We have heard of adding facial serum to our daily routine to make skin glowing and to keep aging at bay.
What are face serums and what are their benefits?
Facial serums are fast-absorbing liquids meant to provide nutrients deeper into the skin than normal creams and lotions. It is used either in addition to or as an alternative for creams and lotions. They are generally water-based formulations without petrolatum or mineral oil.
Serums contain a high amount of active ingredients including skin brighteners, antioxidants, and peptides, all of which are just right as anti-aging products. Serums contain small molecules of active ingredients that can be absorbed quickly through the skin. The ingredients of the serum forms a barrier for moisture and locks it within the skin. The smaller ingredients give a lighter feeling to the product. Moreover, they do not leave an oily or sticky feeling on the skin.
There are different types of facial serum, each one catering to a specific need. Serums for dry skin usually contain rosemary, chamomile, and almond oil, compounds that will help in hydrating dry patches of skin. They also help in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. For oily skin, serums containing lavender, peppermint, and rose hip oil are beneficial. These ingredients are ideal for correcting blemishes on the skin. People who are prone to acne are benefited by this type of serum. For the thin, delicate skin under the eyes, eye serums are normally used. These are appropriate for decreasing dark circles, and also wrinkles and fine lines.
For maximum effects one can apply a small amount of the serum and spread it evenly on the face after thorough cleansing. If you regularly use a moisturizer, it can be applied on after the serum. However, it would be better to wait for a few minutes before applying so that the skin can absorb the serum. People with skin conditions like eczema can do without serum as the ingredients may irritate the skin further.