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Cleanser (check!), moisturizer (check!), sunscreen (check!)… Think you have your skincare routine down pat? Without a serum in your routine, you’re missing out on a multitude of benefits. But with so many options and ingredients when it comes to serums, it may be a little tricky to pick the right one for your skin. If you’re looking to take your skincare routine to the next level, read on to learn all about face serums and how you can use them to reach your #skingoals.
A face serum is a skincare product that contains a higher concentration of active ingredients. They are also made up of smaller and have a thinner consistency than moisturizers, this makes serums the perfect skincare products to deliver powerful ingredients into the skin.
But what are active ingredients?
An active is the ingredient in skincare that addresses whatever skincare concern the product is meant to target. For example, hyaluronic acid is an active ingredient to help boost hydration, and salicylic acid is another active ingredient that tackles acne.
Hence, serums are especially useful for targeting specific skincare concerns. From acne to aging, and everything in between, here’s a look at which serums and its active ingredients can help improve these common skincare concerns.
Lactobionic Acid is a potent antioxidant that provides great antiaging benefits. It improves texture and helps to smooth out wrinkles, while increasing its firmness so the skin stays looking plump.
One serum to try is the NeoStrata Bionic Face Serum. With 10% Lactobionic Acid, this concentrated daily-use serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, while providing intense moisturization, necessary to keep the skin firm and youthful.
As collagen starts breaking down in the skin with age, the skin begins to sag. To help improve this sign of aging, a high-strength serum with volumizing ingredients is what you need.
Exuviance Total Correct Serum is a gold standard antiaging serum that focuses on lifting and firming the skin, giving more definition to facial contours to help achieve a more sculpted look. AminoFil, their latest antiaging breakthrough, is designed to target collagen production to build natural volume and restore firmness to lift the skin.
Hydration is an important component in all skincare routines, especially for oily and acne-prone skin types. Don’t make the mistake of skipping hydration just because you have oily skin. Without enough moisturization, our pores can get clogged, causing blackheads and pimples to form. It also contributes to excess oil production, worsening your oily skin.
One hydrating serum we recommend to keep acne away for oily skin is the Vivier Kine-C Serum. With a 100% oil-free formulation, this Vitamin C serum is perfect for acne-prone skin. Vivier’s serums are formulated with pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C with a unique peptide combination, making it a powerful firming and hydrating antioxidant formulation. Killing two birds with one stone, Vivier Kine-C Serum not only optimizes the skin’s hydration, it also helps to reduce further signs of aging.
NeoGlucosamine is a key active ingredient to help brighten the skin through its gentle exfoliation properties. Licorice and active botanical ingredients from Alpine Plants are also effective skin brighteners that can lighten dark spots caused by sun damage.
Exuviance OptiLight Brightening Serum is a great option with all these active ingredients for anyone who craves a more luminous complexion. Made up of 11 potent brighteners to target 6 pigment control systems, this serum helps to break up and reduce the visible intensity of existing dark spots, while preventing new spots from forming.
Notice your skin looking flushed most of the time, coupled with extra sensitivity? You may have rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. While there is no cure for rosacea, there are products that can help you manage the redness and irritation so you don’t look sunburnt or blushing 24/7.
NeoStrata Redness Neutralizing Serum is the perfect antidote to rosacea-prone and irritated skin. Formulated with a proprietary blend of ingredients - NeoStrata BioCalm Complex to target the sources of redness, this calming serum restores and strengthens the skin’s protective barrier and reduce the appearance of flushing. Soothing active ingredients Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8 and Canadian Willow Herb Extract are included to calm inflammation while Vitamin E and White Tea Extract defuses UV induced damage.
Now that you’ve chosen the right serum to target your skin concerns, here are a few tips on how to use them to get the best results:
Serums may be tricky to work with at first, but the benefits are 100% worth it. With this quick serum guide, upgrading your skincare routine is really quite simple.