You may live by the skin care mantra of cleanse, tone and moisturize but do you know where the face serum fits in?
Serums are packed with active ingredients designed to penetrate skin in ways everyday moisturizers simply can’t. They come with a ton of benefits, like smoothing fine lines, increasing firmness, speeding cell turnover, boosting brightness, and correcting discoloration, etc. The catch, though, is that they won’t work as well if you use them incorrectly.
Follow these 5 tips to get the most out of your serum.
1. Cleanse Well The active ingredients in skin serums will stick to dirt and dead skin, so for maximum absorption be sure to wash your face properly before applying. Use tepid water—hot water could make your skin perspire which inhibits absorption and cold water will close pores, blocking the serums’ goodness.
2. Apply to Damp Skin Some say that moist skin is 10 times more permeable than dry skin, so apply serum to damp skin after cleansing or mist skin with an alcohol-free toner for quick, deep absorption. Press serum into skin with an open palm instead of fingertips to release active ingredients.
3. Less is More Serums are super concentrated. To get your money’s worth, use just a few drops or a dollop smaller than a pea. Any more is a hasty waste.
4. Wait, then Moisturize Serums are not moisturizers. They need moisturizing mates like a day or night cream. To allow serums to fully absorb, apply and wait 5 minutes before moisturizing. Take note: Well-formulated serums absorb quickly and disappear into your skin.
5. Avoid Color and Fragrance When browsing products, don’t look for pretty colors or pleasant scents—some of the best serums are drab and dull-smelling. An effective serum is loaded with active ingredients to target repair and rejuvenation. No only do colors and fragrances add nothing beneficial, they may even hamper absorption.