We guess most people know by now what a serum is but we’ll remind you just in case. It’s a skincare product you apply after cleansing and before moisturizing with the aim of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serums contain much smaller molecules than those in creams and lotions, therefore clinically active ingredients can penetrate more readily. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skin care concerns, like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
What does a serum look like?
A serum can come in the guise of an oil but traditionally it’s a water-based product. The difference between the two is that the molecules of the oil-based serums are much bigger than those of the water-based ones. So these are used after moisturizing and have a different purpose. Basically, oil-based serums are supposed to keep the cream you put underneath moist during the entire day.
Is using just a serum enough?
It’s always designated to use a moisturizer on top. Lotions and creams are richer and create an extra barrier to keep all the good ingredients in.
Which serum should I use?
This obviously depends on your skin type. If you’re acne-prone look for a serum that contains zinc, vitamin C, retinol or salicylic acid. When your skin is rather dry ingredients such as vitamine E, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and niacinamide are a better option.
Underneath you’ll find some of our preferred products but it’s best to do a thorough research in order to find a serum that’s suitable for your skin type. Biotylab is generally our go-to for all natural skin care. Classics such as Aesop and the Advanced Night Repair range from Estée Lauder are also amongst our favorites.