You may already be familiar with the basic products you need to have in your skincare routine: a good moisturizer that answers your skin’s prayers, a cleanser which will keep your skin healthy and get rid of makeup and any other dirt, and UV protection whether it is found in your moisturizer or foundation.
Nevertheless, hydrating, cleansing and protecting your skin are the basic steps of skincare you need to follow, together with exfoliating, if you have especially problematic skin.
However, there is another remarkable product on the market which you can also try if you feel that your skin requires a little bit more care: the serum. Its consistency is very light and soft which allows it to get to the lower layers of your skin and be highly absorbed. They are also a stronger remedy that might actually target a certain problem of your face. Serums cannot replace any of the basic products in your routine (moisturizer, cleanser, or UV protector), but would rather enhance the positive effects on your skin.
The most significant thing when you are trying to choose a serum is to define where the weakness of your skin is and probably the best source of information is going to be a dermatologist. Even if you do not want to get a facial, you can always get a consultation from a professional.
Types of serums and their best application
Now here is a little guide for the different types of serums and what they can do for your skin:
Clarifying: This type of serum works for the clearing of dark spots and acne scars and an overall lighter complexion.It will hydrate your skin and add a luminous effect to it.
Antioxidant: It will do what an antioxidant diet would do: prevent or slow down damage from UV rays. The most common ingredients in this type of serum are Vitamin A and E, ferulic acid and green tea extract. If your skin has been exposed to too much UV rays and has suffered from damage, this is the product for you.
Acne-fighting: The title speaks for itself: if your skin is oily and acne is your main issue, just look for a particular serum targeted at this product. Inflammation can be an annoying issue and sometimes you would need some extra care. Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, witch hazel, and tea tree oil again are the best ingredients that would save you from acne-prone skin.
Calming: If weather has a strong impact on your face and it causes redness or irritation, look for something that would sooth and protect it. Aloe vera, chamomile and cucumber are the best key ingredients.
Anti-aging: This type of serum is a good choice after the appearance of first wrinkles. It usually has a mix of hydrating, clarifying and antioxidant properties.
Hydrating: Extra dry skin needs some extra care, so apply a serum after cleansing and before applying your moisturizer . It would hydrate it in depth and, of course, it would also fight the appearance of lines and wrinkles.