What is a Face Serum and Who Should Use It?

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If you are new to face serums or simply want to learn even more about face serums, you have come to the right place. There are so many different types of skincare products on the market, keeping track of what different items do can feel impossible. There are moisturizers for both day and night use, cleansers, scrubs, exfoliators, tonics, oils, and so much more. Figuring out what each product is, is challenging enough, but knowing how to use them, when to use them, if they are right for your skin, etc. can be even harder to figure out.

When it comes to a face serum, it is both simple and complex. Serums are usually lighter in weight, target specific issues, and are used at night. But there is so much more to learn and know about face serums, so that is why we have dedicated an entire blog post to learning about face serums and how you should use them!

What is Serum?

A serum is a skincare product used on the face and sometimes the neck. You typically apply a skin serum after your face is cleansed, but before you apply a moisturizer. Serums go on before moisturizers, so the serum can deeply penetrate the skin and deliver it a high level of nutrients to your skin.

A serum contains very concentrated ingredients that are made up of molecules that are much smaller than your typical skincare product. These smaller molecules allow deeper skin penetration, meaning those powerful active ingredients are truly working to improve whatever skin condition you are looking to fix or improve. For instance, if you are looking to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you can buy a serum to specifically target this issue.

How to Use a Serum

Although the use of each serum is a little different, you should always check the specific instructions on the bottle before you use the serum. With that being said, serums usually work in similar ways and the application process tends to be similar across most face serums.

You apply a serum after you have thoroughly cleansed your skin. You need clean skin and pores, so the serum gets penetrate your pores and work properly. You will want to wash away all makeup, oil, and dirt from the face, so ensuring you have a great quality face cleanser is a must.

After your face is clean, you will use a rather small amount of face serum and gently work the serum into your face and sometimes your neck as well. Serums absorb quickly due to their lightweight consistency and smaller molecules.

Once the serum has absorbed into your skin, you will want to lock in the serum with a moisturizer. Finishing with a moisturizer has a few different benefits. Moisturizers keep your skin hydrated and prevent dry skin. But a moisturizer is also designed to put a protective layer or barrier of sorts over the top layer of your skin to keep nutrients from other skincare products in and pollutants, dirt, and debris out.

Of course, you will want a natural, organic, and safe moisturizer to use on your face. You want to avoid hydrating your skin with chemicals and harsh fragrances since that can irritate your skin and cause breakouts, redness, and rashes.

Serums can be used either during the day, night, or both. There may be some serums that you should not use during the day because certain ingredients can cause damage to the skin when exposed to bright sunlight.

Who Should Use a Serum?

The good news is pretty much anyone can use a serum because they are gentle, will not make you break out, and there are tons of options for just about any skin concern and then some. If you have sensitive skin or are allergic to certain ingredients going to a gentler serum that does not contain acids, chemicals, fragrances, dyes, and other harsh ingredients is the way to go. Although, you should always stick to natural and organic face serum to ensure you are not introducing harsh chemicals to your body on a daily basis.

If you suffer from fine lines, wrinkles, acne, breakouts, red skin, dry skin, oily skin, enlarged pores, dull skin, and much more, you will find a skin serum to address your area or areas of concern. Serums are expensive, but worth it due to their highly concentrated formulas. Serums provide a big bang for your buck and last a while since you only use a small amount at a time.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your skin, give a face serum a try and let us know what you think and what your experience was!

This article was last updated on May 6, 2022 .

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