Thanks to research and technology the world of skincare has faced many advancements in the last decade or two. One major addition to the skincare world has been serums. There’s no denying that finding the perfect skincare regimen is difficult—on top of that, finding the products that are best for the needs of your skin can be even more frustrating. To relieve some of your skincare-related stress, we did the research for you; read on to learn why a serum is an important part of skin restoration measures, and what specific ingredients you should be looking for to get the most out of it.
The Importance Of A Serum
Often times people assume that a serum and a face oil are the same thing—this isn’t true. Although the products have a similar consistency, their purposes are quite different. A serum should be the first product applied to freshly cleaned—and possibly toned—skin. The reason for its application is to disperse powerful and healing products directly onto the skin. Serum is designed much different than face oils and face creams with this goal in mind. It is made up of tiny molecules—much smaller than that in other face products—that can successfully penetrate deep into the skin with a high concentration of effective ingredients. Because they have a high concentration, serums tend to come in smaller bottles but will last a while, as you only need a few small drops to cover the entire surface of the face and neck.
With a greater understanding of how a serum works, let’s discuss which specific ingredients have been found to have the ability restore your skin’s overall health and resilience. Keep in mind, it can be quite difficult to find a serum that has every one of the ingredients listed below, so it may be easier to look for a serum that has the best ingredient for your skin’s needs, look for the additional ingredient as an added bonus.
Hyaluronic acid, although it sounds frightening, is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. Its job is to synchronize cell renewal while also keeping the connective tissue healthy to ultimately maintain the skin’s moisture and elasticity. When used as a serum it restores the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving it feeling hydrated and exceptionally smooth.
A form of Vitamin A, Retinol is, is a strong antioxidant that encourages dead skin to shed. This leads the skin to purge top, unhealthy layers, ultimately revealing young, healthy cells. When applied as a serum they penetrate the skin and encourage the production of both hyaluronic acid and collagen. Further, studies have shown that those who apply a retinol based serum on a daily basis find a reduction in sun spots and hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and dark circles.