Made up of smaller molecules than regular moisturizers, skincare serums
have become mega-potent alternatives to traditional hydrators. Due to their molecular structure and their ability to hold moisture in extremely high percentages, serums have the capacity to penetrate deeply and directly into the skin to deliver a higher concentration of active ingredients than any moisturizer. However, no two serums are the same, and to get the most out of your serums its important to apply them in the right way!
The first step in applying a serum is to figure out what ingredients your serum is made out of. Because water-based serums absorb faster, they should be applied first, with oil-based serums following after. Also, be sure to brush up on your chemistry! Certain ingredients like Vitamin C
and Vitamin A
tend to cancel each other out, so you should never combine those types of serums on your skin as they may actually have a reverse effect (or no effect at all). Additionally, while serums can be chock-full of hydrating ingredients (like hyaluronic acid and ceramides) that help skin retain moisture, you should still be using a creamy moisturizer
on top to finish off your skincare routine! Face lotions and creams are richer than serums and create a barrier on top of the skin to keep all that good stuff in.
Finally, when applying a serum, be sure that nothing goes to waste! Instead of rubbing it in your hands to warm it up, as you would with traditional moisturizers, apply the serum with your fingertips, patting it on and then smoothing it out on your skin. Resist the temptation to massage, and let the formula absorb on its own. Also, be sure youre using the correct amount of product you should be using enough serum to cover your whole face, but not so much that you leave your skin slick and overly shiny.
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