How to Choose the Right Serum for You!

You already take excellent care of your skin at home. You cleanse with a liquid cleaner, tone, exfoliate 1-2 times a week, moisturize, and protect your skin from the sun every day.

Yet, you would like add something to your routine to give the skin an extra boost. Applying a serum right under your moisturizer is an excellent way to do this.

Skin serum are lightweight yet very concentrated and are formulated with smaller molecules than moisturizers. This allows the active ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin.

However, because serums are lightweight, depending on the serum, they sometimes do not offer enough moisturizing benefits to replace traditional moisturizing day and night creams and lotions. Therefore, they are ideally used as an addition to your regular skin care routine.

Serums can address a variety of skin concerns including irritation, redness, lines and wrinkles, excessive oiliness, lack of firmness, and hyperpigmentation.

To calm the skin after I give a client a salon chemical peel, I reach for a serum with Aloe Vera and Green Tea. Aloe Vera cools and calms inflammation and Green Tea is a natural anti-oxidant which resists free radicals and protects irritated skin while promoting cellular regeneration. At home, a green tea serum daily can help calm irritation and redness due to excessive dryness and sun exposure.

For anti-aging benefits, a serum with Gotu Kola helps to tone and tighten the skin and improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This herb’s ability to promote collagen production makes is a very desirable ingredient in anti-aging serums. Other ingredients to look for include Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE.

Hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and melasma are other signs of aging. Compare the back of your hand with a part of your body that has seen little, if any, sun. Odds are the less exposed areas are relatively spotless. Liver and sun spots start appearing in our 30’s and are often the result of accumulated sun exposure since childhood. Swiss Apple Stem Cells have been shown to be effective at skin brightening, while Ferulic Acid and Resveratrol boost the skin’s ability to resist damage from UV exposure.

To give the skin instant lift, go for a serum with Inca Inchi, Hyaluronic Acid, and Konjac Spheres. Inca Inchi is a seed found in the Amazon area of Peru. Rich in Omega 3 and 6, Inca Inchi helps maintain skin elasticity, limits water loss in the skin, and maintains skin hydration. Hyaluronic Acid and Konjac Spheres penetrate the upper layers of the epidermis and rapidly work to tighten the skin giving it a more lifted, firmer, and younger appearance.

Acne and excessive oiliness is another concern that a serum can help with. A serum containing Glycolic and Salicylic Acids target acne-causing bacteria. Another effective ingredient is Carrot Serum which absorbs excess oil in the skin and helps keep the pores open and clean.

Adding the right serum for your skin to your skin care routine can help accelerate the repair process in the skin and give you more radiant, healthier, and younger looking skin!