The Importance of Adding a Serum to your Skin Routine
You’re probably thinking that you’ve nailed down the art of your skincare routine, right down to the last detail.
Cleanser, check – face mask, check – moisturiser, check – sunscreen, check. What else could there be, right?
If you’ve never considered adding a serum to your skincare routine, then think again. You’re missing out big time, and here’s why:
What exactly is a Face Serum?
Serums are mild moisturisers containing a much higher dose of ingredients than your typical facial moisturisers – e.g. glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.
They are highly effective and known to be very beneficial for managing specific skin conditions such as wrinkles or dry and ageing skin.
A serum is usually thinner than a moisturiser, making it ideal for layering. It can come in many different formulas including light creams, gels and oils.
Do I really need to use a Serum?
The short and sweet answer is: yes, absolutely!
No matter what your skincare routine or how old you are, serums offer a host of benefits, thanks to their concentration of topical skin health-boosting antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E.
When layered underneath your moisturiser, serums can target wrinkles, redness and pigmentation, something which all dermatologists stand by firmly.
In a nutshell, here are some of the benefits of adding a serum to your skincare routine:
- Hydrates the skin
- Plumps up skin making you look younger and healthier
- Can be used as a natural exfoliant
- Helps you manage acne-prone skin
- Boosts skin volume helping it regenerate
- Smoothens and moisturises skin
- Gets rid of wrinkles
- Brightens up dull skin
- Minimises the appearance of dark spots
How to use it
Now that you know what a serum is and why it should be a part of your everyday skincare routine, follow this guide to layer it properly on your face:
1. Cleanse skin
Use a cleanser to help get rid of impurities, excess oils and dirt from the skin. Do this twice a day, morning and evening, and also after you break a sweat. Always go for a cleanser that matches your key skin concerns.
2. Apply serum
Apply a fine layer of serum and massage into the skin until it is fully absorbed. A pea-sized amount is fine to begin with.
3. Apply eye cream
A light dab of your favourite eye cream using your fingertips is all you need.
4. Apply moisturiser
The secret ingredient which completes every skincare routine! As with a cleanser, use a moisturiser that’s specially formulated to meet your skin type and moisturising needs.
5. Apply sunscreen (broad spectrum)
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning right before you step outside – make sure it has a 30-SPF value or higher.
Use a Serum at any age
A face serum should be included in your daily skincare routine no matter what your age. Just make sure you buy one that suits your skin type and skincare demands – such as a hydrating serum or an anti-ageing serum.