The Glowing Face, Part 3

Serum: The New Skincare Superfood.

Photos By Hill Peppard

David Allan  Jones

girl with face serum

We are always on the lookout for skin care products that both boast (and deliver!) on reducing wrinkles and giving your skin a healthy glow.  It is easy to confuse a serum with a moisturizer, after all, there are some overlapping properties, such as moisturizing. The major difference between a moisturizer and serum is that a moisturizer penetrates and hydrates the top layers of the skin, and creates a barrier between your skin and the outside world, protecting it from the elements.  A serum is designed to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Serums are traditionally more concentrated, and because of their finer texture, more easily absorbed. Serums also typically target one specific area of concern, such as pigmentation, hydration, fine lines, or acne prone skin.

How To Use it:

First, clean your skin with an enzyme based cleanser, such as, such as the Double Happiness Facial Cleanserto remove any dirt and grease from your skin.  Any residual make up or oil on your skin will prevent the serum from truly penetrating.  After washing, apple a gentle toner.  Next, apply your serum to face and décolleté, wait 30-60 seconds for it to absorb, and continue on with your moisturizer.  As there seems to be more crossover between serum and oils. Water based serums should be applied before moisturizing. Oil based serums should be applied after moisturizing.

If it is a humid time of year, and based on the condition of your skin, you may find a hydrating serum followed by a mineral based SPF can be enough. Also, you can layer serums, addressing multiple issues at the same time. When you are looking at ingredients, keep these key components in mind.

Hyaluronic Acid: A derivative keeps that keeps collagen synthesis up,  as retains skin moisture, aiding with anti aging.

NOTE: Hyaluronic acid can be plant based but, it can also be derived from animals or synthetically made.  Make sure you know what kind of Hyaluronic acid is in your serum!

Vitamin C: A potent antioxidant that helps to reduce irregular pigmentation and aids in promoting healthy collagen production.  

Green Tea: This wonderful ingredient has so many properties, the list could go on.  Green tea is both antibacterial and anti inflammatory, helps balance oily skin, and eliminates acne.   

Carrot Seed Oil: High in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to Vitamin A, carrot helps to repair skin tissues, while combating wrinkles and fine lines.  

Rose: Made up of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, therapeutic grade rose essential oil is moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory while treating redness.  Because of its gentle anti inflammatory properties, Rose is also found in Toners.

Algae: Both Micro and Macro algae are found in skin care, and both have numerous benefits.  Algae is known for being instantly hydrating, helping to achieve that supple completion we all strive for.  Additionally, Algae is an antioxidant, and high in amino acids, and proteins. Algae is great for dry, sensitive skin.  

Papaya: Papaya seed oil is rich in enzymes that help remove brown spots, and dissolve dead skin cells, leaving you with a fresh, even glow.  

Turmeric. As an anti inflammatory, turmeric is great for calming the skin, reducing acne, and targeting pores.

Goji:  Goji seed oil both protects and repairs your skin by simulating intracellular oxygenation, helping to restore moisture and fats in the skin.  Also and anti-inflammatory, Goji increases the firmness and elasticity of your skin, while reducing wrinkles and scars.

Regardless of what your skin type is, there are multiple non-toxic, plant based serums available on the market today to address any number of concerns.  Whether you want a super-glow or a complexion balancing serum, make sure to review the ingredients carefully to ensure that the active ingredients align with what you hope to achieve.