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Face Serums 101: All That You Need To Know

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By Apollo 24|7, Published on - 09 September 2022, Updated on - 18 October 2022

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As we age, our skin goes through changes. Fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, and our skin becomes less elastic. We might also notice that our skin tone isn't as radiant as it used to be. However, a good skincare routine may slow ageing and make us look and feel at our best. 

One of the most important steps in a good skincare routine is using a face serum. These are concentrated formulations that deliver active ingredients deep into the skin. They can be used to target specific concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and uneven texture. However, the thousands of different types of face serums present on the market, all claiming to be the best for your skin, often leave you confused about which one should you pick. Let's address all the queries that you might have about face serums. 

What Is A Face Serum? 

Face serums are concentrated, lightweight skincare products made with smaller molecules than other skincare products, such as creams and lotions, allowing them to penetrate the skin more effectively and deeply. 

These often contain active ingredients that target specific skin concerns, such as wrinkles, dark spots, or dryness. 

Some common ingredients include:

  • Retinoids: Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.
  • Vitamin C Serum: This antioxidant helps to brighten the complexion and protect the skin from environmental damage.
  • Peptides: These amino acids help to stimulate collagen production, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Niacinamide Serum: This ingredient helps to improve the appearance of pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Serum: This ingredient helps to hydrate the skin and improve the appearance of dryness and fine lines.

Choosing the right face serum for your specific concerns can help you achieve your desired results.

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Face Serum Benefits 

There are many face serum benefits that you can enjoy after incorporating it into your regular skincare routine. Some of the most notable benefits include:

  • Improved skin texture: It can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture.
  • Improved skin radiance: Face glow serums or skin whitening serums can help improve the radiance of your skin and give you a more youthful appearance.
  • Firmer skin: It can help stimulate collagen production, to slow down signs of ageing.
  • Hydrated skin:  Serums can help to hydrate the skin and improve its elasticity.
  • Protected skin: Face serums can help to protect the skin from environmental damage and premature ageing.

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How To Use a Face Serum?

Face serums can be used alone or with other skincare products depending on your specific concerns. For example, if you are concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, you might use a face serum with retinoids in the evening and sunscreen during the day. However, if you are concerned about dullness and dryness, you can use vitamin C serum in the morning and an exfoliating cleanser at night.

The steps are as follows: 

First, start by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser. This will remove any dirt, oil, or makeup that could prevent the serum from being fully absorbed into your skin.

Next, take pea-sized serum on your fingertips and gently massage it on your skin. Be sure to avoid the sensitive area around your eyes. Once the serum has been applied, you can follow up with a moisturizer if you'd like.

It's important to note that you should only use these once or twice daily. Using too many of these products can cause more harm than good by irritating the skin. As your skin adjusts to the ingredients in the face serum, you can increase the frequency of use as needed.


How to select a face serum?

When choosing a face serum, selecting one suitable for your skin type is important. If you have dry skin, look for one that contains hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which will help to hydrate the skin. 

If you have oily skin, look for one that contains salicylic acid or retinol, which will help to control oil production and reduce breakouts. If you have sensitive skin, look for a face serum that is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.

Face serums are a great addition to any skincare routine. They can help reduce the signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin texture. Face serums can also help to boost skin radiance and give you a more youthful appearance. If you are concerned about any of these issues, you might consider visiting a doctor to discuss whether a face serum would be a good addition to your skincare routine.

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Medically reviewed by Dr Sonia Bhatt.

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