Posted on November 21, 2014 in Your Glowing Skin by Deanna Toribio
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Cleanse, tone and moisturize. These three steps are a vital part of keeping your skin clear and healthy. But did you know there’s a new VIP on the block when it comes to skin care? Facial serums have been around for a while, but more and more people are realizing that the right serum can really add something extra to any skin care routine. These small bottles and tubes make a big impact, nourishing and hydrating all skin types. Whether you’re concerned about age spots, need some skin lightening, or simply want to help your skin look as fresh and radiant as possible, there’s a serum for you.
A Powerhouse of Goodness
Facial serums have lots of beneficial ingredients packed into a concentrated formula. From antioxidants and vitaminC to compounds to combat age spots, serums have all the right ingredients for your skin type, all packed together in a rich formula that penetrates skin more deeply than moisturizer. All that goodness in one place makes facial serums a vital part of any skincare routine.
Facial Serums for Every Skin Type
No matter what your skin type, there’s a serum out there to suit it. Serums sometimes get a bad rep as being too heavy for oily skin, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a case of looking at a few serums and hand-picking the ones that are formulated for skin like yours.
For oily skin, there are light, water-based serums with ingredients such as vitamin C, specially selected to tone and refine poresfor brighter, clearer skin.
If your skin needs something to quench it, hydrating serums with compounds such as hyaluronic acid and alfalfa extract are perfect for hydrating dry skin and giving it some much needed moisture.
If age spots and wrinkles are a problem, there are some lovely botanical and essential oil based serums on the market, which plump and support skinto iron out those fine lines.
No matter what your skin type or problem, retinol is one serum ingredient that can give your skin new life. This vitamin A derivative has long been lauded as one of the best skincare ingredients known to man, and no wonder. With its ability to smooth wrinkles, tighten pores, and refresh skin to a brighter, healthier glow, retinol is a leading skin serum ingredient that is a treat for all skin types.
Lighten Brighten and Smooth
As well as combating problem skin and offering on the spot hydration, facial serums can help with skin lightening and brightening for a fresher and more youthful complexion. Brightening serums can even out skin tone for a lighter, brighter look. Ingredients such as kojic acid, arbutin and licorice extract can lighten and even skin tones, and inhibit pigmentation to combat age spots and other uneven areas.
Some products may use hydroquinone, a compound that has caused some controversy and is banned as a skin care ingredient in Europe. Hydroquinone works by reducing the amount of melanin produced in the skin, but it has several side effects. These can include increased sensitivity to UVA and UVB radiation, skin irritation, and ochronosis, a condition which leads to thickened, darkened skin. Although hydroquinone is still legal in theUnited States, many people consider it dangerous, and there are lots of safe alternatives on the market.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Serums are a concentrated way to deliver your skin what it needs. Because of their powerful formula, a squeeze of serum about the size of a dime is perfect for most products. Facial serums are applied before moisturizer and gradually worked in with the fingertips, until the skin has completely absorbed the product. Whether your skin is old or young, dry or oily, blemished or wrinkly, there is a serum out there to support it. For lighter, brighter, happier skin, it’s time to amend that cleanse, tone and moisturize routine to cleanse, tone, nourish your skin with a serum, then moisturize for the perfect finishing touch.