#ZAlebsBeauty - The importance of a skincare serum

The missing step in your skin care routine... 

By  | Jul 16, 2018, 04:41 PM

#ZAlebsBeauty - The importance of a skincare serum

From the time we first start taking care our skin, the idea of a three step process is drilled into our brains. We have been taught to cleanse, tone and moisturize but the actual reality is that we need so. much. more! 

Whether you regularly wear make up or not, you skin needs to be cleansed daily. Sometimes even twice a day. However, the type of products you use need to be picked according to your unique skin care needs. 

One thing that works wonders for most people is a serum - and introducing a serum to my skincare routine has worked wonders for my skin. 

What is a serum?

According to Intothegloss.com, a serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. 

Serums are made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. 

This does not make the moisturizers however so that step should not be skipped in favour of serums. In fact, moisturizers help seal the serum in, allowing it to remain on your skin longer in order to penetrate into the skin. 

As stated above, different people have different skin care needs so it is best to look for a serum formulated for your specific problem. 

I have acne-prone skin that often gets dark marks and acne scars so I needed a product with vitamin C. This ingredient has been known to speed up the skin’s own repair process, reduces inflammation and boost collagen production - so I went with Corium's serum.

Other ingredients that work wonders for acne prone skin are retinol, zinc and salicylic acid.

Vitamin E, niacinamide, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid work well for dry skin. If your skin is looking and feeling dull, you should try products that contain antioxidants like green tea extract, resveratrol and ferulic acid.

If you have sensitive skin that is prone to reactions, it is advisable that you test a small amount of serum on a patch of skin to see how it will react before using it all over your face. 

Experts also advise using moderate amounts as the ingredients in serums are highly concentrated so you need not apply too much of it. 

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