Should I Use A Serum In My Skincare Routine?

Skin serums are emerging as one of the hottest skin care products today.  Beauty magazines, the beauty industry, celebrity endorsements, and media- everyone is talking about them! Being quite a cautious skincare product user I wanted to be sure that these serums would help me get the much promised supple, youthful skin; these don’t come cheap too!

What And How Of Serums: Skin serums moisturize, uplift the skin, are anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin.  They have an anti-stress element which helps the skin. They usually come in pumps or vials, packed with lightweight but very potent active ingredients; they contain ten times the active ingredients in comparison to creams and lotions- a real ‘heavy duty’ product 🙂 Serums target the fine lines that map your face and visibly reduce them. Users also notice overall improvement in their skin tone, skin brightness and skin smoothness with regular use of serums. They are typically designed to be used under your anti-aging cream. Use it on a well cleansed, toned face. You’ll find that it gets absorbed into the deep skin layers quickly. This happens because of a serum’s small molecular structure which enables it to penetrate through three layers of the skin depositing skin nutrients and stimulating collagen production from the inside- out.

Types of serums: There are a basic three types – Vitamin E serum, Vitamin C serum and collagen serum. Skin serums prove to be a smart choice when you want to layer products on your skin. As these products are much lighter in feel and texture you could use them in combination- use one serum for skin sensitivity and layer the other for age spots. They are oil free – great choice for oily skin.

Collagen serum: This skin serum counteracts the signs of aging by depositing nutrients deep within the skin’s surface and stimulates collagen production.  A collagen serum works beautifully to ease signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles and also softens dry skin.

Vitamin E serums: These serums effectively protect the skin from environmental ( dust, smoke, pollution) free radical damage and moisturize the skin.

Vitamin C serums: These serums work at increasing the capacity of the skin to retain water by providing intense hydration to the skin without making it feel oily. A vitamin C skin serum also works towards increasing collagen production making the skin looks supple, youthful and well hydrated.

Do I use a skin serum or not? The conflict lies in deciding if you really need a skin serum or not. The best thing to do is assess your skin’s needs and consult a dermatologist before you make a skin care shift. If your skin is mature or is displaying signs of premature aging, is too oily or too dry then adding a skin serum to your routine is a good idea. You can also begin using a skin serum to delay the signs of aging especially if you are exposed to a lot of sun, pollution and other environmental agents such as smoke and dust.

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