5 Facts about Serums

Serums have taken over the skincare world, and for good reason. Often oil-based infusions packed with natural active anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories and hydration boosting ingredients, serums are grand departure from the oil stripping AHA’s and oil-free products of the 80’s and 90’s.

Here are 5 facts to boost your serum savvy.

Serums are a treatment.

Serums are targeted to treat a specific skin condition such as rosacea, hyper-pigmentation, acne, dryness or age prevention.  Due to ingredient concentration, the actives typically penetrate deeper into the skin, often referred to as a ‘booster’.  Because of this, they often cost more than a moisturizer.

Serums can be layered. 

Yes, you can absolutely layer serums.  I suggestion applying one serum, wait several minutes until it is absorbed then layer the accompanying serum.  I say this however with ‘USE LESS. LOVE MORE.’ In mind.  Use more than one serum if you are getting results from the combination, otherwise, find one that delivers results or alternate.

Eye Serum is just a fancy word for eye cream.

I think a good treatment ‘eye cream’ has always been an ‘eye serum’, packed with actives an targeted for a specific result.  So yes, an eye serum is a serum, but not much has changed there.

Hair Serum, and Body Serum – they’re all good.    

As we extend our skincare ritual and attention down our neck, décolleté, bust and body, a body serum is typically a higher quality body product that is usually in a rich oil base that may target a specific condition, such a dry skin or loss of elasticity. A hair serum also targets a specific need and is packed with actives.  Argan oil is a base for many hair serums that smooth, de-frizz and protect.

Serums can replace your moisturizer. 

Serums can dub as a hydrator depending on your skin and the ingredients. I personally like the consistency of serum more than a moisturizing face cream, so I often use only a hydrating serum in place of a moisturizer.   Things to consider are the season and climate, skin type and if you are going with or without make-up.  For instance, in the winter and when I am going to wear makeup, I will layer a moisturizer over a serum. In the summer and if I am not wearing makeup, I will often just use a serum followed by sun protection.

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