little bottle, it would probably be in the form of a good hydrating serum. While it’s yet another step in your skincare routine, it’s the one that can make all the difference. And, finally give you that plump, radiant look you’ve always dreamed of having. Incorporating it into your daily habits can truly transform your complexion. Especially if you are over the age of 30 (sorry ladies, another thing to remember).
Are you eager to get yourself a good serum but aren’t sure what they can do for you, how to apply them properly, and which products to buy? Then take a look at our little guide that will tell you everything you need to know to get the best benefits for your skin.
Serums are easy on the skin
Every good serum is made to be extremely lightweight. The consistency of it feels almost like water, and the fact that it’s so airy means that it will have a much easier time penetrating the outer layer of your skin and sinking in deep to deliver the active ingredients. Given this fact, it’s no wonder serums are used to target specific skin problems and improve the overall quality of your complexion. While moisturizers certainly have a huge role in the way you care for your face, serums are there to enhance the benefits because they have a higher concentration of good ingredients that are there to basically nourish your skin and make it velvety soft.
You use them right before moisturizers
Unless your skin is extremely oily, it’s likely you’ll benefit from using both a serum and a moisturizer. As mentioned, serum is there to deliver the active ingredients and hydrate on a deeper level, and moisturizer works in unison with it by locking that moisture in and making sure your skin is slowly being rejuvenated overnight. If you want to get the best benefits, use these products both in the morning and in the evening, and make sure they are always applied to a clean face.
If you like natural products, then it’s not a bad idea to switch out your moisturizer with something like rosehip oil. The one from The Ordinary is a cult favorite. It’s good to know that serums are pretty versatile and can be used underneath organic oils as well.
The best ones have hyaluronic acid
There are always new and fancy-sounding ingredients on the market. But, if you want to be safe your best bet is to go for products that are full of tried and true ingredients like hyaluronic acid. This way you know what you’re getting because these things have been texted extensively over the years, and we know for sure that they work. If you want something really good, try the active hydration serum from Rodan+Fields because not only does it have a ton of hyaluronic acid, but it’s full of glycerin which can give you that youthful glow. It’s particularly good for dry and aging skin, and it can help you smooth out fine lines and it retain skin moisture for a longer time.
Another really good ingredient you should be on the lookout for is vitamin C. Something like the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is not a bad thing to pick up. Vitamin C is its main active ingredient, and if your skin has been looking a little dull, this could really help it get back that light radiance.
Look the one that will suit your skin type
Everyone can benefit from a quality hydrating serum, but if you have skin issues such as acne, you might want to find something that contains salicylic acid in it to combat the inflammation. Clinique’s Acne + Line Correcting Serum is pretty nice because it will target both blemishes, and any fine lines you might have.
In truth, it’s hard to go wrong with a serum because they are all very lightweight and they won’t clog your pores. All you need to do is find the one that offers the best hydration benefits and feels good when you apply it. If you can’t afford any of the high-end products, don’t worry, there’s some pretty great stuff at department stores, too. On the more affordable end, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($12.95), Neutrogena’s Hydroboost ($17.50), and Roc’s Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum ($32.55) are just some of the examples of really nice products that won’t break the bank but can deliver the results you need.
Another note about application
There’s one more thing about the application that you need to bear in mind—tap it on, don’t rub. Tapping will help the product sink into the skin faster. More importantly, it won’t tug and cause redness and irritation. Our harsh way of constantly rubbing at our face to remove makeup or apply products can take its toll and cause premature wrinkles to appear, so try to be gentler.
A nice serum is more than just an indulgence, it’s practically a necessity. Especially for those who wish to look youthful and care for their skin in the right way. Grab the one that’s calling your name, and enjoy seeing your skin slowly transform and become softer and more youthful.