Every product in your skin care routine should contain a skin-loving array of antioxidants, replenishing, and skin-restoring ingredients, but serums are special. Serum are usually a liquid or gel containing high concentrations of skin actives, which are able to penetrate deeper than other topicals product , such as moisturizers which contain occlusive ingredients that prevent deeper penetration.
On the market, you find oils-based serums, water-based serums and emulsion serums.
Oil-based serums are rich in oil-soluble actives and it takes longer for them to soak into your skin. Oil-based serums often contain a base of oils that softens your skin, coat it with a thin oily film that seals the moisture in and protect your skin. They can contain ingredients such as essential oils, superfoods, such sea buckthorn oil, and active, such as co-enzyme Q10. Oil-based serums can be used either twice daily or at night depending on your skin needs. Such serums suit normal, dry and mature skins.
Water-based serums, usually have thin or thick gel-like consistency, contain water soluble actives and they are absorbed much more quickly into the skin. Such serums may contain ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, botanical extracts and vitamin such as provitamin B5 and vitamin C. Water-based serums can be applied twice daily on a clean face under your moisturizer. This type of serum suit all skin types.
Emulsion-based serums are a combination of water-soluble and oil-soluble high-performance ingredients. Is serum a moisturizer? Yes and no. Serums can be full of moisturizing high-performance ingredients to address skin’s specific needs. But that does not make them moisturizers, in the traditional sense. They're not meant to replace moisturizer, but to boost its hydrating effects. Do we need to use both?
It is recommended to use serums in conjunction with a moisturizing face cream. If you wish to address difficult skin problems like visible signs of aging or sun damage, a combination of a quality serum and moisturizer would be the best choice. Due to moisturizer’s ability to create a rich barrier to help keep the moisture contained in your skin, it locks the serum’s ingredients in your skin to deliver the best results.
Serums tend to be on the pricier end than other skin care products, because it contains potent ingredients which are more expensive. But it is worthy to invest in a high quality facial serum since you only need one drop to cover your face and neck, so a little goes a long way.
Are you using facial serum? If so, what type of serum do you prefer?