With the proliferation of rituals and cosmetic proposals, it is sometimes difficult to choose. What is the right care for your skin? How can it be used in the most efficient way possible? This is an opportunity for PHI to revisit the serum question: what is it made of? What’s the point? And how to properly use a face serum?
The first characteristic of the serum is that it is particularly concentrated in targeted assets. Its texture is usually very fluid and allows it to penetrate quickly and deeply into the epidermis. Originally designed primarily to combat skin aging, they can now cover an extensive range of action (hydrating, anti-redness, anti-stains, anti-wrinkle…) A serum concentrates and optimizes the most effective assets to meet specific skin needs… As long as you use your care well.
Why use a serum?
Ideally, it’s up to your skin! At any age (adult), the serum is especially recommended when your skin expresses one or more special needs that can manifest in redness, irritation, severe dryness, highly devitalized skin. If these skin problems are transient, a treatment of a few weeks of the adapted serum will allow your skin to regain its balance and health.
Beyond its basic needs, if your skin has recurrent age-related requirements or has a specific skin type, daily use of serum can help preserve the beauty, balance and youthfulness of your skin.
No matter how fast you use the specific virtues, it is essential to preserve your skin with a good care routine: cleanliness, hydration, protection!
Tips To Use a Face Serum?
A serum is applied to a skin perfectly cleansed of any makeup and impurities. Since the majority of serums have multiple virtues, it is best to apply them in the evening. Indeed, during the night, your skin works at full throttle to its regeneration, and it is also at this time that your serum’s concentrated assets are most beneficial to it. To learn more about the rhythm of your skin, feel free to read or reread our article on chronobiology, or “How to boost the effectiveness of your care”…
With a fluid texture and a high concentration of active ingredients, it is unnecessary to use large amounts of product: a few drops (3 or 4) are enough for the face and neck. Except for dry and uncomfortable skin, it is not useful to layer a serum cream before nightfall, especially if it contains mineral oils or silicones that will interfere with your skin’s proper oxygenation. It may be necessary for very dry or very reactive skin to apply your serum in the morning. In this case, it is imperative to follow it with your day cream. Indeed, a serum is not intended to bring you the comfort and protection of a cream. On the other hand, it will boost its effects throughout the day.
How to properly use a serum for the face and above all…
How Do I Choose it?
If your skin has a particular problem, choose a targeted product for the problem. It is better to have an effective response on a particular skin deficiency rather than an over generalist treatment that may have an ineffective or even contrary action to what you expect.
Pay attention to the list of ingredients. If you find silicones (ingredients ending in “-medicine” or “-siloxane”) in the first 5 or 6 components, go your way! This treatment will likely produce only a superficial and unsustainable result. For the record, we talked at length about silicones HERE… The best way to ensure your serum’s optimal quality and efficiency is to turn to an organic (and certified!) cosmetic.
How to apply the serum to your skin properly
For this to be the case, there are a few things to consider when applying, otherwise, a part of the effect will easily flute.
Apply serum in the correct order
A serum is applied after cleansing and toner and before the face cream. As a rule of thumb, the lighter consistency is before the richer ones. Since serums have very small molecules, they are applied directly to the skin and penetrate deeper into the skin than a cream or oil. Conversely, a light serum remains on cream and cannot penetrate the skin.
Beauty tip: Squeeze serum into the skin
Professionals press or tap serum into the skin. For this purpose, a few drops are distributed in the palms of the hand and pressed into the skin with the flat hand. Or: Add a drop of serum directly to the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and gently pat into the skin with your fingertips. Afterwards, you should allow the serum about ten minutes to move in before the next care step follows.
Use serum in a targeted manner
Not every serum has to be applied to the whole face. Local problem areas such as impurities can also be targeted with a clarifying serum and the rest of the skin is e.B. a moisturizing hyaluronic serum, depending on the need.
Combine Serum with a Moisturizer
Although most sera contain concentrated active ingredients such as retinol, peptides or vitamin C, they do not moisturize much. Therefore, after the serum, a moisturizer should be used, which hydrates and puts a fine protective film on the skin, under which the serum can act even better.