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Anyone who takes their skin care even the slightest bit seriously would probably agree that cleansing is a must, that you definitely need a high-quality moisturizer that works for your skin, and that exfoliating regularly—but not every day—is important to prevent ashyness and dullness.
But what about using serums? You’ve more than likely at the very least heard of serums before in the world of skin care, and you may have some idea of what they are or have dabbled in them before, but Vine Vera is here to tell you that—especially as you begin to age—serums are an important, even indispensable part of a skin care routine that you shouldn’t ignore.
What’s a Serum?
So, what is a serum exactly? What makes it different from other skin care products, and what does it do? Well, serums are essentially solutions of a very high potency with a high percent concentration of an active ingredient. That active ingredient can be anything, meaning a variety of serums can help with a variety of skin problems. There are intensive moisturizing serums, anti-age spot serums, antioxidant serums, and so much more, meaning that if you have a skin care problem that needs fixing, odds are there’s a serum specifically designed to fix exactly your problem.
Because serums are so highly concentrated, they treat a particular issue with very high effectiveness. Where a moisturizer might have some of a few active ingredients mixed in to help with certain issues in addition to moisturizing, a serum is a dedicated powerhouse designed to tackle a specific issue.
Serums: Anti-Aging Powerhouses
Among the many uses for serums, anti-aging is something many serums excel at. By giving your skin a concentrated burst of an anti-aging ingredient like resveratrol, hyaluronic acid, etc., it efficiently delivers lots of the desired ingredient to your skin all at once, in the same way an energy shot or espresso delivers a large blast of concentrated caffeine to your system all at once.
How Do I Use My Serum?
So let’s say you’ve got a shiny new bottle of serum you’ve carefully chosen to address a skin issue you’re in need of resolving. What now? Well, the first thing to know is that serums can go on before any other skin care products, or after you’ve cleansed and dried your face, right before moisturizer. The other thing you need to know is that a little will go a very, very long way, so don’t overdo it. Gently massage in a dab of the serum all over your entire face, and let it dry for a few minutes. After that, feel free to use additional serums if you have them, or go ahead and reach for your moisturizer.
Give Them Time
A good serum will be more effective the longer you use it for, because the effects build on themselves and may be gradual at first, but will eventually make dramatic changes if you keep at it. Stay dedicated and don’t give up if your serum doesn’t deliver all the results you dreamed of within a week or two; give it time, and it will give you its full benefits with patience.