What Is a Serum and Why Should I Use One?

At first glance, skincare serums can seem intimidating. If you’re not already familiar with using a serum or haven’t talked with your aesthetician about their use, you might have a few of questions. Such as: “Why should I use a serum?” “Why are serums a bit pricier than other skincare products?” “What will a serum do for my skin?” “Are they effective?” “How do I know which serum is the right for my skin?”

A serum is typically defined as a skincare product packed with a high concentration of active ingredients. The gel or creamy gel formula is made up of small molecules that allow the skin to absorb the product quickly and deeply. When used correctly, serums can provide heavy-duty benefits for the skin. There’s a lot of punch packed into these lightweight formulas, hence the hefty price tags.

To understand what a serum is, its important to know what a serum isn’t. A serum is not a moisturizer and should never take the place of a moisturizer. Moisturizers tend to be much thicker and made up with heavier ingredients because they are designed to sit on top of the skin and create a protective barrier.

Benefits of a Serum

A serum is designed to deliver the active ingredients deep within the skin, making them a powerhouse product in treating skin conditions such as discoloration, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

Serums boost overall skin health and hydration. When used on a regular basis, serums can also make the skin appear firmer, give it a smoother texture, cause pores to appear smaller and increase the moisture level within the skin. For serums to be the most effective, they need to be layered underneath a protective barrier that only moisturizers can create.

How to Apply a Serum

At SkinSpirit, we believe there is a correct order in which to apply skincare products to make them most effective.

  1. The first step is to wash the skin.
  2. Once the skin has been cleaned, apply an eye cream and a serum with the tips of your ring fingers for less pressure in the delicate areas of the face.
  3. Then lock in those products with a moisturizer and then always finish by applying a sunscreen on top.

Top Serum Recommendations

If you’re looking to take your at-home skincare routine up a notch and want to boost results in between skin treatments, then its time to add a serum to your routine. When choosing a serum, it’s important to note that not all serums are created equal. We carry a wide variety of serums at SkinSpirit that are designed for various skin types and conditions.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum - Want to reverse the signs of aging skin? This all-in-one skin rejuvenating treatment consists of a dual chamber containing TNS Recovery Complex in one and APS Corrective Complex in the other. These key ingredients are designed to effectively improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone and texture.

iS Clinical White Lightening Serum - Concerned about hyperpigmentation? This powerful formula safely reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation while providing significant controlled exfoliation without peeling. This lightweight and easily absorbed serum is great to be used for overall coverage or as a spot treatment for specific problem areas.

SkinCeuticals Phyto+ - This hydrating botanical gel is ideal for all skin types who are looking to target discoloration and unwanted pigmentation. The cucumber and thyme in this serum also helps calm, soothe and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Insider Tip: A common misconception is that more serum is better. Not true! There aren’t any extra benefits that come with overusing a serum on a daily basis. Always remember that when it comes to applying a serum, a little bit goes a long way. Being conservative in the amount used per application will not only yield better results, but also increase the product’s lasting power in your medicine cabinet.

Learn More About Serums for Your Skin Type

Want advice on the best serum for your skin type? Call (855) 383-7546 to schedule a consultation with a SkinSpirit expert in California or Washington.

Disclaimer: Information and content within this blog is provided for informational purposes only. This blog is not intended to provide medical advice, and anything read here should not be construed as such. Reading this blog or communicating with our staff does not create a physician-patient relationship. If you have questions about any health issue, including something you may have read here, please consult a licensed, trained physician or health professional immediately.

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