August 9, 2017

Benefits of Face Serum for Best and Quick Results

Benefits of Face Serum by Jana Elston
Benefits of Face Serum

Do you need a face serum?

I'm frequently asked if using a serum is always necessary.  My take on it is that if you have a good daily skin care routine established, then yes! Using serums can absolutely help to boost results!

What does a face serum do?

Serums are targeted skin care products formulated to penetrate deeper into the skin with a higher level of active ingredients. Serums a loaded with nutrients to feed the skin. Serums can fight wrinkles and brighten a dull skin. They can help improve the texture of the skin, refine open pores, unclog and decongest the skin. Serums can hydrate the skin, help stimulate collagen production for anti aging benefits as well as for improving scarring. Serums can fight bacteria and help speed up the healing of acne.

When should you use a face serum?

Serums can be used whenever your skin needs a boost or you need to target a specific problem to get faster results. If you are embarking on a new skincare regime and would like to specifically target particular problems on your skin, always include a good serum to get maximum results fast.

Seasonal changes, lifestyle, dietary changes, illness, hormones, and stress can have a big impact on the skin. During these times, your skin is in special need of extra care. So if you're traveling, or you've had some major lifestyle changes, changes in your diet, you've been sick, stressed, or your hormones are playing up, this is a good time to think about using a serum to boost your skin care.

Finally, if you're serious about long-term skin care and a beautiful skin long-term, you can use a serum all the time. I always use serums under my treatment creams and I vary my serums every 1 to 2 months depending on what my skin needs. I use serums morning and night and I have a different serum for the day and a different serum for the night.

When to apply a face serum?

You should always apply a serum on a perfectly clean skin so apply your serum after cleansing and toning before applying your moisturizer. Yes, you do need to apply a moisturizer because serums are designed to penetrate, so you need to seal them in.

Tip to get the most out of your serums:

To help your serum penetrate even deeper make sure you exfoliate your skin regularly. If you do not clean your skin properly and don't exfoliate regularly the makeup, dirt, and grime, and dead cell build up will prevent the serum from penetrating. So if you're going to invest in a good quality high strength serum make sure that you get your basics right with your daily skin care routine.

So what's the best serum for your skin? 

Face serum for oily and problem skin:

Look for serums formulated for oily skin and to treat pimples and acne.  The active ingredients you're looking for are zinc, licorice, salicylic acid, Tea tree oil, Centella Asiatica, allantoin and/or niacinamide (B3).

Face serum for dry skin:

If your skin is dehydrated look for a serum with hyaluronic acid.  If your skin is dry look for serums that contain ceramides, plant oils such as jojoba or argan oil, and essential fatty acids especially Omega 3.

Face serum for rosacea:

If your skin tends to be red with dilated capillaries look for serums with calming botanicals such as mint, bilberry, and Ruscus. Niacinamide is excellent for dilated capillaries as well as rosacea. If you have acne rosacea a serum with glycolic and salicylic acid is excellent to help get it back under control.

Face serum for sensitive skin:

If your skin is itchy, burning and stinging then you need calming, soothing anti-inflammatory vitamins and botanicals extracts. Panthenol (B5), Allantoin, chamomile, wild Jasmine leaf, cucumber, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid.

Face serum for aging skin:

Aging skin begins to thin, sag and wrinkles as it loses collagen. Look for collagen boosting ingredients such as vitamin C and peptides. Protect existing collagen with anti-glycation ingredients and MMP inhibitors.

Face serum for pigmentation problems:

If you have freckles, brown spots, age spots, stains, melasma or chloasma Then look for serums with AHAs such as lactic acid or if the pigmentation is more pronounced look for glycolic acid. These serums are best used at night to exfoliate and lift off pigmented cells. During the day protect your skin from UV damage that causes pigmentation with serums that contain vitamin C, licorice, resveratrol, and niacinamide. Of course, you need to protect your skin with a good sunscreen as well.

Although I tried to keep it brief, this has turned into a bit of a mega article about serums. I hope this has helped answer your questions about using face skincare serums. If you would like a specific product recommendation, don't hesitate to private message me via my Facebook page.

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Jana x

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