What are face serums?

Serums are somewhat of a mystery skincare product. “Why should I use it?” and “how do I use it?” are common questions. There are so many skincare products on the market, and it can be hard deciding what is essential and what is not so important. SKINNEY Medspa is featured on Ipsy.com in an article titled, “What Exactly is Serum? Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know.” Professionals dive into face serums and discuss why the skincare product could make a big difference in treating your skin.

Serums are multivitamins for the face that should be used after cleansing but before moisturizing. This intermediate step in your skincare routine is said to be a light product that gives off a high concentration of active ingredients. Serums are infused with potent vitamins and peptides that help to treat several skin issues. Look for an anti-aging serum with vitamin A. This ingredient can help to reduce pores and wrinkles but will also give you a youthful glow. If you are looking to soothe, hydrate, and reduce redness, try a serum with vitamin B.

Do not get serums confused with face oils. Face serums are not oil-based and will not be able to give your skin a significant hydration boost. Oil-based products can penetrate beneath the skin’s barrier. Adriana Martino is a co-founder of SKINNEY Medspa in NYC. She says, “A face oil will offer better hydration on the barrier of the skin. Oils are more hydrating than serums, but serums tend to have more active ingredients than an oil-based product.”

Some serums do have hydrating and soothing ingredients, but it is still important to use a moisturizer every day. Serums are usually lighter than moisturizers because they do not have nearly as many emollients. Think of serums as a bonus to your skin, but moisturizers create a protective barrier on top of the skin that locks it all down.

Serums can be applied morning and night, but it depends on your skin type. You can also make a custom skincare routine and use different serums during the day. Try serums out and give your skin a couple of weeks to adjust to new products. It can take three to seven weeks before the results show.

There are several serums on the market to help with all types of skin issues. For example, you can purchase soothing, brightening, ultra-hydrating, anti-aging serums. There are also specific serums for large pores and people with oily or acne-prone skin.

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