It’s Friday and most people are ready to cash their checks and make their way to the bar for happy hour. Heck, some people may even be hungover from spending time at the bar last night. If you are then I don’t feel bad for you because I’ve been telling you to stop drinking booze. Anyway, I digress, but the real reason I’m writing is to discuss a few things about serums. There are lots of skin serums available on the market today and if you’re not using them, then you might be the only one not doing so.
Assuming that you want to use them, you should never just dive right into using a skin serum without doing your research. Which is why today I’m sharing some golden nuggets and things that you absolutely need to know before you begin applying any skin serum of any kind.
Sure, I plan on giving a bunch of recommendations, so just keep that in mind and don’t buy until you finish reading this in full. Now, here are the six things you must understand before investing in a skin serum.
Six Main Things You Must Know Before Using Skin Serums
It should come as no surprise that serums are the Superman and Wonder Woman of the skin care world. They can do wonders and make you look young as humanly possible. Heck, some of them can even reverse the aging process (so it seems).
But before you dive into any old skin serum and spend your paycheck on something you need to consider the following things:
What Is It Really?
You need to understand what you’re getting into before you go buying any serum for your skin. Most people have no idea what it even is. A serum is a formula which is said to contain a very concentrated and high percentage of an active ingredient. Serums are meant to penetrate the skin and specifically target issues or concerns that consumers may have. Most serums are traditionally water-based due to the concentration levels.
Which Is Best?
Well, different strokes for different folks as they say. The good news is that there is without a doubt one serum out there that can help you. I’m confident that no matter what your issue, you’ll be able to find something on the market that can help. So, for example, if you’re dealing with pigmentation issues, then you’re going to want to find some serums that contain vitamin C. This will help reduce the dark pigmentation issues. It also helps increase the production of collagen.
If you’re sporting the common dry skin condition, then you’ll want to find some hyaluronic acid serums to help you out. This ingredient can retain moisture better than just about any other out there.
Are zits and pimples an issue for you? If so, then a serum that contains retinol is likely the one that you want. Mix the retinol and some salicylic acid and you’ve found a product that can do wonders for your skin, no doubt about that. Kiss your clogged pores goodbye and say adios to that inflammation.
If aging is the issue, then you need a serum that promises to help assist with the production of collagen and skin cell renewal. Increased collagen and elastin will do the trick.
Incorporate It Into Your Routine
Most people don’t realize that it does matter when you apply your serum. Typically, you’ll want to apply skin serums after you’ve done the cleansing and used whatever toner you typically use. remember to apply this before using moisturizer and definitely before you apply sunscreen. If you’re using a serum that contains retinol or AHAs then be sure to only use them in the evening as you’re going to burn your skin if not.
How To Use
You only need a small amount, simple as that. It’s a serum and it’s concentrated for a reason, so a pea or dime-sized droplet should be enough for just about any face. Be sure to use the product on your neck region as well.
You need to know that skin serums are not cheap. I mean, they aren’t unaffordable, but they also aren’t cheap at all. Take for example the Elite Serum Rx. This costs roughly $45.00 or something like that and you only need a little bit. So, a little goes a long way and you can stretch it out. Be prepared to spend some money if you want to work a serum into your routine.
You never want to go all in with a serum until you’ve tested a small area of your skin. Since it’s highly concentrated it can cause issues for those with sensitive skin. Test a small patch of your skin and way 20 minutes to see how your skin reacts. Assuming everything is good, then go for it and apply it all over.
Those are my simple suggestions and things that you need to know before using a skin serum.