The Glowing Face: Serum

Serum: The New Skincare Superfood.

Photos By Hill Peppard

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 a gentle milk 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. 
  • Next, apply your serum to face and décolleté, wait 30-60 seconds for it to absorb, and continue on with your moisturizer.  
  • Oil based serums should be applied after moisturizing. As there seems to be more crossover between serum and oils. Water based serums should be applied before 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. 

Ingredients to keep in mind

Hyaluronic Acid 

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

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!

Witch Hazel

One of witch hazel’s most impressive properties is its anti-inflammatory. Another traditional use for witch hazel is to treat sunburn and prevent peeling and flaking. Two separate studies at the BioSkin Institute for Dermatological Research and Development in Germany looked at witch hazel’s sun-protectant properties.

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