Do You Really Need A Facial Serum for Your Skin Routine?

Skincare is something that has changed dramatically, even within most of our lifespans. Having a skincare routine is a relatively new concept. Where there was once only a bar of soap, we now have hundreds of products at our disposal, spanning a variety of skin care services. Many of these products exploded onto the market one after the other, with the good surrounded by some gimmicks and duds that forced us to question it all. Determining which products are effective and which are unfounded hype (or just not right for us) can be a difficult and costly game to play, but if you’re equipped with good information before you shop, it becomes easy to utilize this myriad of products to your advantage.

At this point, many factors can motivate us to adopt a skincare routine, from fighting acne to fighting to age. The important thing is knowing which products are going to help and heal your skin and which you should do without. This brings us to our question: do you really need a facial serum for your skin routine?

THE TRUTH

Quite frankly, the answer is no. Not everyone needs a facial serum—in fact, some skin types should actually avoid using them altogether. Facial serums are a unique pocket of the skin care product market; these liquids pack a potent punch of key ingredients formulated for different causes. Some serums have anti-aging ingredients, wrinkle reduction, and fine line softening, while others focus on fighting blemishes, improving skin texture, and brightening to even skin tone. Whatever the case, these babies shine for their effectiveness, so many people choose to incorporate them into their skincare routine.

While thicker eye creams are still the sole perfect option for some, they can be used in conjunction with facial serums for others. The benefit of the serum’s low viscosity is that it allows for deeper penetration into the skin’s layers. Active ingredients are delivered at their finest consistency, which makes them extremely powerful, especially for over-the-counter products. As a result, these serums should be used sparingly. A single bottle can last a long time, even for someone who can tolerate daily serum use.

SHOULD I USE IT?

To get the most out of your serum, apply after washing your face, before using any other products. For those with more sensitive skin, allow your skin to dry for about 15 minutes before applying your serum. For most skin types, following up with a moisturizer is important, as serums can be very drying; oily skin types tend to see the best payoff from using facial serums instead of thicker creams for this reason.

On the other hand, it is a known fact that sensitive and dry skin types should avoid using facial serums on the whole. These concoctions can be incredibly irritating to sensitive skin types, especially for those who have skin conditions like eczema and rosacea. If you do have dry and/or sensitive skin, protect yourself by skipping the facial serum. The best skincare routine is the one that works for you, and sometimes opting out of a product is the decision that will yield the healthiest, cleanest, most radiantly glowing skin.

LOOK FOR THIS

After becoming more informed about facial serums, you may now want to add this step to excel in your skincare routine. If you do begin the quest to find your perfect match, be sure to check the ingredient list of any serum before finalizing your purchase.

Ingredients really matter for this type of product due to its effectiveness and deep skin activation, so knowing what to look for to achieve your intended goal makes the shopping process much easier and will help ensure that you end up with the best face serum for your needs.

Grape seed and pomegranate extracts, along with vitamin C, are top antioxidant choices. They work to fight sun damage and the appearance of fine lines. Goldenseal, aloe vera, zinc, and arnica are all anti-inflammatory properties that help diminish redness and skin damage from inflammation. Finally, essential fatty acid blends, amino acids, and ceramides are all additions that help to hydrate and protect skin; the more moisture and elasticity our skin retains, the younger it looks. Select a serum that contains the ingredients that work towards your desired skin goals.

GOOD USE

Regardless of which blend feels right for you, remember to apply just after washing and just before moisturizing. You can use most facial serums in the morning or at night, but other factors of your lifestyle or steps to your skincare routine might affect which option is best for you. Since these serums are stronger on the skin, they might not be great to use in conjunction with any other irritating skincare products, such as some acne care. If you can use one product in the morning and one at night, rather than both together, this will be the best option to protect your skin and avoid irritation, even if you are not typically prone to having sensitive skin.

Remember most of all that a little bit goes a long way with a facial serum. These formulas are made to feel very weightless, so don’t fall into the trap of slathering on too much product. Not only will this be a waste of your investment, but it could also cause painful irritation to your skin. You can always add more over time if needed!

Facial serums can definitely be used in conjunction with other skincare products, and usually should not be used in place of a moisturizer. As mentioned earlier, these serums can actually be very dehydrating to the skin over time. They are typically water-based and not formulated to provide the sort of hydration and moisture that healthy skin needs. Even oily skin types need to reintroduce moisture to their skin after cleansing, so be sure to protect yourself when using a facial serum by remembering to continue moisturizing regularly, as well. You may even want to use a thicker facial moisturizer than usual to help offset the drying effects of your new facial serum—but don’t forget to enjoy all the age-defying benefits!

Resources: WebMD, HuffPost